Acropolis International chess tournament

The Acropolis International was a chess tournament held in Athens. The longest running international chess tournament in Greece, the first event, an international invitation tournament was won by Luděk Pachman in 1968.

The next event was not held until 1977, but subsequently it has been organized on a fairly regular basis by the Greek Chess Federation, including sometimes another minor event for men and a tournament for women, too.

The 2007 tournament[1] was part of the Association of Chess Professionals Tour (ACP Tour). The 2009 open tournament took place in Chalkida on the island of Euboea[2] and was won by Borki Predojević on tie-break.[3] It turned out to be the last one.

The inaugural Acropolis was played as a round robin (all-play-all), then the format varied across the series, switching several times between closed and open tournaments played in Swiss system, totaling 24 editions.

Note: In the following list of the winners at Acropolis ICT, only the best player on tie-break is indicated if there were shared first places.

WinnersEdit

Acropolis International in Athens
# Year Winner
1 1968   Luděk Pachman (Czechoslovakia)
2 1977   Valentin Stoica (Romania)
3 1978   Bela Soos (West Germany)
4 1979   Aurel Urzica (Romania)
5 1980   Dusan Raikovic (Yugoslavia)
6 1982   Nikolaos Skalkotas (Greece)
7 1983   Nikola Padevsky (Bulgaria)
8 1984   Sasa Velickovic (Yugoslavia)
9 1985   Valentin Stoica (Romania)
10 1986   Efstratios Grivas (Greece)
11 1987   Evgeni Vasiukov (Soviet Union)
12 1988   Vasilios Kotronias (Greece)
13 1989   Petar Velikov (Bulgaria)
14 1991   Efstratios Grivas (Greece)
15 1992   Rainer Knaak (Germany)
16 1993   Hannes Stefansson (Iceland)
17 1997   Tamaz Gelashvili (Georgia)
18 2003   Vassilios Kotronias (Cyprus)
19 2004   Athanasios Mastrovasilis (Greece)
20 2005   Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
21 2006   Tamaz Gelashvili (Georgia)
22 2007   Ilya Smirin (Israel)[1]
23 2008   Ilya Smirin (Israel)[4]
24 2009   Borki Predojević (Bosnia and Herzegovina)[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ilya Smirin wins Acropolis 2007", ChessBase News, 26 August 2007, retrieved 2008-04-10
  2. ^ http://acropolis-en.skakistikiakadimia.gr/default.html
  3. ^ http://tournaments.chessdom.com/acropolis-2009/round-9-report
  4. ^ "Acropolis 2008: Smirin wins ahead of Parligras on tiebreak". ChessBase News. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  5. ^ "Predojevic ganó el Abierto Acropolis 2009". ChessBase News (in Spanish). 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2015-03-10.

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