This historic international chess tournament, organised in honour of the Russian Grandmaster Alexandre Alekhine (1892-1946) at the Louvre Museum in Paris and at the Russian Museum in Saint-Pétersburg in April 2013 with the support of the Timtchenko family, pursued a tradition to organise elite chess tournaments in museums so as to promote this elite sport as well as the culutral heritage of the two countries.
Alexandre Alekhine was not only the first Russian World Chess Champion and the only World Champion to have regained his title and to have kept it till the end of his life, but also a genius who inspired generations of chess players all over the world.
The organisation of this tournament had two mail objectives : to develop the game of chess, most notably amongst the younger generation, and to give a new image to Russia in Europe by combining art and sport.
The first move to start this tournament was made on the 21st April in the Louvre and Neva Foundation was pleased to give the young elite players in the Geneva region the possibility of enjoying the first round of the Alekhine Memorial and of visiting this magnificent museum which receives more than 10 million visitors each year.
Amongst the world leading players at the Louvre, we found the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and the former World Champion, Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik as well as Grandmasters Levon Aronian, Petr Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Michael Adams, Laurent Fressinet, Nikita Vitiougov and Ding Liren.
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The Russian Museum