The great event of Spanish Chess made a beginning in Santiago de Compostela.

The colourful, spectacular playing venue welcomed 86 federation and 827 players and more than 2000 accompanying people from all over the world.

The unrivalled setting of the Cidade da Cultura contains the awe-inspiring playing venue, which was the place where the Opening Act took place. Local authorities such as Martiño Noriega Sánchez (major of Santiago) and Marta Míguez Telle (General Secretary for Sports from the Xunta de Galicia), Anxo M. Lorenzo Suárez (Secretary for Culture of the Xunta de Galicia), María Pereira Otero (the Director of the Cidade da Cultura of Galicia),Ozgur Solakoglu, Chief of Appeals Committee nd Executive Board member Fide, Gaspar Pérez Carnero (the President of Galician Chess Federation) and Javier Ochoa de Echagüen (President of Spanish Chess Federation, as well as President of the Iberoamerican Chess Federation) attended this event.

Circa 2000 accompanying people and general public will be able to enjoy these 14 days of chess for the world through the internet, as they will be able to watch the matches at www.chess24.com (starting at 16:30) from the first tables of every category, and also live, inside a great marquee close to the playing venue, visiting the Cidade da Cultura as well.

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