2018 Global Chess Festival


The 4th edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) will be held on Saturday 13th of October, 2018. This year the festival in Budapest will take place in the exclusive environment of the Hungarian National Gallery. A big variety of chess-related activities will be part of the festival. For the first time the Global Chess Festival Online (starting late afternoon 12th of October), a 24-hour chess tournament will be organized in collaboration with Chess.com, and Judit Polgar will play a simul online against chess enthusiasts from all over the world. Several new activities will be launched at the GCF this year, including the Chess Challenge for amateur chess players, and special demonstration of chess for the visually and hearing- impaired.

Additional programs of the Global Chess Festival in Budapest: 

    Szamos Chess Palace Cup for children 

    Future Champions Cup for young talents

    Generational Clash for families

    Simultaneous Exhibitions by Judit and Sofia Polgar

    Chess Cafe where visitors will be able to play blitz games against a Grandmaster

    Guided tours in the Hungarian National Gallery

    Biz Chess invitational amateur tournament at the world class Hotel Aria

The opening ceremony will include international artists. Jason Kouchak pianist and producer, who has composed a piano composition exclusively for our 2018 festival, 1,000 Faces of Chess. Past, present and potential future chess champions from various chess festivals around the world are featured in this chess masterpiece. In addition, a special performance by the Chilean musician JUGA will premier at the festival with its accompanying music video about the fascinating world of chess. The mayor of Budapest, Istvan Tarlos will be invited to hold the opening speech of the Global Chess Festival.

The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation, organizers of the GCF, strongly believes that chess is a sport, an experience, an educational method, a special connection and a common language. "The passion for the game is the link between generations that teaches both young and old perseverance, logical thinking and respect," says Judit Polgar.

Over 120 countries have already joined the Chess Map of the Global Chess Festival. The aspiration of GCF is to encourage chess enthusiasts from all over the world to express their passion for chess by forming part of the Chess Map.

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