Greeting of the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
On behalf of the World Chess Federation and myself personally I send greetings to the participants and guests of the chess championship match between Viswanathan Anand, the current champion, and Boris Gelfand, the challenger, and to all chess lovers!
Moscow will soon welcome these outstanding Grandmasters to the most important tournament on the international chess calendar!
The Russian capital always gives a cordial welcome to chess tournaments and championships, many of which have already gone down in the history of world chess.
I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to the organisers of this chess festival – the Russian Chess Federation, in the person of Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Russian Chess Federation; the State Tretyakov Gallery, in the person of Irina Lebedeva, its General Director; and Andrei Filatov, the general sponsor of the match.
I am sure that we shall be witnesses to some intense chess battles and some brilliant and noble contests.
May the best man win!
Gens una sumus, or We are one people!
Greeting of Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman Supervisory Council, Russian Chess Federation
Dear chess lovers,
I am delighted to send greetings to everyone who is looking forward to the start of the World Chess Championship match. Despite the fact that competitions at the highest level are regularly held in Moscow, the world championship match is a completely outstanding event. Chess lovers throughout the world will be focusing their attention on this match.
In recent years Russia has won the right to host several top-level competitions: the Olympic Games, the Universiade, FIFA World Cup. The first in a series of major international competitions will be the match between the world champion Vishy Anand and the challenger Boris Gelfand.
Both of these Grandmasters often play in Russia and are well known to our fans. I would like to thank everyone involved in staging the match in Moscow, and also to wish the Grandmasters creative achievements and the fans unforgettable impressions. A new page of chess history will be written before our eyes.
Russian Chess Federation
Greeting of the Director-General of the State Tretyakov gallery Irina Lebedeva
The time is approaching when an event of international significance will take place in the State Tretyakov Gallery – the World Chess Championship Match.
The Tretyakov Gallery is not only oneof Russia’s biggest museums, representing the many centuries of history of national art, but also a unique place which unexpectedly brings together the most varied people. This time a meeting will take place which we hope will bring pleasure both to chess connoisseurs and to art lovers. We shall be delighted to see them at this match in our museum. I am sure that holding it here will give a further boost to the interest shown in this unique type of sport – chess – and will undoubtedly generate particular interest in the Tretyakov Gallery. I wish everyone new and unexpected discoveries and impressions.
State Tretyakov Gallery
Greeting of the Sponsor Andrey Filatov
I am very pleased that the World chess championship match has returned to the Russian capital after a long interval. Moscow, with its chess history and traditions, has rightfully earned to host this remarkable event.
I am very grateful to the Russian Chess Federation, which shared the idea of hosting the Match and undertook the organisation of it, and also to the FIDE leadership for choosing Moscow.
Chess is not only the most intellectual sport but also an important part of world culture. And now for the first time in chess history the championship match will take place in a national museum –the State Tretyakov Gallery. I am sure that this cooperation between chess and art will bring mutual benefits, and that the World chess championship match will serve not only the development of chess but also the cause of popularising great Russian art.
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Greetings from Guennadi Timtchenko, founder of the Ladoga Foundation
Russia has the strongest chess traditions and has rightly held the champion’s crown for long periods in the history of official championships. This has been important for the prestige of our country and has helped to get a vast number of people involved in playing chess.
Chess is a special type of sport. Through its influence on intellectual development, studying chess helps to shape an individual’s personality at any age. We are convinced that making this type of sport more popular is a most important objective both for fans and benefactors and for the state, since it helps to strengthen the nation’s health and intelligence. The Ladoga Foundation has been delighted to support the social and cultural programme of the championship – events for young chess players who will travel to the match from various regions of Russia, and also a veterans’ match and the Boris Spassky Tournament, in which distinguished masters of years gone by will play.
One would like to believe that the world championship which is taking place in Russia will help to bring about a resurgence of interest in chess here and to develop the Russian chess school. I wish the organisers success in staging the world championship, I wish the grandmasters a worthy contest, and I wish all the spectators some unforgettable memories.
Greeting of Moshe Slav, Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation
Soon the Match for the title of World Chess Champion between the Israeli candidate Boris Gelfand and the current reigning World Champion, Viswanathan Anand (India) will take place in Moscow. Gelfand’s participation in the Match for the crown of the World Championship, will promote the status of Israeli chess, bringing the game to unparalleled popularity in our country.
Gelfand is an asset to the State of Israel, alongside dozens of distinguished Nobel Prize winners, a model of excellence and diligence. His influence goes beyond borders and provides a sense of pride and belonging to the entire Jewish nation. The citizens of Israel wish for the success of the contender to the title of World Champion, Boris Gelfand, in a Match that is a pinnacle of his long career.
With heartfelt blessings of success,
Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation