Municipal Organization of Athletics of Heraklion, Chess Academy of GAZI, Municipality of Heraklion (First Central Department), Union of Cretan Chess Clubs
Playing Hall
The games will take place in Heraklion, at the conference center “ARIADNI” and “CELLAR” of the Hotel Capsis Astoria**** (
Tournament Schedule
1stround: Saturday, 22 of August 2009 at 17:30
2nd round: Sunday, 23 of August 2009 at 09.30
3rd round: Sunday, 23 of August 2009 at 17.30
4th – 8th round: Monday, 24 August 2009 - Friday 29 August 2009, daily at 17:00
9th (final) round: Saturday, 29 August 2009 at 10:00
Closing ceremony: Saturday, 29 August 2009 at 14:30
FIDE rated swiss system in 9 rounds. Open to all chess players.
Time limit: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment for every move starting from move 1
Tie break 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
Chief Arbiter: IA Tzorbatzoglou Viron
Prizes (in EUR) 4.400 €
1st place: 1.200 Euros, 2nd: 800 Euros, 3rd: 500 Euros,
4th 300 Euros5th: 200 Euros, 6th: - 10th 250 Euros (5 X 50)
Women: 1st place: 400 Euros, 2nd: 250 Euros, 3rd:100 Euros,
Special category "Performance minus Rating": 1st: 200, 2nd: 120, 3rd: 80 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: 40 €
Boys and girls<18: 30 €
Hotel «VANISKO»*** (
Prices per percon, per night, Breakfast and lunch included
Double room:30 € , Triple room:28 €, Single room:45 €
Hospitality conditions
For players with Fide Rating 2500 + 8 days residence in single room (Full Board)
For players with FIDE Rating 2450-2499 8 days residence in double room (Full Board)
For players with FIDE Rating 2401-2450 50% discount at hotel prices
For women chess players are the same conditions, minus 100 ELO
For every 4 players from the same chess club, outside Crete, 10% discount at hotel prices.
There will be priority for the chosen chess players who will accept this hospitality.
The first 20 chess players, above 2450 ELO, who will be interested will be chosen.
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 10 EUR.
Transportation from Hotel “Vanisko” to the Hotel where will be the playing Hall is about 10 minutes, on foot. The organizers will take care, if it will be necessary to transport the players to the playing hall.
Entries must be sent by fax to the number (+30)2810821029 or by e-mail at and All entries should include full name, international rating (April 2009), accomodation type, dates of arrival and departure. All entries should be confirmed by the Tournament Director and rooms will be booked after the deposit of 50% of the total cost (free of bank charges) by 20 of July 2009 to the following bank account:
IBAN account number: GR6201727550005755041258755
Bank location: GREECE
After 20 of July, 10% increment in entry fees and hotels prices.
More information
Tel.: (+30) 6972262486 , Mr Charalampos Stefanatos
Fax: (+30) 2810821029