The Governor of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug Ugra Natalya Komarova made her first move 1.d2-d4 on the first board for the Russian team on the first day of the 39th World Chess Olympiad. Thereafter the Governor gave the press-conference to the journalists where they talked chess.
- Natalya Vladimirovna, do you have a festive feeling?
-I start having it only now because before I was under a constant stress as well as all the organizers of this massive event. After having made the first move, I felt better and relieved.
- Why did you decide not to make the famous Ostap Bender’s move 1. E2-e4?
- There are several reasons for this. First of all, this right belongs to the FIDE President, who, as far as I know, constructed the Chess City in the capital of Kalmykia and named it New-Vasyuki. The second reason is that I have already made this famous move in my symbolic game in Moscow. Seriously speaking, I had to take into consideration the player, indeed when making his move I felt myself responsible not only to play the game but to win it. Read more »