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Global Chess Festival

Judit Polgar Chess Foundation

Chess Café - in front of a famous painting

As you know the Global Chess Festival, held every second Saturday in October in Hungary’s stunning capital city Budapest. This year the festival will be held in a very special location – The Hungarian National Gallery, located in the castle district of the city.


At this exclusive place you will have the opportunity to have coffe and play chess next to one of the most famous paintings of Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka, the Ruins of Greek Theatre at Taormina, 1905.



Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka's paintings are characterized by expressionism and post-impressionism, but he did not belong to any artistic movements. He listed himself among the "Way to the sun painters" (Napút painters). Maybe his most famous painting is the Lonely cedar (1907), which was given this title only after the death of the artist. Its original title was A Cedar from Lebanon. He bacame famous only post-mortem, at the exhibition of Székesfehérvár in 1963.



Picture: Ruins of Greek Theatre at Taormina

Judit Polgar Chess Foundation
Judit Polgar Chess Foundation