Workers' Day

Время публикации: 02.05.2015 13:35 | Последнее обновление: 02.05.2015 21:20

On 1st May in the Sochi hotel Zhemchuzhina [Pearl - Ed] the national club championships started, the biggest mass chess event in Russia. In the annually-changing club line-ups, this year we have not just stars, but superstars.

Our photo correspondent Mikhail Sholudko decided to join with the proletariat of all countries and this is what happened. 


  


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    My impressions of the first playing day in Sochi can be summed up in one sentence: great fuss about a single game of chess. It seems to me that's not the way it should be, ideally.

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    Two girls were standing at the entrance, putting a decorative band around a hand of each woman entering the hall.

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  • When I started to prepare this report, I saw the appalling news from Moscow. It destroyed my wish to describe the closing ceremony of the third Grand Prix stage. I hope the readers will excuse me for this.

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  • In Chavki, 98 players are competing for the European Women's Championship. The opening ceremony was covered by Sofiko Nikoladze.