Coming up in Kazan in 2019 is a women's Candidates Tournament, restored to its former format. Old-timers recall the days when fair sex representatives used to enjoy their full-fledged qualification cycle that began with qualification matchups and ended in a final round robin. However, a chain of scandals rippling through the second half of 1990s (such as stripping Susan Polgar of a title and the Xie Jun – Galliamova match taking place as if by a miracle) has resulted in a women's best player's title put at stake in the knock-out event. Here is a comeback of good old days after as many as 20 years!
20 years is quite a while, isn't it? This said, the city's chess history is about to grow even more impressive with the strongest ladies getting together to decide the challenger of Ju Wenjun.
Chaliapin, Lenin…Artemiev, to name a few! Having lured you with a set of flashy names going backwards a century, let's now cover the milestones of chess history in Tatarstan.
It is always a pleasure seeing one's city's chess history treated with reverence. There was a time when I enjoyed exploring Chess Chronicle of St. Petersburg (co-authored by Sergey Ivanov, Alexander Kentler, Vadim Faibisovich, and Boris Khropov). Now, I am no less enthusiastic about the essays by Vadim Pugach and Chess Stars of Tatarstan by V. Kuznetsov and B. Musin. Would it that Moscow remembered its chess history that deep!