The 2nd International Chess Tournament Isthmia 2012 is taking place from 18th to 25th August at the beautiful Alkyon Resort Hotel in Vrachati Korinthias, Greece.
After three rounds of play in the Open A GM Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR 2639) and Indian players GM Adhiban B. (2553), IM Vishnu Prasanna. V (2435) and IM Shyam Sundar M. (2486) are joint leaders with perfect score.
93 players from 14 countries compete, including 14 Grandmasters and 14 International Masters. The tournament also serves as the Women’s Open Greek Championship.
Several players are shaping their form for the upcoming Chess Olympiad, starting a couple of days after the Isthmia Open, including Viorel Iordachescu, Dmitry Svetushkin (both Moldova), Alexandr Fier (Brazil), Murillo Tsijli Alexis (Costa Rica) and Eric Hansen (Canada, recently shared 5th place at the World Junior Championship).
The B Group, reserved only for players rated under 1900, has 67 participants from France, Chile, China and Greece. Five blind players also compete in this section.
The tournament is ongoing under exceptional conditions in the terms of accommodation and the playing hall.
The organizers are Pnevmatiki Stegi Peristeriou and Korinthia Chess Academy “Argonaftis” with the support of the Prefectureof Peloponnisos, Municipality of Velo Vocha.