The Opening Ceremony of The Women's World Chess Championship was held in the Hotel Anemon. The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici, the governor of Hatay M.Celalettin Lekesiz, the mayor of Antakya Lutfu Savas who welcomed the participants. During drawings of lots the World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk chose the rose with the white earring which means that in all uneven matches the players with better rating will have white pieces.After the official part was finished Antakya Choir of Civilizations sang prays of different religious of World.
Ali Yazici holds his speech during the opening ceremony. He also sent greeting for chess player from Kirsan Iljumzinov.
Alexandra Kosteniuk looks glad after the drawing of lots
Hoang Tran Trah and Humpy Koneru on the opening ceremony
Friendly greetings between Martha Fierro and Nana Dzagnidze
Turkish players Kubra Ozturk and Betul Yildiz with their coach Adrian Mikhalchishin
Anna Ushenina and sisters Maria and Anna Muzichuk from Ukraine
Antakya Chorus of Civilizations welcomes participants