23rd Heraklion International Tournament

2018 will be the 8th consecutive year of organizing in Heraklion city of Crete, Greece 3 international tournaments of high standards with total prize funds 3.500€ in Grand Prix format. Each tournament will be a 9 rounds swiss tournament in 3 different rating and age groups with time control 90’+30” inc. from move 1 + 30′ on move 40. The playing venue is the marvelous Galaxy Hotel Iraklio ***** and the first boards are transmitted online by chess24.com

(the 2nd of the 3 in the GP 2018 series)

ORGANIZERS: Heraklio OAA, Heraklion Chess Club, Candia Chess Club

Co-Organizers: Administration of Crete, Municipality of Heraklion.

MODE: 2 Groups Swiss FIDE system 9 (nine) rounds & 7 (seven) rounds respectively:

  • Group A: Open for all levels and ages (9 rounds)
  • Group B: Children just starting playing chess up to 12 years old (7 rounds)

Playing venue: GALAXY HOTEL IRAKLIO (*****) 75, Dimokratias St. Heraklion Crete, Greece 


Confirmation of participation

Monday, 9-4-2018

14.00 – 15.30

Pairing 1st round

Monday, 9-4-2018


Opening Ceremony

Monday, 9-4-2018


Round 1

Monday, 9-4-2018


Round 2

Tuesday, 10-4-2018

10.00 (Only Group A)

Round 3

Tuesday, 10-4-2018


Round 4

Wednesday, 11-4-2018


Round 5

Thursday, 12-4-2018


Round 6

Friday, 13-4-2018

10.00 (only Group A)

Round 7

Friday, 13-4-2018


Round 8

Saturday, 14-4-2018


Round 9

Sunday, 15-4-2018


Closing Ceremony

Sunday, 15-4-2018

20.00 (Α’ & Β’ Group)


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: GR 45 0171 5560 0065 5614 1864 998


GROUP A: General entry fee 70€. 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 years old the entry fee is 25€ 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.

GROUP B (under 12): Participation Fee 20€.


Money Prizes 22nd OPEN

1st winner


2nd winner


3rd winner


1st woman


1st  < 1600 ELO





Money Prizes for  Grand Prix 2018*

22nd OPEN, 28/1


   23rd OPEN, 9-15/4


24th OPEN, 3-10/9


Grand Prix

   500 €



* The participants in all 3 tournaments of the Heraklion Grand Prix 2018 (2-8/1/2018, 9-15/4/2018, 3-10/9/2018) have the right to claim the prize of 500€ for the first place (more points in all 3 tournaments) and only.  In case of a tie the prize fund are split equally. Cups and medals will be given to the first three places of total points in 3 tournaments of group A.


  • GROUP A:

1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner – Cups and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Woman – Cup and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner U18– Cup and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd  Winner F18– Cup and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner U14– Cup and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner F14– Cup and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner U10– Cup and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner F10– Cup and Medals
1st U1600 ratingCup

  • BGroup:

1st, 2nd, 3rd   Winner B’ group– Cups and Medals
1st, 2nd, 3rd   Girls – Cup and Medals 

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. 1) Result between tied players (if they have played all with each other) 2. buchholz 3. Number of wins 4. Sonnenborn-berger

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

PAIRINGS – EXCLUSIONS – APPEALS: Pairings, results etc can be found in the website http://www. heraklionchess.com and in the correspondent link of chess-results.com. The pgn files of the current and previous tournaments can also be found in the website. 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. 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. These prices are per room with breakfast included: Single Room 75€, Double Room 90€, Triple Room 115€. These prices are valid from 8/4/2018 to 18/4/2018. 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.

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.

INFORMATION: For any additional information you may come in contact with: Tournament director, Klokas Konstantinos: klokas@heraklionchess.com or klokas@soi.gr +30 693788073, Chief Arbiter, Nikos Papandreou: +30 6945187043.





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