Reports | February 23, 2011 0:00

European Women’s Championship awarded to Tbilisi

European Women’s Championship awarded to TbilisiThe European Chess Union (ECU) has awarded the European Women’s Championship to Tbilisi, Georgia. This was announced yesterday in the ECU newsletter. The decision is a big blow for the Turkish Chess Federation, who were intending to make history by, for the first time ever, providing a larger prize fund than at the Men's Championship.

Below is the announcement from the ECU newsletter #18, which was distributed on Monday:

The ECU Office received three offers for the organization of the European Individual Women's Championship 2011 by the application deadline. The offer from Italy was not approved by the Italian Chess federation, so it was not taken into account.

The remaining two offers were from the Georgian Chess Federation (Tbilisi) and the Turkish Chess Federation (Gaziantep).

The President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Silvio Danailov, decided that the Championship would be held in Tbilisi. The competition will take place in "Sheraton Metechi Palace 5*" Hotel, May 6-19.

The prize money will be in the amount of 110,000€ (88,000€ for the players and 22,000€ for the ECU).

This news comes shortly after our previous report on the matter of last Friday. Then, we pointed out that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had urged Silvio Danailov to accept the bid of the Turkish Chess Federation:

For the first time in history, there have been offered prizes for the women’s championship, which are higher than the open championship and an agreement had been made for two years with these high prizes.

The Turkish bid included a prize fund of 140,000 Euro for the European Women Individual Chess Championship. Besides, the President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihaz Yazici, had expressed his plans to simultaneously organize the European Women's Rapid and Blitz Championships. Both would have a 10,000 Euro prize fund. All in all the TCF was offering 160,000 Euro.

Already in the interview which we published last Thursday it became clear that Danailov recently flew to Tbilisi to speak about the Georgian bid. Apparently things have been finalized now, despite a bid that's 50,000 Euro less than what the Turkish Chess Federation offered.

The European Women's Championship will be held May 6-19. At the same time the men's Candidates matches are taking place in Kazan, Russia.


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bhabatosh's picture

Turkey was in Silvios enemy camp ! So this might be the end result.
Even with less prize fund !!
Till now it was FIDE & CO was pain in *** and now Silvio is following them closely probably ! But he clearly screwed FIDE :-)
glad that somebody did it , but sadly players will loose some money probably.

the fan's picture

Silvio once again has showed that he is ? 1, despite fide.

dat's picture

It's a tough decision, but an understandable one. You can't really give the tournament to an organizer who has already withdrawn once - three months prior to the tournament!

RealityCheck's picture

Unless you're one of the girls hoping to win some extra cash at the event, Danilov's decision is correct right in step with the way things get done these days. "Shit or get off the pot".

FIDE responded to GM Carlsen's complaints by replacing him with GM Grischk.

The ECU's response to the Turkish Chess Federations dilly-dallying was a venue change to Tiblisi.

gg's picture

"FIDE responded to GM Carlsen’s complaints by replacing him with GM Grischk"

Hardly, Carlsen withdrew, he wasn't replaced because of complaining.

RealityCheck's picture

You're right. If you'll allow me to re-phrase my remark:
Carlsen's complaints, which he used to support his withdrawl from the WC Candidates matches resulted in FIDE replacing him with GM Grischuk.

gg's picture

What you say is still that Carlsen's complaints (used to support etc etc) resulted in him being replaced, but his complaints (or rather his stated reasons for withdrawing) had nothing to do with that. FIDE made it perfectly clear that the only thing they cared about was whether he would sign up or not. He chose not to sign up and was replaced because of that.

calvin amari's picture

I don't have a dog in this fight but, as this surely is humiliating to Ilyumzhinov and one of his chief lackeys, it will be interesting to see the fallout.

Guillaume's picture

"In normal times, evil would be fought with good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil."

Inkly's picture

Good to know that ECU/Danailov will get 22000 euros in prize money for this.

Arne Moll's picture

Did Mr. Danailov bother to explain his decision or was that too much trouble?

Septimus's picture

I have exactly the same question. How does this process work? I thought it was a simple bidding process where as long as some minimum standards are met, the federation putting up the highest bid wins.

What boggles the mind is, why don't these FIDE guys have some sort of check-list to do things in a transparent manner?

Brian Wall's picture

The Turks can always plow their money into the next women's tournament if they are sincere.

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