Circular Letter No. 3/2014Dear Chess Friends,As you have been already informed in more detail in the previous email sent to all European national federations on 18 August, the ECU elections were held on 11 August, 2014 in Tromso/Norway. In accordance with the electoral results (Annex 1), the ECU is currently in the process of establishment of new administration and management. Therefore, we kindly ask you to send all your correspondence for the ECU to the new, temporary email address firstname.lastname@example.orgIn accordance with the ECU Tournament rules, the European Chess Union is reopening the bidding procedure for the ECU competitions in 2016 for which no bids were received during the first bidding procedure which ended on 1 July, 2014, 16:00 CET.No bids were received for the following Championships:European Individual ChampionshipEuropean Individual Women’s ChampionshipEuropean Senior ChampionshipEuropean Youth Team ChampionshipEuropean Rapid ChampionshipEuropean Blitz ChampionshipEuropean Rapid Women’s ChampionshipEuropean Blitz Women’s ChampionshipEuropean Youth Rapid and Blitz ChampionshipsEuropean Amateur ChampionshipYou can find all the necessary information about the reopened bidding procedure in Annex 2 (2nd Invitation for Bids), as well as the official ECU Bid form (Annex 3).With relation to the planned establishment of the three ECU Commissions (Educational Commission, Events Commission and Arbiters Council), we kindly invite all national federations to send us their proposals for the members of the mentioned commissions no later than 15 September this year. You can find more information about the Commissions’ structure and aims in Annex 4.According to FIDE regulations, Europe is entitled to one representative in the following FIDE Commissions:Technical Commission (TEC)Arbiters Commission (ARB)Qualification Commission (QC)Chess in Schools Commission (CIS)Events Commission (EVE)Trainers’ Commission (TRG)Development Commission (DEV)Medical Commission (MED)Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM)Social Projects Commission (SPC)Social Action Commission (SAC)Technical Commission (TEC)Rules and Tournament Regulations (RTR)Systems of Pairings and Programs (SPP)Disabled CommissionECU administration is committed to open procedures. All federations are kindly invited to send us their proposals for the European representatives no later than 15 September, 2014.Attached you will find (Annex 5) the letters of congratulations sent by the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the Prime Minister of Georgia Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili to the newly appointed ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.With kind regards,Theodoros TsorbatzoglouECU Secretary GeneralAll the attachments can be found at this link: http://www.ecuonline.net/com/resources/single/6.htmlRead more
On the occasion of winning the election for President of the European Chess Union, President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, and the Prime Minister of Georgia Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili congratulated Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili.We present their letters in their entirety. Letter of Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia Dear Zurab,I would like to express my sincere congratulations to your victory at the presidential election of the European Chess Union. I want to congratulate this important phenomenon to Georgian Chess players, our citizens, as well as the European chess fans.I am sure that international community made a right decision by electing such a worthy person as the leader of the European Chess Union. On the other side, you deserved this honor and responsibility by hard work and warm attitude towards your business.I believe that your efforts will be fruitful for the development of sports infrastructure and chess popularization in Georgia and in Europe.Once again, I wish you success, health and happiness. Sincerely,Giorgi Margvelashvili Letter of Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Dear Zurab,I would like to express my sincere congratulations to your victory at the presidential election of the European Chess Union.You, First Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, are the first person in the Sport’s History of Georgia who achieved high rank position at the international sport arena. It is a very important phenomenon in our country’s sport life.It is very pleasant, that you will be the head of such an influential sport union in the world.Dear Zurab, I wish you courage and success. Sincerely,Irakli GharibashviliRead more
On 11th August, 2014 European Chess Union elections were held in Tromso, Norway. Here are the results: Elected Presidential ticket:Zurab Azmaiparashvili – PresidentIon-Serban Dobronauteanu – Deputy PresidentFinnbjorn Vang – Vice PresidentTheodoros Tsorbatzoglou – Secretary GeneralMartin Huba – Treasurer In addition, the three additional Board members were elected:Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO)Johann Pocksteiner (AUT)Jean-Michel Rapaire (MNC) The former ECU President Silvio Danailov (BUL) accepted the position of Honorary President in the newly elected ECU Board.In addition, the ECU General Assembly elected Mr. Aris Ozolins (LAT) as the ECU Auditor. Mr. Branimir Jukic (CRO) was declared as ECU Deputy Auditor.According to FIDE regulations, Europe will be represented in FIDE Executive Board by its President Mr. Azmaiparashvili, Deputy President Mr. Dobronauteanu and four elected members as follows:Carl Fredrik Johansson (SWE)Jean-Claude Moingt (FRA)Kevin O’Connell (IRL)Roberto Rivello (ITA)Read more
At the elections of the European Chess Union, held in Tromso (Norway), Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili of Georgia was elected the ECU President. 33 delegates voted for him, while the confidence in his rival, former President Mr. Silvio Danailov (Bulgaria) was placed by 18 delegates.In addition, apart from Mr. Azmaiparashvili, the members of his “ticket” were elected to office:ECU Vice President – Mr. Finnbjørn Vang from Faroe Islands;ECU Deputy President – Mr. Ion Serban Dobronauteanu from Romania;ECU Secretary General – Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou from Greece;ECU Treasurer – Mr. Martin Huba from Slovakia.Johann Pocksteiner (AUT), Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO) and Jean-Michel Rapaire (MNC) were elected as individual board members of the ECU.Read more
Dear Chess Friends,
As you have been already informed in more detail in the previous email sent to all European national federations on 18 August, the ECU elections were held on 11 August, 2014 in Tromso/Norway.
On 11th August, 2014 European Chess Union elections were held in Tromso, Norway.
At the elections of the European Chess Union, held in Tromso (Norway), Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili of Georgia was elected the ECU President.
The ECU President Silvio Danailov officially opened the first school chess year in the town of Slivnitsa, Bulgaria. The official ceremony was held on 26th October at the school “St.st. Cyril and Methodius”. Slivnitsa became the first municipality in the European Union to introduce chess as a subject in its schools according to the ECU program - "Chess in Schools".
Besides Silvio Danailov, the ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Slivnitsa Vasko Stoilkov, the Deputy Governor of Sofia district, Rositsa Todorova, the Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Prof. Nikolay Nedkov, Hristo Andreev, Head of the Regional Educational Inspectorate Sofia district and others.
Eighty children out of 240 students of the school "St.st. Cyril and Methodius" chose to study chess as a subject during the school year 2012-2013, which means that they will be the first students from the European Union to receive assessments in chess.
The Bulgarian Chess Federation presented the young students with professional chess sets "Staunton" and the President Silvio Danailov expressed his hopes that one day the new Veselin Topalov will be born in Slivnitsa.
The President of the European Chess Union gave the first professional chess lesson to the students, giving a session of simultaneous chess game for the most avid players.