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Vladimir Kramnik, AI and new chess variants

Judit Polgar talks to former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik about his new project with DeepMind, Alphabet’s Artificial Intelligence company famous for their revolutionary computer chess program AlphaZero. They are researching the effect (and viability) of 10 changes to the chess rules. Is chess a more exciting game if you are not allowed to castle? And what if the movement of the pawns is altered? Anyone for Torpedo Chess, in which pawns can move up to two squares at a time throughout the game, instead of only on their first move? Language: English

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Chess Playground

Join a Chess Adventure that is presented by Ildiko from Happy Kids for preschoolers and elementary school children. Discover the Chess Palace and the friendly characters that live there. Meet Queen Quenessa and King Crucifer! Learn about the chessboard and the way the chess pieces find their way along the ranks and files of the board in a fascinating way. And answer the questions! Language: English

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Chess Songs & Music Videos by Juga

Chilean singer Juga will be prominently present at the Global Chess Festival. During the Opening Ceremony Juga will premiere her new (sixth!) chess-themed song Open Files, inspired by Aron Nimzowitsch’s classic chess book My System. Once again she brilliantly combines her two biggest passions, music and chess. It’s only two years ago that Juga’s first chess song ‘Oh Capablanca’ was warmly received by chess pros and amateurs, making her a welcome guest at top chess events such as the Batumi Chess Olympiad, the World Chess Championship in London, Altibox Norway Chess, the Global Chess Festival in Budapest and the European Golden Pawn Awards in Monte Carlo. During the Global Festival videos of all of Juga’s chess songs can be viewed and listened to.

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Champions Talk with Garry Kasparov by Judit Polgar

Judit Polgar, the strongest female chess player in history, interviews Garry Kasparov, arguably the greatest player that ever lived! They will touch on a wide range of subjects. Such as the role of chess in modern education and the work the Kasparov Foundation is doing worldwide. What does a Champion’s life look like after his or her career? And how do they see the future of chess now that AI and AlphaZero are creating a new reality? Is chess a sport and what gender issues should be addressed? All this and more in a highly personal talk between two chess greats. Not to be missed! Language: English

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Chess and Soccer Champions Talk with Simen Agdestein by Judit Polgar

Judit talks to Simen Agdestein, not only Norway’s strongest chess grandmaster for many years, but also a gifted footballer, who made it to the Norwegian national team! They speak about the connections between physical sports and chess, and his work as a trainer and teacher at the Norwegian Academy for talented athletes. And of course about his work as a trainer with Magnus Carlsen, the current Chess World Champion. Language: English

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World Continental Online Youth Team Cup

The 2019 Future Champions of Europe tournament is now followed by the World Continental Online Youth Team Cup in cooperation with the European Chess Union. Four continental youth teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe - 64 players in U12, U14, U16 and U18 categories - meet in a historic world online match. The online audience will be able to follow the tournament. Language: Chess

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Dessert with the Polgar Sisters

A talk with the Polgar Sisters led by Yasser Seirawan. From four parts of the world (the Netherlands, USA, Israel and Hungary) Yasser and the three sisters Susan, Sofia and Judit, get together for an enjoyable dessert. The Polgar sisters talk freely about their shared adventures, differences in character, education, gender issues and whatever their mild-mannered yet inquisitive host brings up for discussion. Language: English

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Let’s play Maths on the Chessboard

Exciting adventures await those children aged between 8 and 12 who are fond of mathematics. Tales will be told about a treasure-hunting queen, the balance of truth and racing knights. We will attempt to rescue some shipwrecked chess pieces, and preside over a duel between two rooks. We will finish our exploration with a few games of Chess Sudoku. Language: English, Hungarian

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Champions Talk with Chess Scientist John Nunn by Judit Polgar

Judit interviews John Nunn, who at a young age showed a prodigious talent for both chess and science. The two former prodigies speak about the pleasures and burdens of being exceptionally gifted, and how Nunn became an early adapter when computers entered chess. And about the many books he wrote and his study-solving prowess (three-time World Champion!). Language: English

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Online Chess Simul with Judit Polgar

The traditional simultaneous exhibition with Judit Polgar during the Global Chess Festival has moved online this year. Chess fans from around the world can challenge Judit. We are inviting chess enthusiasts from unrated up to FIDE rating 1800. Sign up no later than October 1st. You will be notified by October 5th if you are one of the 20 players who will get the chance to play with Judit. Language: Chess

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Business Lessons from Chess

Morgan Stanley is proud to have numerous chess enthusiasts and competitive players amongst its employees globally, and the firm has run internal, online inter-office championships for over five years. As a game which requires concentration, creativity, planning and foresight, chess also provides a solid grounding in many valuable soft skills, including problem solving, rational thinking, decision making, and strategic planning. These qualities are also invaluable for a career in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, where there are many rewarding career opportunities with large financial institutions. Besides drawing key comparisons between chess and business, Norbert Fogarasi, managing director and head of Morgan Stanley Budapest, will also discuss how AI and humans perform in pattern recognition, which are crucial in both chess and in today’s data-driven financial world. Language: English, Hungarian

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Developing Social Emotional Skills - Using Chess as a Metaphor for Life

Fernando Moreno, a psychologist and school teacher, explains and shows how working with simple chess positions can help students to solve their social and psychological problems. This approach is successful because the children’s engagement is very high. Instead of being interrogated by a counselor, they can play and learn from each other while reinforcing healthy social-emotional skills at the same time. Language: English

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Chess Palace Cup

The Chess Palace Cup, named after Judit Polgar's Educational Program, is traditionally organized for Hungarian kids. This year, because of Covid-19, the tournament is moved online and we are happy to announce that this time the competition is open to kids from all over the world! The Chess Palace Cup Online is organized for the youngest chess fans up to age 12 and is divided into 3 groups: the unrated section, FIDE rating up to 1400 and FIDE rating up to 1600. The event aims to give kids the opportunity to experience an online chess tournament. We’ve already had enthusiastic reactions from Chess Connects US and we expect young players from all corners of the earth! Language: Chess

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Sofia Polgar’s Chess Art

Marcel Duchamp once said : "I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art — and much more." I agree, but at the same time I feel the opposite. Maybe it's because I've played professionally for more than twenty years. The sixty-four squares are not enough for me to express myself. Often an idea is just the beginning of a journey to a wonderful, if at times frustrating, creation. Though some of my compositions are planned, others are totally spontaneous. Painting gives me the great satisfaction of creating: I feel totally free and often let the paintbrush lead the way. Virtual Gallery

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Chess and decision-making in sports

Dr. Tamas Sterbenz, Vice-Rector of the University of Physical Education in Budapest and former coach of the Hungarian national women’s basketball team, looks at chess as a synonym for rational reasoning, long-term planning and conscious decision-making. How can we improve decision-making in other sports, and in everyday life for that matter, by studying chess players? Language: English, Hungarian

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Biggest Milestones by Judit Polgar

A master class by Judit, who looks at highlights of her great career. She shares stories, looks at key moments and shows positions from her games where she had to take crucial decisions. And there are quizzes for the audience! So, let’s play together! Language: English

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Champions Talk with Chess Artist Jan Timman by Judit Polgar

Judit interviews Dutch chess legend Jan Timman. They talk about his rich career, both as a player and a highly successful writer. And about their shared passion for the artistic side of chess. Jan is a prolific study composer and firmly believes that the beauty of studies can make you a better player. Language: English

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Mathematical explorations on the Chessboard

There will be ample opportunity for 13-18-year-old students to play some mathematics on the chessboard. First we create the board, then we use it to play some dominoes and domineering. We will learn about independence and dominance of the chess pieces. The tour of the knight and the tour of the rook will follow, then we will investigate why it is important to find a free square to move to in certain games. Language: English, Hungarian

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Online Chess Simul with Sofia Polgar

The traditional simultaneous exhibition with Sofia Polgar during the Global Chess Festival has moved online this year. Chess fans from around the world can challenge Sofia Polgar. We are inviting chess enthusiasts from unrated up to FIDE rating 1800. Sign up no later than October 1st. You will be notified by October 5th if you are one of the 20 players who will get the chance to play with her. Language: Chess

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Chess Challenge Online Tournament

The Chess Challenge Online Tournament is open to chess enthusiasts and amateurs aged between 4 and 120. The event is open to anyone from unrated up to FIDE rating 2000. To secure your place you have to register until 8th October, 2020. Language: Chess

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CHESS BEHIND BARS (Chess in prisons)

Prisoners have the same challenges all over the world. Boredom, time on their hands and total confinement. Prisons have a major role to play in trying to help rehabilitate prisoners so that they can go back into society and not return. Despite many educational initiatives, reoffending rates are still too high. Chess can and does reach out where other programmes fail. It brings people together, it helps prisoners not only to pass time productively but to think about decisions they make, and to be responsibile for those decisions. Actions have consequences at the board, as in life. Can chess really change attitudes? Can it really reduce re-offending? Can it even save lives? Carl knows through real testimony that the answer to these questions is yes. In this short lecture Carl will tell you what is happening and why and ask you to think about chess in prisons afresh. Change does not happen overnight. It will need society not to judge. You can make a difference. Language: English

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THINK LIKE A MACHINE - With Noam Manella and Arthur Kogan

Chess author Noam Manella and chess grandmaster Arthur Kogan are inviting you to an amazing world of chess ideas. They look at stunning moves suggested by powerful chess engines, wonderful finds that even top players missed during their fierce battles. They will show videos from their YouTube Channel that were made especially for the Global Chess Festival. And they will analyse games in their trademark witty and amusing style in an interactive live session. Including quiz questions! Their presentations are based on the new book that Noam Manella wrote together with Zeev Zohar, Think Like a Machine. Language: English

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Fairplay vs. success at all costs? - What happens when a lot is at stake?

How much is allowed and how far are you willing to go to achieve success? This question is answered differently at home in our comfort zone or in a competitive situation when a lot is at stake. Well, it is possible to cheat in chess, too - but luckily there are also lots of examples of fair play. As parents it is important to be prepared for these situations to be able to have a conversation on the topic with your kids. During this presentation we will reveal the hidden mechanisms in action in the background, and talk about the ways to handle them. A seemingly innocent trick or unfair behaviour can cause serious problems. We will show how we can help our kids not to cross that line. Language: Hungarian

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Alina's Adventures in Wonderland / Photo Exhibition by Alina L’Ami

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has left a lasting impression on me and so did the "Chess Adventures in Judit's land", says Alina L'Ami, professional chess player, photographer and chess promoter. During the past three editions she had the chance to photograph in Budapest, and witness first-hand the Global Chess Festival's explosion of colours, laughter and enthusiasm (or differently said - chess on a colossal scale). The activities, the atmosphere and the people connected by the same passion for chess created a moment that years cannot fade away. "Chess Connects Us" is not just a motto or a hashtag, it is a constant source of inspiration, surprise and wonderment. Lewis Carroll was born in the wrong year...he would have had material not for one but for ten books! Virtual photo gallery

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Girls Power / David Llada's Photo Exhibition

The exhibition would like to highlight the importance of girls in chess, girls competing in a mail dominated sport. It would like to inspire more girls to challenge themselves to play chess, to compete in chess. To fulfil their dreams whether it is something boys do mostly or not. It is important from the society , from the close family as well to support girls in reaching their potentials. It is important to give them opportunities, it is important to encourage them, It is important to create an environment in the chess tournament the chess society where girls can freely play and compete with boys whithour having gender issues , comments just because of their gender. The game of chess is for girls , for boys for reach and poor, old and young, it is an international language where everybody is equal from the start of the game. Online photo gallery

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The Art of Feedback - How to praise effectively?

Everyone loves to be praised - those who give praise and those who receive it, too. However, the way we do it matters a lot. This presentation helps to understand how we can best support the development of our children, mitigate their anxiety levels during stressful situations, and maintain their intrinsic motivation with the help of how we give feedback to them. Language: English, Hungarian

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Book signing

Please feel free to order any of Judit Polgar’s books and you will receive it with her dedicating the book to your name with her personal signature. Order now in the Webshop

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It’s OK to make mistakes! - How our mistakes and failures can support us

Why does avoiding failures mean avoiding success? Our approach to making mistakes matters a lot - not only to our own mistakes, but to our children’s mistakes as well. This presentation shows how a growth mindset can turn hardships and failures into success - and how chess can help with that. Language: English, Hungarian

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Chess Paintings by Maria Yugina

Maria Yugina’s artwork is modern and timeless, expressing her passion for chess, romance and travel in bold colors and shapes. Her chess-themed paintings pair Cubism with Impressionism in a style that she describes as ‘colorful cubism’. She is a member of the St. Petersburg Painters Union and has had two exhibitions in Bucharest and several more of her chess-themed paintings in Germany, Spain and Sweden. She also holds a green belt in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Virtual Gallery

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Gold Talk with Immortal Sports Personalities of Hungary

A frank and entertaining discussion with three Hungarian sports legends. Timea Nagy is a two-time Olympic Fencing Gold Medallist. Besides her Olympic victories, in 2000 in Sydney and in 2004 in Athens, she won the individual World Championship in 2006 and was World Champion with the Hungarian team five times. Nandor Fa is a legendary sailor who sailed the globe five times. He is famous for his solo races (three times around the world) and the fact that he designed and built his boats himself. His farewell race was the 2017 Vendée Globe, the world’s biggest non-stop yacht race, with his boat Spirit of Hungary, in 93 days, 22 hours, 52 minutes and 9 seconds. Judit Polgar is the youngest of the Polgar Sisters and the strongest female chess player in the history of chess. At the age of 15 years and 4 months, she broke Bobby Fischer’s record to become the youngest grandmaster ever. For 25 years she was the highest rated woman in the world, with 8th place as her peak in the overall world rankings. In her career she defeated 11 players who were or were to become World Champion in classical or rapid chess, including Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen. The topic of the discussion between these sports greats will be perseverance, motivation and Fair Play. Language: Hungarian

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Chess Palace Program from the Parents' Perspective

"I want my child to have applicable knowledge in modern education!" "I want my child to be able to think both systemically and creatively!" "Is there a way my child can playfully learn?" As a practicing parent, these thoughts and questions often arise in us. The answer is here before us. The Chess Palace program, using the rules and tools of chess, puts the knowledge of school lessons into a system of context, helping to master structured, logical thinking and all in a playful way. Language: Hungarian

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New Developments to Support Online Learning at the Chess Playground Website

We present the website of the Judit Polgar Foundation Chess Preschooler program to enthusiastic educators who like to play and teach while playing, and to parents who consciously monitor their child's development. "Game + adventure + rules = chess" - What does this formula mean? Stay with me and you will find out! Language: Hungarian

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Play to Code with Morgan Stanley

Coding is likely to remerge as one of the key skills of the next generation of analytical and strategic thinkers, and many professions will benefit from understanding the basics of programming. IT plays an increasingly critical role in the world of finance, so the professionals at Morgan Stanley’s Budapest office are well suited to introducing chess enthusiasts into the world of coding through Scratch, a programming language designed for beginners. Have a go at developing your skills with the help of experts in the world of coding in a playful and interactive way. Language: English, Hungarian

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Tips to Chess Parents

A brief guide for parents who have a talented kid that wants to take up chess competitively. How to find a good trainer or the right books. And what guidance to give depending on the kid’s playing strength. Language: Hungarian

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Challenge the Master with Morgan Stanley

Fancy your chances against some of the best chess players working at a major bank? Morgan Stanley is proud to have numerous chess enthusiasts and competitive players amongst its employees globally. This is hardly surprising, as chess provides an excellent grounding in problem solving, rational thinking, quick decision making and strategic planning – all vital skills in the world of technology and finance. Here, you can challenge masters from Morgan Stanley's Budapest office – and have a chat with them about the interesting work they do for the financial institution. Language: English, Hungarian

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Chess Puzzles with Morgan Stanley

Chess puzzles are as old as the game itself and provide a fun tool to hone one’s problem-solving skills. Finding the optimal solution for complex challenges is also useful in many professions, including finance and technology. Professionals at Morgan Stanley’s Budapest office rely on problem-solving skills to support the bank’s global operations, and they also have some interesting chess puzzles up their sleeves for any age group. Challenge your brain and test your chess skills with fun and interesting puzzles. Language: English, Hungarian

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Happy Kids Playing Chess

Anna Rudolf talks to Petra Kim and Ildikó Győri about the benefits of teaching young kids to play chess. Petra Kim is the Director of the Happy Kids International Kindergarten and Nursery in Budapest that is running a pilot project together with the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation. Ildikó Győri is a visual arts and chess teacher at the Happy Kids Kindergarten. How do they see chess as an educational tool and what have been their experiences? What has been the feedback from the parents? And what have been the reactions of the children from the different age groups? The talk will be completed with a prerecorded 15-minute demo class by Ildikó Győri. Language: English

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Chess Palace Program through the Eyes of a Teacher

Chess is the key to strategic and creative thinking, which has a stimulating effect on the development of children’s cognitive abilities in particular. The Chess Palace program applied to schoolchildren by the Judit Polgar method, using chess as an educational tool, plays a decisive role in the development of children's complex abilities and the spreading of their application. How does all this work in practice? Language: Hungarian

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The Concept of the Polgar Judit Method for Preschoolers

With the help of the methodological tools especially designed for preschoolers by Judit Polgar's team, preschool teachers can successfully implement complex skills and personality development, as well as preparation for school challenges, for life, for a digital evolution from age 4. The presentation will be about the method's concept and possibilities of its integration into kindergarten life. Together, let's make it a more chess playing world! Language: Hungarian

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Chess Palace Wandering with Chess Questions

Want to do an exciting journey in the Judit Polgar Chess Palace? If you stay with us, you can get to know the residents of the palace and in the meantime test your chess skills by answering the questions. Language: Hungarian

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Chess Palace Wandering with Riddles

Do you like riddles? Join us for another interesting journey at the Judit Polgar Chess Palace and you will feel great answering the funny questions! Language: Hungarian

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Seven-league Tour of Queen Quenessa in the Chess Playground World

We invite families on a short tour with Queen Quenessa, into the wonderful fairytale world of the Chess Playground! Here we can get a glimpse into the challenging everyday lives of fairy tale characters and learn about their thought-provoking, creative, skill-building games. In the meantime, we are also talking about the rules of chess. Language: Hungarian

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Champions Education in South America with Oscar Panno

Anna Rudolf interviews Oscar Panno, the first world-class chess player born in South America. The Argentinian grandmaster is a former Junior World Champion and former Candidate in the world championship cycle. After his active career as a player he became a trainer and a promoter of chess as an educational tool. Over the past ten years his ‘Ajedrez with Panno’ foundation has provided a basic chess course to more than 10,000 teachers all around Argentina. Language: Spanish

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Chess Coaching for beginners and advanced kids by Grandmaster Krisztian Szabo

In his presentation Krisztian Szabo will show basic strategies and tactics, both for beginners and more advanced players. He shows you how a chess master thinks. His emphasis is on how to enjoy chess while trying to be successful. Language: Hungarian

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Chess Palace Wandering with Crafty Questions

The third tour of our Chess Palace journey is a real treasure for those who love thoughtful, clever tasks. Do you want to stay with us? Come follow the instructions and rack your head to find solutions! Language: Hungarian

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