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Chess Grand Finals Outcomes

Apr 15, 2019 at 13:45 • Sport

The Russian Chess Federation and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko announce the outcomes of the competition to host the Grand Finals of Russia’s 72nd and 69th chess championship for men and women respectively.

The competition has been won by the Udmurt Republic. The tournament will take place in Votkinsk and Izhevsk. In Votkinsk, the chess players will play in the house museum of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, where the great Russian composer was born in 1840. The competitions will be held in August 2019 as part of the Chess at Museums programme.

Chess at Museums is an international programme implemented jointly by the Russian Chess Federation and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. The unorthodox format of chess tournaments hosted by the world’s and Russia’s best museums is designed to emphasize the close link between chess, culture, history and art.

Grand Finals of the Russian championship under the programme have been held since 2013, when the tournament was staged in the Rukavishnikov house museum in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2014, Grand Finals were in the Kazan Kremlin and the Khazine National Art Gallery; in 2016, in the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History; in 2017, in the National Museum of Political History of Russia (St Petersburg). In 2018, Grand Finals were hosted by the town of Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast, where the Magnezit [Magnesite] House of Culture was used to display a show by Gely Korzhev, Soviet and Russian artist.

National championships held as part of the Chess at Museums project receive wide media coverage, showcase the cultural heritage of the region and get people of all ages interested in chess.

Grand Finals of Russian championship traditionally include a social programme day: big-name grandmasters play games of multi-board chess against young chess players and veterans. Aficionados can rub shoulders with famous chess players in an informal setting, test themselves at the board and, who knows, win a memorable victory.

FYI:

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) – a non-governmental not-for-profit organization that brings together people and the chess federations of Russia. Founded 1992. The RCF’s mission is to promote and support chess in the Russian Federation and strengthen the position of Russian chess on the international scene.

The RFS [RCF] develops and implements chess promotion programmes, including ones targeting children, and facilitates the expansion of the network of chess clubs and sections in the provinces. It organizes individual and team competitions in Russia, as well as participation of Russian chess players in international competitions. The RCF is the organizer of the annual Russian national children’s championship, the White Rook tournament among educational establishments, the Russian championship and other children’s chess competitions.

Official website: http://ruchess.ru/.

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