Tomorrow July 1, the prestigious yearly chess match Russia vs. China will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, until July 9. Will play 5 men and 5 women, in both classical and rapid chess. For Russia, men: Tomashevsky, Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi, Vitiugov, Matlakov, for women: Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Baira Kovanova. The full lists and regulations are here (Russian, English via Google Translate). A history of the Russia – China matches are here (Russian, English via Google Translate). The girls have been in training for the last week (see “locker room” photo). Several photos of the free day today spent visiting the beautiful park of Peterhof can be found below.
Above: The two trainers Rublevsky and Naer with the Russian women’s chess team
Above: Alexandra Kosteniuk: The fountains of Peterhof are so beautiful!
Above: Pogonina, Kovanova, Kosteniuk, Girya, Gunina, coach Rublevsky
Above: Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk in Peterhof in 2012
Above: The Russian women’s chess team
Above: Alexandra Kosteniuk in front of a Peterhof fountain
Above: The women’s Russian chess team with 2 coaches Rublevsky and Naer