Today, on the 2nd of June International Draughts World Championship began in Ufa. The official opening was attended by Harry Otten, the President of the World Draughts Federation, Andrey Ivanyuta, the Minister of Youth Policy and Sports of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Irek Yalalov, the Head of Urban District Ufa Administration, sportsmen and invited guests.
Andrey Ivanyuta, the Head of Youth Policy and Sports Administration of the region read the greeting on behalf of the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan:
“Hosting in our region such a significant and representative competition demonstrates the authority of the Bashkir draughts school that has vivid names and rich traditions. I am sure that games of the World Championship will be held in an exciting and entertaining manner, with an atmosphere of honest competition. It will enhance the prestige of draughts and will give rise to its popularity among the youth”
The head of the World Draughts Federation Harry Otten welcomed the participants. In his speech he noted:
“40 best sportsmen participated in this competition, which is very impressive. Championship will start with the game of the current world champion Alexander Georgiev. Perhaps he will show all his strength and superiority again”. Also, Mr. Otten announced that in 2014, Ufa will host the World mind games championship including draughts, chess, bridge, etc.
Right after the opening ceremony was held drawing procedure in each of the 4 groups. 1st round will start today at 16.00 p.m. We remind that 40 sportsmen from 24 countries are participated in the World Draughts Championship.