Pushkin and Chess Don't Go Together? RCF Refuses to Support Pushkin Chess Tournament in Pyatigorsk

Время публикации: 11.05.2015 23:28 | Последнее обновление: 16.05.2015 21:26

"Chess in Pushkin's life occupied a small but proud place..." The theme of the relations between "our everything" and chess was something Genna Sosonko tried to reveal on our site about two years ago in the story "The best chess player of Petersburg".This year, the name of the greatest poet of Russia can resound louder than ever before in conjunction with our ancient game: in November in Pyatigorsk is planned a "Pushkin chess tournament." Silvio Danailov has been invited to be the head of the organizing committee and he has agreed. You will recall that from last year, the European Chess Union then led by Danailov received official permission to hold their competitions under the auspices of UNESCO, and the Pushkin tournament will be organized under the patronage of the Secretary General of the organization Irina Bokova.

"The joint project 'Chess - World Cultural Heritage' and 'The Pushkin chess tournament' will achieve one goal - the recognition of the World Chess Heritage and the saving of a piece of cultural heritage - Pyatigorsk's Rebrov Estate, where the great poet lived in 1820, and where in 2012 was founded a museum "The Pushkin House in the Caucasus", - the Museum stated on its website.

The organizers intend to invite the world's strongest women players to the tournament, including the world champion.

The Director of the Museum "Pushkin House in the Caucasus" Virineya Bayros appealed to the Russian Chess Federation to assist in the organisation of the project, but received the following response, declining to support the event:

The refusal seems strange, given that the project "Chess in museums" is something to which the RCF has devoted a lot of attention in recent times, and 2015 has been declared Russian Year of literature. 

Bayros also appealed to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the same terms, but FIDE has made no reply.  


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