President of the ECU and GM Topalov will visit Wales

Following successful visits to Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey last year, Mr Silvio Danailov, President of the The European Chess Union, will be visiting Wales and Scotland to gather information about the situation of chess and it’s further development in these countries. He will be presenting the ‘Chess in Schools’ programme which was finally endorsed by the European parliament in March . 'The program is designed to promote chess in schools throughout Europe by offering chess curriculums, chess materials, chess teachers and communication material to encourage and motivate children to discover and learn the game. The development of the program will be carried out by the Foundation as a joint project with the European Chess Union (ECU) and the Kasparov Chess Foundation US.'

Accompanying Mr Danailov on his visit will be former World Champion GM Veselin Topalov.  He will be giving a 25 Simultaneous chess match display with the top juniors/selected players from Wales.

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Mr Danailov (left) and GM Tolalov (right) Photo from the ECU site



The events will happen on the afternoon of Saturday 28th April


The start time is predicted 2.30 - 3pm so please could everyone arrive by 2.15pm


It will be held in Peterson-Super-Ely Primary School, Heol Llanbedr, Peterson-Super-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6LP 


President Danailov will give his presentation to the WCU Management Board and any members of the WCU are welcome to attend, especially trainers and organizers.

Those lucky juniors invited to the Simul will receive their invitation letter from Ian Eustis, Junior Director, and Bill Harle, Executive Director, will ensure the places are filled.


Travel directions to venue:


From Culverhouse Cross Roundabout:- At roundabout follow A48 (signposted Cowbridge). After St Nichalos take narrow road on right. signposted Peterson-Super-Ely and follow signposted road to Peterson-Super-Ely. At the 'Three Horseshoes Inn'  turn left into Ael-y-Bryn and right into Heol Llanbedr. Arrive at Peterson-Super-Ely Primary School.


From Western Avenue Cardiff: Turn right into Waungron Road. Follow road to St Fagans. Turn right into Crofft-y-Genau Road, then first left into St Brides Road (signposted Peterson-Super-Ely). 
At the 'Three Horseshoes Inn' turn left into Ael-y-Bryn and right into Heol Llanbedr. Arrive at Peterson-Super-Ely Primary School.

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