Archive for May, 2009

Thessaloniki – Chess Bridge for Friendship and Peace

May 14, 2009 1 Comment by

Israeli, Iranian Children Get Acquainted At World Chess Championship Thessaloniki, Greece — (May 12, 2009) ( After the trophies and closing ceremonies at last week’s World School Chess Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Israeli and Iranian teams met with their coaches and local Chabad Rabbi Yoel Kaplan to talk chess and peace. “I was with [...]

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Games Festival – Blitz Tournament

May 06, 2009 No Comments by

The Sunday evening Blitz tournament was the final event taking place during the this year’s Games Festival. Even though some of the delegation had already departed to catch up with flight schedule, a massive carnival of 160 quick-on-hand players posed for a memorable final cut. After a tumultuous battle during the seven rounds, Grandmasters Ioannis [...]

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Greek Women and Romanian Men Dominate World Amateur Chess Championship

May 04, 2009 No Comments by

In a dramatic last round of the World Amateur Chess Championship, Romanian players kept better concentration and scored wins on top two tables. Stefan Parlog beat Euclides Roberto Ferreira to claim the Championship and earn FM title. Radu-Cristian Toma, constantly present on the top boards, won against the Greek challenger Odyseas Kesidis and kept the [...]

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Bagaturov and Esen share honors at Thessaloniki Open

May 04, 2009 2 Comments

GM Giorgi Bagaturov (Georgia) and IM Baris Esen (Turkey) both made quick draws in the final round of the Thessaloniki Open to share the first place with 7.0 points each. Bagaturov was awarded with the winner’s trophy on better additional criteria. Greek junior Antonios Pavlidis won another game to finish clear third, with 6.5 points. [...]

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