Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival: How you can get involved

Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival returns this weekend with chess24 offering a way to get involved by hosting a star-studded Arena Tournament and our on-going #ChessConnectUs game.

The annual event, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, boasts a world-famous line-up of speakers and a strong emphasis on examining the big questions facing chess.

It kicks off this Saturday, October 9, in Budapest, Hungary, with a series of interactive exhibitions, speeches and an all-inclusive educational chess summit. The event will be available in a hybrid form for the first time.

chess24 is joining the party by hosting a special 3-minute blitz Arena Tournament with prizes up for grabs at 18:00 CEST on Saturday. Super GMs Sergey Karjakin and Jorden van Foreest are playing, and so can you.

In the run-up to the event, Grandmaster Polgar also teamed up with chess24 to put on the #ChessConnectsUs game featuring herself, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and a series of well-known players.

Since September 9 there have been two new moves daily, one with White and one with Black, and you can get involved in that too. Every fifth day, we are asking you to guess the next move of the game at chess24.com/en/community.

If you guess the right move, you will have the chance to win exclusive ChessConnectsUs Merchandise, the Chessable course “Master Your Chess with Judit Polgar” or a free month of chess24 Premium membership, among other prizes.

One of the festival’s main events is the Educational Chess Summit, a conference where presenters aim to demonstrate why chess deserves a place in classrooms.

Among the guests will be the educational researcher Lorena Garcia, who argues chess can improve self-esteem and deter anxiety.

There will be a discussion between Judit Polgar and Ernő Rubik — the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.

English Women’s International Master Rita Atkins will also demonstrate practical ways of incorporating chess into mathematics classes and international chess coach Jesper Berger will argue against the belief that chess can only develop children with exceptional capabilities and show that it can be surprisingly beneficial for children suffering from learning disabilities.

Other guests include the Spanish psychologist Fernando Moreno, the renowned journalist Leontxo García and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

FIDE will also be represented by Dana Reizniece-Ozola, the chess governing body’s managing director, and Deputy President Bachar Kouatly.

Polgar told reporters: 

It has been a dream of mine to create a forum that makes home for international discussions surrounding chess and education, a forum which showcases how the game can be incorporated into school subjects and bring kids’ strengths to the surface.

The Educational Chess Summit is also a cultural trip: it shows how colourfully we think about this around the world.

This year’s Chess Festival will be of historical significance, as Budapest has never hosted a conference like the Educational Chess Summit before.

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