ORGANIZERS: Heraklio OAA, Heraklion Chess Club, Hersonisos Chess Academy, Neas Alikarnassou “Nei Irodotou” Sports Club, Heraklion N.G.C., Anogia Chess Club, Candia Chess Club, Krousonas Chess Club, AOAN 2000.

CO-ORGANIZER: Decentralized Administration of Crete – Heraklion Regional Unit, Municipality of Heraklion.

MODE: 2 groups, one OPEN and one Under 14 age group Swiss System 9 (nine) rounds FIDE rated.

TOURNAMENT VENUE: GALAXY HOTEL IRAKLIO (*****) 75 Dimokratias Av, 71306 Heraklion, Crete – Greece

Registration Confirmation* Saturday, 3-9-2016 14.00 – 15.30
Pairing Round 1 Saturday, 3-9-2016 15.30
Opening Ceremony Saturday, 3-9-2016 16.30
1st Round Saturday, 3-9-2016 17.00
2nd Round Sunday, 4-9-2016 10.00
3rd Round Sunday, 4-9-2016 18.00
4th Round Monday, 5-9-2016 17.00
5th Round Tuesday, 6-9-2016 17.00
6th Round Wednesday, 7-9-2016 17.00
7th Round Thursday, 8-9-2016 17.00
8th Round Friday, 9-9-2016 17.00
9th Round Saturday, 10-9-2016 10.00
Closing Ceremony Saturday, 10-9-2016 15.30

*The schedule is very strict. Players arriving late are able to participate from round 2.

TIME CONTROL: 90 min for 40 moves + 30min + 30sec per move from the first move. It is obligatory writing down the moves during the entire duration of the game. Players arriving 30 minutes or more after the start of a round shall be forfeited.

PARTICIPATION & FEES: Entry fees should be given in cash before the start of round 1 or can be earlier deposited to the following bank account: Piraeus Bank: IBAN: GR57 0172 7510 0057 5105 0530 ACCOUNT HOLDER NAME: Klokas Konstantinos, BIC CODE: PIRBGRAA.

Α’ GROUP (Open section): All players regardless sex, age or rating. General entry fee 50€. For players of Greek Chess Federation the entry fee is 40€, For players of the Cretan Chess Clubs the entry fee is 30€. For players under 18 old the entry fee is 20€ as well as for the players of the organizers’ clubs. For Players carrying the titles of GM, WGM, IM, WIM no entry fee is required.

Β’ GROUP (under 14): All players up to 14 years old. Participation Fee 20€.



16th OPEN, 3-10/1 2.500€
17th OPEN, 2-9/5 2.500€
18th OPEN, 3-10/9 2.500€
Grand Prix 1.000
Total 8.500€
Prizes Α’ Group 18th OPEN
1st winner 800€
2nd winner 500€
3rd winner 300€
4th winner 100€
5-7th winner (50 € X 3)150€
1st woman 200€
2nd woman 100€
3rd woman 50€
1st  > 2100 ELO 200
1st  > 1800 ELO 100€
Total 2.500€

Cups and medals will be given to the first three places in both groups.

Grand Prix Prizes: The participants in all 3 tournaments of the Heraklion Grand Prix 2016 (3-10/1/2016, 2-9/5/2016, 3-10/9/2016) have the right to claim the prize of 1.000€ for the first place (more points in all 3 tournaments) and only.  In case of a tie the prize fund are split equally.

TIE BREAKS: For the prize funds in case of a tie the money prizes are split equally. For the rest of the prizes the tie breaks are: 1) Direct encounter 2) Buchholz Cut-1 3) Buchholz 4) Sonnenborn-Berger 5) Number of Wins

A player qualifying for more than one prize receives the highest.

Exclusions: Exclusions from a round are allowed with an on time notice to the tournament director (10’ after the end of the previous round). In case a player doesn’t show up on a particular round he/she is forfeited from the tournament.

PAIRINGS – PGN FILES: Pairings, results etc can be found in the website and in the correspondent link of The pgn files of the current and previous tournaments of Heraklion CC Open tournaments can also be found in the website.

APPEALS: Appeals may be submitted until 10 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.

ACCOMODATION: Athletes and escorts can choose freely their residence. The organizing committee has secured favorable prices for the athletes or escorts in the spectacular 5 star Hotel Galaxy Iraklio which is also tournament venue:

Galaxy Hotel Iraklio *****  SINGLE  TWIN  TRIPLE
Price per room (incl. breakfast) 75€ 89€ 120€
Half Board supplement €20,00 / person / day (no drinks incl.)
Full Board supplement €40,00 / person / day (no drinks incl.)

These prices are valid for 02/09/2016 – 11/9/2016.

Participants or escorts come in direct contact with the hotel reservations department but in order to receive these prices they have to mention that they will take part to the chess tournament. The organizing committee is not involved in the booking process. The prices are valid for escorts as well.

ANTI-CHEATING:  During the game it is forbidden the appearance and use of cell phones and any other electronic devices inside the playing venue and the playing hall.

TRAVEL INFORMATION: Hotel Galaxy Iraklio is located in the center of Heraklion city and just 3 km away from Heraklion Airport Nikos Kazantzakis and 1km away from the port of Heraklion. For more information regarding Heraklion city please have a look in our website.

VISA: If you wish the organizers to send you an invitation letter applying for a visa for visiting Greece please send us through email the photocopy of the data of your passport and the email address in which you wish the invitation to be sent to.

REGISTRATION DETAILS: In order to secure your place to the tournament, please make sure to send your email to including the following information: Name and Surname, Int. FIDE ID, FIDE rating, Federation. In case you have no FIDE ID, in order to participate you should request from your own federation to provide you; otherwise your participation cannot be accepted.

INFORMATION: For any additional information you may come in contact with: Tournament director, Klokas Konstantinos: +30 693788073, Chief Arbiter, Nikos Papandreou: +30 6945187043.

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