Elista Chess City: An Entire Complex Dedicated to Chess

Elista Chess City: An Entire Complex Dedicated to Chess

Attention all chess enthusiasts! Elista Chess City in Kalmykia, Russia, a huge complex dedicated to chess, is a destination you must visit in your lifetime.


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Attention all chess enthusiasts! Here’s a destination you need to visit in your lifetime. Well, even for those who are not fond of this famous board game, it’s still worth a visit.

Situated east of Elista, Kalmykia, in Russia, Chess City is a huge complex dedicated to chess and chess competitions. It was completed in 1998 when Kalmykia’s chess fanatic President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wanted to create a chess complex in time for the 33rd Chess Olympiad.

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The complex features a conference centre, public swimming pool, museum of Kalmyk Buddhist art, sculptures and artwork dedicated to chess. One eye-catching art installation is the giant chessboard in the town square where you can really play chess.

Do you find this Chess-themed town amusing or do you think it’s ridiculous?

46.317436, 44.268118,Russia, Kalmykia, Elista

Head down to Russia to explore this amazing Elista Chess City.

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