Rakhaeva’s report from the opening ceremony
many VIP guests in the hall waiting for the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the president of KBR Arsen Kanokov to
appear. Inspite of the official status of the event the atmosphere was festive.
charming presenter greeted the guests and the participants of the competition.
They had an opportunity to see the short concert organized with the help of
local artists of Kabardino-Balkaria. The representatives from China Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue liked the world famous
children’s ensemble “Zori Kavkaza” which demonstrated the beauty of the national
costume and the peculiarities of the national dance.
president of Kabardino-Balkaria Arsen Kanokov wished the participants of the
competition not only good luck during the games but also an opportunity to get
acquainted with the inner culture of the region.
president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov joked that he was almost upset when
somebody appealed to him “ our dear guest”. “ I’m not a guest,-he said,-I come
here with the feeling as I am at home!”
At the end
of his speech he pointed that Nalchik
had become one of the Chess centers of
the World. Than he unveiled the third stage of the Grand-prix Fide.
The chief arbiter of the tournament Erdem
Ucarkuc made the pairings and we found
out the six pairs of the participants for the first day of the competition.
was absent, because her way to Nalchik took more time than she thought. She had
to take some planes from Sofia to Vienna, from Vienna to Moscow, to avoid
Moscow traffic jam during the transfer from one airport to another one. And
finally she took the plane from Moscow to Nalchik. Well, the whole
way to the place of the competition took her more than 20 hours. Her number was
taken by the young girl-dancer.
was a dinner with the participation of The President of Kabardino-Balkaria
Arsen Kanokov , the president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the competitors.