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International Open Chess Tournament Paleros 2013

The 2nd International Open Chess Tournament Paleros is set to take place on 24-31st August, 2013, at the Paleros Resort Beach Hotel, Paleros, Ionian Sea, Greece.

Sponsors & Organisers
Paleros Yacht Club, Paleros Chess Club, Paleros Resort Hotel & Municipality of Aktio-Vonitsa under the aegis of the Greek Chess Federation.

Playing Venue
The games will take place in the 4-star Paleros Resort Beach Hotel, on the coast of the Ionian Sea, opposite the island of Lefkada and the celebrity island Skorpios of the famous Aristotelis Onassis (Map). Paleros is an excellent summer location with a long 3 km of beaches, surrounded by pure natural beauty and the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea!



Tournament Schedule of “Paleros 2013”
1st round: Saturday 24 August, 17:30
2nd round: Sunday 25 August, 10:30
3rd round: Sunday 25 August, 17:30
4th round: Monday 26 August, 17:30
5th round: Tuesday 27 August, 17:30
6th round: Wednesday 28 August, 17:30
7th round: Thursday 29 August, 17:30
8th round: Friday 30 August, 17:30
9th round: Saturday 31 August, 10:30
Closing Ceremony: 31 August, 16:30

FIDE rated swiss system in 9 rounds. Open to all chess players. Time limit per player: 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 min. for the rest of the game + 30’’ increment for every move starting from move one. A player forfeits the game if he hasn’t appeared at his board during the first hour of the game. Tie break criteria: a) games between the tied players (only if all tied played each other), b) sum of progressive score, c) Buchholz, d) number of games with black.

Prizes in euros (EUR)
1st place: 1000, 2nd: 500, 3rd: 300, 4th-5th: 200 each. 1st woman: 200, 2nd woman: 150, 3rd woman: 100. Special category “Performance minus FIDE Rating”: 1st: 200, 2nd: 150, 3rd: 100. Only FIDE ratings apply.
In case of a tie, prizes are divided equally. A player qualifying for more than one prizes receives all of them. Cup and medals will also be awarded.

Entry fee
50 euros

Accommodation packages in the 4-star Paleros Resort Beach Hotel
Offered per person, including 7 nights with breakfast:
• 180 euros per person in a triple room,
• 195 euros per person in a double room,
• 275 euros per person in a single room.
• NO ENTRY FEE for players who make use of the above offers!

Additional nights possible upon request. For registrations after 25 July the cost will be 10% higher, upon availability.

Special offer for young participants
For children under 12 (born on the year 2001 and later) there is a 50% discount if they are added as a 3rd person in the double room of their accompanying persons. A great opportunity for chess families!


Flights / Transportation
There are three (3) airports which can serve Paleros. The nearest is the airport of Preveza, only 28 km away, which connects with other European cities. The IATA code of Preveza is PVK and some major international airlines reach Preveza with direct flights from:

Air Berlin – Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Nuremberg
Monarch Airlines – London, Manchester
Thomas Cook Airlines – London, Manchester
Transavia Airlines – Amsterdam
Sky Express – Corfu, Kefalonia, Sitia (Crete)

The other 2 international airports possible are Ioannina (a city 150 km north of Paleros, IATA code is IOA) and of course Athens (338 km east of Paleros, IATA code is ATH). You can always check for more flights with your travel agent or find low-cost airtickets at SkyScanner.

For participants from Athens, the Organising Committee will provide bus transportation from Athens (Omonia square) to Paleros Resort Beach Hotel on 24 August at 7:00 am, with return on 31 August at 18:00. The cost is 58 euros per person including both ways.

For drivers on the road through Italy, you can reach the port of Igoumenitsa with fast, luxurious and latest technology ferry boats from Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice. After arriving in Igoumenitsa, Paleros can be reached by car within 90 minutes. If you are driving instead from Northern Greece, the Egnatia national highway from Thessaloniki to Ioannina is very fast and after Ioannina you just follow the south route to Preveza – Vonitsa – Paleros. The Organising Committee can also assist you with further instructions or to provide individual transport service upon request.

Entries must be sent by 25 July 2013 to the fax number (+30) 2641500112 or by e-mail at All entries should include full name, rating, accomodation type, dates of arrival/departure and receipt of bank transfer. All entries should be confirmed by the Tournament Director and rooms will be booked after the deposit of 40 euros per person (free of bank charges) by 25 July 2013 to the following bank account:

Bank location: 11 Sofokleous Str., 10235 – Athens, GREECE
IBAN account number: GR8701203040000000087843874
Bank BIC / Swift: EMPOGRAA
Account holder name: PALAIROS RESORT HOTEL
Paypal users can send their payment at the email:
The remaining balance should be paid upon arrival and not later than the start of the 2nd round.

More information / Tournament Director
Mr Nikos Kalesis: Tel. (+30) 6938326161, Fax (+30) 2641500112

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