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European Chess Union
Serbia Chess Federation
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The Opening Ceremony for European Senior Team Chess Championships took place in beautiful ambient of tourist resort “Ribarsko ostrvo” in the city of Novi Sad. On the event participates 18 teams from 10 national federations, divided by two section – players over 50 years and players over 65 years. Championship is organized in 9 rounds Round-Robin System, and for the best placed teams there is a prize found 6000 EUR.
On the start of the opening ceremony, Anthem of Serbia was singing by Olja Petrović, student of gymnasium. President of Serbian Chess Federation Mr. Ratko Pižurica greeted all the team, guests and supporters:
“We are happy as federation to have such an honour to welcome chess legends and chess amateurs, as well. Serbia is a chess country and I am sure that our guests will be pleased with our hospitality in the city of Novi Sad.”
Member of Novi Sad city counsil, Mr. Ognjen Cvjetićanin greeted all participants and declared tournament open:
“The city of Novi Sad will be European Capital of Youth in 2019 and European Capital of Culture in 2021. We are very proud of it, but events like this one we have today makes the city of Novi Sad also the Capital of Sport, and we are glad because of it” – pointed out Mr. Cvjetićanin.
The start of the first round was mark by honorable move made by Mr. Ognjen Cvjetićanin in the game between grandmaster Godena from Italy and international master Božić.