Solemn reception of Khanty-Mansiysk`s Mayor Valeriy Sudeikin took place 5 of December. Participants, World Chess Cup organizers and representatives of the World Chess Federation were honored at that reception.
For last years Khanty-Mansiysk obtained the reputation of a large sports centre. Competitions of the highest level on biathlon, skiing, snowboard, boxing, volleyball, wrestling, tennis are held here. New traditions are created here. World Chess Cup where leading GMs are participating is taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk for the first time. The town becomes a chess capital for 3 weeks. “There is no doubt that this bright event will be a new impulse in the consolidation of the international cooperation. Ugra land is famous not only for natural recourses but also for its kind, generous, hospitable people” – said Valeriy Sudeikin greeting guests. He presented a traditional national souvenir to the FIDE Honorary President Florencio Campomanes.
Mr. Campomanes thanked the Organising Committee, sponsors, major of Khanty-Mansiysk and the Governor Alexander Filipenko for organization of the World Cup on such a high level. He also expressed hope to meet in Ugra at the next chess tournaments of the highest level.