The President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov officially opens the 13th European Individual Senior Chess Championship

On 11th of March, 2013 in Plovdiv the President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov officially opened the 13th European Individual Senior Chess Championship.

The President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Silvio Danailov welcomed those present at the opening ceremony stressing that “Plovdiv is, undoubtedly, the greatest chess city in Bulgaria, which is best proved by numerous chess tournaments organised in it”.

The championship is running under the high patronage of the Vice President of the Bulgarian Parliament, Mrs. Menda Stoyanova, who made the first symbolic move in the game of legendary Nona Gaprindashvili to start the tournament.

The classical section of the championship will end on 19 of March, 2013, the rapid section will be held from 20th to 21st of March, 2013.

115 participants from 24 national federations are competing for the title of the best one in Europe.

The European Individual Senior Chess Championship is organized by the European Chess Union and the Bulgarian Chess Federation, with the kind help of the Bulgarian Ministry of the physical education and sports and the Municipality of Plovdiv.

Official gest of the championship were: Mr. Zdravko Dimitrov – Governor of Plovdiv, Mr. Georgi Titiukov – Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv, prof. Nikolay Nedkov – Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, prof. Plamen Mollov – Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mrs. Sava Stoisavljevic – General Secretary of the European Chess Union, Mr. Vladimir Sakotic – Executive Director of the European Chess Union and Chief-Arbiter of the Championship and many others.

The official closing and awarding ceremony will be held on 19th of March, 2013 at 18.00 local time.

For more information, you can visit the official website of the championship: http://www.escc2013.eu

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