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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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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Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee for Anti-corruption, Conflict of Interests and Parliamentary Ethics announced that it has terminated the proceedings against the Bulgarian Chess Federation

Yesterday, 18th of June, 2015, the Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee for Anti-corruption, Conflict of Interests and Parliamentary Ethics announced that it has terminated the proceedings against the Bulgarian Chess Federation and has notified Regional Prosecutor’s Office about that decision.


This is further evidence that the charges of corruption against the federation are groundless, part of a smear campaign aimed at damaging of the good name of BUL Chess Fed and its leadership and serving of foreign interests. It is clear that this smear campaign is led by people, who want to destroy the political chess career of the President Silvio Danailov, who has remained the only real opposition of FIDE and who will run for FIDE Presidency during the upcoming FIDE elections.

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Позиция на гросмайстор Веселин Топалов във връзка с конфликта в БФШ

До Българската шахматна общественост и всички медии

С голямо недоумение следя агресивната клеветническа кампания срещу БФ Шахмат и неговото ръководство водена от лицата Стефан Сергиев, Кирил Георгиев, Венцислав Инкьов и Методи Стойнев. Затова бих искал да споделя и някои факти.

От изнесените наяве неотдавна документи се разбира, че Стефан Сергиев е бил доносник на ДС, което само по себе си го лишава от моралното право да говори за принципи. По мое мнение сред тези хора (работили или донасяли в ДС) има наистина талантливи и отлично подготвени хора, но Ст. Сергиев не е такъв. Освен това, доколкото разбирам, тенденцията в България е, те да не бъдат докускани на ръководни длъжности. Скоро аз с възмущение научих, че чрез фирмата на сина си господин Сергиев е продал столовете на които аз и Ананд седяхме по времето на мача за световната титла в София през 2010 г. Докато в Аржентина все още пазят масата, столовете от историческите шахматни събития играни там, като мача за световната титла Алехин – Капабланка 1927 г., Фишер – Петросян ’1972 година, както и масата и стола на който аз играх и станах световен шампион в Сан Луис ‘2005 година, като културни и исторически ценности, тези ценности са потънали в джоба на претендиращият за “историк” на българския шахмат Ст. Сергиев.

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Official statement of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Chess Federation

11401580_10204649148735001_8647303641338182010_nOn 5th of June, 2015 (Friday), at its meeting, the Management Board of the Bulgarian Chess Federation decided the following:

1. In connection with the public deliberate, targeted and coordinated actions and statements of the following persons: Metodi Stoynev, Kiril Georgiev and Simeon Stoitchkov aimed at the damaging of the reputation of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, sabotaging of its activities and discrediting of its leadership, by announcements in the public space of false, unproved and defamatory allegations for corruption and misuse (during press conference, held on 28th of May, 2015 in the Press Club of the Bulgarian News Agency, in the social networks, etc.) as well as damaging of the reputation, using slanders and lies, of the Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Youth and Sports and its experts, the Management Board of the Bulgarian Chess Federation determined their actions as inadmissible, extremely reprehensible and in violation of the Statute and the Code of Ethics of the federation.

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