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ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Crete 2013 and Rhodes 2014

  • GM Janosik
  • | Jun 20, 2013
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ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Crete 2013

The ACO World Amateur Chess Championship took place on Crete from 11-20 May. 168 players with ages between 7 to 94 fought for the title of ACO World Champion in the 4-star all-Inclusive hotel Aquis Arina Sand.

Players from 26 countries, among them Australia, Venezuela, Malaysia and the US took part in the championship.

In the first ACO World Championship in Dubai in 2012 there were 72 players, in 2013 it were already more than twice this number.

The venue of the event was the award-winning 4-star all-Inclusive Hotel Aquis Arina Sand, providing the playing hall featuring a beautiful view on the sea.

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Enough space in the air-conditioned playing hall – including a snack bar and free drinks for all players.

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All games started at 10 AM in the morning providing enough time in the in the afternoon for quality time with family and friends at the beach.

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The first board of each group played on the stage.

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Playing chess where others make holidays – IM Fred Berend from Luxembourg (Group A)

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„With this view it's hard to focus on chess“ - WIM Gundula Heinatz from Switzerland

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Group Picture with all players

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Just 10 metres from the playing hall – the private hotel beach

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Relaxing between the games

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Analysis area

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Elegant Youngster: Tobias Strauß (7 years old)

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WIM Elizabeth Paola Moreno Garcia from Venezuela

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87 years difference of age – Anna Erdösi (7) vs. Käte Eggebrecht (94)

Chess is really a game for all ages: In the 4th round of the G-group the youngest participant Anna Erdösi, 7 years old, played against the oldest one, Käte Eggebrecht, who took part in their first tournament and gained respectable 3,5 points.

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Youth on top: Maria Qin Ai and Paolo Ferrari

Besides the championship there was a nice side program, e.g. trips to the local sights, such as the Platheau of Lassithi and the costal towns Rethymno and Agios Nikolaos. The group trips were guided by very friendly tourist guides who made learning about the culture of Crete fun. In the evenings blitz and team-blitz ournaments were organized with more than 100 players each.

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Winners of the team-blitz: Ellen Fredericia (12) from Denmark and IM Tobias Hirneise

 

The ACO World Champions 2013:

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World Champion in the A-group (2200-2400): IM John Arnie Nilssen from the Faröer Islands

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World Champion in the B-group (2000-2200) Alan Minnican from Scotland

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World Champion in the C-group: Peter Jeute from Germany

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World Champion in the D-group (1600-1800): Jamie Funnell from England

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World Champion in the E-group (1400-1600): Antonio Maset from Argentinia

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World Champion in the F-group (1200-1400): Jeremy Law from England

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World Champion in the G-group (0-1200): Oleg Binder from Russia who travelled a long way from Siberia

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All ACO-World Champions and the organizers Lothar Hirneise, GM Falko Bindrich, IM Tobias Hirneise

 7 players received a special distinction for promoting the ACO and the World Championship in the last 12 months. They received the ACO Amabassador Award 2013php0Jqmeo.jpegWinners of the ACO  Ambassador Award for promoting the ACO in their respective countries

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Special prices for all participating girls and ladies

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High spirits at the prize-giving: ACO President Lothar Hirneise, World Champion Alan Minnican, Dr. Christian Issler and the organizers GM Falko Bindrich, IM Tobias Hirneise and FM Jens Hirneise.

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ACO President Lothar Hirneise at the prize-giving ceremony

As last year, the highlight of the event was the prize-giving ceremony with  a galadinner which was especially prepared from the hotel exclusively for the participants of the championship. All participants were given a diploma on stage. 

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Men in Black: Szymon Tupta, Philipp Vida, Max Hagleitner

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The party after the matches – galadinner after the prize-giving ceremony

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The next ACO World Amateur Chess Championship is taking place from 07-16 June, 2014 on the island of Rhodes, Greece, in a complex of 4 and 5 star hotels. All hotels are in immediate distance to the 1000 sqm playing hall. There are already more than 100 registered players for next year's edition. The ACO is offering special conditions for registrations till 15 September, 2013.

 

Photos of the playing hall: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.623693477659310.1073741826.200413989987263&type=3

Photos of the prize-giving ceremony and galadinner: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.625530844142240.1073741827.200413989987263&type=3

Official tournament site: http://www.amateurchess.com/

All results: http://www.amateurchess.com/results/

Report on the ACO World Championship 2012 in Dubai: http://en.chessbase.com/home/TabId/211/PostId/4008413

Regulations for the ACO World Amateur Chess Championship 2014 on Rhodes: http://www.amateurchess.com/world-amateur-chess-championship-rhodes-2014/




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