Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the Moscow Open 2012 opening ceremony
Monday, 30 January 2012 07:28
On Saturday 28th of January the main tournaments of RSSU International Chess Cup “Moscow Open 2012” have started. Struggle for prize-winning places was entered by 1470 chess players from 26 countries of the world, including 95 international grandmasters and 70 international masters. The age of every second of participants of competitions doesn't exceed 15 years old.
The great number of honor guests took part in the opening ceremony before the beginning of fights.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who has opened the ceremony named the Russian State Social University as one of the largest chess centers in the world and has thanked organizers of tournament for fine atmosphere for game in chess which they have creates.
Alexander Mishukov, acting the first deputy of chairman of Moscow Department for Physical Education and Sport has paid attention that tournament is called Moscow Open not for nothing. «Moscow is a sports capital of the world – and we are always glad for visitors», – Mishukov told.
Anatoly Karpov, the multiple World Champion, the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation has told that is glad that tournament now also named “RSSU International Cup”. He noticed that Social University strengthens the positions as the leading center of development of chess in Russia and around the world. In this University all sides of chess life are covered, daily work here is conducted: children are engaged, chess teachers prepare, refresher course are run.
Vasily Zhukov, the president of Moscow Chess Federation, has warmly thanked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Anatoly Karpov, Vyacheslav Beresnev ex-president of Moscow Chess Federation, a management of the Moscow sports who helped Moscow Open tournament to make start. Vasily Zhukov is convinced that prizes in men and female chess competitions should be equal, therefore he has promised to increase prize fund in female tournament of RSSU Cup «Moscow Open». Protoiereus Gennady Tsurkan, the representative of the Moldavian archdiocese will help him with it. «I hope that all our chess heads follow in tracks», – added Zhukov.
After that Vasily Zhukov declared RSSU Cup «Moscow Open 2012» as opened.
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More photos from the Opening Ceremony