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GM Trajko Nedev Takes Summer Cup

11th-18th of July in the 5-star resort of Porto Carras, Greece

The 5th Summer Cup chess tournament was held on 11th-18th of July in the beautiful 5-star resort of Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece. This was a wonderful opportunity for players and families to take advantage of the chess package offered by the organizers and combine relaxed vacation with friendly chess tournament.

After nine rounds of play according to Swiss pairings, GM Trajko Nedev of FYROM justified his position of the top-seeded player and won the event by collecting 7.5 points. Greek player Kleanthis Vafiadis, who maintained excellent playing level throughout the tournament, and WGM Anastazia Karlovich, skillfully taking advantage of every presented opportunity, shared the second place with 7.0 points each.

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Kleanthis Vafiadis

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WGM Anastazia Karlovich

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Panayotis Papadopoulos

Panayotis Papadopoulos, who turns 14 next week, and Achileas Spirliadis, emerging from lower ranks with furious finish, shared the 4th place with a total of 6.5 points. Papadopoulos was one of the revelations of the tournament. He played extremely well, withstanding the pressure from more experienced opposition, and in result earned 60 rating points.

Another pleasant surprise was 11-years old attacking champ Nicola Capone from Belgium, who finished with 6.0 points. His tactical skills and calmness in extreme situations are astonishing. With a little more experience and better defence he would be set to reach the stardom. Carrying a big friendly smile, the language barrier (he speaks only French) did not prevent him from making many new friends in Porto Carras.

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Nicola Capone

After daily rounds of swimming, sunbathing and chess, party fanatics explored nightlife in nearby Neos Marmaras. But the main highlight was the Kings & Queens Party which was organized by the tournament office in the club Plato. Chief arbiter Andreas Kontokanis has a large photo gallery uploaded to Flickr.

Final standings are bellow, see also round seven report and visit the official website for more information. Porto Carras will be a host to the World Youth Chess Championships in October 2010.

The luxury Porto Carras Grand Resort is situated in an enchantingly verdant landscape in Halkidiki, Northern Greece. Set like a gem in 1763(!) hectares (17 million sq. m.!) of incredibly beautiful grounds, it is a paradise of green, fringed by seemingly endless sandy beaches, in fact 9 kilometers of them(!), punctuated by more than 25 little coves where the pine trees sweep right down to the water’s edge.

Located 110 km (75 minutes drive) south of the international airport of Thessaloniki, the Porto Carras Grand Resort includes in its 1763 hectares three hotel divisions, each in a different style, a casino, an ultra-modern thalassotherapy centre and spa, an international-standard 18-hole golf course, a private 315-berth marina, a 5,000 seat convention centre and Greece’s largest organic vineyard.

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Jacuzzi bar in Porto Carras (all photos courtesy of Andreas Kontokanis)

Summer Cup

The Porto Carras Resort, a five star location for chess and summer fun

Final standings:

1 GM Nedev Trajko FYM 2506 – 7.5

2 Vafiadis Kleanthis GRE 2227 – 7

3 WGM Karlovich Anastazia UKR 2174 – 7

4 Papadopoulos Panayotis GRE 1951 – 6.5

5 Spirliadis Achileas GRE 2015 – 6.5

6 Urosevic Goran SRB 2225 – 6

7 Csonka Balazs HUN 2267 – 6

8 FM Sigalas Frangiskos GRE 2276 – 6

9 Avagianos Simeon GRE 2034 – 6

Capone Nicola BEL 1877 – 6

11 Sverkounos Spyridon GRE 2018 – 6

12 Spiropoulos Panagiotis I GRE 2144 – 6

13 Kanakaris Georgios GRE 2294 – 6

14 FM Galopoulos Panagiotis GRE 2095 – 5.5

15 Pantovic Dragan M SRB 2115 – 5.5

16 Hrisanthopoulos Dimitrios GRE 2095 – 5.5

17 Minas Ioannis GRE 1836 – 5.5

18 Theoharidis Georgios GRE 1817 – 5.5

19 Gamvrilis Ioannis GRE 1996 – 5

20 Sideris Giorgos GRE 1976 – 5

21 Paouris Nikolaos GRE 1988 – 5

22 Soultatis Kostas GRE 2105 – 5

23 Giordos Vasilios GRE 1966 – 5

24 Tompros Andreas-Hristos GRE 1811 – 5

25 Zygourakis Themistoklis GRE 1728 – 5

26 Tsironis Alexandros GRE 1735 – 5

27 Giannopoulos Ioannis GRE 1645 – 5

28 Nikolov Kole FYM 0 – 5

29 Vovas Georgios GRE 1766 – 5

30 Ganiaridis Panagiotis GRE 1603 – 5

31 FM Tassopoulos Marios GRE 2257 – 4.5

32 Markantonis Vasilios GRE 1976 – 4.5

33 Efstathopoulos Efstathios GRE 0 – 4.5

34 Karagiannis Dimitrios GRE 1895 – 4.5

35 Tzoumakis Vasilis GRE 0 – 4.5

36 Xanthopoulos Dimitrios GRE 1284 – 4.5

37 Misailidis Panagiotis GRE 1589 – 4.5

38 Liakos Georgios GRE 1658 – 4

39 Valyi Adel HUN 1802 – 4

40 Ioannidis Evgenios GRE 1817 – 4

41 Valyi Blanka Borbala HUN 1570 – 4

42 Agiomamiti Despina GRE 1380 – 4

43 Londos Aristidis GRE 1471 – 4

44 Tsiamis Rafail GRE 1377 – 4

45 Sideris Hristos GRE 0 – 4

46 Ikonomou George GRE 0 – 4

47 Fragiadaki Eirini GRE 1463 – 4

48 Rahmanidis Petros GRE 1584 – 4

49 Papadopoulos Kiriakos GRE 0 – 4

50 Tsatsaronis Dimitrios GRE 1698 – 3.5

51 Borodin Sergiy UKR 0 – 3.5

52 Moulas Georgios GRE 0 – 3.5

53 Georgiopoulos Har GRE 1850 – 3

54 Iosif Lambros GRE 0 – 3

55 Xanthopoulou Anna GRE 0 – 3

56 Vlastaris Nikolaos GRE 0 – 3

57 Agiomamitis Alexandros GRE 0 – 3

58 Kyriakidis Eleftherios GRE 0 – 3

59 Papilias Panagiotis GRE 0 – 3

60 Billas Thomas Achilleas GRE 0 – 3

61 Vlastaris Kostas GRE 0 – 3

62 Rahmanidis Panagiotis GRE 0 – 3

63 Efstathopoulos Petros GRE 0 – 2

64 Tsiakou Irini GRE 0 – 2

65 Hrisostomidis Alkiviadis GRE 1756 – 1

66 Dimitriou Athina GRE 0 – 1

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