Dear chess friends,

We are pleased to announce that the World Amateur Championship 2012 will take place in the 5-star Porto Carras Grand Resort, Greece from 16 April (1st round) to 22 April (9th round) and it is part of the “Porto Carras Games Festival 2012”. The annual Games Festival is a mass event organised for the 8th consecutive year and it includes a series of tournaments & competitions in prestigious games like chess, bridge, scrabble, strategic games, etc.
The FIDE World Amateur Championship is for players with a FIDE rating of 2000 and less (FIDE Handbook D.VIII.02) and it offers a guaranteed prize fund of 4,000 euros. Players with a higher rating can participate in the parallel international open tournament “Alexander the Great 2012” which will also have an additional prize fund of 4,000 euros. A seperate open tournament for kids under 14 years old (and not a higher rating of 1500) will also be held at the same period, together with a blitz tournament on the last day. So the chess competitions of the 2012 Games Festival will include tournaments for all the members of a chess family!
Attached is the official regulations of the event in PDF format. Further information can also be found on the official website of the festival http://www.gamesfestival.com as well as on our page in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GAMES-FESTIVAL/23047038479
The deadline for registrations and bookings is on 12 March 2012.
Best regards and we are looking forward to seeing you in Porto Carras this April!
Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou
for the Organising Committee
“Games Festival 2012”
Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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