Days after Russia won bronze at the World Championship and his hockey season officially ended, Alex Ovechkin let loose in his home country. And by let loose, I mean Ovechkin attended a Russian chess match in his finest black polo shirt.
On Wednesday, Ovechkin was invited to the highly-anticipated Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk tie-break at the FIDE Grand Prix. A celebrity guest of theCentral Chess Club, Ovechkin made the ceremonial ‘first move’ before the match officially started.
Think a ceremonial faceoff in hockey, but for chess.