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Mr. Silvio Danailov is President of the European Chess Union (ECU) since 2010, Member of FIDE Presidential Board since 2010 and President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation since 2011. Born on 21st of April, 1961, Mr. Silvio Danailov is a former Bulgarian chess player with title of International Master. He was manager and coach of the Bulgarian man’s national chess team from 1993 to 2000. He was a manager and coach of two former FIDE World Chess Champions – GMs Veselin Topalov and Ruslan Ponomariov.
An interview with Mr. Almog Burstein, International Chess Arbiter (since 1977), current ECU Treasurer and Treasurer in Silvio Danailov’s ticket for the ECU Presidential Elections’2014
Q: Several days ago ECU achieved second historical success with the obtaining of UNESCO’s official rights for organization of some of its events under the patronage of the United Nations’ organization. Two years ago the European Parliament adopted the ECU program “Chess in school”. What is the meaning of these successes for the European and world chess?
Almog Burstein: These two great achievements are only a part of a long-term program that was personally outlined and accomplished by the ECU President Silvio Danailov to get the recognition and appreciation of the game of chess from as many international and European bodies as possible.
- Electoral Commission is a new body within FIDE created before current presidential elections. It’s purpose is to verify delegates for FIDE congress and to address complaints related to FIDE presidential elections. There were quite a few complaints from different parties, mostly from presidential candidates.
All complaints filed on behalf of Mr. Ilumzhinov were satisfied while all the complaints made by Mr. Kasparov were denied by commission. As the result, commission changed quite a few delegates. The final list of delegates was published on 7th of July at FIDE web site.
Are you satisfied with the decisions of electoral commission?
- There were some cases that looked really strange to me but that’s how democracy works – majority always wins. The most stunning example for me was Gabon. There were two candidates who both claimed they were elected for president of Gabon Chess Federation.
Video interview with Mr. Horst Metzing – a long-standing General Secretary of the German Chess Federation and the European Chess Union and Vice President in Silvio Danailov’s ticket for the ECU Presidential Elections’2014. To be able to watch the video, please, click on the link below!
An interview with Mr. Horst Metzing
The chess club in the city sets European record for a single infrastructure investment in chess
The excellent cooperation between the European Chess Union and the Bulgarian municipality Slivnica in connection with the ECU “Chess in school” program has led to impressive results. On 7th of July, Monday, at 11.00 am, the President of the European Chess Union and Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mr. Silvio Danailov, officially opened the entirely reconstructed chess club “Slivnishki geroj” in Slivnica.
140,000 euros were invested for its complete renovation, which is the amount earned with a project for European funding. The amount was used to complete the reconstruction of the building of the club and its adjacent areas, for the purchase of computers, multimedia, LED display, new professional chess sets and digital clocks, chess equipment for blind people, access platforms for disabled and many others.
The official letter of Mrs. Irina Bokova for granting the UNESCO’S patronage to the 15th EIWCC, Plovdiv.
The championship became the first ever in the history chess event which runs under the UNESCO’s patronage
Last night, in hotel Novotel, in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, the ECU President Silvio Danailov officially opened the 15th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship.
On this occasion, all present were adressed by Mr. Plamen Mollov, Vice President of Bulgarian Chess Federation, Executive Director of Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mr. Nikolay Velchev, and Mr. Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union and President of Bulgarian Chess Federation.