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Global Chess Festival

Judit Polgar Chess Foundation

Announcing the 2018 venue

The 4th edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2018. This year’s festival in Budapest will take place in the breathtaking location of the Hungarian National Gallery. As in previous years, a wide range of activities will be organised, all with chess as the main theme. 



"Our mission has not changed”, says Judit Polgar, who is responsible for the organisation of the Global Chess Festival. “The Global Chess Festival promotes the 1000 faces of chess all around the world. We aim to share the beauty of chess with 5 million people by 2025, to connect and enjoy chess-related activities on the day of the festival. The power of chess connects people."


Over 120 countries have already joined the Chess Map, which can be viewed here. The GCF aims to expand the Chess Map with more countries, events and individuals connecting to it. The GCF strongly believes that Chess is a sport, an experience, an educational method, and a special connection, 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.



Since the 4th edition of the Global Chess Festival will be held in the Hungarian National Gallery, the organisers plan to emphasise the strong bond between art and chess. The connection between chess and art, one of the main themes of the 2018 festival, have been cherished by renowned chess players and artists. Enjoy a short collection of famous quotes:


"For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression." (Vladimir Kramnik)
“Chess is everything: Art, Science and Sport.” (Anatoly Karpov)
“I have come to the conclusion thatwhile all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” (Marcel Duchamp)
“Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic” (Mikhail Botvinnik)


In the next press release we will reveal more information about the program of the 4th Global Chess Festival. For updates on the Chess Connects Us initiative follow our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram account.

Judit Polgar Chess Foundation
Judit Polgar Chess Foundation