The opening ceremony included choreographic and musical performances that attached a very good mood to the participants and guests of the tournament. The vocal-choreographic composition "World Chess" was performed by "Way from the city" and "WOW" bands. There were performances from Cover-orchestra "Just Brass" and the Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan Aidar Suleimanov. Classical ballet performance by ballet «Allegro» meshed with breakdancing by «Action man crew» in a surprising way. The inspirational video "World Crown", prepared specially for the tournament, was also shown during the ceremony.
Chief Arbiter IA Hal Bond informed the public about the format of the FIDE Women`s Candidates tournament and invited all players to the stage for a group photo.
The drawing of lots ceremony took place one month before the start of the tournament, on April 30 in Moscow and was attended by Arkady Dvorkovich, President of FIDE, and Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess and Honorary FIDE Vice-President.
Thus, the following games will be played in the first round on May 31:
V. Gunina – K. Lagno, A. Kosteniuk – A. Goryachkina, N. Dzagnidze – Tan Zhongyi, M. Muzychuk – A. Muzychuk.