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Organized by the Georgian Chess Federation and the 43rd World Chess Olympiad Organizing Committee, an event dedicated to the Olympiad was held at the "Wine Factory". The deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport – Shalva Gogoladze, the head of Sport Department – Irakli Dolaberidze, President of the European Chess Union – Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of the Georgian Chess Federation – Giorgi Giorgadze, and five-times World Chess Champion – Nona Gaprindashvili attended the formal event.
The festive event was opened with an extraordinary chess contest. The 2018 Batumi Ambassador of Goodwill and World Champion - Nona Gaprindashvili faced the Director of the Organizing Committee of the Olympiad - Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the ex-champion of Europe. The chess figures on the chess board were replaced with beautiful cups of Georgian wine. The symbolic match, was presented by “Winery Khareba” and ended in a tie.