The first ever Golden Pawn Awards are set to be held in Monaco later this year, honouring Europe’s finest chess players in the lavish surrounds of Monte Carlo.
The President of the European Chess Union, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, made the announcement with the President of the Monaco Chess Federation Jean-Michel Rapaire on 31st July in Monte Carlo. It was revealed that the European Golden Pawn Award Ceremony will be held for the first time on 30th November 2019.
“Europe’s Golden Pawn is a new tradition and brings together the best representatives of the European chess world each year,” said Giorgi Khurodze, a representative of AiGroup – the main sponsor of the event. “Chess stands for people of intelligence, with brilliant and flexible minds. And we always stay where there are healthy, highly intellectual and interesting activities and ideas.”
The European Golden Pawn will be held every year on the last Saturday of November in Monaco.
The first year of the award ceremony will be dedicated to European legends and their achievements. The honorary award ceremony will include special nominations categories that will be developed in the subsquent years, and this year include Best European Chess Editor, Best European Chess Journalist, and Best European Chess Organiser.
For its inaugural event, the European Chess Union will give away its first special gift-medal to Prince Albert II of Monaco, who “brings the family tradition to support chess, as chess is a royal game,” said the union.
Also taking place on 30th November will be a chess exhibition by the World Champion Garry Kasparov for kids aged six to 12 years, to further the interest in chess.