We know that you are an Olympic champion and also an artist, who likes to create. What do you think are the similarities between chess and the arts?
First of all the possibility to be creative and the fact that both fields have connected people for thousands of years. There are many aesthetic elements in chess, from the beautiful chess pieces, to the simple and sometimes very difficult studies and combinations or even in positional games. On the other hand, in the arts too things learned from chess are essential, such as thinking of an idea and making a plan to make it happen within the given borders of the medium. Furthermore, intuition is another important element of chess games and artistic masterpieces alike.
What is important for you at the Global Chess Festival?
Year after year it is a delight to celebrate chess with the children. Their joy is so honest at the festival, through the tasks, the simultaneous games and of course when making chess pieces from marzipan. I love the whole atmosphere of the event in Budapest as well as the GCF website.
What do you think is the role of chess in the world as an educational tool and why do you think, this can be important for parents?
In more and more places chess is becoming increasingly important in education, I get a lot of such feedback. The truth is that the traditional frontal teaching doesn't seem to be as effective in today's world. It is more powerful to learn through games and experiences especially for children in primary school. This was already recognized in many countries and chess is present either as a compulsory or optional subject in schools worldwide. I am glad to take part in these positive changes by assisting in the JP Chess Palace and Chess Playground programs. It has been a real pleasure to combine chess and art in these programs by creating many of the illustrations.