Welcome address by Mr. Ivan Savvidi
To the Chess World Championship Grand Prix participants
by Mr. Ivan Savvidi, the President of the Federal National-Cultural Autonomy of Greeks of Russia
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the organizers, players, participants and guests of the "Makedonia Palace Grand Prix".
The Championship is a significant event not only for Greece but globally, as twelve of the world’s top chess players from different countries are gathered here today.
Chess is a unique, amazing sport that offers the opportunity to realize the player’s potential to its maximum. Contemplating person perceives the surrounding deeper and brighter and this is the main reason that he is always one step ahead of others.
Today in the century of information with the changes happening every day and even every minute in all fields of social life, chess provides the ability to evaluate a perspective correctly, to fix a goal and logically estimate ways of its achievement that becomes a formula for success. It is chess that teaches all that. It is undisputable that great Capablanca said: "A good player always has luck!"
Chess is a symbol of the world, because the key to the victory is in the power of mind and not in the physical force.
I would like to thank those who made chess their life companion, who keep on improving and aiming to the heights in this game!
I wish you success, implementation of your plans and all the best.