Bansko Grand Chess Opening Ceremony

Bansko Mayor Alexander Kravarov and GM Ivan Cheparinov made the first move

The official opening of the Bansko ski season and of the Bansko Grand Chess Open 2010 took place on Sunday, 12th December, at the Central City Square. The singing group “Pirinski Biseri” opened the ceremony, and then the ECU Board Member Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou spoke about the chess tournament.

Mr.Tsorbatzoglou thanked the Mayor of Bansko, Alexander Kravarov, the Bulgarian Chess Federation and the ECU President, Silvio Danailov, for the invaluable support in preparation of the chess tournament.

Mr.Kravarov welcomed the chess players and wished them a pleasant stay in Bansko. Both speakers expressed desire the chess event to be held annually. Mr.Kravarov and the top-seeded player GM Ivan Cheparinov made the ceremonial move on the stage, and then the folklore group from Alexandropolis, Greece, closed the program.

Bansko Open Theodors

Chief tournament organizer Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou among the flags of participating countries

Bansko Avetik Grigoryan

Reigning Armenian champion Avetik Grigoryan on the Bansko Central Square

Bansko Greece folklore

Folklore group from Alexandropolis, Greece, and a familiar face among them

Bansko opening

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Alexander Kravarov speaking at the opening ceremony

Bansko opening move

Alexander Kravarov and Ivan Cheparinov making the ceremonial first move

Bansko Greek dance

Guests from Greece dancing on the main stage