On October 23, the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad was held at the Black Sea Arena. The President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili and other officials greeted the participants and guests. Many well-known Georgian artists, dancers and musicians, including a famous singer Nino Katamadze, made a great show with their bright and beautiful performances. Several hours before the Ceremony, the FIDE presidential candidate Arkady Dvorkovich had invited players and coaches of the Russian national teams for a friendly dinner to wish them good luck at the Olympiad.
The World Chess Olympiad is taking place at the Palace of Sports constructed specifically for this event. The expo area with Arkady Dvorkovich Team's stand is located near two playing halls. There are lots of people at the stand: the guests play chess, speak to the FIDE presidential candidate and the members of his team. Legendary former world women's champions Nona Gaprindashvili and Maia Chiburdanidze played a friendly game with Arkady Dvorkovich.
Arkady Dvorkovich greeted the organizers of the 2020 World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk and expressed support to the Belarus Chess Federation (headed by Anastasia Sorokina) which had made a bid to host the World Chess Olympiad in 2022.