Women's World Ch. opening ceremony

by Frederic Friedel
3/2/2016 – The Champion, Mariya Muzychuk, has the white pieces in the first game of this Championship, which starts at 3 p.m. local time (2 p.m. CET, 8 a.m. NY). While you are waiting for that to happen, or watching the start of the game live on out news page, you can enjoy pictures from the opening ceremony that took place last night in the packed Lviv Opera House. Very nice indeed, with no effort spared.

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Women's World Chess Championship – Opening in Lviv

The Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2016 between the current World Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine and Challenger Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012, 2013-2015) takes place in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 1-18, 2016. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 pm local time on 2nd of March 2016. You can watch the games live in our broadcast window at the bottom of this page.

First on the schedule was the inspection of the playing venue in Potocki Palace, where the
players checked the chairs, table and light in the playing hall (watch it in the video above)

After that the particpants proceeded to the Lviv Opera House for the opening ceremony

Challenger Hou Yifan and Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk on the stage

The drawing of colours: Yfan got black and Muzychuk white in the first game

This was followed by a dramatic live performance of the Zhyttya Ballet ...

... with some chess themed passages ...

... and some most certainly not.

Packed full to the rafters: the Lviv Opera House during the opening ceremony

The audience was also treated to some virtuoso violin play ...

... the three of the four tenors of the Bel’canto Quartet (you can listen to them here) ...

... and Khrystyna Soloviy, a young singer, member of Ukrainian version of “Voice” TV-show,
whom you can listen to in this enchanting folk song video.

Lovin' it – Mariya Muzychuk in the audience ...

... and her Chinese challenger Hou Yifan


March 2 Wednesday 15:00 Game 1
March 3 Thursday 15:00 Game 2
March 4 Friday Day Off  
March 5 Saturday 15:00 Game 3
March 6 Sunday 15:00 Game 4
March 7 Monday Day Off  
March 8 Tuesday 15:00 Game 5
March 9 Wednesday 15:00 Game 6
March 10 Thursday Day Off  
March 11 Friday 15:00 Game 7
March 12 Saturday 15:00 Game 8
March 13 Sunday Day Off  
March 14 Monday 15:00 Game 9
March 15 Tuesday Day Off  
March 16 Wednesday 15:00 Game 10
March 17 Thursday Day Off  
March 18 Friday 15:00 Tie-break games
March 18 Friday 18:00 Closing Ceremony

All games start at 3 p.m. local time, which is an hour ahead of European time, two ahead of Britain, and seven ahead of New York. You can find the starting time at your location here.

Women's World Chess Championship 2016 live broadcast

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Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar


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abhayanniya abhayanniya 3/4/2016 03:07
i Hate the comments
flachspieler flachspieler 3/3/2016 07:30
Wonderful show, wonderful pictures.
Thank you!
idratherplay960 idratherplay960 3/2/2016 10:39
Decent point @syuanjiang, not that it matters, everyone including Mariya knows who the world's number one woman is. If game 1 is an indication of Muzychuk's teams prep and game plan, I'm unimpressed. Yifan didn't even break a sweat as Black, this thing will be technically over by game 7.
syuanjiang syuanjiang 3/2/2016 08:03
I have a problem on declaring Muzychunk as Woman's World Champion. She just won a strong tournament (Woman's World Cup) last year, it is a joke and inconsistency that she is a World Champion.

No one calls Sergey Karjakin Man's World Champion and Magnus Carlsen has to earn the right challenge him to regain the title.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 3/2/2016 05:49
First game about as interesting as day-old oatmeal.
mozartiano123 mozartiano123 3/2/2016 05:37
Really nice opening cerimony. These ucranians are taking this match really seriously.
verticall verticall 3/2/2016 02:39
The champ is scared, remember she refused her games to be broadcasted
fightingchess fightingchess 3/2/2016 01:19
i wish the match was 12 games just like men world championship.