World Chess Championship at Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery front entrance*

This year’s World Chess Championship is being held at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Boris Gelfand of Israel and Viswanathan Anand of India will compete for $1.5 million in prize money among priceless works of Russian art.

The Tretyakov Gallery was established in 1892 by Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov, perhaps the greatest of the 19th century patrons of Russian Art. Tretyakov had a vision for a museum of national art. Begininning in his early twenties, he began aggressively collecting and commissioning work from Russian artists. He was a magnanimous patron, often purchasing huge bodies of work, even entire exhibitions at once. Later in life, he began collecting 18th and 17th century Russian art, as well as icons. The result is one of the world’s great museums. (If you’re ever in Moscow, you must set aside at least a day) Link

From the Daily Mail:

“The venue has elicited positive response, with former world champion Garry Kasparov commenting: ‘One can only welcome bringing chess and art together.’ Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, said: ‘In one sense, art, music, chess and science are all related spheres.”

* Image from akk_rus (creative commons)