Circular Letter dated 14 April 2004 of the European Chess Union Print
Thursday, 15 April 2004 00:00

We are publishing the latest Circular Letter of the European Chess Union

To: All European Federations
Associated members, Board members,
FIDE and FIDE Zone Presidents

14 April 2004

Dear Friends,

Circular Letter No. 05/2004

We are sorry to inform you that at the age of 60, the President of the French Chess Federation Jean-Claude Loubatiere passed away on 7 April 2004. Longtime Technical Director, he overtook the post of President in 1989 and created a strong and modern federation. We have expressed our sincere sympathies to his family and to the French Chess Federation.

As we are informed the Associations of Chess Professionals will advise all their members not to take part in the upcoming European Individual Championship which is going to be held in Kemer-Beldibi/Turkey. The reason is that participants are obliged to stay in the official hotel. You know, as it was published in the previous Circular Letter, that this issue will be taken up by the ECU Board with the aim to change the respective tournament regulations. Such a final adaptation of the rules have to be accepted by the 2004 General Assembly at the end of this year. Up to that time we have to follow the current regulations. Therefore, we would like to ask you to recommend your players to participate in this European Individual Championship which is a qualification to the World Championship.

Please note that information about the first European Amateurs Championship can be found in the internet under Official Website This event will be held in Pardubice/Czech Republic from 21 July to 1 August 2004.

The Armenian Chess Federation will organize this year`s European Rapid Championship in Yerevan from 28 to 30 November. Details will be announced later.

We would like to ask you to pass to our webmaster information about national and European events taking place in your country. We should do our utmost to improve the quality of our Website

Best regards,

Horst Metzing
Secretary General

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