Announcement

Organisers

Municipality of Heraklion (First Central Department), Municipal Organization of Athletics of Heraklion Chess Academy of GAZI, OFI chess club, Union of Cretan Chess Clubs

Playing Hall The games will take place in the conference center “Ariadni” of Hotel Astoria Kapsis Hotel**** (www.capsishotel.gr) at the center of Heraklion

Tournament Schedule 1stround: Saturday, 23 of August at 17:30 2nd round: Sunday, 24 of August at 09.30 3rd round: Sunday, 24 of August at 17.30 4th – 8th round: Monday, 25 August - Friday 29 August, daily at 17:30 9th (final) round: Saturday, 30 August at 10:00 Closing ceremony: Saturday, 30 August at 14:30

Regulations FIDE rated swiss system in 9 rounds. Open to all chess players.

Time limit: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 15 minutes + 30 seconds increment for every move starting from move 1

Tie strongeak criteria: 1) Games between the tied players (only if all tied played each other), b) Sum of progressive score, c) Buchholz, d) Sonneborg – Berger e) Number of victories

Tournament Director: Stefanatos Haralambos

Organization Comitee: Stefanatos Haralambos – Varverakis Konstantinos

Chief Arbiter: Zahariev Zahari

Prizes (in EUR) 1st place: 1000 Euros, 2nd: 700 Euros, 3rd:400 Euros, 4th 300 Euros 5th: 200 Euros, 6th: 100Euros

Special category "Performance minus Rating": 1st: 200, 2nd: 150, 3rd: 100 Euros. In case of a tie, prizes are divided equally. A player qualifying for more than one prizes takes the higher one. Cups and medals will also be awarded to the 6 top winners of the tournament, to the 3 women winners, to the 3 winners<20 years old, to the 3 winners<12 years old.

Participation fee (no accomodation included) Men players with international rating above 2300 and women players above 2000 free. Men under 2300 and Women under 2000: 35 € Boys and girls<18: 25 €

Accomodation Hotel «VANISKO»*** (www.vanisko.gr) Prices per percon, per night, Breakfast and lunch included Double room: 27 € , Triple room: 25 €, Single room: 40 € Hospitality conditions For players with Fide Rating 2500 + 8 days residence in single room 9 (Full Board) For players with FIDE Rating 2400-2499 8 days residence in double room (Full Board) For players with FIDE Rating 2300-2399 50% discount at hotel prices

Transportation The airport of Heraklion is connected daily with many European airports. The IATA code of Heraklion airport is HER. The major Greek airlines are Olympic Airways and Aegean Airways while many international airlines also serve Heraklion. You can always check other flights with your travel agent or also find low-cost airtickets to Heraklio at SkyScanner. A taxi ride from Heraklion to the Hotel Vanisko shall cost about 8-10 EUR. Transportation from Hotel “Vanisko” to the Hotel “Astoria Kapsis Hotel” where is the playing Hall is about 10 minutes. The organizers will take care of this transportation without cost for the players.

Registration Entries must be sent by fax to the number (+30)2810821029 or by e-mail at stefanatos@gazichess.gr or bstefanat@sch.gr All entries should include full name, international rating (July 2008), accomodation type, dates of arrival and departure. All entries are subject to approval.

More information Tel.: (+30) 6972262486 , Mr Haralambos Stefanatos Fax: (+30) 2810821029 E-mail: stefanatos@gazichess.gr, bstefanat@sch.gr Http://www.gazichess.gr