Retired art teacher from Romania's northeast town of Sighetul Marmatiei, Octav Postolache, moved to one of the most remote spots in his country, the village of Sfistofca, where he has set up 'The White Seagull' chess championship - now in its sixth year.
Nearby in the coastal village of Sulina, hundreds visit daily in the summer, but no one comes to Sfistofca. The visitors see no need.
But a representative of the Russian community of the Lippovan, Vasile Sarbov, aims to attract hundreds of tourists to this intellectual challenge of minds.
An old man rests in front of his house in Sfistofca, the Danube Delta, Romania
Tanti Irina in front of her house
Vanea prepares to go fishing
Chiril, a Lippovan from Sulina, comes to attend the party
Men are gathered in front of the building where the chess competition begins
The Sarbov sisters are enjoying the morning coffee
Tanti Jenica is preparing the fish soup
Vasile Sarbov - the leader of the Lippovan community in Sfistofca
Preparation for the party
The teacher shows some moves to the children
Kids during the competition
The accordion is being heard less and less in Sfistofca - there are no reasons to party. The last wedding here was held more then 20 years ago
Vasile Sarbov enjoys a glass of local wine
Chiril, a lippovan from Sulina, is attending the party
Vasile Sarbov enjoys the morning coffee
Zenia dances and sings during the party
Chiril and Zenia dancing
Chiril playing the accordion.
Here the houses are made from a framework that disintegrates in the rain and wind and disappears altogether after 20 years of existence.
The village is home to fishermen, Lippovan elders, a church and a few beautiful traditional houses.
In the interwar period, the community had 800 inhabitants. Today fewer than 40 people still live here. The school is abandoned because of a lack of children, but the Lippovan community have brought young people from Sulina to the annual Chess Championship to keep their tradition alive.
They cook fish, play the accordion and teach chess to the uninitiated.
On the following day, after the children leave, the Lippovan elders party by themselves.
These pictures were taken in November 2015 - with the support of EEA Grants and Pact Foundation - Oamenii Sudului Project.
All photos are copyright Petrut Calinescu