Alekhine Memorial Will Be Held in Paris and St. Petersburg

Время публикации: 06.03.2013 21:51 | Последнее обновление: 06.03.2013 22:32

Businessmen Filatov and Timchenko again connect chess to the fine art

Russian Chess Federation informs about another top tournament connected with the fine art. The Alekhine Memorial will be held in French Louvre and Russian museum located in St. Petersburg from April 21st to May 1st.

The participants' list:
Vishy Anand (India)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
Levon Aronian (Аrmрмения)
Peter Svidler (Russia)
Nikita Vitiugov (
Boris Gelfand (Israel)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
Laurent Fressinet (France)
Michael Adams (England)
Ding Liren (China)

The players will compete in a round-robin the first five rounds of which will be played in Paris where the fourth world champion lived and worked in his heyday.

The event is organized by RCF with the support of businessmen Gennady Timchenko and Andrey Filatov.

Ilya Levitov, the Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation, "Alekhine is one of the brightest personalities in chess history. I think it's pretty logical and nice that the fourth world champion's Memorial will be held in two cultural capitals of the world. An interesting participants' list promises a tense fight, while the brilliant museums which will host the event will increase the spectators' interest to the Alekhine Memorial as not only to a chess competition, but as the cultural event too."

Gennady Timchenko, the sponsor of Alekhine Memorial, "The Alekhine Memorial continues a successful tradition of holding the top events in the famous museums of the world. It was started in the Tretyakov Gallery in May 2012. We are thankful to Louvre and Russian museum which have supported our initiative and we are sure that the upcoming tournament will work not only for popularization of chess, but to popularization of Russian art too. The first Russian world champion was one oft he most interesting chess painters of XX century. His creative heritage stays valuable for the new generations and his biography continues to inspire the historians and the fans. the forthcoming tournament is a tribute to a great chess player and a worthy citizen of two countries - Russia and France." 


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