Silvio Danailov - Entrepreneur &
President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation

Mr. Silvio Danailov is Chess Entrepreneur, President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation since 2011 & Manager of GM Veselin Topalov. He was President of the European Chess Union and Member of FIDE Presidential Board (2010-2014).

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Questions to FIDE Treasurer

Dear Mr Siegel,

Hope you keeping well.

I read with interest your explanations to Peter Doggers in about FIDE expenses and current financial situation. I have question to you related to this matter which I will raise during the GA in Baku, so you can start preparing your answer.

Last year FIDE had 187.883€ legal expenses with budgeted 30.000€. Why is that? Let me explain if you aren’t informed properly.


On the end of 2014 the new ECU management started case of pure political and personal revenge against myself and my colleagues from the previous team. They went to FIDE Ethic commission who accepted the case with joy, without having any knowledge or jurisdiction to the ECU matters. Anyway, that’s not important. What’s really important is when we appealed in CAS, ECU dropped the case declaring they won’t go further. The result was FIDE covered the expenses of the case , my guess is around 100.000€.

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Breaking news! Big scandal!

20160808_motion_july15Makro&friends “FIDE” ignored on purpose and didn’t include on the agenda the official motion for impeachment of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent by Jamaica CF.

As everyone can see, the motion prepared by Jamaica Chess Federation was sent on time and is completely legal. According to FIDE Statutes, the motion has to be included in the agenda of the FIDE General Assembly in Baku by law. However, that didn’t happen. Why? What Makro&friends are afraid of to break the law and FIDE statutes in such a shameful way?

Download file in pdf >>> He Can Play Well, Too

By Samuel Shankland

20160731_silvio_danailov_and_kasparovObviously the title of this article does not refer to the man on the right in the photo above — Garry Kasparov, the former World Champion. Instead, this game-of-the-day feature is about the other man — Silvio Danailov, the manager of Veselin Topalov, another former World Champion. In the following game, Danailov beats a world-class player, and he does it easily.

Silvio Danailov is best known as the manager of Veselin Topalov, the ex-World Champion and former No. 1 ranked player, but as the following game shows, he knows a thing or two about how to play, too. His victim is a player who recently pushed his rating to 2700.


Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 7 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.

Chess- Impeachment for Ilyumzhinov?

20160704_pic01Chess-News learnt that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov might face an impeachment procedure during the coming FIDE General Assembly that will take place in Baku in September. In order to do so it is necessary to collect 50% plus one delegates’ vote.

Looking back last December Ilyumzhinov temporary delegated his powers to Georgios Makropoulos and “withdrew from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE”. It happened because of the American sanctions that USA imposed on Ilyumzhinov. However starting from that time Makropoulos hasn’t ever represented FIDE acting as a President, while Ilyumzhinov himself repeated many times that he continues to remain the leader of this international organization.

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It will be decided who is to make the exchange of the inconvenient federation on Wednesday

VLADIMIR YONCHEV | 07 June 2016 at 09:10

silvio-danailovPutin’s long arm has often been accused of any kind of things and often the accusations have sounded ridiculous. However, there is a case, where the President of Russia is strongly involved and there is also direct Bulgarian involvement in this case too.
Chess is one of the major sports in Russia. Its importance can be commeasured only with ice hockey and is much greater than the importance of football.
Chess is important not only because each Russian believes it is predestined for a Russian to be World Champion. It is important also because chess has produced the greatest Russian stars, and one of them – Gary Kasparov is the major political opponent of Vladimir Putin.

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After two years Makro&friends management, led by Tsorba&Shvili ECU is smashed down to total disaster. Damn shame!

tsorba-&-shviliMakro and friends ECU won the elections in August 2014 in Tromso after an extremely dirty and disgusting campaign, with the help of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the Russian government. The target was very clear and purely political, to avoid the election of Garry Kasparov as FIDE President and my reelection as ECU President at any cost, because we were on the same team. With not much choice, two puppets were placed to manage ECU by Makro: the well known duo Tsorba&Shvili, people without any experience in the world of chess management, but famous as excellent and faithful servants of Kirsan and Makro for many years.

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To FIDE Ethics Commission: Appeal regarding inappropriate and unethical behaviour of a FIDE official during FIDE Candidates tournament in Moscow March 2016


On April 17, 2016, President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Silvio Danailov and former FIDE World Champion, Veselin Topalov sent to FIDE Ethics Commission appeal regarding inappropriate and unethical behaviour of a FIDE official during the FIDE Candidates tournament in Moscow March 2016…

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SILVIO DANAILOV: “45 minutes for each of you per game, once or twice a toilet break. The end!”

Interview of with Silvio Danailov


SILVIO DANAILOV: “45 minutes for each of you per game, once or twice a toilet break. The end!”

Е.SUROV 17.02 Moscow time, Chess – news alive, thank you everyone for being connected! Invite your friends and acquaintances; we have planned an exciting hour, because we have Marakova Maria and her guest on the direct line. Maria, good evening!

М.MANAKOVA: Hello everybody! It`s been a really special day today, and tomorrow it is going to be even more special, two final rounds. There are a lot of people here, it is just overcrowded, no special places, and again no place to sit. Crowded playing hall, crowded corridors, a lot of  people came, a lot of famous chess players, that`s the atmosphere here! Of course, everything is warming up, you can simply feel the energy of the fight. So it is really interesting in Telegraph.

And here with me is the man I am sure you all know pretty well, and he… Well, no need for introducing him, it is Silvio Danailov, Topalov`s official manager and president of Bulgarian chess federation. And I have a lot of questions for my guest. Can I start torturing him already? Read more »

BCF complaint vs. Zurab Azmaiparashvili and Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou regarding flagrant violations of the FIDE Code of Ethics

On 8th of July, 2015, Bulgarian Chess Federation sent to FIDE Ethics Commission complaint vs. current ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and ECU Secretary General Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou regarding flagrant violations of the FIDE Code of Ethics.


BCF demands punishment for at least 3 years removal from the position of ECU Secretary General for Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and for Zurab Azmaiparashvili – at least one year suspension from the office of the ECU President.

Here you can read the original text of the complaint:

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Veselin Topalov: “I Am Not a Chess Fanatic!”

Interview of with GM Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov

E.SUROV: Veselin, has it been a long time since you have won a large super tournament?

V.TOPALOV: I think the last time I won a tournament featuring the reigning world champion was in Bilbao in 2008. This is when Anand was the champion, and he played in the tournament. Since then I am not sure. Of course, I won a lot of tournaments after that, but not with such a line-up. Of course, there was Linares in 2010, but then the world champion was not playing. Of course, this is not critical, but nevertheless it is important.

E.SUROV: In general, it is important for you to play the world champion?

V.TOPALOV: Not that important, I’m just talking about statistics. I won the Zug stage of the FIDE Grand Prix and in London shared the first place, and in Linares, and maybe even in some other tournament. But if I remember correctly, the Bilbao – this is the last tournament in which the champion also played.

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