The 18th Heraklion International Open is on its way!!

Many strong players, among them 6 grandmasters, from 10 countries are ready to enter in the chess arena. Heraklion city has turned out to be a real chess destination, with 3 international tournaments per year (January, May, September).

Now this last tournament of the year will have a special interest too. Who will be the winner of the Grand Prix 2016, in other words, who will score more points in all 3 tournaments.

The ultimate favourite seems to be the top seed of 18th OPEN, the newly crowned international master Nikolas Theodorou. The 16 years old protigy had won convincingly January’s tournament with the extraordinary 8,5/9! Adding in his pocket another 6,5 points has a clear advantage for the first additional prize of 1.000€. Have a look to the standings of Grand Prix from the 2 out of 3 tournaments:

Player 16th pts 17th pts 18th Total
1 Theodorou, N 8,5 6,5 15
2 Rajkovic, D 6 7,5 13,5
3 Anagnostopoulos, K 7 6,5 13,5
4 Goumas, G 6,5 7 13,5
5 Antic, D 7 6 13
6 Lirindzakis, T 6,5 6 12,5
7 Ristic, N 6 6,5 12,5

Meanwhile, the organizing committee has scheduled the program of 2017 starting with the Heraklion Grand Prix 2017 International Tournaments.


Details and announcement coming soon! Just a breaf note to keep in mind; on the April’s tournament there will also exist a closed round robin 10 players tournament for IM/GM norm.

Additionally, since a lot of players love to play this new fashion 5 rounds weekend tournaments, we have decided to offer it to you. Here are the more juicy details:


Mark the dates and book your flight now, it will be cheaper!!!

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