The Tretyakov Art Gallery. 2012 World Chess Championship Title Match

In 2012, the Timchenko Foundation became one of the sponsors of the World Chess Championship title match between world champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and challenger Boris Gelfand (Israel). It took place between 10 and 31 May in the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia) and was organised by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Russian Chess Federation (RShF).

The programme included a special programme for young chess players developed jointly by the Russian Chess Federation and the Tretyakov Gallery. As a result of the Foundation’s support, more than 200 talented children from the Far East of Russia and the Siberian Federal District were able to: cheer on their heroes; listen to lectures from renowned grandmasters and the best Russian coaches; participate in master classes; and even try their hand at several simultaneous games with 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov, and holder of the World Cup Petr Svidler. In addition, the children were given an interesting cultural programme of lectures by art historians and tours of the art gallery.

In the course of the Championship, there was a round table on "The Intellectual Capabilities of the Elderly Person", which discussed the effect of intellectual games on the cognitive development of the older people. This was followed by the All-Russian Spassky Cup Veterans Tournament.

The Louvre and the Russian Museum. The Alekhine Memorial, 2013

The Alexander Alekhine Memorial international chess tournament took place from 20 April to 1 May in Pariss Louvre and St. Petersburgs Russian Museum. The tournament was organised by the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Foundation with support from businessman Andrei Filatov and the Franco-Russian Chamber of Trade and Industry.

The"Memorial" tournament is dedicated to the memory of fourth world chess champion and first champion of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946). The tournament took place in two stages. The first five days were in the Louvre, which is the biggest museum in France (Alekhine actually lived and worked in Paris at the height of his fame). The final four days of the tournament were spent in the Mikhailovsky Castle in St. Petersburg, which is part of the State Russian Museum. It was in St. Petersburg that Alekhine started his career as a chess grandmaster in 1914.

Not only chess players were invited to the tournament, but also foster parents and children who were able to look around the magnificent castle, meet the chief arbiter of the competition, Boris Postovsky, and take part in a blitz tournament.

"Alekhine was a highly moral man, which required him to do things not readily understood by the majority of people today. Yet he belonged to two cultures: those of Russia and Western Europe. He felt somewhat inadequate without these two sides of his world and wanted chess to help him conquer geographical and ideological borders. Alekhine said that chess was art. On the basis of this idea, we are holding the Alekhine Memorial tournament in Pariss Louvre and St. Petersburgs Russian Museum. We believe that art, chess and sport create a particular atmosphere of understanding between peoples and cultures; and, of course, the great chess player Alekhine is one of the symbols of this process."

Gennady Timchenko

"The Rukavishnikov Estate and Nizhny Novgorod State Museum of Art. 2013 Russian Chess Championship Super Final for Men and Women

From 4 to 15 October, the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Foundation held the 2013 Russian Chess Championship Super Final with the support of the Nizhny Novgorod Regional Government in the Nizhny Novgorod State Historical and Architectural Museum, better known as the Rukavishnikov Estate. The Nizhny Novgorod State Museum of Art also took part in organising the event.

The Russian Championship has been running since 1920 and remains one of the most anticipated events in the chess calendar. This was the first time that such a prestigious tournament had been held within the walls of a Russian regional museum.

Charitable events were held here for children and veterans as part of the tournaments social and cultural programme. Guests and journalists were given free tours of both the Historical and Architectural Museum and the Museum of Art.