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Russia: Watch as swimmers play chess in frozen lake near Yekaterinburg02:17

Russia: Watch as swimmers play chess in frozen lake near Yekaterinburg

Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg
December 5, 2015 at 20:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian ice swimmers played a game of chess in the frozen Lake Shartash near the city of Yekaterinburg, Saturday, in preparation for the city games scheduled to be held in February 2016.

The so-called 'walruses' gather every Saturday at Lake Shartash in the north-eastern outskirts of Yekaterinburg regardless of the weather to play chess in extreme conditions. The only difference from classic chess is that the game is supposed to be played with high speed so even a game of professionals does not exceed half an hour.

Vasili Yastrebov, the head of the Federation of Winter Swimming of the Sverdlovsk Region, stated that board games let the swimmers "stay in the water longer, not only swimming, but standing, playing and also thinking."

Russia: Watch as swimmers play chess in frozen lake near Yekaterinburg02:17
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Russian ice swimmers played a game of chess in the frozen Lake Shartash near the city of Yekaterinburg, Saturday, in preparation for the city games scheduled to be held in February 2016.

The so-called 'walruses' gather every Saturday at Lake Shartash in the north-eastern outskirts of Yekaterinburg regardless of the weather to play chess in extreme conditions. The only difference from classic chess is that the game is supposed to be played with high speed so even a game of professionals does not exceed half an hour.

Vasili Yastrebov, the head of the Federation of Winter Swimming of the Sverdlovsk Region, stated that board games let the swimmers "stay in the water longer, not only swimming, but standing, playing and also thinking."