Born in 1968, Ruslana Anichina studied at Poltava Technical University (Faculty of Architecture). She participated in numerous exhibitions including one-woman shows. Her paintings and drawings are in many collections, such as Poltava Art Museum, Abazov Museum of Local Lore, Literary and Memorial Museum of I.P. Kotlyarevsky, as well as in private collections in the United States, Sweden, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Spain. In 2015, she was awarded a Kaunas Seimas diploma for the promotion of Ukrainian culture in Lithuania. She was a winner of the city award named after I. G. Korolenko (2018). In 2021, she was a laureate of the International Triennial “At the Edge of Grey Pearls” as part of the all-Ukrainian creative project of the competition “ART-NOVA”.
In this collection of 34 short stories, author Alexis Levitin, travel set in hand, takes the reader on a journey across several continents – and even into space – exploring the joys of chess and its effect on the lives of those who play.