Larnaca will host the 1st European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship for FIDE Zone 1.10, from Tuesday (April 22), until Wednesday, April 30.
Taking place at the City Museum and Historical Archives – housed in a colonial building on the Finikoudes promenade - 12 players from 10 European Small Nations will take part in the games, which will consist of 11 rounds in the ‘round robin’ format, whereby the players all play each other.
The order of play will be decided at a technical meeting on Tuesday, where players will be called out to select a number, based on their rating, with the highest rated player first. The first round will then be played at 3.30pm that day.
Cyprus will be represented by 14-year old current champion, Andrew Kelires, and six-times Cyprus Champion, Antonis Antoniou.
The remaining nine nations are Andorra, Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco and San Marino.
The event is organised by the Cyprus Chess Federation in cooperation with the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the European Chess Union (ECU).
It takes place under the auspices of Larnaka Municipality, and with the support of the Larnaca Tourism Board (LTB) and the Cyprus Sports Organisation (CSO).
Tournament Director and General Secretary of the Cyprus Chess Federation - Paris Klerides said: “It is such a great honour for the Cyprus Chess Federation to host such a prominent event and we guarantee everyone a successful tournament and a great time in Cyprus. We would like the tournament to go down in history as one of the most successful and well organised, and we will make every effort to leave the participants with good memories from the event. We hope everybody will enjoy the competition in a sportive and friendly atmosphere.”
Tourism Officer, Nana Asmeni-Pavlou said: “The fact that this important tournament is organised in Larnaca indicates, once more, that our region is ‘entering the arena’ of major sports events. Larnaca is in fact considered ideal for such events as it is conveniently compact and offers all possible amenities to visitors”.
The games are open to members of the public to observe, free of charge, and they can also join in at a ‘simultaneous game exhibition’ on Monday, April 28, 7pm at Europe Square along the Finikoudes.
There will be 25 chess boards set up with an open invitation for the public to play former European Chess Champion, Zurab Azmaiparashili from Georgia, who will pass by each player in turn and make his move.
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