The Festival was officially opened by Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and the Chess Championship was opened by Tamás Szűcs, Head of the European Commission Representation in Hungary and Garry Kasparov, Chess Grand Master.
A special feature of this year’s festival was the ‘Clash of Generations’, which was the Family Team Chess Tournament, supported by the European Commission.
A stand dedicated to the European Year of Citizens 2013 provided visitors throughout the Festival with useful information about the European Year itself and about their EU rights. Visitors could fill in the EYC2013 quiz, which asked questions like, “How many EU citizens are benefiting from their EU rights?“, and they could ask for information and advice on exercising their EU rights.
The Polgar Chess Festival has firmly established itself as a prestigious social event where athletes, artists, scientists, businessmen, celebrities, politicians and children participate in the fun for an entire day.
The Polgar International Chess Festival provides meaningful programmes for all age groups, from 4-year-old children to 99-year-old chess enthusiasts, and from grandchildren to parents and grandparents.