European Chess Union Board has decided to establish the annual award ceremony – “European Golden Pawn” – that will be held every year on the last Saturday of November in Monaco (Monte-Carlo). First year of the award ceremony will be dedicated to European legends and their achievements

The 1st European Golden Pawn Award Ceremony will take place on 30th November in a luxury Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo.

The hosts of the ceremony will be Jamaican-American chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Georgian television presenter and singer Helen Kalandadze.

The Winners of the prizes are:

  • Best European Book: Ruben David Gonzalez Gallego- “Chess”
  • Best European Movie: “The Chess Game” 1994, Denis Lavant, Pierre Richard, Catherine Deneuve
  • Best European Chess Magazine: “New In Chess”
  • Best European Chess Journalist: Leontxo Garcia
  • Best European Chess Organizer: Bessel Kok
  • Best European Chess Project: Frederic Friedel
  • Best European Arbiter: Geurt Gijssen
  • European Pioneer of Chess Development in Schools: Alexander Kostyev
  • The Youngest European World Chess Champion of all time: Maya Chiburdanidze
  • Lifetime Achievement: Nona Gaprindashvili
  • European Chess Legend (female): Judit Polgar
  • European Chess Legend (male): Garry Kasparov

The ceremony will be attended by the official representative of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, adviser of His Serene Highness, the President of the World Olympians Association, President and Founder of Pease and Sport, President of the French Federation of Modern Pentathlon and Vice-President of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne – Mr. Joel Bouzou; President of the European Chess Union Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili; Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili; the State Representatives of Monaco; FIDE President Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AiGroup Mr. Kakhaber Guledani and the representatives of the Georgian Industrial Holding AiGroup; officials of the ECU and FIDE Boards, Federations’ Presidents & Representatives, business, sports and art personalities.

Besides the main Award Ceremony event and gala dinner, European Golden Pawn comprises also side events, such as: a simultaneous chess exhibition by the legendary Garry Kasparov, with participation of 15 kids, blitz game played between European Chess Legend prize Winner Garry Kasparov and Lifetime Achievement Winner Nona Gaprindashvili. Also, gala dinner and Ceremony will be completed with music performances by Composer of the ECU anthem Nikoloz Rachveli; Carmen, Juga, Eliza Cipriani and Luca Condello and artists of NuArt.

More about the European Golden Pawn:

The European Chess Union greatly desires for the award ceremony to be held in Monte-Carlo, in order to continue grand chess traditions and make this event as high scale and prestigious.

In the very first year, the European Chess Union will give away its first special gift-medal and this prize will be awarded to His Serene Highness Albert II Prince of Monaco as chess is a royal game.

Event Director: Basa Potskhishvili

Art-director: Tamar Potskhishvili

Production: Studio 1,2,3

What: Chess Award Ceremony – European Golden Pawn

Where: Hotel de Paris. Monte-Carlo, Monaco

When:  30 November. 20.00 AM

Organizers: European Chess Union / Monaco Chess Federation

European Golden Pawn Presentation

European Golden Pawn Award Ceremony Program