International Chess Federation
Thursday, 14 Oct 2021 05:46
Global Chess Festival: Judit Polgar Method earns international recognition

This year’s hybrid – on - and offline - Global Chess Festival has been a roaring success, with over 3000 visitors attending the event. Held on the 9th of October, the chess universe created in the Hungarian National Gallery has been home to many interactive programs, a series of lectures about creativity and innovation, and - last but not least - the Educational Chess Summit. The summit welcomed professionally acclaimed lecturers from all around the globe, exploring the power of chess in schools, which examples how educational chess can improve the pupils’ different skills, logical and critical thinking, self-esteem, and gave international recognition to the Judit Polgar Method.

On the 9th of October, the Hungarian National Gallery went through a great transformation: it has become a chess palace, home to the Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival of 2021, bringing exciting lectures and activities for everyone who wanted to discover the diversity of chess: its connection to education, arts and science. Many countries joined the global celebration of the game: among others Nepal, Uruguay, Israel and Mexico, joined with their own local festivals, amplifying the event’s cross-cultural voice. Those interested were able to follow the event from the comfort of their home as well: apart from the 3.000 visitors in the Hungarian National Gallery,  more than 45.000 viewers joined online from all around the world.

Throughout the day, creativity and innovation took the main role: spectacular lectures like Ashwin Subramanian’s presentation about biofeedback - investigating the player’s pulse and eye movements and how it influences their performance and decision making. The Indian software engineer also described how analysing the data harnessed through biofeedback can help during preparation. Furthermore, according to Ashwin: “Thanks to biofeedback, even outsiders can witness the stress the players feel”, as biofeedback can be visualized during broadcasts.

Presenters of the Educational Chess Summit have also showcased the latest results of their work regarding the effectiveness of chess in individual skill development. According to Ernő Rubik, gamifying education is the way to effectively engage and develop children. Jerry Nash, National Chess Education Consultant also stated that gamification does indeed have positive effects, highlighting that - according to his experience - children playing chess possess a certain “can-do attitude” towards any challenge that comes their way. In his speech, he claimed that “chess does not only change classrooms, but the whole culture of entire institutions.” He stands by the positive effect chess has on children’s attitude towards learning.

Patronate of the event, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth for the European Commission welcomed the visitors in a video message, where she praised the Judit Polgar Method.I certainly hope that Erasmus+ teacher academies will engage with your Chess Palace approach.” Furthermore, the International Chess Federation, the European Chess Union and the Ministry of Human Capacities also endorses the exemplary nature of the Judit Polgar Method, by publishing a statement in order to popularize Judit Polgar’s chess-based educational programs throughout the world.

In addition to thought-provoking presentations on the importance of chess in education, especially in STEM, many exciting games of chess were played the day leading up to and during the festival. Among them were the finals of the inter-office tournament of Morgan Stanley – which attracted more than 400+ entrants from across the investment bank’s global offices. During the festival, visitors were also invited to stop by the Morgan Stanley Chess Café, where they could challenge the firm’s chess masters for a game. Over the last few years, simuls have become a tradition of the festival. This year challengers could play in a simultaneous exhibition with Judit Polgar and grandmaster Zoltan Almasi.

The lectures of the Global Chess Festival can be found on the following link:

A summary video of the event can be found on the following link:


Mission of the  Judit Polgar's  Global Chess Festival

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The Global Chess Festival promotes the 1000 faces of chess all around​ the world. We aim to share the beauty of chess with 5 million people by 2025. Chess Connects Us!

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