From Space to Expo 2020. The first chess set used by astronauts during the Soyuz 3 and Soyuz 4 missions, from 1968 to 1969, ‘landed’ at the Dubai Exhibition Centre.
Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), did something highly symbolic by presenting Omar Shehadeh, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Chief International Participants Officer, with the precious chess set, designed with pegs and grooves to keep the pieces in place in zero-gravity environments.
The universal appeal of one of the world’s most ancient games was underscored once again, and the Universal Expo will host its top event, an edition of the World Championship, from 24 November to 16 December 2021.
The ‘space’ chess set will obviously be on display during the six months of Expo Dubai, from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.