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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Negroponte Chess Tournament from August 9 in Greece

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Hi everyone,

The latest chess news about tournaments is that the Chess Academy of Chalkida “Palamedes of Evia” is holding the “Negroponte 2012″ International Tournament from August 9 to 17 in the beautiful city of Chalkida in Greece.The tournament will be an Open 9-round Swiss event with a total prize fund of 10.000 Euros. First prize is 3.000 EUR, with special prizes for women, juniors, best performance minus rating, etc. to be awarded. Chalkida (named as Negroponte (i.e. Black Bridge) in the Venetian era) is situated in Evia (70 kms from Athens) and is worldwide famous for the tidal phenomenon of the Evripos Channel with the flow direction of the sea currents in the channel changing every six hours!

The tidal phenomenon has provoked the admiration and interest of humans from ancient times, not only from an astronomical and geophysical perspective but also from a philosophical one. The mystery and beauty of this phenomenon captivates the visitor, as its combination with the imprint of the channel creates a remarkable panorama.

The city of Chalkida is an ideal place to combine chess with quality vacations. The official website of the tournament at: Top seed at th tournament is GM Suat Atalik. T0p rated woman chess player at the event is GM Antoaneta Stefanova.

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