Ilia Smirin wins Acropolis Chess Tournament

19 GMs, 16 IMs, and a total of 80 players participated in the strong Acropolis International Tournament from 14 – 22 August 2007 in Athens, Greece. After 9 rounds of tought battles GM Ilia Smirin (ISR) won the tournament with 7,0/9. Smirin was among the leaders since the first rounds and never left the top spot. However, his success was not easy at all since the chasing pack was always half a point behind. Top board draws in the last round secured the victory of Smirin. Second with 6,5 is GM Kiril Georgiev. He grabbed silver medal on better tiebreak than 5 more players with the same points. Third place on the tiebreak is for GM Mircea Parligras.

Full information, photos, bulletins, and round by round reports can be found at the official site of the tournament http://www.chessfed.gr/acropolis2007/

Final standings

1 GM Smirin Ilia 2649 ISR 7

2 GM Georgiev Kiril 2663 BUL 6½

3 GM Parligras Mircea 2542 ROM 6½

4 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2541 GRE 6½

5 GM Malakhatko Vadim 2596 BEL 6½

6 GM Banikas Hristos 2567 GRE 6½

7 GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2618 MDA 6½

8 GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2551 LTU 6

9 GM Halkias Stelios 2580 GRE 6

10 GM Gelashvili Tamaz 2604 GEO 6

11 IM Esen Baris 2441 TUR 6

12 GM Macieja Bartlomiej 2596 POL 6

13 GM Kotronias Vasilios 2602 GRE 6

14 GM Romanishin Oleg M 2546 UKR 6

15 GM Mastrovasilis Ath. 2538 GRE 6

16 IM Moutousis Konstantinos 2428 GRE 5½

17 IM Dzagnidze Nana 2404 GEO 5½

18 GM Grivas Efstratios 2507 GRE 5½

19 IM Atakisi Umut 2383 TUR 5½

20 IM Managadze Nikoloz 2433 GEO 5½

21 Papadopoulos Ioannis 2395 GRE 5½

22 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2354 POL 5½

24 GM Nikolaidis Ioannis 2525 GRE 5

23 IM Karagiannis Athanasios 2349 GRE 5½

25 IM Erdogdu Mert 2423 TUR 5

26 GM Chatalbashev Boris 2573 BUL 5

27 GM Barsov Alexei 2517 UZB 5

28 IM Kapnisis Spyridon 2412 GRE 5

29 Morchiashvili Bachana 2415 GEO 5

Out of 80 players total.

Acropolis Georgiev Chatalbashev