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Day 1: Schwarzman 1 (blitz) - Georgiev 0

On the first match day, Alexander Schwarzman took the lead in the World Title Match Draughts by beating World Champion Alexander Georgiev. After a classic game where Schwarzman seemed to have the best chances, in the rapid game again Schwarzman had the more advantageous position. For a short time in the middle game, Georgievs secondant Ainur Shaibako was really worried about Georgievs chances, but Georgiev neutralized the position skilfully. In the third game however, Schwarzman kept his position flexible whereas Georgievs position got out of balance quite soon. ,,In a classic game, it may have been possible for Georgiev to play like this, but in the blitz game it was too much," according to Schwarzman.

This morning, the match was opened by Tallinn vice mayor Mihhail Kõlvart and Estonian Draughts President Janek Mäggi. Mr. Kõlvart complimented the Estonian Draughts Federation its initiave and called Tallinn with its rich organizing tradition the European Capital of Draughts. Challenger Alexander Schwarzman thanked the organizers expressed his wish that the public will enjoy the match. World Champion Alexander Georgiev did not buy into forecasting the outcome of the match: ,,Let's first play and see." Main Referee Frank Teer on behalf of the World Draughts Federation thanked the Estonian Draughts Federation and the Talinn government for hosting the match and expressed a special word of gratitude towards Dutch draughts promotor Maarten van Leenen who contributed substantially to the match organization.