Chess in the National Gallery
Budapest 2019

Judit Polgar Chess Foundation

Chess Connects Conference

Hungarian National Gallery, Building C, Dome


The inaugural Chess Connects Conference will take place during this year’s Global Chess Festival.

The conference endeavours to highlight the major role chess plays in art, its contribution to science, the opportunities it provides in education as well as the evolution of chess as a sport. The talks will be of substantial interest to both chess lovers and those who may not have any particular connection to the game. Guest speakers will hail from all parts of the globe including Chile, USA, Spain, IsraelRussia, England and Hungary.



A unique part of the conference will be the Champions Talk where Judit Polgar, the best female chess player of all time, will have a conversation with 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. They will discuss a number of topics including what it takes to get to the top of the game, how to stay balanced as a professional player and how the 14th World Champion views chess as an art, science and educational tool within the context of chess as a competitive game.


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Your host at the unique location of the Hungarian National Gallery will be well known commentator and author IM Lawrence Trent.


Registration is required at the botton of this page as there are a limited number of seats available.


The program:


Prof. Ken Rogoff (USA): How chess has helped me in life

Dr. Daniel Yarur Phd (Chile): “Chess and Happiness”

Arthur Kogan(Israel): Chess, Positive Thinking with no limits for improvement!

Susan Polgar (Hungary/USA): The SPICE Story – dominating College Chess

Prof. Dr. E Sylvester Vizi (Hungary): Mind and Artificial Intelligence stored in computer: their role in chess




Natasha Regan & Matthew Sadler (United Kingdom): AlphaZero, chess and AI learning

Leontxo García (Spain): The educational power of chess

Judit Polgar (Hungary) & Vladimir Kramnik (Russia): Champions Talk

Juga (Chile): Emotions and Symbols explored through Songs

More details on the speakers and their topics:


Ken Rogoff Professor of Economics, Harvard University



How chess has helped me in life
Although my competitive chess career ended in graduate school (it became too difficult to do both), my experience in playing chess has helped me throughout my professional life, both as a researcher and especially in high-level economic policy meetings.

Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University, and former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. His highly influential 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time Is Different:  Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, developed a massive new 800-year data set to show the remarkable quantitative similarities across financial crises (including government debt, banking, inflation and exchange rate crises) over history. Seven years in the making and written for scholars – it is filled with footnotes and includes two hundred pages of appendices -- the book nevertheless became a New York Times bestseller, and eventually reached 4th (of all books) on Amazon in mid-2010 . Rogoff is also known for his seminal work on exchange rates and on central bank independence. He is ranked 8th on RePEc’s ranking of economists worldwide by scholarly citations.   His monthly syndicated column on global economic issues is published in 12 languages in over 50 countries. Rogoff is also an international grandmaster of chess.


Daniel Yarur Businessman, Phd in Philosohy

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“Chess and Happiness”
Daniel Yarur will give an insight into the concept of happiness in the view of Aristóteles making a link about happiness and chess, also sharing with the audience his experience on the stages of flow during a chess game.

Business consultant and financial expert. He started working as a financial analyst in the Securities and Insurance Commission of Chile, where he has developed a career until his last appointment as Chairman. He has participated in training programs in the financial area and securities markets in London, and in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C, and advised Latinoamerican goverment in financial markets topics. He is in the board of directors at Make a Wish Foundation, with the mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. He is also an international level chess player, president of the Chilean Chess Foundation.


Arthur Kogan Chess Grandmaster & Trainer



Chess, Positive Thinking with no limits for improvement!
Being a kid that faced many concentration problems himself, chess helped me to develop very important skills and to find ways to improve my focus and attention that helped me to improve my chess and finally win many tournaments around the world and to become a GM. In parallel, because of my passion to help others, I was also teaching chess since young age (including my own father being a 11 years old kid!) partly thanks to learning a lot about champions in all kind of sports, Psychology of sports and than discovering the magical power of Positive Thinking and mastering ways to increase the power of our brain, adjusting it to chess and developing more and more methods to help others from all kind of levels,ages and different characters to improve there skills and use there own talents in the best ways on the board, helping my students to win many important titles and championships that many would consider as impossible in advance... I was happy to be part of helping top players to beat the best chess minds but also proved amazing results with old players over 70 years old and my special work with blind players for more than 15 years.

Born in Ukraine, now residing in Tarragona (Spain) Since a young age known as a creative chess player that was able to win many tournaments in Israel and later around the world, usually without being between the top rated…developing the hobby of making 'impossible missions' possible. As a trainer developed the original training method of OLALACHESS connected to POSITIVE THINKING and focus on creating HARMONY on the chess board,making one of his famous motos: 'Make your pieces smile!' being used even by top players nowadays. Being a big fan of psychology and philosophy Arthur developed a special COACHING methods for chess using chess a tool for solving problems and improving different important skills also out of the board.


Susan Polgar Chess Grandmaster, Author and Coach

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The SPICE Story – dominating College Chess

The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) has achieved unprecedented success over the past decade by winning 7 consecutive PanAmerican InterCollegiate Chess Championships and 7 consecutive Final Four Championships. How a College Chess program went from a humble beginning to the most dominant force in US history which produced many world-class players. A summary about the past and present of Collegiate Chess in the United States.


Susan Polgar is a Hall of Famer, and is one of the most successful female chess players ever. She broke multiple gender barriers, including being the first woman to earn the Grandmaster title, as well as being the first to qualify for the Men’s World Chess Championship cycle in 1986. In 1996, Susan became the first player in history to capture all 6 of the world's most prestigious crowns: Women's World Classical, Rapid, and Blitz Championships, Olympiad Individual and Team Gold, and the number one ranking.She founded the Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) in 2002 and the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) in 2007.


Prof. Dr. E Sylvester Vizi Physician, Neuroscientist

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Mind and Artificial Intelligence stored in computer: their role in chess
It is more than twenty years since IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess under regular time control. Since then Artificial Intelligence has received more and more attention as a substitute for the human mind. The brain (> 100 billion neurons) is different from a computer. While computers operate synchronously using fast, digital components, neurons in the brain are independent, slow analog processors. What each neuron does is a non-algorithmic processing because it is heavily influenced by many thousands of inputs and its output (nerve terminal) is also modulated by chemical messages (transmitters) arriving from nearby and far away neurons. Computers are great at chess, but that does not mean the game is “solved”. This lecture argues that while this is one possible future, it is far more likely that it will not be the case: chess, besides face-to-face competition between human beings (“war of minds”), will play an important role in teaching new generations innovative ways of thinking.

E. Szilvester Vizi, former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, emeritus professor and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea (London), Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (Salzburg), and Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, has published more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals, received several awards (including Grand Széchenyi Prize, Academic Gold Medal and George Washington Prize (USA)). His main field is neuropharmacology, interest: tennis and chess.


Natasha Regan Woman International Master and Author & Matthew Sadler Grandmaster and Author
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AlphaZero, chess and AI learning
AlphaZero, the artificial intelligence built by DeepMind (part of Google) taught itself chess and reached superhuman strength in 9 hours. GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan show what humans have learnt about chess from a study of AlphaZero's brilliant attacking games. They also look how the AlphaZero research goes wider than chess in the fast-developing world of AI. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan are the authors of 2019 best seller "Game Changer: AlphaZero's groundbreaking chess strategies and the promise of AI"

Two-times British Champion Matthew Sadler is one of England’s strongest chess players. He was ranked 14th in the world in July 1997 before turning his back on professional chess and switching to a career in IT in 1999. In 2010 he returned to the game as an amateur and he was ranked 48th in the world on the July 2018 rating list. Matthew is the author of six chess books, of which two have won the prestigious ECF Book of the Year award, most recently in 2016 with Chess for Life, co-written with Women’s International Master (WIM) Natasha Regan.

Having studied mathematics at Cambridge University, Natasha Regan is an insurance and risk management professional and an accomplished games player. She has represented England at both chess (Olympiads at Manila 1992, and Moscow 1994) and Go (World Mind Games, Beijing 2008) and is a 7-times UK Pair Go champion. Natasha lives with her partner and three children. Her son, Oscar, shares a love of games and recently took bronze in the European under 16 Bridge Pairs Championships.


Leontxo García Chess Journalist, Author


The educational power of chess
A summary of all reasons (based on scientific arguments) to implement chess as an educational tool, after more than a hundred-year experience in many countries. And some concrete examples on how to use it in a transversal way (Maths, Reading, History, Foreign Language, Emotional Intelligence, etc.).
Leontxo García (Spain, 1956) works as a chess journalist (press, radio and TV) and lecturer since 1983. Councillor of FIDE on educational chess, he has trained or given lectures to more than 30.000 teachers in 30 countries. He was a guest speaker at the last two editions of ICOT (the most prominent international congress on innovative education). His book about chess and science (2013) is on its sixth edition. He has been awarded with the Medal of Merit by the Spanish Government. And included in the FIDE’s Golden Book “in appreciation of his excellent contributions to develop of chess in the world”.


Juga Singer, Songwriter, Chess Artist

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CHESS & MUSIC: Emotions and Symbols explored through Songs
Juga is convinced that Chess, as Music, is a Universal Language, connecting us no matter our origin, culture, gender or age. Through her Chess Songs and Music videos, Juga explores the psychology and restrained emotions during Chess games, creating an in-depth Chess experience, enjoyable for players and general audience in a cinematic Rock-Pop code. Metaphors between Chess, Love, Life, Death uniquely combined from a motivational approach.

Juga is a singer, songwriter and Chess artist from Chile, as well as a passionate Chess competitive player. Her latest Chess songs have been warmly praised by Chess pros and fans alike, presenting them at Batumi Chess Olympiad, World Chess Championship in London, Altibox Norway Chess, Capablanca In Memoriam... In 2007, Juga founded the National Women's Chess Championship in Chile.She licenced on Music Composing and has 3 Records of her own. Juga lived in Easter Island (Polynesia), going deep into its culture. In 2014-16 she made an Edith Piaf Tribute show with success in Argentina. More at

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