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Chess and Checkers Club


Address: Pokrovskaya str., 53 (formerly Komsomolskaya str.),

Period of construction: presumably 1 floor. 19th century.

Storeys: 1


Izmail residents of many generations are familiar with the building on Pokrovskaya str., 53: Chess and Checkers Club has been located here for more than half a century. However, his story is woven entirely from the memories of old-timers.

One of them: the building underwent changes over time – it was wooden, but it reached us already stone. Anyway the cellars and dungeons remained the same and, in particular, in the old cellar of the building today is the Vinaria wine cellar.

The appearance of house building is quite unusual: under the triangular pediment in the center there is a bas-relief of a bearded man, and on the sides of it are two squirrels. However, you should not attribute this to antiquity – one of the local chess fans added bas-reliefs in the 90s during the overhaul of the main entrance. The intricate eaves above the windows are also modern decorations.

According to the memoirs of the old-timers the office and the estate of the district chief were located here, but already before the October Revolution of 1917 an inn was here owned by three brothers.

During the years of Soviet power until 1960 the registry office was located here, and then – the city sports committee.

Currently, there is a youth sports school, where masters of playing chess and drafts are raised.

According to Roman Timofeev, the former director of the Chess and Checkers Club of the late 90s and early 2000s, old-timers recall a deep well with several tens of meters deep in the courtyard of the building. It was not possible to verify this, because there was no well in the 90s.

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