Judit in Marrakech – Europe Echecs interview

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7/5/2010 – The First International Chess Tournament, which was held in this historical Moroccan city of Marrakech, attracted 140 players from all over the world. Our colleagues from the French chess magazine Europe Echecs produced video reports, which included an interview with the strongest female player in history. Judit Polgar was in Marrakech to play a simul against twenty local ladies.

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The First International Tournament of Marrakech took place from June 25th to July 1st in a five-star hotel in this famous old city of Morocco – which incidentally until a few decades ago was know as the "Kingdom of Marrakech" in the Arab world. 140 players from 25 countries came and enjoyed chess in utopic conditions. GM Andrei Shchekachev took home 4,000 Euros after edging GM Georg Meier by tiebreak, as we previously reported.

Participants of the 1er Tournoi International d'Echecs Marrakech pose with the tournament banner

Video reports by Europe Echecs

During the event our colleagues from the French chess magazine Europe Echecs produced video reports. The following gives us a fair impression of the atmosphere of the tournament and the musical entertainment provided at the closing ceremony.

A special guest was Judit Polgar, who was in Marrakech and Morocco for the first time, and spent five or six days there together with her family. She also played a simultaneous exhibition against twenty young ladies.

Judit talks about Morocco, Marrakech and her simultaneous exhibition

In the second part of her interview Judit reveals that she will be playing more and gives her itinerary for the near future. She also talks Magnus Carlsen and his special place in contemporary chess.

All videos were produced by GM Robert Fontaine and Gerard Demuyot for Europe Echecs.

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