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Fondation Neva Women's Chess Grand Prix tournament, Geneva 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical Meeting

Opening ceremony. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich
Anna Muzychuk, Viktorija Cmilyte, Hou Yifan, Bela Khotenashvili, Anna Ushenina, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of Fondation Neva Elena Timtchenko, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Kateryna Lagno, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Ju Wenjun, Olga Girya and Tatiana Kosintseva.
The participants of the Women's Chess Grand Prix 2013 Geneva tournament at the Opening ceremony. Fondation Neva, in partnership with the International Chess Federation (FIDE), is organizing the first leg of the official Women's Grand Prix series for the first time in Geneva.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Elena Timtchenko, Geneva State Chancellor Isabel Rochat and an exotic chess player.

Anna Muzychuk Ju Wenjun Bela Khotenashvili
The drawing of lots for the Geneva tournament. The players: Anna Muzychuk (What is your number? Six), Ju Wenjun (number 10) and Bela Khotenashvili (number 3).

A string quartet
A string quartet in performance at the Opening ceremony. Viola, violin 1, violin 2 and cello.


Viola and violin.

The technical meeting
The technical meeting
The participants of the Women's Chess Grand Prix at the technical meeting.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.

Time control: for each player 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.
The "no-draw offer" rule and "zero tolerance" rule which require chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start.
Players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Players will continue to play if the Chief Arbiter does not authorize the draw. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter in the following cases: a triple-repetition of the position as per FIDE laws of chess, in theoretically drawn position, applying the rule of 50 moves as per FIDE laws of chess.

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