World Chess set up chess tables at Russia’s most popular one-day festival this past summer. Hundreds showed up to play.

Every year since 2004, a one-day festival has been held in Kolomenskoye, a former estate of the tsars a few kilometers southeast of the center of Moscow. The festival, called the Afisha Picnic, attracts tens of thousands of people. At this year’s festival, which was July 30, World Chess set up a tent and tables with sets for anyone who wanted to play. Many people took us up on the offer.