- Zurab Azmaiparashvili announces his ticket for the ECU elections and launches campaign
- A Minister and world-famous organizers join the team
- The campaign platform under the motto “More to be done” was presented and distributed to the journalists
After a very successful four-year term at the ECU helm, Zurab Azmaiparashvili is seeking re-election as ECU President. The elections will be held in September 2018 during the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi.
Mr Azmaiparashvili ‘s bid received strong support from the Georgian Chess Federation and its President GM Giorgi Giorgadze, and also from the Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr Shalva Gogoladze.
Mr Azmaiparashvili said that he was delighted to announce that Mrs Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Woman Grandmaster and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, is joining his ticket. Mrs Reizniece-Ozola stated that she had been impressed by the achievements of the current ECU administration and that she is eager to join the team and help with further progress in “Chess in Schools” programs.
Mr Azmaiparashvili also announced that the Chief Executive of Chess in Schools and Communities and the organiser of the London Chess Classic IM Malcolm Pein as well as the President of the Iceland Chess Federation Mr Gunnar Bjornsson will join his ticket.
ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou from Greece and ECU Deputy President Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu of Romania will both continue to serve on the ECU Board as part of the six-member ticket.
Mr Azmaiparashvili also expressed his support of the current Board members GM Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO), Johann Poecksteiner (AUT), Martin Huba (SVK) and Finnbjorn Vang (FAI) who will continue to serve the ECU Board whether elected individually or serving in other positions in the ECU administration.
Also present at the press conference were representatives of chess federations from Latvia, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Czech Republic, France, Serbia, Poland, Turkey and Belarus as well as members of the 43rd Chess Olympiad Organising Committee.
Mrs Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Woman Grandmaster and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
Mr Shalva Gogoladze, Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport
Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Carl Fredrik Johansson and Dana Reizniece-Ozola