The Global Chess Festival is an international unique event that relies on the 1500 years-old mystical board game presenting the diversity of 1000 faces of chess. From the perspective of education, culture, science and games, the festival offers all-day family entertainment.

The founder and organizer of the Global Chess Festival is Judit Polgar, number 1 female chess player for more than 25 years, who beyond her sport achievements has also succeeded in developing a unique innovative educational program.

Since 2007 the Global Chess Festival’s predecessor the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival, has grown into a highly prestigious social event, in which gladly participate well-known personalities, sportsmen, artists, scientists, educators and most of all children. People of all nations in the world are connected by a universal, thought-provoking game.


In addition to the respected history of chess, especially now in the digital age, it became a superb educational tool, because it develops what children need the most: logical thinking, interrelation and the creative use of information. At the festival there are many opportunities to reassure participants of all this, in entertaining and engaging activities.

The goal is in 10 years to attract 5 million people from the 5 continents to join the Global Chess Festival, and to provide opportunity for people to establish cooperation and build friendships across the barriers of language, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical ability or social status.

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Under the umbrella of the Global Chess Festival chess events in 8 locations on 4 continents will take place – Budapest and Győr/Hungary, Santiago/Chile, St. Luis/USA, Subotica/Serbia, Satu Mare/Romania, Melbourne/Australia, and Christchurch/New Zealand. The events will be held on Saturday, 17 October, 2015.

The main event is in Budapest, where the special guests Anatolij Karpov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Csaba Balogh and Benjamin Gledura will play the Highlander Cup where the winner takes it all!

More about the festival at the Official Website