Kirsan Ilyumzhinov signs on a chess throne

Alexander Rezanov from Khanty-Mansiysk is a wood sculptor, artist and fashion designer. His works adorn not only the regular district and city art exhibitions and festivals, but also international sports competitions. He knows how to cut real masterpieces from wood and practices restoration of icons and wooden items. Recently, he was invited to restore Notre-Dame de Paris. The trip is planned for this autumn.

According to Alexander Rezanov, the most difficult and most important thing is to come up with a new idea.


The 39th World Chess Olympiad was held in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2010. Rezanov was asked to invent something new.

Participants of chess champions usually sit on a chair at the chess table and the winners are rewarded with a laurel wreath. And I came up with an idea of a chess throne. It took me almost half a year to finish it. As a result, the throne was big success. 250 world chess players signed on it: Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
The throne is a wooden chair with a high back surrounded by main chess pieces. Armrests are made in the form of white and black horses. A large chess clock is at the legs. Behind the throne are king and queen. Director of the World Chess Olympics Assistance Centre Alexander Gerber came to the designer to personally monitor the progress of work.
They say that the throne is now located at the lobby of the Chess Club of Khanty-Mansiysk. Having searched the entire internet, we couldn’t find a single photograph of the throne. Therefore, we ask our readers: If you happen to find such photo, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..