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.
The chess tent at the Afisha Picnic.
The marketing designs from the 2016 Candidates tournament in Moscow and the 2014 World Chess Championship match in Sochi were displayed in the tent.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players
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