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.

First, they had an official meeting with the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, Mrs. Limor Livnat and her delegation. They had a discussion about chess as sport, art, culture and education. Mrs. Livnat agreed that chess can be a very helpful tool for imroving the educational process.

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The President of the Israeli Chess Fedeartion, Mr. Moshe Slav gave Mr. Silvio Danailov a very special present – unique and impressive hand-made chess set.

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The next day the ECU Board met with the Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Nir Barkat. Mr. Barkat presented the current situation in Jerusalem. Mr. Silvio Danailov acquainted the mayor with the progress of the ECU program “Chess in school”. They both agreed that chess is an excellent educational tool and that its implementation into the Israeli educational system needs to be continued.

Mr. Nir Barkat expressed the willingness of Jerusalem to host the European Youth Championship in 2016.

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After the meeting in the City Hall, the ECU President and Board members visited the Open Experimental School of Jerusalem. They played blitz match vs students from the school. The headmaster of the school and the chess teacher of the students explained the guests that the study of chess has an excellent influence on the development of the youngsters.

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The organizers of the Board meeting in Jerusalem, Mr. Moshe Slav, President of the Israeli Chess Federation and Mr. Almog Burstein, ECU Treasurer, arranged very interesting and rich supporting program – including historical tour around the city, farewell party and others.

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