Sofia. I would not say chess is a professional sport in Bulgaria. There are individual chess players who are professionals, at that in the democracy years, Stefan Sergiev, president of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, said in an interview with Focus News Agency on the occasion of July 20th, International Chess Day.“One of the problems we face is the our attempt to make World Chess Foundation /FIDE/ President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov apply the decisions made at the FIDE congress so that the match between Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik can take place. The match is a semi-final for the world title. Meanwhile, we work to train well the Bulgarian chess teams for their participation in the Chess Olympiad,” Sergiev added.The Chess Olympiad takes place from November 8th to 25th in the city of Dresden, Germany. Bulgarian women and men’s teams each have four major chess players and one reserve.
Official Olympiad websit: www.dresden2008.com
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