Batumi is ready for 181 Open Teams & 151 Women's Teams at Chess Olympiad


The Chess Organizing Committee of the 43rd Chess Olympiad is concluding the preparation for the start of the event. At the same time the players, arbiters and officials are arriving to Batumi.

The Chess Olympiad will start on 23rd September with a grandiose Chess Opening Ceremony at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili.

Specially for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympiad - Maestro Nikoloz Rachveli and DJ Kordzi have created music, Nina Ananiashvili choreographed a ballet performance and the Sukhishvili ensemble will present the new dance, choreographed by Iliko Sukhishvili.

On the stage will be the famous Georgian singer Nino Katamadze, Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli, singers Liza Bagrationi, Giorgi Ushikishvili, violist Giorgi Tsagareli, the indie rock band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz, the folklore ensemble Lashari, the Batumi cappella, the Evgeni Mikeladze State Symphony Orchestra directed by Nikoloz Rachveli and the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet.

Distinguished Georgian writer Aka Morchiladze is the author of the text for the Opening Ceremony booklet.

The actual chess competition will start on 24th September at 15:00 local time with the games of the first round.

There will be 185 chess teams competing in the Open section (full list here) and 151 teams in the Women section (full list here).

For more information visit the official website of the 43rd Chess Olympiad.