“Indian” chess set added to chess museum’s collection in Russia

by ChessBase
12/24/2020 – Elena Burmistrova has presented the CFR Chess Museum with a unique art gift for the New Year. It comes from a limited edition of handmade chess sets titled “Indian”, manufactured at the porcelain enterprise “Delta-X” of Kislovodsk in the 1990s. To design the chessmen, A. Lyubkin resorted to ancient legends and tales’ motives. Pieces of gilt and overglaze painting join the combat on a chessboard of marble and serpentine stone.

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Burmistrova makes unique New Year’s gift

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Elena Burmistrova, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee/Director General of Gazprom Export, has presented the CFR Chess Museum with a unique art gift for the New Year.

It comes from a limited edition of handmade chess sets titled “Indian”, manufactured at the porcelain enterprise “Delta-X” of Kislovodsk in the 1990s. To design the chessmen, the artist A. Lyubkin resorted to ancient legends and tales’ motives. Pieces of gilt and overglaze painting join the combat on a chessboard of marble and serpentine stone, with a unique house for chess pieces being a rare and distinctive feature of this particular set. The tradition of tucking the pieces away “to rest” in a dedicated “accommodation” instead of a dark wooden box dates back to several centuries ago. This is both a respect for the wise game’s porcelain participants and a practical solution to keep beautiful pieces on the table as a kind of display.

The “Indian” chess set by A. Lyubkin takes an honorable place in the exhibition of the famous G. Alexandrov’s Museum of Porcelain Chess in St. Petersburg. It is now at the full display to visitors of the Russian Federation of Chess as well.

Andrey Filatov, President of the Chess Federation of Russia, expresses his gratitude to Elena Burmistrova for such a valuable New Year’s present.

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Indian Chess, A. Lyubkin

Indian Chess, Russian Chess Federation


The CFR Chess Museum

The CFR Chess Museum was opened in 2014. The unique collection, which houses more than 5,000 chess rarities and artifacts, started to develop in 1980, and a museum room functioned in 1980-2009 in the Central Chess Club on 14, Gogolevsky Boulevard. Since autumn 2014, the Chess Museum exhibition has been moved to a new area of 180 square meters, and now it occupies three halls of the mansion on Gogolevsky Boulevard.

The Chess Museum collection includes everything connected to the ancient and yet ever young game: cups and trophies won by Russian grandmasters; chess-related paintings, sketches, caricatures, etchings and lithographs. Visitors can also see portrait sculptures of great masters who devoted themselves to chess, photographs of chess champions and numerous chess sets created in the 18th–20th centuries in different countries.

The Chess Museum collection can be divided into two parts: chess from different ages and nations and cups won by Russian chess players. Chess made of silver, mahogany, sandal, mother-of-pearl, glass, birchbark and wire (made in GULag) as well as old paintings, etchings and photographs combined with the guide’s narration make us think that our lives revolve around chess.

The Chess Federation of Russia

The Chess Federation of Russia (CFR) (from 1992 till 2019 known as the Russian Chess Federation) is an All-Russian non-governmental organization uniting regional chess federations as well as being a member of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). The Federation was founded in 1992 as a successor to the USSR Chess Federation.

The CFR charter recognizes the Federation congress as the supreme governing body to be convened at least once every four years. Besides, the collegiate governing body is the Federation’s Supervisory Board, which consists of five vice presidents and 26 representatives of regional federations. Since 2014, the sole executive authority has been vested with President of the Chess Federation of Russia. Andrey Filatov is the CFR’s current President.

The CFR is a direct organizer of many national and international tournaments, including the Russian Championship Higher League, Russian Team Championship and the international tournament Belaya Ladya. The CFR also hosts the Russian Rapid and Blitz Championships, the Russian Cup, the Grand Prix Rapid, and the Children's Russian Cup.


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