In Colorful Opening Ceremonies Kramnik Gets White Print
Friday, 22 September 2006 00:00
Colorful opening ceremonies led by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov ushered in the World Championship Match yesterday evening at the National Football Stadium in Elista, Kalmykia. By releasing a flock of white pigeons, Vladimir Kramnik got the white pieces in the first game tomorrow, 23 September. The other identical chest was then opened by Veselin Topalov, releasing black pigeons. Read more . By Casto Abundo

Colorful opening ceremonies led by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov ushered in the World Championship Match yesterday evening at the National Football Stadium in Elista, Kalmykia. By releasing a flock of white pigeons, Vladimir Kramnik got the white pieces in the first game tomorrow, 23 September. The other identical chest was then opened by Veselin Topalov, releasing black pigeons.

The magnificient show was attended by many guests, including the Vice-president of Vietnam, Minister of Transporation and Sports of Bulgaria, delegation of Chinese Parliament members, numerous spectators from Elista and of course the FIDE President and both candidates for the title of the World Champion. The show, with the performance of thousands of kids, Kalmyk sportsmen, artists, Match mascot and the local "chess hero" Ostap Bender emphasized the community spirit of the organization of the match

The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Valery Bovaev presented a report on the work of the organizers. The FIDE President, President of the Kalmyk Republic, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov read the message from the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin.
And then the culmination of the evening, the drawing of lots started. An initial draw gave the choice to Kramnik. He then chose from two chests and the crowd cheered as he released a flock of white pigeons. Here are some photos from the ceremonies.


















 
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