Τρίτη, 18 Απριλίου 2017

Ikaros 2017 - Ikaros prepares for his 40th flight!



The picturesque beach of Kerame (close to Aghios Kirykos) during sunrise.

This year is special for “Ikaros” since the tournament completes 40 consecutive editions spanning over five different decades! The event that commenced as a friendly tournament between local and invited players grew to become the most traditional summer open tournament in Greece attracting every year many Greek and foreign chessplayers who seek to combine an interesting tournament with relaxing vacations in one of the most beautiful and at the same time intriguing Greek islands, the island of Ikaria!

The 40th International Chess Tournament “Ikaros” 2017 will be held from Sunday 9th till Sunday 16th of July at Aghios Kirykos, the capital town of Ikaria and, as usual, will also include several other side events that will take place before (7-8 July, for those who will decide to arrive a bit earlier) but also during the tournament.

So “Ikaros” once more invites its Greek and foreign friends to visit the island of Ikaria and combine a competitive tournament with pleasant and non-expensive vacations. Ikaria, globally famous for its sense of relaxation and freedom that characterizes the island, with its unique landscapes, is undoubtedly an interesting destination that will satisfy those visitors who are looking for something unique and different away from main-stream tourist sites.

As every year, once more, the overall participation cost is kept low (the basic package per person in a double room costs 180 euros for the period 9-16 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 also every year, there are special discounts for families, juniors, club teams, unemployed and persons with disabilities. Moreover there are additional discounts for those who will pay in advance. Additionally, this year too, the organization committee will try to get reduced ferry ticket prices for the tournament participants.

The tournament will be held in two groups: Group A for players with FIDE rating ≥ 1500 and Group B for players with FIDE rating ≤ 1600 (players between 1500 and 1600 can choose in which group they wish to play). Group A will play 9 rounds, while Group B will play 7 rounds so as that the So the schedule is a bit more relaxed and the participants have the opportunity to enjoy their holidays even more.

Additionally, like every year, several side events (rapid/blitz/blind tournaments, problem solving e.g.) during will take place before (7-8 July) as well as during the main tournament. This is a good reason to arrive at Ikaria earlier! The schedule of these events and further details will be announced in a complementary announcement.

The official announcement of the tournament, which, as always, will 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://ikarianet.gr, http://ikariaki.gr, http://www.ikariamag.gr and http://www.visitikaria.gr  while in order to get an idea of the magnificent natural beauty of the island one can visit:

(Navigate using the google map, choose a spot on the map or the Locations menu and enjoy the panoramic view)

Finally those who want to get an idea about the tournament and check what other players have to say about the Ikaros see here.
 
The official webpage of the tournament, with all the latest information about Ikaros International Chess Tournament 2017 can be found at:


while those interested in more details can contact:

++30-6947-829772 or ++30-22750-22713 (Mr. Savvas Kyriakou)

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

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