V. Budapest Open
Welcoming of Máriusz Révész, the President of the Budapest Chess Federation
Dear Chess Friend!
For the third time the Budapest Chess Federation, in cooperation with Aranytíz House of Culture and Sarkany Youth Sports Club, organizes an international chess tournament in Budapest, in mid-August. The main patrons of this tournament are the City Council of Budapest and the City Council of the V. District. I very much hope that we will manage to achieve a new record number of participants, and this year’s edition will be at least as strong as the previous editions. I have faith, that this tournament will become stonger year by year, and we can organize stronger and stonger tournaments in Budapest; we managed to revive the Budapest Spring Festival this year as well.
Budapest always had great chess traditions. It is here where the first Hungarian chess circle formed, first time unofficially led be Vince Grimm in 1839, and later, in 1864 officially, led by Ferenc Erkel, our nation’s great composer. The Hungarian Chess Federation was founded in Budapest too, first time in 1911, and after the First World War, also in 1921. So many great chess players from Budapest represented Hungary in different chess events and Olympiads, from them Géza Maróczy, László Szabó, Gedeon Barcza are excelling, or Judit Polgár, who is the top one woman chess player for over 25 years now, or former woman world champion Zsuzsa Polgár.
This chess tournament series, whose main patron is István Tarlós, Lord Mayor of Budapest, are not just an international chess tournament, also it is an important part of the cultural life of Budapest, and apart from the Hungarian chess players, we expect to see foreign players from all over the world, to bring good fame of Budapest everywhere.
President of the Budapest Chess Federation
Last year's winners: Imre Héra Jr., To Nhat Minh and Péter Zentai