Text and photo by Ilya Starikov
Translated by Elizaveta Ovchinnikova
On 14 May 2022, I International Chess Tournament in memory of the Holy Prince St Alexander Nevsky took place at the Moscow House of Nationalities. The organisers are ANO ‘Be glorious, Fatherland!’ and the Moscow Central Deanery. The tournament was supported by the Patriarchal Commission for Physical Culture and Sports, Patriarchal Commission for Family and Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, IPA Russian Section, JSC ‘Borisfen’, regional organisation ‘Vetkon’, Moscow regional office of DOSAAF of Russia, Union of Russian Writers, Union of Moscow Journalists and regional organisation Moscow ‘Suvorovtsy’.
St Alexander Nevsky, the great Russian commander, wise leader and thinker – one of those rulers of Russia, whose activities not only changed the country and the people’s fate but also predetermined the course of Russian history for centuries to come.
St Alexander Nevsky did not lose a single battle. The greatness of his name was known everywhere – from the Varangian Sea to the Pontic, Khupozhsky and Galilee Seas, Ararat and Arabian mountains, even in Rome.
Opposing to the Mongol-Tatars, he admonished and maneuvered, waited and went towards the aim – with small steps, without waking the beast but also without indulging it. He did the seemingly impossible – the Khan of the Golden Horde called Russian princes less often to themselves, Orthodox dioceses were opened in the Horde. The priests not only provided religious assistance to the Russians who were in captivity but also converted the gentiles to Orthodoxy. In the image of Alexander Nevsky, all popular ideas about the ideal ruler of Russia converged – the defender of the Russian land and the guardian of the Orthodox faith.
In memory of the Holy Prince, students of Sunday Schools of the Central Deanery of Moscow and cadet classes, pupils of the Centre for Creativity and Sports ‘Knyazhichi’, representatives of the diasporas of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan tested their chess skills, intuition and strategic thinking at the Moscow House of Nationalities.
Welcome speeches at the opening of the tournament were made by: Director General of the ANO ‘Be glorious, Fatherland!’ Nikolay Kuznetsov, member of the Patriarchal Commission for Physical Culture and Sports, Rector of the St Simeon the Stylite Church on Povarskaya Street, Priest Daniil Zubov, Representative for the CIS and Baltic countries of the Ministry of Public Security of the State of Israel Paul Timkovsky, Adviser to the Embassy of the Republic Moldova in the Russian Federation Alexander Pavlyuk, Vice-President of the All-Russian public organisation ‘International Police Association Russian Section’ Alexander Bykodir, Adviser to the President of the All-Russian public organisation ‘International Police Association Russian Section’ Olga Averina.
At the end of the tournament, representatives of the Patriarchal Commission for Family and Protection of Motherhood and Childhood presented memorable gifts to all participants.
During the competition, a meeting of the organising committee was held, where its members, including representatives of the States of Israel and Moldova, decided to finalise the ‘Regulations on the Tournament’ taking into account modern realities and to work on expanding the geography of the participating countries of the tournament, using their capabilities for this purpose.
The organisers have scheduled the second tournament for 13–14 May 2023.