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Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014

Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014

Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014 – Participants

The 37th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014, incorporating the Aegean Open Championship 2014, will take place on 12-20th July in Aghios Kirykos at the beautiful island of Ikaria, Greece.

Ikaros 2014 is fast approaching and organizers are arranging the final details for hosting the participants that chose Ikaria as the adequate place to combine chess and relaxing vaxcations in a serene and picturesque environment.

The first round in scheduled for Saturday 12th of July at 7.00 p.m. The preliminary list of participants is below. There are always several last day additions, typical for Ikaria :-)

There will be a live broadcast of 10 games of every round. Stay tuned for info and updates from Ikaria at:www.ikaroschess.gr and at www.chessdom.com

37th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014

37th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014

For the 37th consecutive year “Ikaros” renews its annual appointment with Greek and foreign players at the beautiful island of Ikaria for the traditional international chess tournament that this year will take place at Aghios Kirykos, the capital of the island, from 12th till 20th of July.

The 37th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2014 incorporates the Aegean Open Championship 2014

Once again, the main objective of “Ikaros” is to offer to all its guests an interesting tournament combined with relaxing vacation for a very reasonable price. To this end, the organization committee of the tournament made a considerable effort so as to keep the overall participation cost low.

The basic package per person in a double room costs 200 euros for the period 12-20 July and includes accommodation (the board expenses are not included), entry fee, daily transportation to the playing venue and transportation from and to the port of Evdilos (in case this is necessary due to the ferry schedule).

Prices get lower in case of triple of four bed rooms, while, as every year, there are special discounts for families, juniors, club teams and unemployed people. Moreover there are additional discounts for those who will pay in advance. Additionally, like the previous years, the organization committee will try to get reduced ferry ticket prices for the tournament participants.

The official announcement of the tournament also includes various side events (the annual Mediterranean Team Rapid Tournament, blitz and blind tournaments, problem solving contest etc.) can be found here or can be downloaded as .doc or .pdf.

For those who have visited Ikaria before, the island doesn’t need any particular credentials, but those who plan to visit it for the first time can find useful information at http://www.island-ikaria.com,http://www.nikaria.gr, http://www.ikariamag.gr and http://ikariaki.gr while those who want to get an idea about the tournament and learn what other players have to say about the event can visit the following links:

http://www.chessdom.com/why-do-people-keep-coming-back-to-ikaria-to-play-chess-every-summer/
http://www.chessdom.com/why-do-people-keep-coming-back-to-ikaria-every-summer-part-2/

while for more facts about Ikaria and previous editions of the tournament please check at:

http://www.chessdom.com/international-chess-tournament-ikaros-36-years-of-a-brilliant-course/
http://interviews.chessdom.com/dimitris-skyrianoglou
http://www.chessdom.com/36th-international-chess-tourament-ikaros-2013/
http://www.chess.gr/ikaros

The official webpage of the tournament, with all the latest information about Ikaros Chess Tournament 2014 can be found at:

http://www.ikaroschess.gr

while those interested in more details can contact:

++30-6947-829772 (Mr. Dimitris Kapagiannidis)
++30-6977-730286 (Mrs. Antzela. Shiaka)

Or can send an e-mail at: ikaroschess@gmail.com

Stathes Gazis is leading Ikaros International Open

Stathes Gazis is leading Ikaros International Open
After the completion of the 7th round of Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2013, upsets and surprises keep coming up, with FM Stathes Gazis (seeded No. 5) of S.M.S. Elefsinas keeping the lead having an absolute (7/7) score, and the 19 years old Dimitris Kanellos of S.O.Pagratiou (seeded No. 22) tying for the 2nd place.

Standings after the 7th round has as follows: 1) Gasis (FM, Greece, 2263) 7 p. in 7 games, 2-3) Velicka (GM, Czech Republic, 2433), Kanellos (Greece, 1986) 6 p., 4-9) Kiselev (Russia, 2210), Rigopoulos-Tsigos (Greece, 2085), Nester (IM, Ukraine, 2307), Malikentzos (FM, Greece, 2347), Kondou (WIM, Greece, 2182), Frendzas (IM, Greece 2363) 5,5 p.

Eva Kondou (of S.O.Santorinis) seems to have secured the title of female Aegean Champion while the title of the Aegean Champion will be contested among Frendzas (S.O.Santorinis, 5,5 p.) and Poundzas, Heropoulos and Lazaridis (S.O.Ikarias, 5 p.).

Dances, Sightseeing and Exhibitions

After the very dense schedule of the first days of the tournament, the participants at last had plenty of free time on the afternoon of the 17th of July, the day of the celebrations for the liberation of Ikaria from Ottoman occupation and had a very good time at the local “panigiri” (festivities).

On the previous day some members of the local cultural club “Ioannis Melas” had taught the chess players the local dances and especially the widely famous “Ikariotikos” (the traditional dance of Ikaria). Members of “Ioannis Melas” also offered to the chessplayers a guided tour at the Cultural Museum of Aghios Kirykos.

On top of these activities, the organizes of “Ikaros 2013” with the help of the local cultural clubs staged at the playing venue an exhibition of photos and documents that aims to introduce the tournament participants to Ikaria, its beauties, history, culture and its unique traits.

The same material has been presented before during the Exhibitions of the Greek Popular Culture in 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the stand of the Ikarian Culture Clubs of Athens and were twice awarded with distinctions. The text accompanying this material was written by Marina Moula while the photos belong to Christos Malahias.

More events!

The last round of the 36th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2013 – Aegean Open Championship will take place on Saturday morning.

The closing ceremony and the prize giving as well as the honorary awards to the past and present mayors of Aghios Kirykos and Ikaria will take place at 7.p.m.

After the closing ceremony the 4th Mediterranean Rapid Team Tournament will take place.

On Sunday and Monday there will be friendly matches between the teams of Ikaria and Samos as well as some events in the memory of the first Ikarian candidate master Manolis Stavrinadis.

All chess events of “Ikaros” 2013 are organized by the Municipality of Aghios Kirykos and Ikaria Chess Club at the Sports Center of Aghios Kirykos.

This year the promotion of the tournament has surpassed all previous records, with TV and radio spots on nationwide stations, articles in major newspapers (double-page article in the Friday, July 19, issue of the “Ethnos”), and extensive references at Ikarian and chess websites in Greece and worldwide!

More info about the 36th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2013 can be found at: http://www.ikaroschess.gr

Stathes Gazis leads Ikaros International Open

Stathes Gazis leads Ikaros International Open
After the completion of the 7th round of Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2013, upsets and surprises keep coming up, with FM Stathes Gazis (seeded No. 5) of S.M.S. Elefsinas keeping the lead having an absolute (7/7) score, and the 19 years old Dimitris Kanellos of S.O.Pagratiou (seeded No. 22) tying for the 2nd place.

Standings after the 7th round has as follows: 1) Gasis (FM, Greece, 2263) 7 p. in 7 games, 2-3) Velicka (GM, Czech Republic, 2433), Kanellos (Greece, 1986) 6 p., 4-9) Kiselev (Russia, 2210), Rigopoulos-Tsigos (Greece, 2085), Nester (IM, Ukraine, 2307), Malikentzos (FM, Greece, 2347), Kondou (WIM, Greece, 2182), Frendzas (IM, Greece 2363) 5,5 p.

Eva Kondou (of S.O.Santorinis) seems to have secured the title of female Aegean Champion while the title of the Aegean Champion will be contested among Frendzas (S.O.Santorinis, 5,5 p.) and Poundzas, Heropoulos and Lazaridis (S.O.Ikarias, 5 p.).

Dances, Sightseeing and Exhibitions


After the very dense schedule of the first days of the tournament, the participants at last had plenty of free time on the afternoon of the 17th of July, the day of the celebrations for the liberation of Ikaria from Ottoman occupation and had a very good time at the local “panigiri” (festivities).

On the previous day some members of the local cultural club “Ioannis Melas” had taught the chess players the local dances and especially the widely famous “Ikariotikos” (the traditional dance of Ikaria). Members of “Ioannis Melas” also offered to the chessplayers a guided tour at the Cultural Museum of Aghios Kirykos.

On top of these activities, the organizes of “Ikaros 2013” with the help of the local cultural clubs staged at the playing venue an exhibition of photos and documents that aims to introduce the tournament participants to Ikaria, its beauties, history, culture and its unique traits.

The same material has been presented before during the Exhibitions of the Greek Popular Culture in 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the stand of the Ikarian Culture Clubs of Athens and were twice awarded with distinctions. The text accompanying this material was written by Marina Moula while the photos belong to Christos Malahias.

More events!

The last round of the 36th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2013 – Aegean Open Championship will take place on Saturday morning.

The closing ceremony and the prize giving as well as the honorary awards to the past and present mayors of Aghios Kirykos and Ikaria will take place at 7.p.m.

After the closing ceremony the 4th Mediterranean Rapid Team Tournament will take place.

On Sunday and Monday there will be friendly matches between the teams of Ikaria and Samos as well as some events in the memory of the first Ikarian candidate master Manolis Stavrinadis.

All chess events of “Ikaros” 2013 are organized by the Municipality of Aghios Kirykos and Ikaria Chess Club at the Sports Center of Aghios Kirykos.

This year the promotion of the tournament has surpassed all previous records, with TV and radio spots on nationwide stations, articles in major newspapers (double-page article in the Friday, July 19, issue of the “Ethnos”), and extensive references at Ikarian and chess websites in Greece and worldwide!

More info about the 36th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2013 can be found at: http://www.ikaroschess.gr

International Chess Tournament “Ikaros”: 36 years of a brilliant course!

International Chess Tournament “Ikaros”: 36 years of a brilliant course!
The International Chess Tournament Ikaros becomes 36 years old this summer, celebrating with yet another marvelous tournament. Traditional but also modern and always in a very friendly as well as competitive atmosphere, with participants ranging from 6 to 85 years of age and from grandmasters to novices, the event has started in Ikaria, Greece.

From 1978 till today thousands of chess players from 5 different continents have taken part in the tournament. This year, under quite unfavorable financial circumstances and with several important chess events at Rio (Achaia), Anogia, Leros and Paleochora (Chania) coinciding with Ikaros (this has been the first time that an international chess tournament in Greece coincides with four other major chess events), the friends of Ikaria confirmed once more their trust and love for Ikaros tournament and the number of participants exceeded the initial expectations.

Read: Why do people people come back to Ikaria part 1 and part 2

On Saturday 13th of July, during the 1st round, 120 chess players faced each other over the board. Their number will be considerably increased during the next rounds after the arrival of the participants that these days have been taking part at the Greek National Youth Championships taking place at Rio.

The 36th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros”, aka Aegean Open Championship 2013, is once more organized by the Municipality of Ikaria and Ikaria Chess Club at the spacey Sports Center of Aghios Kirykos. The games commence at 7.00 p.m. (on Tuesday Wednesday and Saturday at 11.00 a.m.) with free entry for all visitors. The closing ceremony will take place on Saturday 20th of July at 7.00 p.m. while the 4th Mediterranean Team Rapid Tournament will be held on Sunday 21st of July.

More info about the 36th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2013 can be found at: http://www.ikaroschess.gr

Why do people keep coming back to Ikaria every summer? (Part 2)

Why do people keep coming back to Ikaria every summer? (Part 2)
The island of Ikaria is the host of the annual Ikaros International Chess Tournament that takes place every summer on the picturesque Aegean island.

As we wrote in the first part of this presentation, Ikaria is renowned for its very relaxing and hospitable atmosphere. The way of life of the Ikarians is very serene and healthy leading the island to be included in the very short and distinctive list of “Blue Zones” upon the planet, with Ikarians having a very high life expectancy!

According to recent research, chronic diseases are a rarity in Ikaria. People living on the island have 20% less cancer, half the rate of cardiovascular disease, and almost no dementia!

Ikarians are friendly, easy going and open people. This attitude is also present at Ikaros Tournament. The atmosphere of the tournament is also very friendly with the only obligation of the participants to follow specific dress code rules: Short trousers and a summer look is the order of the day (tuxedos are not accepted)!

The tournament is held at the new, comfortable basketball stadium of Agios Kyrikos. In order to avoid any problems due to the summer heat, the games begin at 7.00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Hmm… Isn’t it a bit late? Well, no! You see, nightlife at Ikaria begins after midnight so there is no need to hurry. If you visit the cafes or the local bars at 11.00 p.m. on a Saturday night you might think that no one is there. An hour later the place is full of life. Midnight is coffee time and then by 3.00 or 4.00 a.m. it’s time for the disco!

And what is the time to go to bed? Well, how about sunrise or even later? Yes, but “I have to play a game the next day!”. Relax and enjoy! The next game is at 7.00 p.m. in the afternoon. You can get a good sleep, then go to the beach, eat a good lunch at the local tavernas and you are ready for the next game!

In Ikaria, the local traditions are still alive and Ikarians are very proud of them. If you want to get a taste of these traditions you should visit one of the famous Ikarian “panigiria” (festivities) organized throughout summer in various places. At panigiria you can taste the local wine and dance the famous “Ikariotikos” till the morning (Yes, going to bed in the morning is an old tradition at Ikaria).

But of course, for those who do not wish a wild nightlife, Ikaria is also a very nice place just to relax. There are some very nice beaches to visit (e.g., Gialiskari, Armenistis, Nas, Prioni, Messakti, Faros, Agios Georgios ust to name a few).

You can also visit the town of Evdilos at the other part of the island or the villages of Faros and Rahes (where the stores are closed in the morning and open at night!).

A good idea is to rent a car and go all the way from Agios Kirykos to Nas (at the other part of the island). You will have the chance to see many picturesque small villages up on the Atheras mountain and enjoy the view of the island from above.

The more adventurous can try to visit Maganiti or Karkinagri. You can also visit (by boat) the Fourni islands (just opposite Ikaria, you’ll find there very nice beaches, delicious fish and even lobsters) or (by flying dolphin) Patmos and pay a visit to the famous Monastery of the Apocalypses.

Ikaria is not a tourist island and there are very few large hotels and facilities. Therefore accommodation for participants in provided at small hotels, pensions and rent rooms. These are not luxurious 5 starts rooms but they are clean, with private bathroom (some of them also have a small kitchen) and, most of them with air-conditioning (although the pleasant wind -called “meltemia” – that blows at Ikaria during July, often makes the use of air-conditioning obsolete).

The rooms and pensions of the participants are located within Agios Kirykos and within Therma, the nearby village that hosts the famous Ikarian spas where, for the price of a few euros, you can enjoy a bath and a refreshing massage.

Therma is 20 minutes from Agios Kirykos on foot or 5-6 minutes by bus (that is provided for free to the participants). Participation cost is always kept at reasonable prices and the organizers contribute to the costs for junior players, families and teams.

Moreover, Ikaria is generally a cheap place to live and you can enjoy your vacation without spending too much money.

In general the festival is an important cultural, athletic but also financial event for Agios Kirykos, since for more than 10 days, all pensions and restaurants are full with chessplayers and this is essential for the local economy. That is also the reason why the municipality of Agios Kirykos strongly support the event.

This year, Ikaros International Chess Tournament becomes 36 years old and invites all chessplayers to visit Ikaria!

Ikaros 2013 (13th till 21st of July) includes the traditional open international tournament “Open Aegean Championship 2013″ as well as plenty of other side events such as junior, Ladies, Veteran, blitz, rapid and simultaneous exhibition events, blindfold chess, problem solving, chess lectures and many others.

We are looking forward to meeting you all at Ikaria this summer!

Information about Ikaria can be found at: http://www.island-ikaria.com , http://www.nikaria.gr , http://www.ikariamag.gr and http://ikariaki.gr

Information about Blue Zones and Ikaria can be found at:

http://www.bluezones.com/2009/05/dateline-ikarian-blue-zone/

http://www.bluezones.com/live-longer/education/expeditions/ikaria-greece/

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL50D33297F0C8E692&feature=plcp

The official webpage of the Ikaros, with all the latest information about Ikaros Chess Tournament 2013 can be found at:

http://www.ikaroschess.gr

while those interested in more details can contact:

++30-6947-829772 (Mr. Dimitris Kapagiannidis)
++30-6977-730286 (Mrs. Antzela. Shiaka)

Or can send an e-mail at: ikaroschess@gmail.com

36th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2013

36th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2013
For one more year Ikaros commences its flight, somewhat earlier than usual, with the aim to provide its participants and guests with a thoroughly organized chess tournament that will combine strong fights over the board with relaxing vacations on one of the most popular summer chess destinations, the beautiful island of Ikaria!

As every year, the organization committee of the tournament, made a considerable effort so as to keep the overall participation cost low (the basic package costs 200 euros per person for the period 13-21 July and includes accommodation (the board expenses are not included), entry fee, daily transportation to the playing venue and transportation from and to the port of Evdilos, in case this is necessary due to the ferry schedule).

Also, as every year, there are special discounts for families, juniors, club teams and unemployed people, while there additional discounts for those who will pay in advance.

The official announcement of the tournament, which, as always, also includes numerous side events (the annual Mediterranean Team Rapid Tournament, blitz and blind tournaments, problem solving contest etc.) can be found here or can be downloaded as .doc or .pdf.

For those who have visited Ikaria before, the island doesn’t need any particular credentials, but those who plan to visit it for the first time can find useful information at http://www.island-ikaria.com , http://www.nikaria.gr , http://www.ikariamag.gr and http://ikariaki.gr .

The official webpage of the tournament, with all the latest information about Ikaros Chess Tournament 2013 can be found at:

http://www.ikaroschess.gr

while those interested in more details can contact:

++30-6947-829772 (Mr. Dimitris Kapagiannidis)
++30-6977-730286 (Mrs. Antzela. Shiaka)

Or can send an e-mail at: ikaroschess[@]gmail.com


http://ikariaki.gr/

Why do people keep coming back to Ikaria to play chess every summer

Why do people keep coming back to Ikaria to play chess every summer
Ikaria derives its name from Ikaros, the son of Deadalus, who according to Greek mythology, was the first man to fly but he flew too high and too close to the sun so that his lax wings melted and he was drown into the sea that, since then, was named after him.

The island of Ikaria is located at the east part of the Aegean Sea, close to Samos. It’s also known by the name Nikaria or by its ancient name Doliche. In the ancient times Ikaria was famous for its wine (called “Pramnios Inos”) and its spas that nowadays are visited by thousands of people every year. In the years after WWII and the Greek civil war (1945-49), Ikaria was used as a place of exile for communists, and thus it acquired the nickname “The Red Rock” that still holds today. Finally, Ikaria is also known as one of the very few “Blue Zones” on the planet (i.e., geographic areas of the world where people live measurably longer) due to the healthy diet and way of life of the Ikarians!


But apart from the spas, the wine and its communist past, Ikaria is also well known among Greek chess players for its annual chess Ikaros International Chess Tournament commenced in 1978 as a friendly tournament between local players and some stronger players from the rest of Greece. In the following years there was in increasing interest for the tournament and, in 1991, the organizers decided to turn it into an international chess festival with preliminary events taking place all around Greece during the winter, cultivating in summer at Ikaria. The “Soul” (as well as the “Body” one could claim) of Ikaros Chess Festival is Mr. Kosmas Kefalos who, before, during and also after the festival, works overnight to have everything done!


Official website of Ikaros International Chess

Since 1991 more than 14500 games have been played in Ikaria. Players from more that 40 federations and 4 continents have visited the island while all recent Greek champions have took part in the tournament. All these years the festival has acquired some permanent friends from Greece as well as from overseas that come to Ikaria every summer and again to take part in the festival.


But what is this that makes these people return to Ikaria every summer? Is it the strong composition of the tournament and the high prizes or the luxurious hotels, the bars and the trendy beaches that one finds in tourist islands like Mykonos, Paros or Santorini? No, definitely not. There is, of course, a number of GMs and IMs playing in the tournament every year but the majority of the players are non-professionals who come to Ikaria with their friends and family to combine their vacations with a chess tournament. In this respect Ikaria is an ideal place for chess players in summer. Agios Kirykos, the capital of the island, where the tournament is held, is a small town, so every morning and every evening all chess players meet at the cafes down at the port. You can chat, enjoy a cup of coffee, or just relax viewing the Ikarian Sea.

The atmosphere is very relaxing and no one is in a hurry. This is a very distinct characteristic of Ikaria. There is no hurry for anything! This at first might appear strange or even annoying for the unfamiliar visitor but it only takes a couple of days to get accustomed to the local rhythm of life and start enjoying it! In fact this is exactly what people appreciate at Ikaria and return to it. In some cases you can even leave a café or a restaurant without paying. The waiter is in no hurry. You will return the next day and pay your debts!


During summer the island of Ikaria can be reached by plane (there are daily flights from Athens to Ikaria while there also flights from Thessaloniki and Heraklion) or by ferry (from Piraeus, the port of Athens). Ikaria has two ports, Aghios Kirykos at the south east part of the island (which is also the site of the tournament) and Evdilos at the north-west. Depending on the schedule, the ferries reach one of the two ports (or, sometimes, both ports). For the participants arriving at Evdilos the organization committee of Ikaros International Tournament offer free transportation, by bus, to Aghios Kirykos. Furthermore, the organizers of the tournament quite often get a good discount on ferry tickets for the tournament participants. Finally, another option to get to Ikaria (especially suitable for central Europe residents or those who lie island hoping) is to get a direct flight for the neighboring islands of Samos or Mykonos and from there take a ferry to Ikaria (in this way the ferry trip is much shorter compared to making  the trip from Piraeus).

This year, Ikaros International Chess Tournament becomes 36 years old and invites all chessplayers to visit Ikaria! Ikaros  2013 (13th till 21st of July) includes the traditional open international tournament “Open Aegean Championship 2013″ (13th till 21st of July) as well as plenty of other side events such as junior, Ladies, Veteran, blitz, rapid and simultaneous exhibition events, blindfold chess, problem solving, chess lectures and many others.

36th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2013

36th Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2013
For one more year Ikaros commences its flight, somewhat earlier than usual, with the aim to provide its participants and guests with a thoroughly organized chess tournament that will combine strong fights over the board with relaxing vacations on one of the most popular summer chess destinations, the beautiful island of Ikaria!

As every year, the organization committee of the tournament, made a considerable effort so as to keep the overall participation cost low (the basic package costs 200 euros per person for the period 13-21 July and includes accommodation (the board expenses are not included), entry fee, daily transportation to the playing venue and transportation from and to the port of Evdilos, in case this is necessary due to the ferry schedule). Also, as every year, there are special discounts for families, juniors, club teams and unemployed people, while there additional discounts for those who will pay in advance.

The official announcement of the tournament, which, as always, also includes numerous side events (the annual Mediterranean Team Rapid Tournament, blitz and blind tournaments, problem solving contest etc.) can be found here or can be downloaded as .doc or .pdf.

For those who have visited Ikaria before, the island doesn’t need any particular credentials, but those who plan to visit it for the first time can find useful information at http://www.island-ikaria.com , http://www.nikaria.gr , http://www.ikariamag.gr and http://ikariaki.gr while those who want to find information about the previous editions of the tournament and learn what other players have to say about the event can visit the following links:

Tournament preview 2008
Banikas wins Ikaros 2008
Ikaros Chess 2009
Back to Ikaria for the 35th edition
Interview with organizer Dimitris Skyrianoglou

Ikaros history and facts
Ikaros on Chess.gr

Hungarian GM Peter Prohaszka is the winner of Ikaros Open 2012

Hungarian GM Peter Prohaszka is the winner of Ikaros Open 2012

The quantitative superiority of the young players at Ikaria this year (more than 50% of the participants were juniors!) transformed to a qualitative one with the 20-years old Hungarian GM Peter Prohaszka finishing clear first and undefeated at the Open Aegean Championship “Ikaros” 2012 with 7.5/9 (6 wins, 3 draws).

The 2nd place was shared among the Ukrainian IM I. Nester, the Greek WGM and champion A.M. Botsari, G. Goumas, P. Christodoulou, E. Kourousis and K. Vafiadis all with 7/9 but with Nester and Botsari having the better tie-break. A.M. Botsari won also the first prize in the ladies category.

In the following places we find S. Malikentzos, N. Galopoulos, M. Maki-Uuro and A. Papargyriou all with 6.5/9 and a very low age average.

In the special categories the prizes went to S. Georgitsis (<8 years of age), G. Papadoulis (<10 years of age), N. Georgiadis (<14 years of age), Ch. Karzias (<16 years of age), D. Papaikonomou (<18 years of age) and H. Pountzas (veterans). Final results and detailed statistics of all players can be found at: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr76782.aspx?art=13&lan=1

Alexandros and Stefania Koukoufikis are Aegean Champions 2012!

Alexandros and Stefania Koukoufikis (brother and sister!), both members of Ikaria Chess Club, are the Aegean Champions 2012 in men and ladies respectively. Both qualified for the semi-finals of the Open Greek Championship 2012.

The 2nd place in men’s category went to H. Pountzas and the 3rd to S. Lazaridis while in ladies’ category 2nd was A. Shiaka and 3rd M. Kefalou. First in the <12 years of age category was M. Kontis and in the <20 years of age category S. Halioris.

A special prize was also awarded by the Youth Club of Ikaria to the first Ikarian below 20 years of age S. Kefalos.

137 chess players from 6 countries took part in the Aegean Open Championship "Ikaros" 2012. There were 595 games played (271 wins for white, 234 wins for black, 82 draws) while 8 ended with a forfeit. There were no appeals while the combative spirit over the board (as shown by the low number of draws) was very well combined with the friendly atmosphere of the tournament!

A warm applause for the blind chessplayers!

Every year, the closing ceremony of “Ikaros” has a special high point. This year, this point was the award of special prizes to the blind chessplayers that took part in the tournament.

When the vice-mayor of Ikaria Alexandros Skaros awarded the prizes to Katerina Mantesi, Marios Doumpos and Giorgos Aligias, all spectators gave a big round of applause that made the Sports Center of Aghios Kirykos vibrate!

A warm applause also accompanied the award of a special prize to an old friend of “Ikaros”, the president of EOAO “Fysiolatris” Nikeas, Nikos Ornithopoulos by the mayor of Ikaria Mr. Hristodoulos Stavrinadis.

Prior to these special awards, there were the awards to the winners of the tournament. The prizes were presented to the winners by the mayor of Ikaria Hristodoulos Stavrinadis, the vice-mayor Giorgos Kritikos (the man who, during the ’90s, as a mayor of Aghios Kirykos, decisively help the upgrade of “Ikaros” to an international event), the representatives of local authorities and local clubs as well as representatives of chess clubs that were present in the tournament.

The ceremony was concluded with traditional dances performed by the Ikarian department of the Greek Lyceum.

This was the end of a tournament that became 35 years old and was organized by the Municipality of Ikaria (http://www.dimosikarias.gr) and Ikaria Chess Club (http://www.ikariachess.gr) with the help of the main sponsor of the tournament this year, ANEK Lines (http://www.anek.gr).

After the tournament the comments of all participants were very positive with many of them promising to return again in 2013!

Last round upset in blitz!

Immediately after the closing ceremony followed a blitz tournament with 52 participants. First place was shared by N. Galopoulos, S. Malikentzos and G. Goumas with 6.5/7 followed by P. Prohaszka, E. Kourousis, P. Christodoulou and the Latvian IA A. Cimina all with 6/7.

Prohaszka was leading the tournament until the last round but Goumas upset the situation by beating the Hungarian GM in the ultimate round, reminding of his splendid performance last year in “Ikaros” 2011, during the main tournament when in the ultimate round he beat Uzbek GM Zagrebelny to catch him in the lead of the tournament.

Giorgos Goumas proves to be a very dangerous opponent against leading favourites!

Young winners in rapid tournament too!

On Sunday 15th of July, in the morning, the 3rd Mediterranean Team Rapid Tournament took place. 12 teams took part in this event, most of them consisting of a mix of young players and carrying somewhat peculiar names.

First were the “Grand 1-2″ (N. Galopoulos, S. Malikentzos, Th. Hrysomallis and, A. Kapetanos, all below 20 years of age), second were “Fysiolatris” Nikeas (G. Goumas, N. Ornithopoulos, A. Christodoulaki, K. Lemonis), third were the “Arbaiters” (N. Kanelis, N, Dimopoulos, P. Geropapas, A. Cimina) and fourth were the “Mazetes” (greek word for Patzers – G. Papadoulis, K. Mores, I. Zgouletas, S. Zgouletas, all below 16 years of age).

A special prize was also awarded to the ladies team of “Fysiolatris” Nikeas (Th. Kypreou, M. Lemoni, K. Louka, K. Gabriel).

The blitz tournament was conducted by the arbiter Evgenia Zevgiti while the prizes were presented to the winners by the vice-president of the Greek Chess Federation Stathes Efstathopoulos who visited Ikaria to attend a medical conference but found also some time to play in the rapid tournament!

Blind-Simultaneous Exhibition by Prohaszka

The first outdoor event of “Ikaros” 2021 took place on Sunday evening as part of the centennial celebrations for the Ikarian Revolution and Liberation in 1912.

20-year old GM P. Prohaszka, winner of the main tournament, took against 4 young players in a blind-simultaneous exhibition! Despite the awkward conditions (the Ikarian municipality band was performing not far away, and, at one moment, even a “laterna”, a barrel organ quite popular in Greece several decades ago, passed by, bearing a nostalgic feeling but also hindering the announcement of the moves), the Hungarian GM, after a 2-hours battle, won all his 4 games against 20-years old Ch. Gialias (with white), 12-years old G. Papadouli (with black), 12-years old K. Mores (with black) and 11-years old V. Papakostas (with black).

The colors of the opponents were determined by a draw since Prohaszka did not wish to play white in all games not even to choose the colors himself.

As it was expected the blind-simultaneous exhibition drew the attention of a lot of people who happened to be at the central square of Aghios Kirykos at that time, some of them familiar with chess and some other not.

As it usually happens in these cases, those familiar with chess were asking questions about the exhibition match (the rules etc.) and those unfamiliar were replying to these questions often giving extraordinary answers! :) The move announcement and the position-checking during the exhibition were conducted by Nikos Kanelis and Stefanos Heropoulos.

Details about International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2012 can be found at: http://www.ikaroschess.gr

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