Kyoto, Japan, November 19, 2013 - The 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup kicked off on Tuesday, with six teams – including four continental champions – converging on the city of Kyoto. Russia and Italy kicked things off in the first match at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium, in a battle of European powerhouses. Overall the Italians made less mistakes than the Russians in this match, taking it 3–1 (28–26, 25–20, 19–25, 27–25).