Opening Ceremony of the World Team Chess Championship 20152015-04-18
The festive opening ceremony of the World Team Chess Championship took place at the Golden Palace Hotel Resort and Spa *****GL in Tsaghkadzor on April 18th, 2015.
The ceremony was honored by the presence of President of the Republic of Armenia, who doubles as the President of the Armenian Chess Federation, Serzh Sargsyan, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a number of state officials and the delegates of 10 participant countries.
An amazing mime show, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, was performed for the guests of the championship urging the entire world to never repeat such an immense crime and live in peace and solidarity.
After the show the President Serzh Sargsyan delivered a speech welcoming the chess players and chess lovers in one of Armenia’s best tourist destinations – Tsaghkadzor. He congratulated all people present in the hall on the occasion of this great event and wished good luck and a fair competition to all the participants.
In his speech Kirsan Ilyumzhinov greeted the guests of the championship and wished good luck to all the ten teams and expressed hope for brilliant and exciting games.
A video telling about the history of the World Team Chess Championship from 1985 up to date and presenting all the chess players of the 10th World Team Chess Championship was another fascinating part of the opening ceremony, after which the teams were called onto the stage for the drawing ceremony.
The first match of the 10th World Chess Championship will be played tomorrow, on April 19th, at 3 pm local time.