Reports | September 28, 2013 22:41

This Sunday 7th Polgar Chess Festival, with live streaming

On Sunday, September 29th the seventh Polgar Chess Festival will take place in Budapest, Hungary. Besides the three Polgar sisters (and many other guests and children!) Garry Kasparov will be present, as guest of honour. For the first time, the event will be streamed live on the internet.

A photo from last year's festival

The seventh Polgar Chess Festival will be held on Sunday, September 29th in the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Hungary. Unfortunately we can't attend it due to other obligations, but we're more than happy to promote this event, which seems to be getting bigger every year, on ChessVibes. The text below comes from the official website

Palace of the arts to host seventh annual Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival

Last year’s festival emphasized the cooperative efforts among EU member states to integrate chess into the public school curriculum. Last year’s event also highlighted the connections between chess and other sports – with a live demonstration (the first-ever in Hungary) of the world’s fastest-growing hybrid sport: chess-boxing.

This year the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival – which presents new surprises from year to year – is again branching into new territory. The chosen venue for 2013 – Budapest’s Palace of the Arts – speaks for itself. The sophisticated spaces of this world-class facility will introduce chess in the context of the arts, and the many connections among them.

As always, the Chess Festival will be a truly family event. The children’s activities will be organized as part of the regular and very popular “Palace of Delights” children’s program, held every weekend at the Palace of the Arts. In addition to chess lessons, visitors can try out crafts, a playground, contests and a photo corner – all with a chess theme. Children can make crowns for the King and Queen cartoon figures featured in the “Chess Palace” textbook; color “stained glass” window decorations, also featuring the chess pieces; play beanbag chess; or take a photo of themselves in front of the Chess Palace backdrop. At each station, children who complete the activity will collect a Chess Coin, which can later be exchanged for items from the Chess Festival gift shop.

This year, too, the Festival will highlight the educational benefits of chess within the school curriculum. A conference held on site at the Palace of the Arts will host teachers from all parts of Hungary, introducing them to the Chess for Enrichment and Chess Palace programs, with textbooks and workbooks, which are part of Hungary’s national curriculum as of 2013. The teachers will also gain insight into international experiences with school chess curricula, and about the unique potential of chess to build the educational skills of students living in a digital world.

As the high point of the Chess Festival, the Polgar sisters will again take on challengers in simultaneous chess matches, against celebrities and public figures from the world of sports, the arts, academia, business, and politics. Ordinary chess fans and children, too, will have the chance to pit themselves against the most famous sisters in the history of this mystical game.

As in previous years, the Chess Festival will host a number of international visitors - including a special surprise guest, whose identity remains a secret. What is certain, however, is that on September 29, it will be well worth your while to visit the Palace of the Arts and participate in this great celebration of chess.

Susan, Judit and Sofia Polgar in 2012

25 Years Since the Hungarian Olympiad Triumph of the Polgar Sisters and Ildiko Madl

Exactly quarter of a century ago, in 1988 a historic accomplishment was achieved by the Hungarian Women's Chess team. Susan Pogar, Judit Polgar, Ildiko Madl and Sofia Polgar had the best nerves at the finish line and managed to brake the long domination of the Soviet Union. The  Hungarian teenage team came first by half a point, ahead of their famous opponent and made the biggest success for their country by bringing home the gold medal from the Thessaloniki Women's Chess Olympiad! Judit Polgar who was only 12 years-old at the time made a fantastic performance on board two, with 12,5 points out of 13 games thus took the lion's share of winning the Olympiad gold. On the occasion of the quarter-century anniversary of this historic triumph, Susan Polgar, Judit Polgar, Sofia Polgar and Ildiko Madl will be celebrated at the Chess Festival.

Hungary - USA Online Team Match at the Chess Festival

First time in the history of the Chess Festivals, two countries will battle with each other online. Both teams Hungary and the United States  will be represented by four talented youngsters. The platform for the games will be provided by . Through this website will the young players play 10-minute chess games with both colors. In the clash of talents, Hungary will be represented by Kata Karacsonyi, Alex Krstulovic, Gellert Karacsonyi and Levente Marosi. The battle will start at 17:00 local time and the Hungarian players will play at the Microsoft stand in the Glass Hall, Palace of Art Budapest.

In the meantime it has become clear that the special surprise guest is Garry Kasparov, the legendary 13th World Champion.

The latest news is that for this year the organizers have managed to establish a live stream for the event, starting from 1pm Budapest time. So, once again, the website can be found here!

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


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I am glad that Kasparov and the Polgar sisters are on good terms these days after all the unpleasantness of the past! Imagine World Champion Kasparov being beaten by a 17 year old girl! Well Kasparov made sure that wouldn't happen by changing his move even after his hand had left the piece. He played the poor girl with blunder-odds!

'At Linares 1994, Polgár suffered a controversial defeat at the hands of then-world champion Garry Kasparov. The tournament marked the first time the 17-year-old Polgár was invited to compete with the world's strongest players. After four games she had two points, which was a fair result considering she was rated third from last in the very strong event. Matched with Kasparov in the fifth round, the World Champion changed his mind after making a move and then made another move instead. (According to chess rules, once a player has released a piece, he cannot make a different move. So Kasparov should have been required to play his original move.) Polgár said she did not challenge this, explaining afterwards, "I was playing the World Champion and didn't want to cause unpleasantness during my first invitation to such an important event. I was also afraid that if my complaint was overruled I would be penalized on the clock when we were in time pressure." She was unaware at the time that the re-move was caught on tape by a television crew: the videotape showed Kasparov's fingers were free of the knight for six frames (meaning, at 24 frames per second, Kasparov had released the piece for ¼ of a second). The tournament director was criticised for not forfeiting Kasparov when the videotape evidence was made available to him. At one point Polgár reportedly confronted Kasparov in the hotel bar, asking him, "How could you do this to me?" Kasparov told reporters that his conscience was clear, as he was not aware of his hand leaving the piece. Although Polgár recovered by the end of the tournament, she went into a slump over the next six rounds, gaining only half a point.'

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I guess that's the chess equivalent of Maradona scoring goals with his arms and getting away with it.

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