The technical meeting: Anna Muzychuk chose black pieces
The technical meeting of the European Women Chess Championship took place in the playing hall in Anatolian Hotel at 10.30 a.m. The Chief Arbiter Erdem Ucarkus, the Secretary General of the European Chess Union Sava Stoisavljevic, the director of the event Melih Sagit and the players discussed the regulations and the tournament conditions.
The Chief Arbiter Erdem Ucarkus drew the attention of the participants that according to the rules players will not be allowed to agree for draws until the 40th move has been played. He also reminded of "zero tolerance" rule which require chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start and dress-code rule which is described in the regulations.
The Chief Arbiter announced the members of the Appeal's Committee: Boris Kutin, Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Willy Iclicki.
The number one of the tournament starting list Anna Muzychuk came to the table for drawing of lots and was proposed to choose any of two boxes with white and black chocolates which symbolised the colours of the pieces. Anna Muzychuk selected a box with black chocolate and is going to play with Black in the first round.
After a few more technical questions were discussed, the technical meeting was ended and players could check their parings.