Contest for the best journalistic material on the RCF Chess Museum


Press Release
September 28, 2017


The activities of the museum, which was opened in September 2014 in the Central House of Chess Player, are aimed at supporting the development of the chess movement in Russia and popularizing the sport as a whole. It does this by taking part in exhibitions and organizing excursions, themed expositions and other educational projects. The museum houses a unique collection of more than 4000 rare exhibits and chess artefacts of true cultural and historical value. In order to reach the widest possible audience, the collection can be viewed both at the museum itself and as part of the mobile exhibitions organized by the RCF as part of tournaments and other chess events.

The contest for the best journalistic material on the Museum is open to professional journalists from print and electronic media, as well as those working for online publications. Journalistic articles and TV and radio reports published or aired in any geographical region before December 10, 2017 will be considered. Articles and reports must talk about the history of the Central House of Chess Player and the RCF Chess Museum – its collection and current activities.

The winner of the contest will be decided by the contest committee, which will be made up of: the oldest living chess grandmaster, historian and man who has done so much to popularize the game of chess, Yuri Averbakh; RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky; 14th World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik; Editor-in-Chief of 64. Chess Review, Maxim Notkin; and curator of the RCF Chess Museum, Dmitry Oleynikov, Ph.D.

The winner of the contest will be awarded an extremely limited edition wine chess set from Art Russe Grand Cru. The collection was created by CHATEU LA GRACE DIEU DES PRIEURS (Saint-Émilion, France) in conjunction with Russian Chess Federation partner Art Russe, which boasts the largest collection of Russian art from the late 19th to the 20th centuries. The grand prize is six bottles of the high-quality French wine adorned with faithful reproductions of works by Russia’s great painters presented in a unique chess box.

The results of the contest, along with the awards presentation will take place during the closing ceremony of the Nutcracker Match of the Generations team tournament scheduled for December 18–24, 2017.

For information: Kirill Zangalis +7 (968) 732 0080; e-mail:

For reference

Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is a public non-profit organization that brings together individuals and chess federation of republics, territories, regions, federal cities, autonomous regions and autonomous areas of the Russian Federation. RCF activities are aimed at the development and popularization of chess in the Russian Federation. RCF was established on February 15, 1992. The management bodies of the Russian Chess Federation are the Congress and the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation. The Board of Trustees of the Russian Chess Federation is a collegial advisory and consultative body, acting on a voluntary basis.

RCF organizes the annual nationwide «White Castle» Children’s Chess Tournament for Schools, the Russian Chess Championship and numerous other chess competitions. The Federation’s «Chess in Museums» initiative has been running successfully in Russia since 2012.

RCF initiates and implements chess development programs, including those targeting children, and promotes expansion of the network of chess clubs and sections in the regions. RCF manages individual and team competitions in Russia, organizes participation of Russian players in international competitions, promotes Russian chess in the international arena, and develops sporting links with national chess federations, national and international organizations, including FIDE.

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