As the biennial Chess Olympiad approaches, the World Chess Federation has released a schedule of charter flights to the site of the event. The need for such planning has a lot to do with where the competition is being held. It is in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. It begins Sept. 19 and ends Oct. 3. If Khanty-Mansiysk does not ring a bell in the same way as places such as Paris or London, here are a few facts about the place, courtesy of its official Web site. The city’s population is 62,000 and it is about 1,800 miles from Moscow. Among its amenities, it has 19 medical facilities, five museums, five public libraries (do they have chess sections?), a theater complex, a sports and cultural complex, a pool, five …

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