The ECU President Silvio Danailov officially opens chess sports facilities worth 3.64 million euros in Slivnica

The chess club in the city sets European record for a single infrastructure investment in chess

The excellent cooperation between the European Chess Union and the Bulgarian municipality Slivnica in connection with the ECU “Chess in school” program has led to impressive results. On 7th of July, Monday, at 11.00 am, the President of the European Chess Union and Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mr. Silvio Danailov, officially opened the entirely reconstructed chess club “Slivnishki geroj” in Slivnica.

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140,000 euros were invested for its complete renovation, which is the amount earned with a project for European funding. The amount was used to complete the reconstruction of the building of the club and its adjacent areas, for the purchase of computers, multimedia, LED display, new professional chess sets and digital clocks, chess equipment for blind people, access platforms for disabled and many others.


After the official opening, Silvio Danailov and the mayor of Slivnica Vasko Stoilkov visited the new sports hall “Arena Slivnica” (worth 3.5 million euros), one of the main purposes of which will be the development of children’s chess in the city. The plan is the hall to be used for organizing of big international children’s chess tournament in support of the program of the European Chess Union “Chess in Schools”.

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Silvio Danailov expressed his great satisfaction with the excellent cooperation between the European Chess Union and the municipality of Slivnica and the achievement of these excellent results in the development of the program “Chess in Schools”. ECU President said that Slivnica now can be called “Chess City”.

On the occasion, the mayor of Slivnica, Vasko Stoilkov, expressed his hope one day all these efforts of the Municipal Administration will result in some new Veselin Topalov to be born and to develop his talent in Slivnica.

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After the implementation of this successful pilot project with the municipality of Slivnica, Silvio Danailov will extend the cooperation of the European Chess Union with other European municipalities willing to develop chess in their territories.

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The European Chess Union proved in practice these three main principles from its program for the development of chess in Europe:

- Chess and the program “Chess in Schools” is an excellent tool for regional development

- The European chess can attract huge investments from the European funds

- The European Chess Union has the expertise and know-how to help every municipality which wants to develop its area using chess

The success story of Slivinca could be the success story of every European municipality and the European Chess Union knows how to contribute to this.

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