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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Exciting parallel chess activities at World Chess Championship Match in May

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Hi everyone,

The latest chess news about the World Chess Championship is that another chess lover businessman Guennadi Timtchenko has offered further support to the event. According to a press release, Guennadi Timtchenko said he was impressed by the selected pioneering concept of holding the match in one of the World's most famous museums. In his view, the World Chess Championship would provide a good opportunity to promote Russian art, as well as to increase public interest in chess as one of the methods of mentoring the young generation.

“New Moscow”, Yuri Pimenov, 1937 © The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 

The FIDE World Chess Championship match between World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and Challenger Boris Gelfand (Israel) will be held from the May 10-31 at the Engineering Building of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The match will be organised by FIDE (World Chess Federation) and the RCF (Russian Chess Federation). The initiator and sponsor of the match is the Russian businessman Andrey Filatov (co-owner of N-Trans Group). Businessman Guennadi Timtchenko, as well as Novatek and the Ladoga Charity Foundation will also sponsor the competition.

Several tournaments will be held during the match in Moscow, which will bring together chess veterans including renowned grandmasters, former World and European Champions. These tournaments will be supported by the Ladoga Foundation, which has made care program for the senior generation a strategic focus of its activities.

Young chess players from all over Russia will be able to attend the match in Moscow. The Russian Chess Federation, together with the State Tretyakov Gallery, is currently working on the program for their stay in the capital, which will include not only workshops and multi-board chess games with famous grandmasters, but also guided tours of the Tretyakov Gallery and lectures on the history of art.

Live online English-language video coverage of the match will be set up. Chess fans from all over the world will be able to watch match games online, commented by leading chess experts, while the studio will host well-known grandmasters, public figures, authors and musicians. During the webcast, viewers will also have the opportunity to learn about the history and exposition of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The webcasts will focus on the history of Russian art, viewpoints on the life and creative work of artists, whose paintings became the basis for the exposition of Russia's largest national museum.

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