The renowned conductor and new Music Director of Verbier Orchestra Valeri Guerguiev and the the famous cellist Mischa Maisky are among the 14 celebrities whom challenged Vladimir Kramnik on Thursday 26 July 2018 in simultaneous chess exhibition organised by Neva Foundation, under the eyes of Festival Founder and Director Martin Engstroem.
During two hour of play, under the cameras of Medici TV making a report on Mischa Maisky, Vladimir Kramnik played, advised and commented all the games in a friendly atmosphere but concentrated.
Former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov's winner in 2000 and sponsor of the Neva Foundation's chess in school project, achieved twelve wins and two draws against the two women participating at the simultaneous chess exhibition.
Saturday July 28th, the most renowned performance psychologist in the UK, working with business personalities, athletes and musicians, spoke with Vladimir Kramnik to shed light on the qualities required to reach the summit.
The chess activities took place on Monday, July 30, 2018, with learning interactive workshops, followed by a rapid tournament. On this occasion, Neva Foundation gave three chess boards and Medici TV will offer two one-year subscriptions to the winners of the tournament (1 for the Junior category and one for the Adult category).
The winner of the tournament was Christopher Croisé, followed by the first woman Léa Hausman and Willian Dunhill. First prizes were given by Vladimir Kramnik.