Russian Railways to Become a Partner of the World Chess Championship Match

Russian Railways to Become a Partner of the World Chess Championship Match
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9 NOVEMBER, 2018. World Chess has announced a partnership with one of the largest railway companies in the world JSC RZD (Russian Railways) during the FIDE World Chess Championships in London from the 9th - 28th November 2018.

RZD is known for its for its contribution to the development of chess in Russia. Moreover, chess is an essential part of the Russian Railways’s corporate culture and social commitment strategy, which supports education, science, sports and healthy lifestyles. RZD organizes own corporate chess tournaments for employers and participates in the corporate chess championships. In 2017 the 1st European Corporate Chess Champion became the team of RZD.

RZD also made chess a part of entertainment program in the long-distance trains. Online chess game is available on the trains with installed multimedia portal.  

CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon said: “Our goal is to increase the popularity of chess worldwide, that is why I am especially glad that that RZD remains our partner. Chess is the ultimate battle of minds; a pure strategic contest for the smartphone generation and is associated with attributes such as intelligence, sophistication and discipline“.

The FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 is taking place at The College, a historic venue in the City of London. The Championship will feature a series of 12 rounds between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen, a Norwegian who has held the title since 2013, and American challenger Fabiano Caruana, the first American to contest the title for over 40 years since Bobby Fischer reigned supreme from 1972-75.


About FIDE

The World Chess Federation or Fédération Internationale des Echecs, (FIDE), is recognized by its members and the International Olympic Committee as the international federation in the domain of chess, the supreme body responsible for the sport of chess and its Championships. FIDE has the sole rights to organize the World Chess Championships and the Chess Olympiads.

About World Chess

World Chess, exclusive official partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), is the owner the World Chess brand, the most intellectual brand in the world, as well as commercial rights holder to the World Chess Championship cycle. The company operates worldchess.com website, the official broadcasting platform of the Championship cycle with a full production live show with exclusive access to the match, experts and commentary team, analytics, graphics and more.

About Russian Railways

Russian Railways is one of the largest railway companies in the world, with huge volumes of freight and passenger transportation, high financial ratings, qualified specialists in all areas of railway transport, a large scientific and technical base, engineering and construction facilities, and significant experience in international cooperation.

Russian Railways holds a leading position in the length of electrified lines—43 400 km—and provides over 45% of the total cargo turnover (including pipeline transport) and 25% of passenger turnover in the Russian Federation. Company operates one of the largest transport systems in the world; its operational length is 85 500 km.