Aeroflot Open: Faster, Quicker, Swifter

Время публикации: 12.02.2013 04:05 | Последнее обновление: 12.02.2013 04:18

The new page of the old festival has been opened (PHOTOS)

The festival Aeroflot Open dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the leading Russian airline was opened in the center of Moscow today.

It's noteworthy that the opening ceremony of the "updated" festival greatly differed from the ones held in previous years in Izmailovo hotel. If describing it in three adjectives only, those should be: more expensive, more vivid and more impressive. If not taking into account 45-minutes waiting for the main guest of the ceremony, in general everything went remarkably quick.

Anatoly Karpov is among those waiting for Arkady Dvorkovich

Yury Yakovich, Elmira Skripchenko and Kateryna Lahno

The chief coach of the Russian women's national team is in a good mood, but refuses giving a commentary.

Arkady Dvorkovich eventually arrived dressed in an official suit, he chose less official outfit for the
closing ceremony of Moscow Open held yesterday .

"Thanks to Anatoly Karpov and Alexander Bach for previous Aeroflots, and now we're opening a new chapter in the history of the festival"

Dvorkovich presented the chess set to the general director of Aeroflot Open Vitaly Savelyev

The chief arbiter Alexander Raetsky held the draw: Anatoly Karpov invited to the stage took out the black piece, which means the rating favourite Gata Kamsky will be black in Round 1. 

The first four rounds of the rapid tournament will be played already today at 11:00 CET.


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