Russian women to use men as chess figures on Women's Day

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Moscow, Mar 7 (UNI) Celebrating Women's Day in an unusual way, Russian women in the Volga region city of Nizhny Novgorod will play chess using men as pawns, rooks and other figures tomorrow.

The International Women's Day is celebrated as a national holiday in Russia and several ex-Soviet countries.

The young men from local universities who have volunteered to take part in the unusual chess matches will wear specially-designed masks and gowns as the women command them around the chess The board has been drawn out on a large 'carpet' which will be rolled out on a city square tomorrow.

''We had difficulties in finding men to volunteer. It was hard to convince young men to be under [women's] control for the games,'' a spokesman for the organising committee told RIA Novosti, adding he hoped the event would increase young people's interest in ''intellectual pastimes''.

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