Welcome address by Theodoros G. Karaoglou, Minister of Macedonia & Thrace
I am pleased to welcome to the capital of Macedonia the 12 leading chess players in the world who will compete for the "Makedonia Palace Grand Prix", from May 22nd to June 3rd 2013.
Thessaloniki welcomes another top sports event and a spiritual sport of strategic, tactical and courtesy soul.
I congratulate the organizers for their success to bring to our city for the first time the top 12 leading chess players, proving that Thessaloniki can provide high class infrastructure for such big events.
I wish good luck to all the participants, being sure that the world chess tournament will contribute to the international promotion of Thessaloniki into a very select audience.
Finally, the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace is always willing to support such initiatives that not only highlight the comparative advantages of each region, but also strengthen specific forms of tourism, one of which is sports tourism.
Theodoros G. Karaoglou
Minister of Macedonia and Thrace