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slide_2012sofiazagrebThe Town of Bankya in Sofia-city District was the host of uncommon events – chess match on 50 boards was played between the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia and the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, while Sofia and Zagreb Mayors signed the Protocol of friendship and cooperation between the two cities, which attended various people in public life and media.
The President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov was present at all these events as well.

Sofia won against Zagreb with 30:20 points in a friendly chess match on 50 boards between the two capitals.
The match was held at hotel “Bankya Palace” in Bankya on Monday, May 28, 2012. With this result, 70 years after the first match between the two capitals, the Bulgarians took their revenge.
The tournament was officially opened by the Mayor of Sofia, Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, the Mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandic and the President of the European Chess Union and the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mr. Silvio Danailov.
After the official opening ceremony, the Mayors signed a memorandum for cooperation between the two capitals, concerning various important aspects of the municipal life.
In the presence of the Mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Silvio Danailov gave the official certificate to Yuri Valev, owner of the Bulgarian racehorse Ching van Berkenbroeck and father of his rider Christian Valev, stating that the elite horse was chosen for the official mascot of the ECU. The former World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov was the first among all European chess players who had the opportunity to personally verify the excellent riding qualities of the mascot of the European chess.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Bankya Mr. Rangel Markov, the Ambassador of Croatia in Bulgaria , Her Excellency Danijela Barišić, the famous Bulgarian footballer Hristo Yovov and many politicians, popular public figures and athletes.
The time control of the match was 25 minutes for the entire game + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.
The event was attended by many distinguished guests like GMs Mladen Palac, Robert Zelcic, Krunoslav Hulak, Ante Brkic, Hrvoje Stevic and others. 
The Bulgarian team was led by the world class GM Kiril Georgiev and the Former Women Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova. In the Bulgarian team, there were also Margarita Vojska, Iva Videnova, Adriana Nikolova, Boris Chatalbashev, Dejan Bozhkov, the World Vice-champion’2011 for girls U-10 Victoria Radeva and others.  




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