European Chess Union and Judit Polgar Chess Foundation partner to organise the tournament “Future Champions of Europe” as a part of the annual Global Chess Festival. The event will take place on 12th October 2019 in Hungarian National Gallery, in Budapest, Hungary.


Talented chess players born 1st January 2007 or later with a FIDE rating of 1800 or higher (on the 1st July FIDE rating list) are eligible to participate. Due to the capacity of a venue, a limited number of participants may enter the competition and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is 15th September 2019, and registrations may be done online through the official website of the festival: www.globalchessfestival.com.


The applicants will receive confirmation from the organizers and the participants will be listed at the official website on 30th September 2019. Entry fee is free of charge for all participants and the organization will offer a free 2-night stay for foreign players with a FIDE rating of at least 1950.


Young talents registered for the event will play the tournament in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 10 minutes for each player plus 2 seconds of an increment per each move, starting from the move one.


The winner of the event will be invited to visit the 82nd edition of the world-famous Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. This prize includes 2 round-trip tickets from his/her home country (winner and accompanying person) + a double room for 2 nights on the weekend of the 18th and 19th January in Wijk aan Zee. This includes entrance to the playing area and ’behind the scenes’ access as well as an opportunity to make the first move for one of the rounds!


The runner up will receive a very special and unique opportunity to meet top chess Grandmasters and compete at one of the biggest European chess opens in 2020. The sponsor, Flashpoint, is looking forward to giving a once in a lifetime experience to the winner of this prize which includes 2 round-trip tickets (player and accompanying person), lodging in a double room and entry-fee.


The third prize winner will receive a wooden chess set and board signed by the Legend GM Judit Polgar herself. All participants will receive a Global Chess Festival souvenir.


For more information about the event, please contact the organization: info@globalchessfestival.com.

The 5th Global Chess Festival will be held with the spirit of Polgar’s personal motto, “#Chess Connects Us”. Chess, the world’s oldest board game, will be able to show it’s many faces during the event – including competitive sports, art and education – proving that chess truly does not have any boundaries.


Invitation for Future Champions of Europe can be downloaded below or here.

Future Champions of Europe