Greetings of the the President of the World Chess Federation FIDE
Dear ladies and gentlemen!
On behalf of the World Chess Federation let me heartily welcome the participants and guests of the World Chess Cup 2011. The hospitable Khanty-Mansiysk puts on a crown again and accepts the World Chess Cup for the fourth time. And a little more than a year ago the World Chess Olympiad took place here. I’m sure that the Tournament of the Nations 2010 remains in the memory of Ugra citizens and Siberian guests forever. And again the strongest chess players of the world came here in order to prove the right of possessing the World Cup in an uncompromising struggle.
Khanty-Mansiysk is well known for its highest level of organization of chess tournaments. Here all the conditions are created in order one can produce masterpieces to be admired all over the world. For me it is a pleasure to notice that the competition will take place for the first time in a great building of Ugra Chess Academy.
I would like to thank the Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous okrug — Ugra Natalya Komarova, the headship of Ugra Chess Federation for the attention paid to our kind of sport. There is no doubt that the World Chess Cup 2011 will lead to the further popularization of chess in Ugra land.
On behalf of the headship of the World Chess Federation I congratulate you with the beginning of the tournament and I wish you health, inspiration and splendid victories!