The 3rd edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF)

This year the festival in Budapest will take place in the beautiful new location Graphisoft Park, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Hungary. As in previous years, various activities will be organized, all with chess as the main theme. Now that 14th October is approaching, the organizers of the Global Chess Festival are proud to announce the official Program, which can be consulted HERE.

The Global Chess Festival will be officially opened on 14th October at 10:00 AM. The patronage of the Global Chess Festival, Mayor of Budapest, Mr. Istvan Tarlos will welcome the participants as well as Mr. Gabor Bojar, Founder of Graphisoft and Aquincum Institute of Technology A musical highlight will be the performance by French composer Jason Kouchak, the “Queens Journey”.
There is a new event in the festival: the “Future Champions” tournament, with 14 Hungarian talented kids. The winner of this event will receive a special prize, made possible by the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation: free participation in the Isle of Man Tournament 2018, with accommodation for both the player and one accompanying person.

A unique program will be held with three Immortal Champions of Hungary: Timea Nagy (fencing), Istvan Vaskuti (canoe) and Judit Polgar (chess), having a panel discussion about Fair Play & Gender Equality, together with Dr. Jeno Kamuti, president of the International Fair Play Committee. Naturally, the traditional simuls will also be held, with first Sofia and later Judit taking on challengers, and various chess and Arts & Crafts activities for children. At 11:00 AM the visitors can see the documentary film ‘The Polgar Variant’.

All day programs will provide families an opportunity to learn their first chess moves and to experience the power of Educational Chess. We look forward to the 14th October, the day when chess is celebrated all over the world. There are 100’s of locations in the world having chess events where chess is in the focus and we are proud to announce that various countries are becoming enthusiastic and are joining the initiative “Chess Connects Us” to organize their own events. In 2017 the following countries have joined the initiative: Chile, Azerbaijan, Nepal, USA, South Africa, Mexico, Serbia, Brazil, Spain and Holland.

If you are not an organizer but would like to join and show your passion for the game, connect to the global CHESS MAP. The more people connect, the better it is for chess worldwide. As Judit Polgar said: “I strongly believe that chess is a good tool to develop your brain in a positive way and connect people. For that reason it is our goal to have as many individuals as possible to play chess all over the world on the 14th of October.”

On the 13th October there will be organized two warm-up invitational events: the 2nd Biz Chess Tournament with business personalities and artists, and a Fundraising Chess Party to help further activities of the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation.

Please visit our website for more information:
We will have Facebook LIVE streams during the day, between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
Admission to the Graphisoft Park in Budapest on 14th October is free of charge.


The international 9-round Swiss format chess tournament “Almaty Open -2017”, ended on October 11th. 136 chess players from 10 countries took part in the competition, which was also stage II of the Kazakhstan Chess Cup. Belarusian grandmaster Kirill Stupak, who ultimately became the gold winner of the tournament, scored with 7.5 points.

The second place winner of the “Almaty Open” tournament was Brazilian grandmaster Alexander Fier (7 points), and third place winner was the grandmaster Vladimir Malakhatko, representing Belgium (7 points). The total prize fund of “Almaty Open” was, same as previous year, 2 500 000 tenge. Gold medal winner K. Stupak received 450 000 tenge; second place winner A. Frier received 350 000 tenge, and third place winner V. Malakhatko received 250.000 tenge.

The Almaty Open tournament was organized by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and Academic Shakhmardan Yessenov science and education foundation. The main FIDE Arbiter for the Almaty Open tournament was Evgeny Meteleno.

In the competition were participating chess players from Russia and Georgia, Tajikistan and France, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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The Junior Chess finals were previously planned to be held on December 15-24, and the adult Chess Cup among men and women was previously planned on December 17-26.The tournament has now been rescheduled to take place from December 22-29, when the finals of the Chess Cup among men and women and the Junior Chess Cup will be held in the capital of Kazakhstan,- Kazakhstan chess federation (KCF) reports.

Due to World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad that will be held in India (December 10-20), the federation has made an informed decision: the finals of the Kazakhstan Chess Cups will be held later than the dates announced on the calendar for 2017, states Grishchenko Irina, the Executive Director of the KCF.

The Chess Cup among men and women and the Junior Chess Cup will be held in Astana in the premises of the Central Chess Club “ASTANA” at the address: Asan Kaigi 2 st, for seven days, from the starting date of December 22 until the closing date of December 29, 2017.

Lists of participants for the Kazakhstan Chess Cup among men and women will be available after the stage 3 Pavlodar Open Cup, no later than December 5. The list can be downloaded here.

When calculating points, the highest results of participants in the three stages of the Cup were taken into account. If the points are tied in the final, the player who played in the fewest stages passes. In case of refusal of one of the participants in the final, the chess player who has taken the next place in the final table is allowed.

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