Silvio Danailov and the Bulgarian Minister of Sport Mariana Georgieva announce the EIWCC in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

During his visit to Bulgaria the President of the European Chess Union, Silvio Danailov, met with the Minister of Youth and Sport, Professor Mariana Georgieva. They discussed the upcoming European Individual Women’s Chess Championship, which will be held in Plovdiv/Bulgaria, 5-18 July, 2014.

President Danailov and Minister Georgieva talked about the importance of chess in Bulgaria and about the big opportunity and honor to host such a big event in Bulgaria. Mr. Danailov informed the Minister about the development of the ECU program “Chess in school” in Europe.

Professor Georgieva agreed with the ECU President, that “Practicing chess in the schools develops thinking and therefore it would be a prerequisite for facilitating the learning process”. She gave her full support for the development of the project in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sport Mrs. Georgieva expressed her willingness to provide full assistance in order to help the popularization of chess in Bulgaria.

Mrs. Georgieva showed particular interest in the upcoming performance of Bulgarian Grandmaster and former World Champion Veselin Topalov at the Candidates tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk in March 2014, and expressed a hope for Bulgaria to get the World Champion in chess again.

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