The 2018 2nd Quarter Presidential Board has started under the auspices of the Romanian Chess Federation in the Marshal Garden Hotel in Bucharest, Romania on 9th of July 2018.
The meeting was opened by Daniel Florea, the Mayor of Bucharest, who welcomed the PB members, wished them a pleasant stay and a fruitful meeting. He stressed that chess is very important to his country and informed about the current situation with chess in schools and other chess activities in Bucharest.
Mihai Covaliu, the President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee emphasized that chess is one of the best sports in Romania and their aim is to organise many chess events for a wide range of age groups in the future.
Mr. Sorin Avram Iacoban, the President of Romanian Chess Federation thanked the Mayor for the help in organizing the PB meeting. He also addressed his speech to PB members: “We are very honored to have you here in Bucharest and to host such an important meeting. This FIDE event is also very important for Romania because by organising this event here, we take it as an acknowledgment of our efforts to promote chess in Romania and worldwide.”
FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos thanked the Mayor and the Romanian Chess Federation for the excellent organisation of the Presidential Board Meeting and then advised the Presidential Board of what had happened since the Presidential Board in Minsk.
One of the Candidates for the position of the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich attended the Presidential Board meeting and delivered a speech to the PB members.