FIDE World Cup: Opening ceremony and press conference

Packed to the brim with players, guests, officials and staff, the Baku Convention Centre hosted the festivities, including speeches, music, dance, as the 2023 edition of the FIDE World Cup was inaugurated in the capital of Azerbaijan. In the open section, Ivan Cheparinov, the top player starting in round 1, as well as Magnus Carlsen, the top player overall and joining in round 2, will start with white in the first game. | Photo: Stev Bonhage / FIDE

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