January 30, 2018


2nd Hersonissos International chess tournament, 17th to 24th of June 2018

ORGANIZERS: Heraklion Chess Club, Heraklio OAA, Hersonissos Chess Academy, Candia Chess Club.
Co-Organizers: Municipality of Hersonissos, Administration of Crete.

MODE: 2 Groups Swiss FIDE system 9 (nine) rounds:

  • Group A: Open section
  • Group B: Up to 14 years old and with no more than 1100 rating

Playing venue: Lyttos Beach Hotel (****) Hersonissos Crete, Greece

Situated next to a beautiful golden coast, on one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Crete, and within a 20 kilometer distance from the airport of Heraklion (code: HER), a colorful garden of more than 500 palm trees, fragrant flowers and plants, awaits for you to create your new holiday memories. In the famous holiday destination of Hersonissos, the hotel can easily be compared to a heavenly scenery.

Just 5 km from the town, in an area of 150 acres (15 Hectares) leading to a 350 meter fully-organized, Blue Flag awarded beach, Lyttos Beach is unlike any other hotel in the island. Its rooms feature sea or garden view double rooms, family rooms and suites with or without a swimming pool, all equipped with free Wi-Fi.

With its long sandy beach, the services for families, the 6 swimming pools, the waterslides, the 22 tennis courts and so much more, Lyttos Beach guarantees an amazing holiday for families and for couples. Whether you wish to relax or to engage in sports, you will find that our resort will suit your needs.

Just 5 km away from the hotel, golfers can enjoy the most exciting 18-hole golf courts in the island, with magnificent views to the multi-colored Cretan mountains.

Lyttos Beach, represented by the ancient eagle, symbol of the area at ancient times, is a unique mosaic created by sun, sea, sand, unparalleled views, athleticism, fun and games, relaxation, fine International & Greek cuisine with live show-cooking and friendly atmosphere.

Confirmation of participation Saturday, 16-6-2018
Pairings 1st round Saturday, 16-6-2018 22.00
Opening Ceremony Sunday, 17-6-2018 15.30
Round 1 Sunday, 17-6-2018 16.00
Round 2 Monday, 18-6-2018 10.00
Round 3 Monday, 18-6-2018 17.00
Round 4 Tuesday, 19-6-2018 16.00
Round 5 Wednesday, 20-6-2018 16.00
Round 6 Thursday, 21-6-2018 16.00
Round 7 Friday, 22-6-2018 16.00
Round 8 Saturday, 23-6-2018 16.00
Round 9 Sunday, 24-6-2018 10.00
Closing Ceremony Sunday, 24-6-2018 15.00

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 by latest 16th of June or can be earlier deposited to the following bank account:

Piraeus Bank IBAN: GR 45 0171 5560 0065 5614 1864 998 SWIFT-BIC CODE: PIRBGRAA

ACCOUNT HOLDER NAME: Skakistikos Omilos Leon Candia (Leon Candia Chess Club).

GROUP A: General entry fee 80€. For players of Greek Chess Federation the entry fee is 50€, For players of the Cretan Chess Clubs the entry fee is 40€. For Players carrying the titles of GM, WGM, IM, WIM no entry fee is required.

GROUP B (under 14 & U1100 rating): Participation Fee 25€.


Money Prizes
1st winner 1000€
2nd winner 600€
3rd winner 300€
4th to 7th winner 200€ (50€ Χ 4)
1st woman 400€
2nd woman 200€
3rd woman 100€
1st < 2000 ELO 300€
1st < 1600 ELO 300€
1st Senior +50 300€
1st Senior +65 300€
Total 4.000€

In case of a tie the prize fund are split equally.

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

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) Result between tied players (if they have played all with each other) 2) Fide Progressive score 3) Buchholz. A player qualifying for more than one prize receives the highest.

EXCLUSIONS – APPEALS: Exclusions from a round are allowed with an on time notice to the tournament director (10’ after the end of the previous round) and once it can be given half a point if the exclusion is within the first 5 rounds. In case a player doesn’t show up on a particular round he/she is forfeited from the tournament. 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.

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.

ACCOMODATION:  Organizers has managed to secure extremely low prices for the chess players and accompanying persons in this excellent luxury resort Lyttos Beach Hotel Hersonissos Crete in all inclusive basis


7 nights all inclusive 8 nights all inclusive 9 nights all inclusive
Single Room 999€ 1099€ 1199€
Double Room 599€ 649€ 699€
Triple Room 449€ 499€ 549€
Family Room

(4 persons)

349€ 399€ 449€


Live Games: The first 20 boards of the tournament will be transmitted live through tournament’s website: http://www.hersonissoschess.com

INFORMATION: For reservations please contact tournament secretariat: klokas@heraklionchess.com

For any additional information and subscription to the tournament you may contact IO Kostas Klokas klokas@heraklionchess.com, +30 6937880733