21 March 2015
Dmitry Medvedev visits the World Championship venue
The Russian Prime Minister visited the Women's World Championship in Krasnaya Polyana.
Before the start of the round Dmitry Medvedev and the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met the Russian players Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Pogonina, Alexandra Goryachkina, Olga Girya, Alisa Galliamova, Tatiana Kosintseva, and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.
After that the Prime Minister came to the playing hall and greeted the participants and arbiters. The FIDE President made the first move in Kosteniuk-Shen Yang. Then Dmitry Medvedev met the broadcasting team and joined the live stream with Sergey Shipov and Ilya Smirin.
The Prime Minister also examined the exhibition of the RCF Chess Museum brought to the venue from Moscow, and played friendly games with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the chess robot. The FIDE President presented him a chess set issued for the 2014 World Championship Carlsen-Anand match.