The Opening ceremony of the European Rapid Chess Championship 2022 took place this morning in Katowice, with attendance of Dana Reizniece-Ozola – ECU Vice President, Waldemar Bojarun – Vice President of Katowice, Radoslaw Jedynak – President of the Polish Chess Federation, Andrzej Matusiak – President of the Silesian Chess Federation and Lukasz Turlej – FIDE Secretary General.
“Welcome all in Spodek, a legendary place for sport in Poland! Just recently we have organized the World Championships in volleyball and today we are very happy to host – chess, the royal game -here. I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the organizers for making this event happen and wish all the players the best of luck. I hope that after your games you’ll still have some time to see our beautiful city Katowice. We hope you’ll have lots of beautiful memories from this weekend’s Capital of European Chess!” – said Vice President of Katowice, Waldemar Bojarun.
“As European Chess Union we are really proud to be a part of this event. We are also really happy that the event is held here in Katowice for the second time in a row, because the level of the organization is exteremly high and the atmosphere is truly amazing – so festive! My wish to you is to enjoy, have beautiful games and come back here again to play in the chess city Katowice.” – added Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Vice President of the European Chess Union.