Judit Polgar's Global Chess Festival

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10/12/2023 – This coming weekend Judit Polgar invites you to her ninth Global Chess Festival. The theme of the festival this time is "Decision Making". The events will take place on Saturday at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest and on Sunday online with many venues around the world. | Photos: Global Chess Festival

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Global Chess Festival 2023

We welcome you all to the 9th Judit Polgar's Global Chess Festival! October 14th, in person, October 15th, online.

Master Class Vol.16 - Judit Polgar

In this video course, experts (Pelletier, Marin, Müller and Reeh) examine the games of Judit Polgar. Let them show you which openings Polgar chose to play, where her strength in middlegames were, or how she outplayed her opponents in the endgame.

All festival programs are free of charge.

Right or left? Red or blue? Should I speak or listen? Familiar situations? It's often not easy to decide, but you have to. Let's talk about it! Let's meet at Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival, where this year's theme is decision-making.

How does chess improve our decision-making skills? How can we use these experiences in other fields? Games, workshops, demonstrations, round-table discussions and lectures: let's dive together into the art of decision-making - through chess. 

We look forward to seeing you in Budapest at the Hungarian National Gallery or follow us LIVE on YouTube. Your decision - your move.

Until then, enjoy the best moments of Judit Polgar's Global Chess Festival!

Program in Budapest

14th October
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

10:00 - 17:30

10:30 - 13:30 Chess Challenge 
Chess competition in cooperation with the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation and the European Chess Union (ECU). Girls, forward! Registration until 10 October.

10:30 - 14:00 School subjects through chess
What may come as a surprise is that you can also study some school subjects through chess. Give it a try!
10:30 - 17:30 Chess Palace Fun
The Chess Palace programme is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark this special milestone, we have prepared delightful surprises for kids from age 4.
10:30 - 17:30 Code-quest
Learn the basics of programming through Alphacademy's innovative, discovery-based approach to education. Children aged 8-13 are welcome.
10:30 - 17:00 Morgan Stanley Chess Lounge
Challenge a master, listen to passages from Judit Polgár’s new children’s book, team up for a game of giant chess with family and friends, or relax.
10:30 - 17:00 ChessWalk
Gallery area. Solve chess puzzles or Chess Olympiad quizzes along the way, depending on your age. You need a Smartphone.
10:30 - 13:00 Simul with Sofia Polgar & Yona Kosashvili
Sofia and Yona will form a team, taking turns in moves in each round, but they won't be allowed to communicate with each other. Decision-making parallels, harmony, and gameplay.

11:00 - 15:00 Morgan Stanley Lego Robotics
Introducing the basics of scratch programming with the help of Morgan Stanley volunteers and Lego robots. Recommended above ages 8.

11:00 - 12:00 Storytelling (in Hungarian)
Enjoy Judit Polgár's latest book! Chess Palace – The Rook’s Adventures. Read and play!

11:30 - 12:00 Book signing 
Chess Palace – The Rook’s Adventures. Brand new book by Judit Polgár.
12:30 - 13:30 Chess Artistry Adventure
Enjoy chess composition masterpieces from exceptional international composers, in celebration of Pal Benko’s legacy.

13:00 Book signing with Judit and Sofia
Judit Polgár & her sister Sofia signing their newly released books!
Chess Palace – The Rook’s Adventures, by Judit Polgár.
Amazing Artist – Dangerous Tactician, by Sofia Polgár
14:00 The Grand Decision Game
The Global Chess Festival's first community chess duel involving the audience and international chess champions. What is the next move? You decide…
15:00 - 17:30 Simul with Judit Polgár
If you were lucky with the draw, you can challenge the greatest female chess player in history, Judit Polgár.
15:00 - 17:30 Influencer Chess
Meet, ask and play with Hungary's top two online chess influencers and coaches!
15:30 - 17:30 DragonChess
A new piece with superpower? Let's try dragonchess and meet its creator, Miguel Illescas!
15th October
Online – LIVE (in English)

10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 16:00 (CET) Educational Chess Summit 2023
We will examine the role and significance of chess in education from new perspectives, presenting innovative new methods, best practices, tools and results for its potential applications. Special block: V4 Educational Chess Summit.
19:00 - 22:30 (CET) Chess Triathlon
A groundbreaking e-sport initiative! Four mixed teams of chess champions compete in
Bullet Chess. Puzzle Battle and Tandem Chess. LIVE on chess.com!


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