The festive opening ceremony of the World Team Chess Championship took place at the Golden Palace Hotel Resort and 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.
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. The FIDE President noted the remarkable achievements of representatives of the Armenian chess school, especially he underlined that Armenia is the only country where chess is the compulsory subject of the school curriculum.
Then 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.