World’s best chess players, bankers, diplomats, watchmakers and businessmen came together to celebrate the opening of the FIDE World Chess Geneva Grand Prix at the Four Seasons Hotel. Geneva is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles which will possibly determine a winner of the series.

Celebrity swagger, beautiful mountains, and private banking have helped give Geneva a lead among jet setters. Now they are learning chess as the city is hosting the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix — a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament and the Championship Match.

The Opening Gala, held at the famous Four Seasons Hotel Ball Room, was an event of the day: the Mayor of Geneva, famous banking families, sports stars and businessmen mingled with ambassadors and United Nations representatives.

During his opening remarks, Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the organizer of the Series and the Championship cycle, said that it’s a perfect time to introduce chess to Geneva and Switzelrand.