Silvio Danailov officially closes the 1st European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship

BmfpxhqIYAAov0uThe ECU President Silvio Danailov officially closed the 1st European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship, which was held on April 21-30, 2014 at Museum Historical Archives in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Mr. Danailov had a speech during the official closing event and took part in the awarding ceremony together with the Mayor of Larnaca, Mr. Andreas Louroutziatis, who strongly support chess.

In his speech Silvio Danailov recalled when he was elected as ECU President, he promised that together with his team they will work very hard for the European chess and especially for the so called small nations and they have fulfilled their promise.

IM Michael Wiedenkeller from Luxembourg won the competition with final result of 9 points out of 11 and better tie-break than the second in the ranking GM Igor Efimov from Monaco. Third finished GM Oscar De La Riva from Andorra with 8.5 points.

The main sponsor of the competition was the European Chess Union, which helped its organization with 15 000 Euro. The European Chess Union was the main sponsor also of another Small Nations event – the European Small Nations Team Championship, which was held in Monaco last year.

The host of the Championship was Cyprus Chess Federation, Tournament Director was Mr. Paris Klerides, Chief-Arbiter – IA Sotiris Logothetis. The average ELO rating was 2213.

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The tournament was played as a Round Robin one, with 12 players in 11 rounds. The time control was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

The European Chess Union expresses its special thanks for the brilliant organization to the main motor of the championship Mr. Paris Klerides, Tournament Director of the competition and General Secretary of Cyprus Chess Federation and to Mr. Christoforos Tornaritis, President of Cyprus Chess Federation.

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