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Greeting speech to the participants of the World Women's Chess Championship 2008 addressed by the President of Kabardino-Balkarian Republic Arsen Kanokov

Ladies and gentlemen,
I welcome you to the hospitable land of Kabardino-Balkaria and congratulate you on the opening of the World Women's Chess Championship.
We are on the eve of a great sport event. Best women chess players are coming to Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria to contest championship. I invite all admirers of this ancient and wise game to visit our unique place. Not only will you have a happy meeting with your favorite game, you will also get unforgettable impressions from picturesque landscapes of Kabardino-Balkaria and original cultures of peoples inhabiting it.
It is a great honor for Kabardino-Balkaria to host a tournament of such a caliber. We perfectly realizing it/ Thats why we have done our best to ensure that the Championship will be a success and take the place it deserves among the brightest sport events both in Russia and in the world.
It is of utmost importance that the Championship will be held in Russia whose chess school is held in deserved respect and where this royal game has won love of million admirers.Kabardino-Balkaria is not an exception. Thousands of people play chess in our republic. There are chess clubs in Nalchik and other cities.Special pavilions have been built in parks for chess fans.
Coming Championship will become a real gift for everyone and the International language of sport will contribute to strengthening both the image of the country and the republic on the international arena as well as to the development of friendly relations between people of different nationalities.
I would like to express my special gratitude to the President of the Republic of Kalmykia and FIDE President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. This unique sport event would be impossible without his support.
I wish good health, luck, new victories and great achievements to all participants of the Championship.  

President of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria
Arsen Kanokov

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