"Chess Night" With Maria Manakova

Время публикации: 10.04.2012 19:16 | Последнее обновление: 10.04.2012 19:18

Anand - Gelfand match will be followed by an unusual event  

The Grandmaster, member of Chess-News team in the Ostankino Cup, "Sex symbol of the 2000s" Maria Manakova has been concealing for a long time, but today everything illuminated: on May 19th Manakova will hold a simul for the painters in Tretyakov Gallery which hosts Anand - Gelfand World Championship match. That's an all-night event organized within the scope of the "cultural programme of the World Championship match." 

"I came up with this idea", explains Maria. "However not alone, but together with the Director of the Zverev Centre Alexey Sosna. The idea of combining chess and contemporary art crossed our minds almost ten years ago, however, we began to mull over it more actively only a year ago. We've invited Sasha Sokolov to be the curator. He presented the idea so soundly that he could also interest in it the Tretyakov Gallery. So, the "dad" of the idea, Alexey Sosna, gave the way: initially, he wanted the event to be held exactly in his museum."

According to Maria, the "ordinary" chess fans have only one chance of getting among the participants of the simul: they have to become artists asap, paint a masterpiece and suggest the Tretyakov Gallery to exhibit it. 

"I think there's not a chess player who hasn't played chess the whole night through", continues Maria. "Or over several nights. We are gamblers, we're almost maniacs. The last time I have played blitz the whole night through in Serbia, that was several days ago and I played against a pretty strong rival, although not a professional." 

It's noteworthy, that Russian Chess Federation is not connected to the event anyhow. This was stated by Ilya Levitov, the Chairman of the Board of RCF, to Moscow News:

"I concede that some of our individual representatives could have taken part in organising this event, but there wasn't an official cooperation. That is most likely a private initiative of the Tretyakov gallery. The representatives of the gallery found it necessary to present their own project. But we're ready to support any initiative which will help to promote chess. For instance, we'll be organising the arrival of the children groups from regions on each of the games of the match. The children will be able to play in simuls, they'll listen to the lectures and have an opportunity to get along with the famous players. If Tretyakov Gallery will join us with their project - we'll only welcome that."

In addition, Maria shared her prognosis of the match result: "I'm liking both players! I'll be supporting Borya, but the winner will surely be Anand."  


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