Tournament is financially supported by FIDE Open Aid Project

ORGANIZERS: Municipality of  Kantanos – Selino, Chania Chess Academy
CO - ORGANIZERS: Region of Chania, Greek Chess Federation
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Spiridakis Ioannis - Naoum Giorgos.
MAIN ARBITER: Gerontopoulos Makis

TOURNAMENT VENUE: Paleochora Primery School & Cultural Center of Paleochora (Opposite to the Church).
MODE: 9 rounds, Swiss System, two Groups: A group ELO > 1800, B group ELO < 1900.
Players with rating between 1800 and 2000 can choose the group.
FIDE title norms are possible!
TIMETABLE: Registration confirmations until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday 19 July 2023. Paring for the first round 15.00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony Wednesday 19 July 2023, starting at 17:30
Closing Ceremony   Wednesday  26 July 2023,  starting at 16:30

Round 1


19 July


Round 2


20 July


Round 3


20 July


Round 4


21 July


Round 5


22 July


Round 6


23 July


Round 7


24 July


Round 8


25 July


Round 9


26 July


Attention! Any player who arrives more than one hour after the scheduled start of a round shall lose the game by forfeit 
A player can take exceptions of half point  until round 5. The player should inform the chief arbiter before the pairings for the next round.
TIME CONTROL: 90 min for 40 moves + 15 min for all game + 30sec per move from the first move.

ENTRY FEE: for the Open will be inversely related to grade:
Free - Players with ELO up 2400 + titled players (GM, WGM, IM)
30 € for players with ELO 2300-2399,  
40 € for players with ELO 2200-2299,
50 € for players under 18 years old,
50 € for veteran players > 60 years old
60 € for all the other players

40 € for all the players of the B’ Group
Players with ELO between 1700 – 1800 can join the A’ group, with extra entry fee of 20 €

1).        The result between the two players
2).        Buchholz
3).        Median Buchholz
4).        Sonnenborn-Berger

Special dedicated for the tournament doctor: Spyros Naoum

PRIZES: Total Prize Fund 10.000 Euro

Tournament is financially supported by FIDE Open Aid Project

A Group

Special prizes

B Group

1st  Winner: 2.000 €

1st under 16 (Boys+girls):cup

1st  Winner: 300 €

2nd  Winner: 1.500 €

1st under 14 (Boys+girls):cup

2nd  Winner: 200 €

3rd  Winner: 1.000 €

1st under 12 (Boys+girls):cup

3rd  Winner: 100 €

4th  Winner: 500 €

1st under 10  (Boys+girls):cup


5th  – 6th place: 2Χ250 €

1st Local player: cup

1st Woman: 150 €

7th – 10th  place: 4Χ150 € 2nd – 3rd each category: medal 2nd Woman: 100 €

3rd  Woman: 50 €

1st Woman: 600 €

Veteran's + 55 years old:  

2nd Woman: 400 €

1st Veteran 250 €

3rd  Woman: 200 € 2nd Veteran: 150 €  
  3rd Veteran: 100 €  
Veteran's : Special prizes for the winners Veterans Gifts of Local product
Special Prizes and gifts for the winners up to 2.000

* For equally matched players, the prices will be shared by the Hort system (50% of the prices are shared equally and the other 50% are shared according the tie breaks)   
* If a player wins two Special categories prices, he takes the bigger one.

The organizer will implement strict measures to prevent any possible cheating attempts.
Implies detailed control before entering the playing hall, delayed transfer of games, control of the playing venue and prevention of any mutual verbal and non-verbal communication.
The Chief Arbiter will be encouraged to device a system for conducting random checks during the tournament.  

RESIDENCE AND HOTEL INFORMATION: For the room reservations you can visit the official web site of hotels or the Paleohora Association of rooms and apartments to let.

REGISTRATION: Please fill in the Registration form and send it to the following e-mail:,

For more information you can call:
Tsarouha Anelia +30 6974811469 or Koukouraki Elisavet +30 6977545304 
Participants must pay the entry fee tax (with the name of the player) into the following bank account:
National Bank of Greece  - account number 494/296016-82,
IBAN GR4801104940000049429601682, BIC (SWIFT Code) - ETHNGRAA
Account owner – Chania Chess Academy

Please, send your entry fee deposit bank paper receiption with your name, scanned by e-mail
Terminal date of deposit is since 30th of June. After 30th of June, there will be a 5 € increment in entry fees.


( minus 100 ELO units for women due to FIDE Rating)

2600 +

8 days (7 nights) residence in single room

Full Board

2500 – 2599

8 days (7 nights) residence in double room

Full Board

2450 - 2499

8 days (7 nights) residence in double room


2400 - 2449

50%  discount at the hotel prices  

Attention! The hospital conditions are available for limited number of players and there will be a strict priority list!
TRAVEL INFORMATION: The nearest airport to Paleochora is Chania airport (CHQ)

There will be a bus from the organizers for those players who are travelling by ship at 19th of July 2023 at 07.00 o’clock at the morning, leaving directly from Souda port to Paleochora. The ticket price is 5 Euro per person. Please, if you wish to use it, fill in the necessary information at the registration form.

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