United Kingdom – Chess is one of the most popular board games in the world. Strategy, visualisation and evaluation are essential to this intriguing game that has been around since before the 9th century- and Vasil Bojkov exceeds all three of these skills.
Vasil Bojkov’s contributions to culture and business are internationally acknowledged. With two degrees, one from the Sofia University in Mathematics and one from the University of National and World Economy in Labour Economics, it’s hardly surprising that all these areas have flourished since Bojkov gained interest in them. If major achievements in chess are just the tip of the iceberg, it’s almost as if everything he touches turns to gold!
During Bojkov’s chairmanship in the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Bulgaria was ranked 1st for both men and women. The man who was ranked first, Veselin Topalov, also won the 2005 Chess Oscar and is now a chess grandmaster.
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The woman, Antoaneta Stefanova, won a number of competitions as a child and after her world championship said, “I thank…Vasil Bojkov, who, before he became the president of the federation, believed in me and helped me”.
Arguably some of the most significant events in Bulgarian sport history occurred while Bojkov was chairman of the Bulgarian Federation of Sports Shooting. With two Olympic gold medals for Maria Grozdeva and one for Tanyu Kiryakov, History won’t forget Bojkov’s contributions to Bulgaria any time soon. Grozdeva is the only woman to have triumphantly defended the 25 meter Pistol at the Olympic games and Kiryakov was also second place in Sportsman of the Year award in 2000.
From 1999 to 2006, Bojkov was the owner of the CSKA Football team. Within this time, they had 13 wins in 13 games in the 2002 championship – this even includes one against Liverpool in the third qualifying round of UEFA Champions League. As well as this, for the first time since 1997 the team became champions and the club was financially stable in adverse to other parts of the club’s history. Interestingly, right after Bojkov sold CSKA the team finished the season in second place, being 6 points behind Levski in 2007.
Not only has Bojkov helped massively improve all these areas in sport, he created the sports betting company Eurofootball in 1993. February 18 in 2002 is also one of the company’s major dates wherein it signed a partnership deal with the Greek company Intralot. Today, they have bets on a huge array of sports – hockey, football, chess, Formula 1 and tennis to name a small few.