The Opening Ceremony: Fantastic Show in "Arena-Ugra". Photo report

The official opening ceremony of the 39th World Chess Olympiad took place late Monday evening in Complex “Arena Ugra” of Khanty-Mansiysk. It brought together about 5000 guests. They witnessed an astonishingly beautiful and from time to time even breath-taking performance. A bright laser show, indigenous dances and finally its top moment – the legendary game Adolf Anderssen –Kieseritzky, that was played on a huge chess board with “alive pieces”, was presented to the spectators of the show.
It was followed by the welcoming video message of the Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev that was broadcast for the attention of all the guests from a huge screen. After the participants and the organizers of the Olympiad were welcomed by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Assistant to the Russian Federation President and the Russian Chess Federation Supervisory Council Chairman Arkady Dvorkovich and the Head of Khanty-Mansiysk Municipality Andrey Bukarinov.
The Chief Arbiter of the Olympiad Sava Stoisavljevic conducted the official procedure of drawing of colors for the first round assisted by “alive kings and queens”.
The 39th World Chess Olympiad is open! Good luck!
Photo gallery of the Opening Ceremony.

The Olympiad participants arrived to Khanty-Mansiysk. Photo Report

Players, honored guests, arbiters, journalists and FIDE Congress delegates arrived today to Khanty-Mansiysk on 11 charter flights. They were welcomed according to Russian tradition with bread and salt, which created a festive mood. They were accommodated in hotels in Khanty-Mansiysk, and will join the opening ceremony of the 39th Chess Olympiad in a few hours.
Below is the photographic report about the first day of the Olympiad in Ugra land.  Read more »

The President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the participants of the 39th World Chess Olympiad

The 39th World Chess Olympiad will be opened today in Khanty-Mansiysk. The President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the participants of this event. The welcoming speech of the Russian President will be broadcast tonight at the Opening Ceremony.

“Today Khanty-Mansiysk is hosting the representatives of 160 states. The leading world chess players are to perform their professionalism and strong character in the tense competition to be the best. FIDE delegates representing each national chess federation will get together to discuss their burning issues and to elect FIDE leadership for the next 4 coming years. Hosting of such an important sport event once again proves the high reputation of the Russian national chess school.      

I am confident that the outcome of the 39th Chess Olympiad and the 81st FIDE Congress will contribute to the popularization of chess in the world and further development of sport alliances as an important part of international cooperation. Let me wish all of you success and all the best’”- says the message of the Russian President.

Let us remind you that this World Olympiad will be a record-breaking one in terms of participants as well the equal number of men and women players in each team. There will be 160 men and 120 women teams. 

The favorite of the tournament is the Russian team with its leader Ex World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. The spirit and the results of their games will depend much on the performance of the leader. At the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden Kramnik showed strong result “+1” and in 2006 in Torino he brilliantly defeated his opponents at the 1st board.”We stake everything on the victory”, - declared Kramnik. Read more »

Chess Problems and Combinations Contest

FIDE has held the contest for creating chess problems and combinations in the eve of the 39 th World Chess Olympiad. The contest was held on 8 nominations: two-move problem, three-move problem, multipass problem, sketches, challenges for the cooperative mate, the challenges in reverse mate, fairy-problems and retro-problems. Here you can know more about results and the winners of the contest!

Please download the full report (Russian and English partly).

Announcement: Flights

Dear Chess Friends!

We are publishing the final schedule for the charter flights. Please review and download the charter information. Read more »

Dear chess friends!

Please, kindly note the following:

There will be information desks of the Organizing Committee in Moscow airports at the arrival lounge of international flights, where the participants of the Olympiad can get all the necessary information. Read more »

Sava Stoisavljevich: “In three working days, I understood that the Olympiad will be held on a high level"

    From 27 to 30 August, FIDE delegation visited Khanty-Mansiysk that consisted of: FIDE Vice-President Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Georgia), Chief Arbiter of the World Chess Olympiad Sava Stoisavljevich (Serbia), the TIP President  Werner Stubenvol (Austria), Tournament Director Valery Bovaev ( Russia) and the Deputy Chief Arbiter Viacheslav Namruev (Russia). Read more »

The presentation of the 39th World Chess Olympiad was held in Moscow


    On August 26, 2010 in Moscow the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra Natalya Komarova and the Chairman of the Board of “Gazprom Neft”, Alexander Dyukov held the presentation on the 39th World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. Read more »

Urgent Announcement

Dear friends!

Attention to all FIDE Chess Federations! Please provide all data in respect of the changes/amendments for the online registration to the Organising Committee by the August 30th 2010. The proper request shall be sent by the Organising Committee to all FIDE Federations. In case these are not sent by the said date, the Organising Committee shall not be in a position to provide invitations for entry visas to Russia. The Federations are also kindly requested to effect payments for airport tax and rooms upgrade by the same date, August 30th 2010. Otherwise the airplane bookings and hotel rooms reservations shall be cancelled.

Cultural program

A workshop between the Department Director of Culture of Autonomous Okrug Alexander Karmazin and the Chief Director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Chess Olympiad Alexander Grimm was held on august 19. The key points of the organization of ceremonies were discussed at the meeting. The organizers said that during the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Chess Olympiad modern technologies would be used, including the light and projection equipment with video projections. Read more »

The Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova held a regular meeting of the organizing committee of the 39th World Chess Olympiad.

The main theme is the safety measures during the tournament. In particular, was discussed the preparation of staff for emergencies. "The likelihood of such problems, of course, is not large, but we also can not exclude them during the preparation. “I ask all concerned departments carefully approach such issues, as human security is above everything, and this should not be speculated on,” - stressed the Head of Okrug. Read more »

Dear Chess Friends!

Please, pay attention to the changes in departure and arrival time of the charter Milan – Khanty-Mansiysk - Milan and Munich– Khanty-Mansiysk – Munich
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