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  A "Welcome to Bad Blankenburg" started the opening ceremony
12.07.2018 von KS


The 150 players were first cordially invited by Dr. Marcus Fenner (DSB Director) to a fair tournament, and then by the State of Thuringia, represented by Gabi Ohler, who took the 150th birthday of Emanuel Lasker as an opportunity to point out the importance and advantages of chess. She would like to continue and deepen the chess sport and the associated support of the Free State of Thuringia in the future, since chess is more than just a sport. It produces bright minds, which Ohler, supported by an interesting advertising film for the educational state of Thuringia, invited to study and live in her federal state.

Mr. Johann Pöcksteiner from the ECU was very pleased that the tournament is being held here in Bad Blankenburg. In this context he thanked the junior coach for his commitment to bring the event to Germany. Afterwards the manager of the hotel, Mr. Müller, welcomed all players with warm words into his beautiful sports facility and assured the participants to do everything for the well-being of his guests. He also confirmed the connection of his house to chess and is looking forward to many other possible chess events.

Finally, the main arbiter, Klaus Deventer, pointed out changes to the regulations and again emphasised the ban on private pens and watches brought along in the game room. At his words, the players could now finally enter the game room. Everyone was happy to start the first round. The coaches are also eager to see if their preparations are good enough to stand up to the strong opponents. No team is here just for fun. The competition is tough and every team knows exactly that it's now about the title.

The games started 30 minutes ago. We can look forward to the results. Can Germany I defend its title? The national coach Bernd Vökler, who is also the main tournament director and brought the event to Germany, hopes for 2 titles. The pressure is high. Will they make it?

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