The Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad at the Black Sea Arena

The Festive Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad at the Black Sea Arena

Batumiban vasárnap este a Black Sea Arénában ünnepélyesen megnyitották a 43. sakkolimpiát. A grúz művészeti élet legjobbjai elkápráztatták az öt kontinensről érkezett résztvevőket. A politikai élet jelentős képviselői, így a sportminiszter, Miheil Batiasvili is kiemelte, hogy mekkora jelentőséggel bír, hogy 185 ország csapatai versenyeznek majd abban a sportágban, ahol kiemelkedő eredményeket értek el, elsősorban Nona Gaprindasvili és Maja Csiburdanidze sikereitől volt hangos a sakkvilág. A Nemzetközi Sakkszövetség alelnöke, a görög Georgiosz a közelgő elnökválasztás előtt egyfajta kortesbeszédet is tartott, a FIDE megújulásának szükségességéről is beszélt a sakkolimpiát megnyitó üdvözlésében.

A FIDE vezérkara és különböző bizottságok Batumiban is a technika segítségével próbálják a csalás lehetőségét kizárni.
A beléptetéskor a röntgenkapuk jelentik az első akadályt, mobilt, mindenféle elektronikai eszközt tilos a versenyterembe bevinni, a játékosok csak a szervezők által rendelkezésükre bocsátott tollal írhatják a játszmát.
A meccsbírók feladata még, hogy figyelemmel kísérjék a játékosok mozgását, különös tekintettel arra, ha valaki túlzottan gyakran látogatja meg a mellékhelyiséget, vagy éppen a dohányzásra kijelölt területet keresik fel.

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The 43rd Chess Olympiad was opened with a solemn but highly entertaining ceremony, held at the Black Sea Arena, attended by the players, captains and officials of the 185 participating countries. The ceremony started with a play re-enacting the legend of the invention of chess and the famous "wheat and chessboard problem" and then the Goodwill Ambassadors of the 43rd Chess Olympiad addressed the guests through video messages. On the stage in the Black Sea Arena the speeches were delivered by Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia Mr Mikheil Batiashvili, Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara Mr Tornike Rizhvadze, FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos, and President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili. Mr Makropoulos delivered an impressive speech, stressing the need for a new era of politically and financially independent FIDE and presenting a very positive vision. "I am certain that the Organizing Committee will do everything possible to have one of the best Chess Olympiads in the history." Mr Makropoulos said, adding "FIDE, National Chess Federations, chess players, we must all demand the best for our sport, for our game and for the image of FIDE worldwide. We have great weapons in this fight! Famous chess champions, new technologies, Chess in Schools and of course the national chess federations, who work very hard and with great dignity to develop chess in their countries!" Mr Makropoulos opened the Olympiad: "I declare the games open, celebrating the 43rd Batumi Chess Olympiad!" (Full speech below)

FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos with Georgian chess stars Nana Aleksandria, Nana Ioseliani and Maia Chiburdanidze

Former Women's World Champion Mrs Susan Polgar, President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, FIDE Deputy President Mr Georgios Makropoulos and ECU President Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili

President of Georgia Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili with Georgian organizers and the guests

Vishy Anand picking a white pearl

The venue Black Sea Arena, is designed by the architects from the German company Drei Architekten, is the largest open concert hall in the Caucasus. The auditorium has a capacity of 10,000 seats in circular grandstands. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

It was packed to the capacity! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Can you guess who these two great players are? | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The stage was set with a chess board in the Black Sea Arena! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The chess themed dances were executed with perfection | Photo: Amruta Mokal

This was one of those complex controlling sound devices, which showed the professionalism involved | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The chess flavour was maintained throughout most of the dances | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The chess story depicting how chess entered Georgia via India | Photo: Amruta Mokal

So many colours, excitement and enthusiasm! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

You could see that the performers really enjoyed what they were doing and this showed in their dance | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Now that's what we call great effort! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Fireworks at the end of the great show! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Georgios Makropolous welcomed all the players on behalf of FIDE | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The fans of great Shakh keep growing by the number as he shows one great performance after another! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Two old friends sitting together and enjoying the show - Nigel Short and Vishy Anand! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The drawing of lots for the open section was done by Vishy Anand and in the women's section by Nana Dzagnidze. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Zurab Azmaiparshvili and his wife enjoying the show for which they have worked so hard | Photo: Sagar Shah

President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giogardze | Photo: Sagar Shah

The Russian support team Vladimir Barsky, Eteri Kublashvili and Andrey Filatov | Photo: Sagar Shah

The coaches of Indian team R.B. Ramesh and Jacob Aagaard! Check out a short interview with them here. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The Chinese women's team! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The top Chinese men - Li Chao, Wei Yi and Bu Xiangzhi! | Photo: Sagar Shah

Olga Girya and Valentina Gunina didn't have to be asked twice to smile! | Photo: Sagar Shah

Can the coaches of Russia ensure them a double gold - Sergei Rublevsky, Vladimir Potkin and Evegeniy Najer | Photo: Sagar Shah

For so many Olympiad is an opportunity to meet their friends from different corners of the world! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The woman who changed the chess scene in the world - GM Nona Gaprindashvili. She was the first woman in the world to win the GM title. | Photo: Niklesh Jain

This scene will always be etched in my memory as the night when the greatest number of chess players and spectators gathered under one roof and were given a great time! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

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