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  • When: 18 Jul, 2017, Tue - 25 Sep, 2017, Mon
    Hours: 23.00 PM to 02.00 AM
  • Where: Paleochora Village
  • Category: Science

The Paleochora Open (International Chess Tournament of Paleochora Village) is a wonderful event takes over in July every year, with a very decent prize fund (EUR €7,000) and a strong field of players (15 GMs and 15 IMs in the 2017 edition).

This event, become so popular, on one of the southern-most points of Europe, after a visit by GM Krum Georgiev for a simultaneous exhibition against some of the youngsters of the town.

The Mayor of Paleochora saw this spectacle and was fascinated by it so he decided that Paleochora should host a huge event. 

The tournament hall is in the centre of Paleochora and the analysis room is the street right outside it!

Around 15 chessboards are laid out and anyone could sit down and play a game of chess or watch a grandmaster analyzing!

What a nice way to popularize the game.

It is no coincidence that during this special day several players come from Chania, just to participate in this league, and the main road literally floodes with chess players and spectators.

Despite the late hour - the tournament starts at 11:00 pm and ends at 2 am - 33 teams participated this year, consisting of 175 chess players.

Excess of fun, entertainment, relaxation and many smart slogans accompanied by sweets and snacks (sponsored Patisserie Karakatsani) for all participants are some of the characteristics of this evening.

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