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Ikaros Chess Festival – Aegean Chess Championship 2010

13-21st July 2010, in Agios Kirykos, Ikaria island, Greece

The 33rd Ikaros Chess Festival 2010 which is also acting as Aegean Open Championship 2010 will take place on 13-21st July, at the Athletic Center of Agios Kirykos, Ikaria island, Greece.

Playing System: Nine (9) Rounds Accelerated (for the two (2) first rounds) Swiss. FIDE rules apply.

Rate of play: Ninety (90) minutes plus 30 seconds per move (from move 1) for the completion of the game for each player.

Schedule:

1st Round: Tuesday 13/7 - 7.00 p.m.

2nd Round: Wednesday 14/7 - 7.00 p.m.

3rd Round: Thursday 15/7 - 11.00 a.m.

4th Round: Thursday 15/7 - 7.00 p.m.

5th Round: Friday 16/7 - 7.00 p.m.

Free Day: Saturday 17/7

6th Round: Sunday 18/7 - 7.00 p.m.

7th Round: Monday 19/7 - 7.00 p.m.

8th Round: Tuesday 20/7 - 7.00 p.m.

9th Round: Wednesday 21/7 - 11.00 a.m.

(two rounds on Thursday 15/7 (3rd and 4th rounds), free day on Saturday 17/7 due to celebrations for the liberation of Ikaria in Aghios Kirykos)

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The playing hall at the Sport Center of Aghios Kirykos is quite spacy and comfortable

Tie-breaks:

1. Bucholtz

2. Median Bucholtz

3. Number of wins

4. Sum of progressive scores

Prizes – The prizes will be € 3600 in total and will be shared as follows:

1st – 1000

2nd – 600

3rd – 300

4th – 160

5th – 130

6th – 100

7th – 80

8th – 60

9th – 40

10th – 30

Important Note 1: The female and veteran players, who are eligible for two money-prizes (general standings and special category), receive both prizes, one from the general standings and one from the special category. Cup prizes and medals will be awarded to all winners of the tournament. Medals will also be awarded to the three best juniors and girls in the categories below 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 08 years of age.

Important Note 2: The money-prizes are divided according to the Hort system among the players with the same final score. (With Hort system every player gets first 50% of the prizes according to his rank. The other 50% are distributed uniformly within a scoregroup over the players).

Winners of the Aegean Championship:

The top Greek male and female chess players – members of chess clubs in the Aegean region – will be declared the Man and Woman Aegean Champion 2010 respectively.

Entry Fee:

The entry fee for the Aegean Open Championship 2010 is € 50.

This fee does not apply to holders of international titles (GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM, WFM), chess-players that have already qualified, members of the Ikaria Chess Club and Ikarian chess-players regardless of the club they belong to.

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Ikaros Chess Festival 2009

Mediterranean Rapid Team Tournament

The Mediterranean Rapid Team Tournament will be held on the free day (17th of July 2010) at 11.00 a.m.. It will be 5 round rapid Swiss tournament for 4-member teams. Participation is open to 4-member teams coming from the chess federations of the countries of the Mediterranean Sea, under the condition that for teams coming from federations other than the Greek Chess Federation, all players should belong to the same federation, while for teams with players belonging to the Greek Chess Federation all players should belong to the same club. These conditions are waived in the case that all players of a team have a FIDE rating below 2200 or in the case that all players of a team are below 20 years of age.

Each team consists of four players, in addition one reserve player may be nominated. A provisional naming of the players (i.e. the rank of the players in a team) and the reserve player has to be given together with the registration of the team. Changes in the team can be made until the pairings for the first round. Reserve players are only allowed to play board 4.
Thinking time is set to 15 minutes per player for the completion of the came plus a 5 second increment after each move starting from the first move.

The final ranking is determined based on the number of team points (win = 2 team points, draw = 1 team point, lose = 0 team points). In case of a tie, the first tie-break is the result of the direct encounters among the tied teams (it is applied only in the case when all the tied teams have played each other). The second tie-break is the number of team board points (i.e. the points scored at the individual boards are added up). If further differentiation is needed the ‘Buchholz-Wertung’ is applied.

Money Prizes: 1st Team: € 200, 2nd Team: € 100, 3rd Team: € 60, 4th Team: € 40 Additionally, medals will be awarded to the members of the winner teams.
Additional details about te Mediterranean Rapid Team tournament will be included in a complementary announcement.

Note: As Mediterranean Countries are considered: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

Participation Fees:

For a limited number of contestants – the ones that have entered their participation for the event by the 30th of June 2010 the latest – the organizers can offer a special discount price which includes:

1. Accommodation costs (in double room, the food expenses, meals, breakfast etc are Not included)

2. Entry fee.

3. Transportation (by bus) from the Therma and Aghios Kirykos (i.e. the places where participantsreside during the tournament) to the playing venue 30 minutes prior the beginning of each round.

This special price is set at € 250 per person for the period from the 13th until the 21st of July.

Players requesting for some special room conditions or wish to spend some extra days in Ikaria should notify the organizers in advance. Additional fees will be charged according to the conditions requested.

For families (at least 3 members), four-member (at least) club teams, junior players under the age of 20 and natives of the Aegean region a special 15% discount over the normal price applies so the respective price is set to € 210 per person for the period from the 13th until the 21th of July.

Participants who will pay in advance (until 30th of June 2010) will get a 10% discount over the normal price so the respective package price for the period 13th till 21th of July becomes € 225 per person, while those who are eligible for the 15% discount (i.e., families, juniors, club teams, natives) will get an additional 5% discount so, in this case, the respective package price for the period 13th till 21st of July becomes € 200 per person. The amount due should be deposited until the 30th of June 2010 through bank transfer to the account No 077/947995-31 of National Bank of Greece (the account is in the name of Mr. Kosmas Kefalos, ΙΒΑΝ: GR91 0110 0770 0000 0779 4799 531, SWIFT CODE (BIC) ETHNGRAA,).

Participants should hold a copy of their deposit receipt (including the name of the participant) and present it to the organization committee upon arrival at Ikaria.

Note 1: The above prices apply also for the accompanying persons, regardless whether they participate or not in the tournament.

Note 2: Participants wishing to pay on-site at Ikaria should pay in cash (no credit cards are accepted)

Conditions to GMs/WGMs, and IMs/WIMs

For the GMs/WGMs, the IMs/WIMs, and the players that have qualified from preliminary events, the organization committee covers for:

1. Accommodation costs (in double room – the food expenses, meals, breakfast etc are not included)

2. Entry fee.

3. Transportation (by bus) from Therma and Aghios Kirykos (i.e. the places where participants reside during the tournament) to the playing venue 30 minutes prior the beginning of each round.

Additionally GMs and WGMs will receive 2 (two euros) for every rating point above 2400 (based on FIDE rating list of July 2009).

Contact Information:

For more information please contact Mr. Ulysses Vazelakis by e-mail at: ikaroschess@gmail.com

Or contact: Mr. Dimitris Kapagiannidis at: (++30) 6947-829772 or

Mrs. Antzela Shiaka at: (++30) 6977-730286

For possible updates and additional information concerning the Ikaros Chess Festival 2010, and the island of Ikaria, you can also visit: www.chess.gr/ikaros and www-island-ikaria.com

Live longer while playing chess

Ikaria is not only about chess. The island attract many tourists in the last years with its calm nature and beauty. Recently, it was included in the so called Blue Zones, i.e. places on earth where people have the highest life expectancy! Both CNN and ABC, together with many other TV channels, newspapers, and internet resources reported on this.

Ikaros Chess Festival 2007

Aegean Open Championship 2007

Ikaros Chess Festival 2007 will take place in Agios Kirykos, Ikaria island, in Greece, from July 4th until July 17th 2007. This is the 30th consecutive Ikaros Chess Festival taking place in Ikaria. This year Ikaros Festival includes eight (8) tournaments. Five of the tournaments offer accommodation privileges for the winners while the remaining three offer a total prize fund of 3300 eur.

Ladies Tournament, Jounior Tournament, and Veterans Tournament of Agios Kirykos 2007 (4-6 July 2007)

Ladies Tournament, Jounior Tournament, and Veterans Tournament of Agios Kirykos 2007 will take place 4-6 July 2007. They will be a 5 round Swiss or Round-Robin tournaments with time control sixty minutes plus 30 seconds per move. The participation (in the respective sections) is open to female chess players, jouniors, and veterans (over 55 years old) regardless of rating or title.

Rapid tournaments (4-7 July, 2007)

The Ikaros Chess Festival 2007 will host two rapid tournaments – an open event and a junior team event. Both will be a seven rounds Swiss tournaments with time control fifteen minutes plus 10 seconds per move. FIDE Rapid Rules will apply.

“Blitz” International Tournament 2007 (11 July 2007)

This tournament will take place on the 11th of July. It will be a seven (7) round Swiss tournament with thinking time limited to five (5) minutes for each player for the whole game. FIDE Blitz Rules apply. Participation is again unrestricted and the prizes are € 75 for the first, € 45 for the second and € 30 for the third.

Aegean Open Championship 2007 (7-15 July 2007)

The Aegean Open Championship 2007 will be held from the 7th until the 15th of July. It will be a nine (9) rounds Swiss tournament. Thinking time will be ninety (90) minutes plus 30 seconds per move (from move 1) for the completion of the game for each player. Rounds start at 19:00. The total prize fund is 3000 eur. The winner takes 800 eur. There are special prizes for the best veteran, lady, and junior.

International Tournament “Blindfold – Rapid” (16 July 2007)

No major chess festival can be without a blindfol event. It will take place on the 16th of July and is carried out without the use of chessboards. Thinking time is limited to twenty-five minutes per player for the duration of the game.

Ikaria beach

Ikaria beach

Entry fees and conditions:

The entry fee for the Aegean Championship is € 30 (this fee does not apply to holders of international titles, chess-players that have already qualified, members of the Ikaria Chess Club and Ikarian chess-players regardless of the club they belong to).

For a limited number of contestants-the ones that have entered their participation for the event by the 25th of June -the latest- a special discount price applies which includes ferry tickets (C class on commercial ferries), accommodation costs (in double rooms, no food expenses included) and entry fees. This special price is set at € 125 per person for the period from the 4th until the 6th of July, € 240 per person for the period from the 7th until the 15th of July, and, € 300 per person for the period from the 4th until the 15th of July.

Players requesting for some special room conditions or wish to spend some extra days in Ikaria should notify the organizers in advance. Additional fees will be charged according to the conditions requested.

For families (at least 3 members), four-member (at least) teams, players under the age of 20 and natives the costs of participation will be subsidized by the organizers up to 20% of the whole price so the respective prices are set to € 100 (4-6 July), € 190 (7-15 July) and € 240 (4-15 July)

Note: The above prices are also valid for the accompanying persons.

Conditions for IMs/WIMs AND GMs/WGMs:

For the IMs/WIMs, the GMs/WGMs and the players that have qualified from preliminary events, the organization committee covers for round trip (Piraeus-Ikaria-Piraeus) ferry tickets (tourist class on commercial ferries) and accommodation (two-bed en-suite room, no food expenses included) costs. Additionally GMs and WGMs will receive € 1 (one euro) for every rating point above 2400.

Ikaria Mavrianou Region

Mavrianou Region

Ikaria Agia Irini

Agia Irini

Score ties

The criteria for a ruling when faced with a situation of a score tie in any of the Swiss tournaments (unless there is a different clause stated in a complementary edition of the set rules) are: 1) Bucholtz 2) Median Bucholtz 3) Number of wins 4) Sum of progressive scores. For Round-Robin tournaments the tie-breaks are: 1) The results of the games between the players with equal scores 2) Sonnenborg-Berger 3) Number of wins. However, the money-prizes are divided equally among the players with the same final score.

Information and subscription:

For more information: Mr. Savas Kyriakou tel. ++30 693 2478386, email ikaros@chess.gr

For possible updates and additional information concerning the Ikaros Chess Festival 2007, and the island of Ikaria, you can also visit: http://www.chess.gr/ikaros and http://www.island-ikaria.com

Ikaria

Ikaria Nas Beach

Ikaria chess

We would like to thank the photographer Yiorgos Depollas and the Editions Fotorama Co. for their kind permission to use the photos from Yiorgos Depollas’ album titled “Ikaria” (ISBN: 960-7524-18-7). If you are interested in the other photo albums of Yiorgos Depollas please check at: http://www.fotorama.gr

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