Visit to Montenegro

Visit to Montenegro

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FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos was invited to attend the European Amateur Chess Championship 2018, which took place in Niksic, Montenegro form 13th to 21st of June 2018.

On 19th June Hotel Jugoslavia in Niksic hosted the meeting of the regional chess federations: Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo and Slovenia. The meeting was attended by FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Vice President Boris Kutin, Mayor of Niksic FM Veselin Grbovic, Vice President of the Albanian Chess federation Erald Dervishi, the President of Kosovo Chess federation Nysret Avdiu, the President of MCF Radojica Grba, the Delegate of MCF Jovan Milovic and other representatives of Montenegro Chess Federation.

In this meeting several important decisions have been reached, which can have a long-term positive influence on the development of chess in the region. It was agreed to re-activate the Balkan Chess Federation and complete its constitution by the beginning of Chess Olympiad in Batumi. All present federations have agreed to cooperate on chess projects, with special focus on development of youth chess.

The most important project for chess fans in Montenegro is the planned establishment of the Youth Chess Center in Niksic. The city of Niksic will provide the adequate space, while FIDE and Montenegro Chess Federation will provide the equipment and means for this Center to become operational. Such Center would have a huge impact on the development of chess in Montenegro.

After the meeting, FIDE Deputy President Mr. Makropoulos gave an interview for RTV Niksic journalist Boro Odalovic. Mr. Makropoulos evoked memories of his earlier visits to Montenegro, and praised the work of the Chess Federation and excellent organization of the European Amateur Chess Championship in Niksic.

European Amateur Chess Championship 2018 took place from 13th-21st June in Niksic, Montenegro, with participation of more than 180 players from 18 European federations, which is the new participation record of the event. The championship had 3 different rating categories (Open and Women section): U2300, U2000 and U1700. The total prize fund of the event which was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, was 5000 EUR. Top three players of each category were awarded with cups and medals.