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Chess everywhere in Dresden

Dresden, 15/11/2008

It is remarkable to see how the city of Dresden come together to make the 38th Chess Olympiad a huge success.



City Hall is made available to become the “World of Chess” nightly. This is where all the participants get together after their games for dinner, drinks, socialize, or just listen to live music.
The city tram system dedicates five environmental friendly “green” line as “Olympiad lines” to transport the participants daily between their hotels, the International Congress Center, and City Hall. Each of those tram lines is associated with not only numbers but also different chess pieces such as King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, and Knight.
You can see chess pieces in many shop windows around town.
The State Operetta Dresden puts the German version of the Musical Chess on its normal schedule since June of this year. There are numerous shows throughout the Olympiad and beyond.
At the Japanese Palace Museum which began in 1714, there is an ongoing exhibition of Asian chess art. The root of the “royal game" is believed to start in Asia. On the occasion of the Chess Olympiad, the Dresden Ethnological Museums and Leipzig created exhibits by the name of „Chess and its Asian relatives”.
There is also a showing of three chess related movies in the next few weeks, Black and White Like Day and Night, Chess Story, and Long live the Queen at the Museum Theatre.
At the Congress Center there is also a special exhibition to commemorate the 300th year anniversary the discovery of porcelain in Dresden.
There is also a fascinating “Chess and Intelligence - From the Turk to Chess Computers" exhibition in Dresden, November 6 through December 7.

Susan Polgar