After 12 days from the closing of registrations, as scheduled, today Friday May 26 at 15.10, with only a few minutes late, the first round of the 2023 edition of the ECU Senior Chess Championship 50+ and 65+ was kicked off.
Overall, after some last-minute withdraw, 179 players started moving knights and pawns divided into three tournaments: Open 65+ with 90 participants; Open 50+ with 80 participants and Women 50+ with 9 participants (obviously it's a round robin tournament).
Subsequently he presented the arbiters staff composed:
and Fiala Zdenek (Czech Republic) for the electronics boards.
The first round was preceded by a welcome from Cristina Rigo followed by the Italian National Anthem and the ECU one. Then the Monegasque Jean-Michel Rapaire, Vice President of the ECU and Rossana Benazzo Councilor for Tourism of the Municipality of Acqui took part. So the floor went to the Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikoloupoulos alias “Takis” (Greece) who illustrated the latest regulations that came into force relating in particular to anticheating and the method of application in this Championship.