Chess Builds Bridges: Inspired by Judit Polgar’s Powerful Message

We at Summit School of Chess were recently heartened and inspired by news of the special simultaneous chess exhibition organized in Berlin. Legendary Hungarian Grandmaster Judit Polgar, widely considered the best female player in history, played against 40 opponents to raise awareness for Israeli hostages held in Gaza.

Chess players gather to play in honor of Israeli hostages held in Gaza in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2024.
(photo credit: CHESS4SOLIDARITY)

Unifying Power of Chess

Polgar’s participation highlights the unifying power of chess, its ability to transcend differences and build bridges between communities. This event showcased the importance of sportsmanship while confronting difficult realities like antisemitism and hostage situations.

Chess players gather to play in honor of Israeli hostages held in Gaza in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2024. (credit: CHESS4SOLIDARITY)

Chess in the Denver Area: Building on a Global Tradition

The themes in this inspiring story resonate deeply with Summit School of Chess’s mission. We believe wholeheartedly in the power of chess to:

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills: From opening theory to endgame tactics, chess teaches children focus, deep strategy, and the value of analyzing multiple paths forward.
  • Foster a sense of community: Players of all skill levels and backgrounds connect over the chessboard. Our programs celebrate respectful competition and create lifelong friendships.
  • Inspire confidence and self-belief: Every match, every tournament, regardless of outcome, helps children grow more confident in their judgment and decision-making abilities.

How to Find Youth Chess Programs Near You: Bringing Chess to the Denver Community

We want every child in the Greater Denver Area to have the opportunity to experience the incredible benefits of chess. Here’s how you can get involved and find chess events for your family:

  • Summit School of Chess: Explore our offerings, including:
    • Before/after school programs
    • Group online lessons
    • Monthly tournaments
    • Summer camps
    • Private lessons
    • Chess events for families and all skill levels
  • Search terms for finding chess resources: Make us (and other schools) easy to find with search terms like:
    • “Chess near me”
    • “Denver chess tournaments”
    • “Youth chess Colorado”
    • “Chess club near me”

Inspired to Play? Chess: A Path to Connection in Denver

The Berlin chess exhibition reminds us that chess transcends borders and has a role to play in uniting communities with a shared purpose. If you’re inspired to learn chess, improve your skills, or support the growth of the chess community here in the Denver area, Summit School of Chess is here to help.

Link to the original article through The Jerusalem Post

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