The opening ceremony of the Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015 took place in the hall of the Wang Jiang Hotel on the 18th of April.
The ceremony was attended by Vice Mayor of Chengdu Government, Mr. Fu.Yonglin, the director of Chengdu sports bureau, Ms.Tan Xuejun, Deputy Director of Chengdu Sports Bureau, Mr. Gao Wei, General secretary of CCA, Mr. Ye Jiangchuan, FIDE Vice President and Chairman of Appeals Committee, D.V. Sundar, President of Georgian Chess Federation and member of Appeals Commitee, Giya Giorgadze, players, captains and other guests.
At the start of the ceremony Vice Mayor of Chengdu Government, Mr. Fu.Yonglin welcomed all players and team leaders in Chengdu: “On behalf of Chengdu Municipal Government and 14 million hospitable local citizens, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all the players and team leaders and my sincere gratitude to FIDE and Board and Card Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport in China for their great support! I sincerely hope that this event can construct a platform for Chengdu to further exchange communication and cooperation with the world, and improve chess skills all around the world.”
FIDE Vice-President D.V. Sundar expresses his gratitude to the organizers for hosting the WWTCC and FIDE Presidential Board Meeting in Chengdu and wished good luck to all players.
IM Shen Yang delivered her speech on behalf of the Women's National Team of China.
The Chief Arbiter of the tournament Panagiotis Nikolopoulos conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. The top players from each team were invited to the stage and proposed to choose a toy of panda, one of the most recognized animals from China, regarded as a symbol for friendship and peace.
Zhansaya Abdumalik from Kazakhstan chose the number 1 for her team.
The first round will be played on Sunday, April 19th at 15:00 local time. The pairings of the first round are:
Kazakhstan – India
Ukraine – Poland
United States of America – Egypt
Goergia – Russia
Armenia – China
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