Under the patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics, Member of the European Commission.
Chess is a sport, a game, entertainment and an educational tool, and with its diversity it can connect people. That is why we believe that in chess, all generations can find a collective fun experience. During the past decade the Global Chess Festival has become a prestigious social event with full-day family programs built around the mysterious board game. The 1000 faces of chess are presented with colorful children and family programs, to show that playing chess is not only good, but it is such an experience, that - with its educational effects - dominant throughout our lives.
Therefore the goal of the Global Chess Festival is, within ten years, to have 5 million people connect and enjoy chess related activities on the day of the festival; to develop cooperation and friendships despite the physical distance, language barriers, social or age differences between them. We aim to have as many people as possible on the Chess Map, indicating that they already know "Chess connects us."
The live broadcasts enable "virtual" presence around the world for those who can not be there in person in Budapest, Hungary.