Silvio Danailov - President
of the European Chess Union

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.

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ECU President Silvio Danailov meets with the ECF Board & Council Members

On 11th of April, 2014 the President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov met with the Board and Council Members of the English Chess Federation.

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During the meeting in the beautiful historic event room – Boshop’s of the Simpson’s-in-the-Strand Restaurant, London they have discussed about different important chess topics, including the work done by the European Chess Union and the future plans of Silvio Danailov and his team.

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Official start of the Facebook campaign page of Silvio Danailov and his team for the ECU Presidential Elections in Tromso

Silvio Danailov and his team officially launched their campaign page in Facebook for the ECU Presidential Elections in Tromso, Norway.

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Join the page following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danailov-for-President/658466197535595

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“CHESS FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR CHESS”

An interview with Mr. Joran Aulin-Jansson “JJ” – President of the Norwegian Chess Federation and Deputy President in Silvio Danailov’s ticket for the ECU Presidential Elections’2014

1Q: How did you decide to join the ticket of Mr.Silvio Danailov?

A: I was asked by my good friend Silvio to join him. It took me some time to accept, but now I have a good feeling about it.

Q: What are the most competitive advantages of your team?

A: Experience and willingness to look into new ideas.

Q: What would you say about the other members of Mr.Danailov’s ticket?

A: I met Mr. Horst Metzing first time in Dresden 2008, and many times after that. He has valuable experience working for German and European chess for many years.

Miss Sava Stojisavljevic is an experienced arbiter in spite of her young age and a great administrator of chess.

Mr. Almog Burstein has kept the accounts in good order, and is also very experienced.

Mr. Silvio Danailov is a serious person working hard for the benefit of chess.

I look forward to work closely with these people!

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ECU President Silvio Danailov visits Iceland

From 9th to 11th of March the ECU President Silvio Danailov visited Iceland to help and support the realization of the ECU program “Chess in school”.   He also officialy opened the 7th round of Reykjavik Open 2014.

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During his stay in Iceland Mr. Danailov, together with the chess legend Garry Kasparov, had a meetings with different very important persons:

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Breaking News!!! Silvio Danailov announces his ticket and program for the ECU Presidential Elections’2014 in Tromso, Norway

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Silvio Danailov makes the first symbolic move of the EICC’2014 in Yerevan, Armenia

The ECU President Silvio Danailov made the first symbolic move of the EICC’2014 in Yerevan and thus launched the most prestigious European championship.

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He took part in the official opening ceremony and met with the President of Armenia and the Armenian Chess Federation, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan and the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

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Silvio Danailov and Garry Kasparov meet with the Spanish State Secretary of Education, Montserrat Gomendio

On 25th of February, 2014, the ECU President Silvio Danailov and the candidate for FIDE President, Garry Kasparov, met with the Spanish State Secretary of Education, Montserrat Gomendio in the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Madrid.

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The meeting was held in connection with the joint project of the European Chess Union and Kasparov Chess Foundation, “Chess in school” with purpose to explain the advantages of chess as an educational tool and to present the program.

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Silvio Danailov meets with the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport and the Mayor of Jerusalem

The President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov met with the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, Mrs. Limor Livnat, and the Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Nir Barkat. It happened during the ECU Board meeting, which was held from 11th to 13th of February, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. It was excellently organized by the host of the event – the Israeli Chess Federation with the help of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

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During their stay, President of the European Chess Union Mr. Silvio Danailov and the Board members discussed very important topics concerning the future of the European chess and met with some very important persons.

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The ECF President Andrew Paulson and high level FIDE officials suspected for conflict of interests and dubious deals, according to the Sunday Times and ChessVibes

Because of the great interest in the subject and its great importance for the world chess community we publish the full text of the two articles with the official answer of FIDE!!!

CHESSVIBES: Leaked Agreement Between Ilyumzhinov & Paulson Suggests Conflict of Interest

Chess.com has obtained a document that suggests that Agon, Andrew Paulson’s company that holds the rights to organize chess events in the World Championship cycle, is secretly run by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself. According to the contract, which is signed by both the FIDE President and Mr Paulson, it is Mr Ilyumzhinov who owns 51% of the shares.

Both Mr Ilyumzhinov and Mr Paulson deny that the contract is in effect, but according to Malcolm Pein, Mr Paulson “has said on at least two occasions that Kirsan is the majority shareholder.”

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