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Greeting speech to the participants of the World Women's Chess Championship 2008 addressed by the President of World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Dear participants of the World Womens Chess Championship!
Let me express my warmest and hearty congratulations on the beginning of the match for the world chess crown!
This championship will present masterly and uncompromising duels between the best women chess players of the Universe.
Attention of professionals and admirers of this ancient intellectual game which combines the elements of sport, science, and art will be compelled these days to the city of Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.
It is most gratifying that such a grand chess competition will be held in Russia, the country with rich chess traditions.
I am sure that the Championship will become a true festival for all admirers of Caissa and give us many vivid and exciting moments of noble rivalry of the best and the most talented women chess players of the world.
I am confident that the most deserving challenger will win the chess crown.
I wish you good luck, perseverance and steadfast will to win!

President of Republic of Kalmykia
President of FIDE
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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