Candidates Matches Start Today Print
Sunday, 27 May 2007 00:00
In colorful opening ceremonies in the Kalmyk steppes, players drew their colors by selecting from two chests concealing white and black sheep. The first-named have white in Round 1 of the Candidates Matches: Carlsen-Aronian, Leko-Gurevich, Ponomariov-Rublevsky, Gelfand-Kasimjanov, Kamsky-Bacrot, Grischuk-Malakhov, Polgar-Bareev and Adams-Shirov. Games start 3pm today. Watch games live at the official site. and see photos of opening ceremonies. In colorful opening ceremonies in the Kalmyk steppes, players drew their colors by selecting from two chests concealing white and black sheep. The first-named have white in Round 1 of the Candidates Matches: Carlsen-Aronian, Leko-Gurevich, Ponomariov-Rublevsky, Gelfand-Kasimjanov, Kamsky-Bacrot, Grischuk-Malakhov, Polgar-Bareev and Adams-Shirov. Games start 3pm today. Watch games live at the official site.

Earlier in the day, Chief Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz conducted the Technical Meeting in the tournament hall together with Organizing Committee Chairman Valery Bovaev. Players applauded when he announced that video tapes of the rest areas are for officials only and shall not be made available for viewing by others. After the meeting, GM Bacrot asked where the smoking room was, adding that GMs Gurevich and Grischuk would be interested to know as well.

Filipowicz introduced members of the Appeals Committee headed by FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos. Members are GM Bozidar Ivanovic of Montenegro, GM Bolat Asanov of Kazakhstan and former world champion Boris Spassky, who corrected the reference to his number as World Champion. `I am the 10th, not 11th, world champion. Who is number eleven?`, he quipped.

Photos by Casto Abundo



Organizing Committee chairman Valery Bovaev (right) addresses the players at the Technical Meeting conducted together with Chief Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz.


Appeals Committee members, from left: former world champion Boris Spassky, GM Bozidar Ivanovic of Montenegro and GM Bolat Asanov of Kazakhstan.


Alexei Shirov (left) with his seconds, Indian GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Romanian GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.


White sheep for GM Judit Polgar means she gets white against Bareev. New chests were brought out for each draw and the Chief Arbiter would select by lot which player had first choice.


Black sheep for GM Etienne Bacrot means he gets black against Kamsky. The organizers said that the sheep were gifts to the players.


Organizing Committee chairman Valery Bovaev reporting to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov that everything has been done to ensure a successful Candidates Matches.


Following the presentation of players at the opening ceremonies, they were treated to traditional Kalmyk dances and folk songs.


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented a full grown camel to Gata Kamsky (in white cap). The camel was a gift to him during the Karpov-Kamsky match eleven years ago.


The master of ceremonies displaying eagles to the FIDE President and guests.


The ceremonies also celebrated `Breeders Day` in Kalmykia and breeders showed off their prize cows, horses and sheep.


A camel race was held. Above, the winner receives the cup during the opening ceremonies.


Guests were treated to a traditional Kalmyk dinner in tents set up at the steppes. From left are FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Chief Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz of Poland, FIDE Treasurer Nigel Freeman and FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube of Zambia.
 
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