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Judit Polgar setting a Guinness record and bringing thousands of chess-lovers together to fill the Palace of Arts complitely at the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival 2014

Thousands of people gathered to see again at the Chess Festival organized by the greatest female chess player of all time Judit Polgar who just announced her retirement from competitive chess a month ago.

The festival offered a full day family programs in the Budapest Palace of Arts where children were invited to the 3D Chess Palace, participate in interactive chess tutoring, competitions and arts & crafts. Chess Festival provided a great opportunity to parents who wished to introduce their children to Educational Chess. The entertaining programs included a fairy tale chess game with the fantasy cartoon character Shrek and Fiona impersonated by Karoly Gesztesi, one of the most popular actors in Hungary, and Judit Polgar. Among the prominent guests were Erno Rubik, the inventor of the famous Rubik’s Cube and Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the recently elected ECU president and many other Olympic and world champion athletes, artists, and leaders of the business and political world. The festival ended with a simul given by Judit Polgar who has been leading the FIDE world rankings for 25 years setting a Guinness record also announced at the festival.

Judit Polgar with her children, Oliver and Hanna at the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival 2014

Playing Shrek Chess – Karoly Gesztesi, one of the most popular Hungarian actors as Shrek and Judit Polgar as Fiona

Playing Shrek Chess – Smart kids are good at it but can Ogres play chess? :) GM Peter Lékó doing the commentary
In a European Union cultural exchange project a group of Swedish girls visited the festival and played a simul against great Hungarian chess talents Gellért and Kata Karácsonyi

 

Judit Polgar and Tamás Szűcs, Head of European Commission Representation in Hungary opens the Generations Chess Clash. The Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival was under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission. In the Generations Chess Clash families took on families in a multi-generational chess competition, sponsored by the European Commission. Each team was composed of a child, a parent and a grandparent.

Chess Palace 3D representing the Judit Polgar’s educational program that became part of the National Curriculum in Hungary. In the Palace Judit, her children, and her sister, Sofia.

The giant figures of the Chess Palace world became favorite of the children at the festival as well.

Judit Polgar playing a blitz game with Tamás Nádasi, Chairman of the Board of Aquaprofit, the naming sponsor of the festival.

Children’s choir performing Zigzeg Chess song the official song of the Chess Palace Program on stage

Judit Polgar with Erno Rubik who invented the world famous Rubik’s Cube exactly 40 years ago this year

Chess Palace and Rubik’s Cube, two excellent tool to improve logical skills for children

Play it by trust – GM Judit Polgar and GM Balogh Csaba playing trust chess created by Yoko Ono

At the Chess Palace Promenade kids had a chance to personalise the tools of the Educational Chess Curriculum, including chess characters, crowns, flags and many more.

Judit Polgar with the Fide Caissa Award and two of her gold medals from Chess Olympiads

 

Under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission

CAFe BUDAPEST CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL
10:00 - 18:00 on Saturday, 04th October 2014
Palace of Arts Budapest,
Ground floor, First floor, Glass Hall, Blue Hall, Stage
All day programme
10:00 – 16:00 Diverse Arts & Crafts activities for children in the spirit of chess. In co-operation with CeramiCafe, Happy Kids International Kindergarten, PlayMais and Poli-Farbe.
    Chess Palace Promenade - interactive games, contests conducted by teachers and chess instructors. After last year's success Chess Palace once again opens its doors.
   

For the first time in history, Judit Polgar's Olympiad medals on display.

On Stage
10:00 Judit Polgar and Tamas Nadasi welcome the guests of the 8th Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival
10:30 Chess Palace Dialogue with Sofia Polgar
11:00 Chess Lesson for Beginners with Sofia Polgar
11:30 Interactive Chess Contest
12:00 Chess Palace Fairy Tale & Dance Performance - presented by Szeged Tarjan Bilingual Primary School and AMI
12:30 Fantasy chess novel ‘Alma’ - Playful presentations, followed by discussion with the popular author Judit Berg
13:00 Chess Song Performance - by Children's Choir of Dezso Lemhenyi Elementary School
13:15 Dialogue with Judit Polgar - The Greatest Female Chess Player of All Time
13:30 Magic Performance
14:00 Interactive Games - 40th Anniversary of the Rubik's Cube
14:30 Press Conference
15:00 Talent without Borders - chess, music and the Rubik's Cube exhibitions.
Simultaneous Chess Exhibitions
10:30 Young Talent Simultaneous Chess Games with the Karacsonyi Siblings
12:30 Simultaneous Chess Games with Sofia Polgar
16:00 Judit Polgar Great Simultaneous Games - with the participation of Immortal Hungarian Sport Legends
Professional Events, Conferences, Chess Tournaments & Contests
10:30 Clash of Generations Family Team Tournament – Supported by the European Commission. Opening by Judit Polgar and dr. Tamas Szucs
10:30 Chess Palace Cup - Children's Chess Tournament for beginners
11:00 2nd Chess Palace International Educational Conference
11:15 Aquaprofit Chess with Champions Opening blitz game between Judit Polgar and Tamas Nadasi. 12:00-14:00 Chess tutoring by multiple Hungarian Champion, Grandmaster Jozsef Pinter presentations, unlimited games, chess tutoring at all levels
11:30 Autograph Session with Sofia & Judit Polgar
14:00 Chess Palace Cup - Children's Chess Tournament for advanced players
17:00 Chess Talent Match Hungary vs. USA - Junior Online Event


We welcome everyone to the 8th Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival!

Free Entry.

More information: www.sakkfesztival.com, https://www.facebook.com/sakkfesztival

The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event programme.

Chess Palace Promenade at the Budapest Palace of Arts 

The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation has developed a new and unique educational method. Rather than teaching chess as a sport and game the traditional way, the Educational Chess approach goes beyond the usual boundaries of teaching chess. Starting from 2013, Skill Developing Chess is officially part of the National Curriculum in Hungary.

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One of the main attractions of the 2014 festival was the building of the several feet high 3D Chess Palace, where the story of the friendly chess characters was unfolded. This year again, the kings, queens and the other chess pieces came to life through stories, music and lots of educational events. Interactive stations of the Chess Palace Promenade offered families various creative and enriching activities. The continuous programmes of Judit Polgar's educational chess included playing chess games, contests and Chess Palace Arts and Crafts, such as preparing the royal crowns, flags, window decorations and much more. Children could collect colourful chess-money that could be converted into gifts in the Chess Palace Shop during the festival.

2nd Chess Palace International Educational Conference

Supported by OTP Fay Andras Foundation

Skill Developing Chess in the Hungarian National Curriculum

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One of the oldest game in history – The educational tool of the future

Judit Polgar, Chess Grandmaster

Judit Polgar and her team have developed a new and unique educational method. The Educational Chess approach goes beyond the usual boundaries of teaching chess. Starting from 2013, Skill Developing Chess is officially part of the National Curriculum in Hungary. Chess Palace is a learning tool for children born into digital society, as they gain most of their information of life through the Internet. It helps to organize and structure the huge amount of information children come across in their everyday life. The programme already used in nearly 100 schools and there is a growing interest worldwide.

Presentations at the conference will include the topic of the digital age, how the Chess Palace program helps in every aspect the changes in children's thinking in these challenging times; about a highly successful Swedish chess teaching program; concerning teaching opportunities in the digital age and the potential of the most complex strategic board game; integration of the Chess Palace program in public education and in the general school curriculum; social Impacts of chess in Spain

schedule:

11.00 Opening, welcome by Judit Polgar
11.05 Short film about the Chess Palace project
11.10

Strategic board games in education and in the digital world -
Dr. Eva Gyarmathy, Senior Researcher of Institute of Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

11.30 Demonstration class with first graders: Skill development chess - Csilla Gombas Oryne, teacher
11.50 Chess fundamentals - Sofia Polgar
12.10 Judit Polgar Foundation presents: Chess Palace Curriculum for renewal in education
12.30 Chess Song Performance - by Children's Choir of Dezso Lemhenyi Elementary School
12.40

Lunch Break

13.10 Social Impacts of chess - Leontxo García, Spain
13.30 The use of chess in the development ADHD children - Johanna Valentin, Founder of Utsiktstornet - Reach For Change
13.50 Educational Chess & Modern dance - by Szeged Tarjan Bilingual Primary School
14.10 Skill Development Chess in the School Curriculum - Anna Dienes, Principal of Dezso Lemhenyi Primary School, a Judit Polgar Chess Foundation special reference school
14.30 Break
14.40 Short film - Chess Palace Accredited Teacher Training
14.45 Demonstration class with third graders: Skill development chess - Csilla Gombas Oryne, teacher
15.05 Economic knowledge for primary school students - Henriett Benedek
15.25 Closing by Mariusz Revesz, Member of Parliament

The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event programme.

Generations Chess Clash 2014

Investing in education, training and research is the best investment we can make for Europe's future. -  Androulla Vassiliou

The 8th Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival was organised under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission. 

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The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation supports chess and chess tournaments that can bring together people of different ages, races, ethnics, genders, social-, and economic background in an activity they can all enjoy, and also a great emphasis has been placed on assisting cooperation between different generations.

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The Generations Chess Clash event has been listed among the main programmes of the Chess Festival for three years. In the Generations Chess Clash families took on families in a multi-generational chess competition, supported by the European Commission. Each team was composed of a child, a parent and a grandparent. In 2014 the Generations Chess Clash event was opened by Judit Polgar and Dr. Tamas Szucs, Head of the European Commission Representation in Hungary.

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