fighting chess in the first rounds
16th International Open Chess Tournament Honor to National Resistance started on Monday in Nikea, Greece. A total of 369 players participate in the competition. Most of them are from Greece and GM Ioanis Nikolaidis is top seeded. He is accompanied by IM Grigoriadis, IM Karagiannis, IM Skalkotas, etc. 8 other countries have their representation there, as the most numerous is Bulgaria, with players such as the national bronze medalist IM Rusev, the Chessdom.com photographer WFM Iva Videnova, and the WJCC participants Ivailo Enchev and WFM Adriana Nikolova. The chief arbiter of the event is FM Sotiris Logothetis.
Finland is here with GM Westerinen, Italy with FM Ronchetti, Georgia with IM Managadze, Kazahstan with FM Sergeev, etc.
In the first round there was lots of fighting chess, with draws being less than 30% of the results. There were a few upsets, but still the top seeded GM Nikolaidis, IM Rusev, IM Dochev, IM Skalkotas, WFM Videnova, IM Karagiannis, and 40 more strong players have full points.
More information about the event and the games at the official website
FM Sotiris Logothetis
IM Krasimir Rusev
WFM Iva Videnova