Moscow: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Has Been Presented a "Chess Ark"

Время публикации: 12.05.2012 21:40 | Последнее обновление: 12.05.2012 22:04

An unusual press conference was held today within the framework of the World Championship match which takes place in the State Tretyakov Gallery. The Israeli painter Nir Slav, the son of the Chairman of the Israeli Chess federation Moshe Slav, presented the FIDE museum one of his works called "Noah's Ark." 

This painting is one from the series of paintings united under the title "The Biblical Motives", the main idea of which is saying that God cared about saving not only human flesh, but also about preservation of their culture and spiritual world; therefore chess was also granted a place on the board of the Ark.  

An interesting work, deep idea and... the hard fate of the author. The fact is that Nir Slav is physically challenged, he's almost unable to hear and speak. Nevertheless, the artist considers himself a very happy man: he can move independently, albeit with difficulties, he can paint and enjoy that his works are successful; as opposed to a lot of disabled children who are unable to do all this. Chess for them is a narrow path into the big and interesting world. That's why Nir asked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to promise that the international chess federation, and personally he, will take part in promoting chess among children with disabilities. 

Moshe Slav - the Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation - has also presented a symbolic gift: a chess set made in national motives. 

After the press conference the Chairman of the national federation, to which Boris Gelfand belongs, said that a deserved reward waits for the Israeli player in the case of victory. While on the question what kind of reward he means, Slav dismissed the matter with the joke: "Don't count your chicken before they are hatched!"


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