February, 2, 2008
Vasily Zhukov opened «Moscow Open 2008»
The opening ceremony of the 4th International Chess Festival «Moscow Open 2008» was held in Russian State Social University. The participants were greeted by the organizers of the Festival after the short documentary film about chess history.
«Chess is popular and favorite kind of sport», – said the head of Moscow Department of physical fitness and sports, Mikhail Stepaniants. «Moscow Open 2008» grows from the little tournament into the big festival. It is the epitome of tradition of Soviet chess school. Many young chess-players take part in this championship. In future they will repeat and increase the victories of Soviet players.
Viacheslav Beresnev noticed that during the short history of this tournament it’s taken the high ground in all Moscow and International chess calendars. The President of Moscow Chess Federation thanked players and organizers. He is sure that the Tournament will give the great impulse for development of chess in Moscow.
«Nowadays «Moscow Open 2008» - intellectual capital of the World», – said rector of Russian State Sosial University, Vasiliy Zhukov. He marked the great social role that chess plays in intellectual education of all people. The University has not so big experience in organization of such Festivals, but it outstrips some of such Festivals in technique, information and organization.
Vasily Zhukov congratulated all the participants of the Festival and announced that it’s opened.
Many games began at 3 p.m. in classrooms of the University. 1209 participants began to play in 4 tournaments of the Festival. 274 players are in «Open À», 402 – in «Â», 130 women in «Open Ñ», and 403 young players are in the tournament between schools (D).
All information about the Tournament and also the broadcast of the games in real time you can find in the official site of the Tournament – www.moscowchessopen.ru.