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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Astana Chess: Women's World Team Championship 2013 Begins

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Hello everyone,

The Russians... 

... the Chinese.... and... 

... the Indians. 
Can you name all these chess girls?

The opening ceremony of the Women's World Team Chess Championship took place on Saturday at the Duman Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan. FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov welcomed all participants and guests and gave diplomas to players from the team of Kazakhstan - Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Dinara Saduakassova. The girls achieved the norms at the Istanbul Olympiad (September, 2012), but the award was decided to be given at another significant event - the Team World Championship.
After the national anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan and FIDE anthem the Chief Arbiter of the tournament Takis Nikolopoulos conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each team was invited to the stage and the top players were requested to choose a flower with the number.

Check all the pictures of the opening ceremony. Games will start at 3 p.m. local time. Online commentary will be by GM Sergey Shipov and WGM Anna Sharevich at the official website

The parings of the first round

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