Continuing a tradition of "chess in museums" spearheaded by Russian Chess Federation president Andrey Filatov, the playing hall of the Russian Championships in the Museum for the Political History of Russia. The house was once owned by the Prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinskaya, who was romantically involved with Tsar Nicholas II and other Grand Dukes of the Romanovs. In 1917, after the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks dispossessed her and took up their quarters in the building which today is a museum. Recently, Matilda Kschessinskaya made news again because the controversial Russian film "Matilda" was inspired by her life. (See below for the historical context of the venue from ChessBase's Andre Schulz, and the trailer of the film.)


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