Andrey Rychagov from Russia is the winner of the 7th International Chess Tournament Paleochora for the third consecutive year!
Tie and the 2nd place, according to the criteria, is Azer Mirzoev of Azerbaijan.
The Indian Abhjeet Gupta won the 3rd place among a group of ten players.
Great was the appearance of the 14 year old Nicholas Theodorou who won the 12th place and and was the top greek player, achieving two victories over the GM!

The winners (from left) 2nd Azer Mirzoev, 1st Rychagov Andrey, 3rd Gupta Abhjeet, The Vice Major Kandanou Selinou mr. Fiotakis and the President of the Chania Chess Akademy mr. Papadimitrakis Ioannis

In the women category 1st was the WGM Djingarova Emilia from Bulgaria. The 2nd place won Kafetzi Ageliki and the 3rd place Koraka Mina!

The winners from the women category (from left) Koraka Mina Djingarova Emilia the alderman ms. Papadogiannaki Konstantina and the President of the Chania Chess Akademy mr. Papadimitrakis Ioannis


From the left the sponsor of the store OPTONET Mr Chatziathanassiou. The winners in the category Veterans Bielby Paul, Tchernyi Viktor and Ioannis Frosinos from Responsible Sport and Lifelong Education Region Chania Ms Zompanaki Katerina and the President of Chania Chess akademy Mr Ioannis Papadimitraki


Various parallel events and daily activities

Various parallel events took place during the tournament. Peak was the trip Elafonissi! An excursion which attracts all attendees each year, exposing the natural beauty of West Crete.

Pinnacle course of parallel events is the trip to the magical Elafonissi


The dance group "Celery Crowd" entertained attendees with traditional dances. Another unique musical evening was planned, entailing greek music by the folk band Leonidas Marydaki.


The rapid chess tournament has been established! A tournament which is outdoors, on the main street of Paleochora and attracts all the looks! It is no coincidence that during this special day several players come from Chania, just to participate in this league, and the main road literally floodes with chess players and spectators. Despite the late hour - the tournament starts at 11:00 pm and ends at 2 am - 33 teams participated this year, consisting of 175 chess players. Excess of fun, entertainment, relaxation and many smart slogans accompanied by sweets and snacks (sponsored Patisserie Karakatsani) for all participants are some of the characteristics of this evening.