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Women's World Chess Championship Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan, Lviv 2016. Opening Ceremony

Mariya Muzychuk Hou Yifan. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar
Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk and Challenger Hou Yifan at the Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony of the Women's World Chess Championship 2016 match Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan took place at the Lviv Opera House, 1st March 2016. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar

Grandmaster Hou Yifan of China and grandmaster Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine
Grandmaster Hou Yifan of China and grandmaster Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine. Hou Yifan chooses a thing first.

The drawing of the colors: Hou Yifan and Mariya Muzychuk
The drawing of the colors of the first game: the brunette Hou Yifan in a black gown gets a black queen, so Mariya Muzychuk in a white gown gets white pieces.

Mariya Muzychuk and reporters.
Mariya Muzychuk gives interviews.

Hou Yifan gives autographs
Hou Yifan gives autographs.

Zhyttya Ballet
Zhyttya Ballet at the Opening Ceremony.

Quartet Tenors Bel'Canto
Quartet Tenors Bel'Canto sing the song "O sole mio" by Eduardo di Capua (music) and Giovanni Capurro (text).

Lviv Opera House. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar
The beautiful Lviv Opera House.
Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar

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