In The Doomed City ("Град обреченный"), when Andrei finally (spoilers, kind of) finds the Red Building and enters it, he sees a surreal host of people expecting him to a game of chess with some grandmaster.
During the game, while they both sacrifice some of their pieces, Andrei somehow realises he isn't actually supposed to play against his opponent, but that they're on the same side, in a sense. And yet he leaves.
My questions are as follows:
What is the Red Building? What does it represent?
What did the game of chess represent?
Who was Andrei's opponent?
What happened to other people who entered the building? Where did they go?
How and why was Katzmann different, how was he able to enter and leave the building?