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Greek Chess Championships 2007

New star is born

57th Men and 30th Women Championship of Greece took place on 30 November – 9 December in Igoumenitsa. Big news is that untitled 19-years old Ioannis Papadopoulos convincingly won the Men Championship full two points ahead of the group of established Grandmasters. Impressive score having in mind that tournament was short 9-games round robin.

Experienced WGM Marina Makropoulou had Women Championship under control and clinched the title with 6.5 points, half point clear ahead of young WIM Ekaterini Fakhiridou. Best Greek female player IM Yelena Dembo didn’t take participation because she is playing at strong Salona 2007.

Ioannis Papadopoulos Marina Makropoulou

Champions: Ioannis Papadopoulos and WGM Marina Makropoulou

Final standings (men):

1. Ioannis Papadopoulos 2445 – 7.5/9

2. GM Hristos Banikas 2591 – 5.5

3. GM Vasilios Kotronias 2614 – 5.0

4. Ioannis Georgiadis 2377 – 5.0

5. GM Athanasios Mastrovasilis 2529 – 5.0

6. GM Ioannis Nikolaidis 2525 – 4.5

7. Nikolaos Galopoulos 2172 – 4.0

8. IM Nikolaos Gavrilakis 2437 – 3.5

9. GM Spyridon Skembris 2463 – 2.5

10. FM Antonios Hadzimanolis 2329 – 2.5

Final standings (women):

1. WGM Marina Makropoulou 2243 – 6.5/9

2. WIM Ekaterini Fakhiridou 2270 – 6.0

3. Maria Manelidou 1933 – 5.5

4. WIM Vera Papadopoulou 2218 – 5.5

5. WIM Ioulia Makka 2191 – 5.0

6. Georgia Grapsa 2106 – 4.5

7. Yvonni Manolaraki 2088 – 3.5

8. Haritomeni Markantonaki 2161 – 3.5

9. Fotini Pambalou 2164 – 2.5

10. Ekaterini Pavlidou 2003 – 2.5

Photos courtesy of the official website.

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