Astrakhan has its own chess yard now
In Bratsk garden of Astrakhan a chess yard was opened. The idea came to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Astrakhan Chess Federation Askar Kabikeev this spring, when he saw street chess in the center of one of the big European cities. The realization of idea did not take long: on the sixth of July a chess yard was opened personally by the Mayor Astrakhan Sergey Bozhenov.
According to the site astrachess.ru, a lot of people came to the garden to look at the floor chess, to touch, take pictures with them. The mayor expressed his hope that children who are just passing by, will get interested about the game.
All evening the townspeople were entertained by clowns, jugglers, and the culmination of the evening was the tasting of a cake, made like a chess board. In addition to large outdoor chess, everyone could play standard chess: a simul on eleven boards was given by GM Alexander Evdokimov.