The idea of holding a chess tournament in a major cultural institution was first put into practice at the 2012 world title match, which took place in the Tretyakov Art Gallery on the initiative of Andrei Filatov and Gennady Timchenko. By spring 2013, the Foundation had supported the Alekhine Memorial super-tournament held in the Louvre and the Russian Museum in St. Peterburg. Then, in autumn of the same year, the Russian Chess Championship was held in museums in Nizhny Novgorod.
Chess is a peculiar game with close ties to sport, culture and history; and the Chess in Museums project is designed to make these links clear to everyone.
"We regard chess as a unique amalgamation of sport, intellect and creativity. Our wish to demonstrate this multi-dimensional characteristic of the game gave birth to the idea of holding tournaments within the best Russian and international museums. The setting creates an atmosphere of celebration and emphasises the importance of events. As part of our tournaments we always organise social and cultural events for spectators, young chess players and veteran players. So everybody is a winner."