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Free day activities
restday1 072 WGPTashkent2013On Sunday, September 22nd, players enjoyed the first free day. But the most enthusiastic participants preferred to go for a fascinating trip to the Old Town. Olga Girya, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Lagno, Elina Danielian and Guliskhan Nakhbayeva together with the commentator Evgenij Miroshnichenko have visited the Museum of Applied Arts for its beautifully hand-crafted exhibits, stopped at the old food and clothes market "Chor-Su" looking for some local souvenirs and delicious, "brain-fuelling" Uzbek fruits and almonds, and those who still desired for more proceeded to the Centre of Muslim Clergy to see the gorgeous Khast Imam Mosque.

A plenty of pictures is available here.

restday1 002 WGPTashkent2013Antoaneta Stefanova and Guliskhan Nakhbayeva are checking the quality of local products

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The exhibitor details the history of each hand-made piece of art

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These small sculptures each describes the parts the Uzbeks' lives such as cooking Uzbek "plov",
raising children, riding a horse, singing national songs.

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Amazing pieces of the decor all made by Uzbek hand-crafters

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Players observing the ceiling, which is...

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...just WOW!

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And, of course, each museum must have chess! Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya just found one.

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Do you aready wonder how much it can cost?

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Part of a national Uzbek dress, "tiubeteyka", also can be truly a masterpiece

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Elina Danielian and Kateryna Lagno posing in the museum's souvenir shop

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Here you can find your own chess set at an affordable price

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Coffee-break before the next stop: Antoaneta and Alexandra are in a great mood

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Olga Girya, Kateryna Lagno and Elina Danielian are about to get their drinks

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The spirit of the Great Silk Road: Tashkent bazar Chor-Su

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Local souvenirs

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Elina Danielian seeking for a nice "kaftan"

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The local food leaves nobody indifferent

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Nuts are the well-known charger for the memory

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And fruits - the energy for a long game!

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And, finally, Khast Imam Mosque!

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While the other players couldn't stay on feet anymore, Russians are still hungry for more.

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To bargue for some treasures...

restday1 095 WGPTashkent2013 well as to keek behind the curtains.

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Meanwhile the day insensibly went to its culmination,
and we are going back to the hotel full of expectations from the new round...

To be continued...

Photos and report by WFM Maria Emelianova

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