Competition launched to host Grand Finals

Mar 02, 2020 at 12:00 • Sport

The Chess Federation of Russia with support from the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko announces a competition to host the Grand Finals of Russian chess championship as part of the Chess at Museums project. Entries will be accepted as of 2 March until 31 May; the winners will be named 26 June 2020.

The Grand Finals in the 73rd Russian chess championship for men and the 70th Russian chess championship for women will take place in the second half of 2020.

The competition is open to provincial chess federations with experience in running competitions and the required technical resources, and willing to work in harness with local museums. Apart from the museum dimension, an important aspect of the Chess at Museums programme is public events. On weekends the organizers arrange master classes and simultaneous displays for enrollees of children’s chess schools and clubs, and competitions for chess movement veterans. For more information about the competition, please visit the websites of Timchenko Foundation and Chess Federation of Russia.

“Chess at Museums is an unparalleled project that every year brings together sports fans and art aficionados, young and adult chess players, professionals and amateurs, while remaining a spellbinding, relevant and festive event all around. I am confident that the future competition entrants will include many wonderful museums and cities”, said Igor Baradachov, head of the Sports programme at the Timchenko Foundation.

Since 2012, when the world chess championship match was hosted by the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow, the FShR [Chess Federation of Russia (CFR)] has been holding, with support from the Timchenko Foundation, the highest-profile national championships and international tournaments on the premises of major museums in Russia and the world over. The Alyokhin Memorial 2013 was hosted by the Louvre (Paris) and the St. Michael’s Castle of the State Russian Museum (St Petersburg); the Tal Memorial 2016 and 2018 by the Museum of Russian Impressionism (Moscow).

The Chess at Museums project has been providing venues for all Grand Finals of the Russian championship since 2014. Champion titles were contested at the Rukavishnikov Manor House in Nizhny Novgorod and at the Khazine National Art Gallery in the Kazan Kremlin. Since 2016, the venue for Grand Finals has been chosen by competition. As a result, the Grand Finals were hosted by the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History in 2016, by St Petersburg’s Museum of Political History of Russia in 2017, by the Magnezit [Magnesite] DK [House of Culture (HOC)] in the town of Satka (Chelyabinsk Oblast) in 2018, and in 2019 the best female and male chess players of this country played in two towns of the Udmurt Republic: in Votkinsk, at the Tchaikovsky home museum, and in Izhevsk, at the Palace of Friendship.