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ECU Newsletter July 2015

The July 2015 edition of the European Chess Union Newsletter is now available for download from ECU website.

This edition of the monthly ECU Newsletter contains:
– Report about Glorney Gilbert International 2015; (reposted below)
– Report about European Youth Team Chess Championship 2015;
– Report about European Senior Team Chess Championship 2015;
– Report about European Schools Chess Championship 2015;
– Press conference on the occasion of the first ECU congress in Bar;
– Notice for European Youth Chess Championship 2015;
– Fun Zone;
– Upcoming events in August 2015.

Glorney Gilbert International 2015

President of Ireland Mr. Michael D. Higgins opens Glorney Gilbert International 2015

“….Chess is a truly global sport and as chess players you now have the gift of a universal language that will allow you to make friendships with people from every part of the world…”

The President of Ireland Mr. Michael D. Higgins officially opened the tournament. His Excellency, an academic, poet, writer and activist of human rights made a speech hymn for chess, stating that “Chess is a global Sport a universal common language”. During his speech, he presented two chess books that helped him studying chess in the past.

The whole speech can be found at the official page of Irish President.

The ECU President Mr. Azmaiparashvili welcomed all the participants and delegates from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and thanked Irish Chess Union Chairman, Mr. Pat Fitzsimons for the excellent organization of the tournament, claiming that the European Chess Union will be more close to British and Irish Isles in their efforts to develop further chess in the area. Mr. Azmaiparashvili then awarded Ireland’s player Conor O’Donnell with his FIDE master title.

ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili made the symbolic first move before the start of the 1st round of Glorney Gilbert International 2015. Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, ECU Secretary General also attended the opening ceremony and the start of the round.

Glorney Gilbert International 2015

Glorney Gilbert International 2015 took place from 19th to 23rd July in Johnstown House, Enfield/Ireland. It is a team event that has been running since 1949, and has a long and varied history.

Participating federations were England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, competing in 4 tournaments: Glorney Cup, Gilbert Cup, Robinson Cup and Stokes Cup.

Glorney Gilbert 2016 is to be hosted by England. Provisional dates are July 17th to 21st to be confirmed on or around April 2016.

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