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5th International Rapid Chess Festival to be held in Thessaloniki

White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront, symbol of the cityThe 5th Thessaloniki International Rapid Chess Festival is scheduled to take place on 2-3rd May, 2015, at Hotel Philippion**** in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and a popular tourist destination.

Pefka Chess Club and Thessaloniki & Halkidiki Chess Union organize the event in a 10-round Swiss FIDE format with tempo of play 15′ + 3″. The tournament is open to all players, regardless of their rating and age.

Tournament schedule:
Saturday, 2nd May, 13:00-17:00 –  Rounds 1-5
Sunday, 3rd May, 10:00-14:00 –  Rounds 6-10
Sunday, 3rd May 14:30 Closing Ceremony

The prize fund in the amount of 1,600 € will be divided as follows:
Main prizes: 350 €/ 250 €/ 200 €/ 150 €/ 100 €/ 75 €.
Female prizes: 100 €/ 75 €/ 50 €
Special prizes: U2000: 100 €, Boys U16: 50 €, Girls U16: 50 €, Veteran: 50 €.

Prizes between tied players are not divided. No player may win more than 1 prize.
Medals will be given to the first 3 boys and girls in the categories U08, U10, U12, U14, and U16.
Cups will be given to the first 3 in the final standings and 3 best women.

Standings: 1 point for win, ½  point for draw, 0 points for loss. Draw offers are forbidden.

Accommodation and board are offered in the 4-star Hotel Philippion**** where the games will be held. Prices per person:

Double Room: Bed & Breakfast: 24 €/  Half-Board: 27 €/  Full-Board 30 €

Special offers: 50% discount for children up to 12 years old in a room with their parents.

FA Oustampasidou Lena

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