Between 5 and 17 December 2020 there will take place the Grand Finals of the 73rd Russian chess championship for men and the 70th Russian chess championship for women. The tournament will be hosted by the Botvinnik Central House of Chess Player (Moscow) with support from the Chess Federation of Russia and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko.
The CFR and the Timchenko Foundation have been staging chess competitions at major museums in Russia and elsewhere in the world since 2012. The world championship match 2012 was hosted by the Tretyakov Gallery, the Alyokhin Memorial in 2013 by the Louvre in Paris and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg, and the Tal Memorial in 2016 and 2018 by the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow.
Since 1980, the Central House of Chess Player has been housing the world’s best Chess Museum, whose collection includes unique exhibits (some 4000 thousand items). In 2020 the Chess Museum will open its doors in the digital space: a dedicated website will be launched, and a series of videos produced about the major exhibits.
“We hold public events as part of the Chess at Museums project every year. At weekends masterclasses and simultaneous displays are held for the trainees of children’s chess schools and centres, as well as veterans. In 2020, the Grand Finals will combine off-line ‘weekend events’ and online activities under the additional programme for those who will not be able to physically attend the event in the TsDSh [Central House of Chess Player (CHCP)],” said Igor Baradachev, head of the Sports programme at the Timchenko Foundation, when discussing plans.