The annual international open tournament “Summer Cup 2008″ has started under the best conditions in the 5-star Porto Carras complex in Northern Greece. In total, 81 players from 13 countries are participating (Greece, Ukraine, Russia, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, FYROM, Serbia, Italy, France, Hungary and Finland) and among them are GM Alexander Zubarev (UKR), IM Robert Ris (NED), GM Rolando Kutirov (FYR), WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE) and WGM Anastazia Karlovich (UKR).
The games are been held in the Meliton Congress Hall of Porto Carras from 12 to 19 July. It is also confirmed that Porto Carras has been chosen by FIDE as the venue for the World Youth Chess Championships in October 2010.
Organisers of the “Summer Cup 2008” are IM George Mastrokoukos and Aggelos Tzermiadianos while Chief Arbiter is IA Alexandros Kostouros. Apart from the players, another 150 people are visiting the event in order to combine chess with 5-star holidays.
Among the distinguished visitors are the IMs George Michelakis (president of the investment firm Gladstone Partners) and Andreas Tzermiadianos (writer of well-known chess books), Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou (ECU marketing director), Francois Soupe (head of alternative investments pricing of Societe Generale Bank) and many more friends of chess. After the 4th round, GM Alexander Zubarev (UKR) and the junior player Georgios Kanakaris (GRE) are leading the standings with 4 wins (100%) and they face each other in the 5th round.
Full results, standings, games and photos can be found in the official website of the event: www.greekchess.com/cup2008