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Chess in the Louvre. Alekhine Memorial is held in Paris

Saturday, April 20, was a very bright day in the international chess calendar: an international tournament in memory of Alekhine was opened in the French capital. 10 leading chess players of the world gathered in the Tuileries Garden on the territory of the Louvre in a specially built pavilion.

Chess in the Louvre. Alekhine Memorial is held in ParisUntil April 26, the participants of the “Alekhin Memorial” will play the first five games in the Louvre, and then - from April 28 - the tournament will continue in the Mikhailovsky Castle of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. We will know the winner's name already on May 1st.

Take part in the Alekhi memorial world champion Viswanathan Anand; Grandmaster Boris Gelfand - a contender for the 2012 chess crown; owners of the second and third numbers in the FIDE rating list Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik; six-time Russian champion Peter Svidler.

Also participating in the tournament is Michael Adams - the strongest UK player; Maxim Vachier-Lagrave and Laurent Fressinet - leading players of the French national team; Ding Liren - the current champion of China; Nikita Vitiugov - young Russian grandmaster, world champion in our team.

All Parisian fights are broadcast in three languages: English, Russian and French, in real time.

Chess tournaments in museums are becoming a tradition - in 2012 the Tretyakov Gallery hosted the world championship match. Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand's games, also broadcast online, were watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Two cities - Paris and St. Petersburg - were not chosen by chance for the Alekhin Memorial: the fate of the outstanding Russian chess player Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhin, the only undefeated world champion, is closely connected with these cities.

With the northern capital of his tied years of study in the prestigious Imperial School of Law. Yes, and 22-year-old Alekhin entered the list of the strongest chess players in the world, hitting the St. Petersburg tournament of 1914 among the top three winners.

In 1921, Alexander Alekhin left Russia forever, settled in France and, having become a citizen of this country, lived the rest of his life in Paris.

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