Khanty-Mansiysk will honour Café de la Régence

Concert-theatrical center Ugra-Classic to revive the old spirits

The organizers of the 39th World Chess Olympiad, set to take place from 20th September to 4th October in Khanty-Mansiysk, Ugra, will try to revive the spirit of the legendary Paris’ “Café de la Régence”, the most important European Centre of chess in the 18th and 19th centuries.

All famous chess masters of the time played in “Café de la Régence”. Among regular visitors of the Cafe were Denis Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Francois-Andre Philidor Danican, Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin. Denis Diderot described the cafe in his book “Le neveu de Rameau”. For many years, the Cafe took pride of the marble chess table, behind which Napoleon played in 1798.

Spokesman of the concert-theatrical center “Ugra-Classic”, Alexander Vovnenko, stated that the programme of the chess club “Café de la Régence” will include chess tournaments, thematic lectures on the historical chess figures and concerts by “Ugra-Classic” soloists.

In addition, the club will be screenings thematic feature films, including “Chess” (1977), “Searching for Bobby Fischer” (1993), “The Luzhin Defence” (2000), musical “Chess” (1984) and the masterpiece “The Seventh Seal” (1957).

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