Silvio Danailov about the EIWCC, Candidate Matches and changes in the ECU

Interview with the Russian newspaper Sport-Express

The ECU President Silvio Danailov is currently on a mini tour, visiting Cyprus, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Following the news about Georgian interest in hosting the European Individual Women Championship, the Russian newspaper “Sport-Express” contacted Danailov for an interview which could reveal more detail.

“Having received a serious offer from Tbilisi, I came here to discuss the bid with the Mayor of Tbilisi, who heads the organizing committee, and with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia. I saw a great interest, the proposed venue in the five-star Sheraton Hotel meets all international standards, and if Georgia wins the tender, I have no doubt that the European Championship will be held at the highest level.” – Danailov explained.

He also added that 100.000 EUR is the minimum amount that is being considered for the prize fund, and that perhaps it will be even increased.

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Silvio Danailov with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia

The next topic was “How do you assess the chances of Topalov in the Candidates matches in Kazan?”. Danailov responded that “Veselin is currently undertaking a very serious preparation. If he will be ready like prior to the match with Anand, then he will be one of the favourites. I hope in Kazan we will see the good old Topalov!”

Another interesting question was about the changes that Danailov will try to pursue as the President of the ECU: “We have to change a few things. First we have to introduce the Sofia rule into all official competitions. And in the case of intentional triple repetition in a position where you can still fight, the arbiter should have the right to ‘award’ both players with ‘zero’.”

“Second, we have to introduce the football scoring system, which is being used with great effect in Bilbao and London. And finally, we must reduce the time control, the game should last no more than four hours. All kinds of increments should be canceled because they rob the fans off of a spectacular show in the time trouble.”

Full article (Russian), thanks to e3e5.com

Interview with Susan Polgar in Milan by Dario Pedini

Performed after the Conferenza della Fondazione 21 di Paoletti

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D: Susan, let’s start with one of the most topical issues in the chess world at the moment – What do you think of the World Championship format and the forthcoming Candidate matches?

S: I think that it is satisfactory as we are now back to a Classical format, much better than the knock out system used for the latest events.

D: Don’t you think that 4 games aren’t really enough to decide who deserves to go through to the next round, though?

S: Indeed, 4 games aren’t really enough, but you see, finding available dates for these events is a real problem, as is finding suitable sponsors who are able to finance matches that last as long as these.

D: Let’s talk about Carlsen. His withdrawal has raised more than one eyebrow, not to mention the disappointment to his fans. Any comments?

S: It is definitely a blow for chess fans worldwide that Carlsen has decided not to take part in the World Championship cycle, which would have been a good opportunity for his career. However, he is still rather young and he will have plenty of opportunities to play for the title.

D: You have come to Italy for a conference, which was held today (editor’s note – the interview took place in November 2010). Can you tell us a bit about that?

S: I have been invited to take part in the “Conferenza della Fondazione 21 di Paoletti”. It was a very interesting event which I was glad to take part in as a speaker, but which I enjoyed attending as a spectator also. I was amongst the 21 guests, the line up being made up of Nobel prize winners and Olympic champions, and each speaker had to talk for 21 minutes on how he or she managed to become succesful in their chosen field.

Read the full interview on the Scacchierando Blog