The 4th edition of the PCU Chess Cup kicked off at the wonderful 16th-century building of the University of Antwerp’s Hof van Liere.
The Opening Ceremony traditionally began with the student hymn “Gaudeamus Igitur”.
Nils Van de Velden from the Organizing Committee welcomed everyone with information about the City of Antwerp and the Chess Cup.
All participants and guests were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Francis baron Van Loon, Honorary Rector University of Antwerp and PCU Executive Board member.
The oaths to take part in the competition with respecting the rules, in the true spirit of friendship, fair play and sportsmanship were taken by Eike Cöllen (participating student from the University of Konstanz) and Patrick Van de Perre (tournament arbiter).
All students were invited to participate in the Antwerp University and Panathlon International Drawing and Photo Contests by Alina Baranova, the PCU Communication Manager.
At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Koenraad Keignaert, Chairman of the PCU Chess Cup Organizing Committee, officially opened the Chess Cup.
Enjoy the PCU Chess Cup!