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.
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.