Games Festival 2011
Thessaloniki Open and European Seniors Team chess events part of the festival

The Games Festival 2011, one of the largest chess festivals in Europe, will take place 25th April – 12th May in Thessaloniki, Greece. As part of the festival in the 5 star Grand Hotel Palace will be played the Thessaloniki Chess Open and the European Seniors Teams Chess Championship.

Thessaloniki Open 2011

The Chess Akademy of Thessaloniki announces the International Open Chess Tournament Thessaloniki 2010”, which will be held with open participation and nine (9) rounds Swiss system. The tournament will be played in Hotel Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, from April 25th to May 1st 2011. Thetime control for each player is 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. The FIDE system rules are valid. The tournament will be FIDE rated.

Sunday April 24th Arrival of Participants – Confirmations
Monday April 25th 12:00 Technical Meeting – Pairings
Monday April 25th 17:00 Round 1
Tuesday April 26th 10:00 Round 2
Tuesday April 26th 17:00 Round 3
Wednesday April 27th 17:00 Round 4
Thursday April 28th 17:00 Round 5
Friday April 29th 10:00 Round 6
Friday April 29th 17:00 Round 7
Saturday April 30th 17:00 Round 8
Sunday May 1st 10:00 Round 9
Sunday May 1st 15:00 Closing Ceremony


1. 1000 eur
2. 600 eur
3. 400 eur
4. 300 eur
5. 200 eur
6. 100

Accommodation and board will be provided at GRAND HOTEL PALACE*****. Playing Hall is Conference Center at the GRAND HOTEL PALACE*****.

Lodging for players, coaches and accompanying persons will cost per person, for 6 or 7 nights (includes breakfast in buffet) at this document.

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European Seniors Teams Chess Championship

The European Chess Union, Greek Chess Federation and Chess Akademy of Thessaloniki organize the 10th European Senior Championship, from , May 3rd to May 11th , 2011 in Thessaloniki – Olympus region, Hotel Olympian Bay.

Any number of Teams from each federation of ECU have the right to participate. The teams may represent a national federation or any regional structure of a national federation. Players having a FIDE rating may only represent a team coming from the federation given in their FIDE rating card (FIDE rating list). All the players must come from the same federation; however this rule is waived if all the members of the team are unrated. Each team consists of four players; in addition one reserve player may be nominated. A provisional naming of the players and the substitute has to be given together with the registration of the team. Changes in the team can be made until the captains meeting takes place. Reserve players are only allowed to play board 4. Entitled to participate are men who have reached the age of 60 years and women who have reached the age of 50 years, by 1st January 2011.

The Championship shall be played in 9 rounds following the Swiss System. Time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes and 30 minutes to the end of the game. The player will additionally receive 30 seconds for each move. Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start of the round will lose the game.

Monday 02-05 -11 / Arrivals
Monday 02-05 -11 / 21.00 / Opening ceremony
Tuesday 03-05 -11 / 10.00 / Captains meeting and pairings
Tuesday 03-05 -11 / 15.00 / Round 1
Wednesday 04-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 2
Thursday 05-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 3
Friday 06-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 4
Saturday 07-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 5
Sunday 08-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 6
Monday 09-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 7
Tuesday 10-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 8
Wednesday 11-05-11 / 10.00 / Round 9
Wednesday 11-05-11 / 16.00 / Closing Ceremony – Departures
Thursday 12-05-11 / Departures

More information

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