International Tournaments

Chess Tournament - Athens Challenge 2018

21st International Open - Athens Challenge 2018

The 21st International Open Chess Tournament - Athens Challenge 2018 - will take place in Athens, Greece on June 16-24. 




Skakistiki Epikoinonia of Iraklion Attica


Municipality of Iraklion Attica


9 round Swiss system with FIDE rating. All FIDE and Greek Chess Federation regulations apply. The organizers reserve the right to create groups, depending on the number of participants.


Saturday, June 16th Registration 14:00 to 16:00
Saturday, June 16th 1st round at 17:30
Sunday, June 17th 2nd round at 17:30
Monday, June 18th 3rd round at 17:30
Tuesday, June 19th 4th round at 17:30
Wednesday, June 20th 5th round at 17:30
Thursday, June 21st 6th round at 17:30
Friday, June 22nd 7th round at 17:30
Saturday, June 23rd 8th round at 17:30
Sunday, June 24th 9th round at 11:30
Sunday, June 24th Closing Ceremony at 15:00
Confirmation of participation by physical presence or by phone at +306974858312 Ms Petsetidi, +30 6947377440 Mr Roukounakis, until June 15th 2018.


90 minutes plus 30 sec for each move until the end of the game, for each player. Recording of the moves is compulsory for the entire duration of the game. Player who does not appear to participate 60 minutes after the start of the round will lose the game.


To resolve possible tie-breaks the following criteria will be applied:
a) The results of the tied players with each other (only if all tied players have played each other).
b) Bucholz cut-2
c) Bucholz
d) Sonneborn-Berger e) Armagedon(only for Medals & prices)


Postponement of a game is generally not allowed. Exceptions may be made under special circumstances, after a timely request of the interested party and a justified decision of the Tournament Director.


The entry fee is set at 40€. Free for FIDE Title Players FM IM GM WIM WGM.
Entry fees must be paid via bank deposit at the following account:
IBAN: GR3101403900390002310006387

Description: Athens Challenge 2018


Chess Festival partner hotels set aside a limited number of rooms at discounted prices for participants from other cities or countries. Vergina Hotel in Lagonisi and Herakleion Travel will arrange the accommodation. Please contact us with full Info and Needs in order to get special offers


Appeals may be submitted until 30 minutes after the end of the round. A 3-member Appeals Committee will be responsible for their examination. Members of the AC related to the players involved will be exempted. The composition of the AC will be determined before the start of the tournament by the Chief Arbiter. The appeal fee is set at 100€ and may be deposited to the Tournament Director or the Chief Arbiter. Should the appeal be vindicated, the fee shall be returned to the appellant, otherwise it is withheld by the organizers.


1st winner 1000€
2nd winner 500€
3rd winner 300 €
4th winner 150 €
5th winner 100 €
6th winner 50 €
1st female 100€
1st 1999< Fide ELO <2100,
100€ 1st 1899< ELO <2000,
100€ 1st less than 1900, 100€
Players receive the highest cash prize they are entitled to. Medals will be awarded to the top three winners and the first boy and girl in the above categories u18.


Ms Maria Petsetidi By phone at (+30)6974858312 -, via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
Mr Michael Roukounakis By phone at (+30)6947377440 -, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,
Mr Nikos Komninos By phone at (+352)691369871 -, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Tournament Director is responsible for decisions on any matter not covered by these regulations. The organizers have the right to make changes in schedule and prices in order to make improvements.





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