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The most important competition in the world chess calendar has kicked off at the Dubai EXPO2020. Russian chess Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi will play against Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess Grandmaster and current World Champion in the match for the world chess crown.

In keeping with tradition, the collectible wine-and-chess box of Art Russe Collection produced by Chateau La Grace Dieu de des Prieurs will become a special prize of the competition. The Chateau designed its wine-and-chess box in 2014 as a tribute to the ancient intellectual game, bringing together the arts of chess, painting and winemaking. The elegant wooden box with a chessboard lid, containing six bottles of the famous Saint-Emilion wine with Russian art on the labels, comes complete with a set of chess pieces handmade to a custom design. The idea for the set design comes from the winery owner Andrei Filatov, who considers himself a disciple of Jean Nouvel in the field of design and architecture. Jean Nouvel is one of the world’s most renowned architects and the man behind the Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs architectural reconstruction project, as well as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the National Museum of Qatar and others. The wine-and-chess box of Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs is currently competing in A’ Design Award, the world’s largest international design competition.

The opening ceremony of the FIDE 2021 World Chess Championship took place on November 24 at the Dubai Opera House, with the first game held on November 26 in the EXPO2020 premises. Under the corresponding agreement with the FIDE, the wine-and-chess box from Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs and the Art Russe wine collection are presented in the Championship’s VIP and Very VIP lounges.

CHATEAU LA GRACE DIEU DES PRIEURS @art_russe_wine is a winery in the Bordeaux region of France. The Chateau produces a single wine a year. The bottle labels are decorated with reproductions of paintings by Russian artists. Each year a collection of 12 artworks plus one for the magnum (1.5 l) is released courtesy of the Art Russe Foundation. The Foundation provides artworks from its collection under a cooperation agreement with Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs.