The current president of the European Chess Union - Zurab Azmaiparashvili and his team have no competitors in the upcoming presidential elections. The deadline for nominating the ECU presidential candidates expired yesterday evening. Batumi will be hosting the FIDE, ECU and continental federation’s presidential elections at the same time as the 43rd World Chess Olympiad, which will also take place in Batumi from September 23 to October 5.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili won the European Chess Union presidential elections in 2014 in Tromsø, Norway. His candidacy was supported by 33 delegates, as for the Bulgarian opponent Silvio Danailov, he received 18 votes. In case of being elected for the second term, Zurab Azmaiparashvili will stay the head of the most important European chess organization from 2018 to 2022.
"4 years of good governance, transparency and uncompromised fight against corruption with serious actions and results (not words) were worth. However, in the next 4 years ECU will become the organization that its founders were dreaming.” – said in the post by Greek Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, which he published today through social media.
The Greek functionary is a member of Zurab Azmaiparashvili's team and a candidate for the ECU Secretary General. Besides him, the team consists of: Gunnar Bjornsson from Iceland (Deputy President), Latvian Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Vice-President), Austrian Johann Poecksteiner (Vice-President) and Romanian Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu (Treasurer).
Zurab Azmaiparashvili was presented as the European Chess Union presidential candidate by the Georgian Chess Federation President Giorgi Giorgadze in March, in the course of the European Individual Chess Championship held in Batumi.
Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad