Tuesday, November 06, 2018

ECSC_14, Athens 2019

14th European Chess Solving Championship
3-5 May 2019, Glyfada, Greece

The Greek Chess Composition Committee of the Greek Chess Federation has the honor to invite the european national teams and individual solvers to participate in the 14th European Chess Solving Championship. The event will be held from Friday, May 3rd (arrival) to Sunday, May 5th (departure) at the “Oasis Hotel Apartments” in Glyfada, a cosmopolitan suburb of Athens. The hotel is the same that hosted the ECSC 2016.

Captains’ meeting: Friday, May 3, 16:30-16:45
Open solving tournament: Friday, May 3, 17:00-20:00
ECSC 1st day: Saturday, May 4, 10:30-14:00
ECSC 2nd day: Sunday, May 5, 9:30-13:00
Closing ceremony: Sunday, May 5, 16:00 (approximately)

Hotel Oasis (http://oasishotelapartments.com) features fully equipped and renovated apartments, with private balcony. Restaurant, bar and coffee shop are also available. All competitions and events will be hosted within the hotel facilities and halls. The swimming pool (non heated) is open from May 1st (10:30-18:45).
Prices per person per day (bed and breakfast included):
·        Single room: 81€
·        Double room: 58€
·        Triple room: 51€
·        Quadruple room: 43€
Prices include all taxes, free access to the hotel health and recreation facilities, as well as participation fees to all regular solving tournaments. These prices are also valid 3 days before and after the event. All payments should be made to the organizers, upon arrival, in cash (€).
The participation fee for those not staying in Oasis Hotel is 50€. It would be very important for us to make the reservation until the 11th of March. After this date an additional 20€ fee per reservation applies and the organization committee cannot guarantee the room availability.

The express bus X96 departs right outside the arrival level of the Main Terminal Building at the exit 4 of the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (Athens). X96 runs 24 hours every 20-40 minutes. The bus needs 35-45 minutes to reach the hotel, which is located just next to the bus stop “4th Glyfadas”. The one way ticket costs 6€. Tickets are available from the bus driver or from ticket kiosk at the bus departure area of the airport.
By taxi, the max cost (including luggage, taxes, etc.) is 38€ (from 5:00 to 24:00) or 54€ (from 24:00 to 5:00).

Accommodation prices include only breakfast. Participants can, on their expense, have snacks “a la carte” in the hotel or they can pre-order (one day earlier) to the hotel a full meal which costs 15€. All payments and arrangements for meals will be made directly with the hotel and not through the organizing committee. Alternatively, there are also many restaurants within a short distance (15 minutes on foot).

Director of the ECSC will be Ivan Denkovski assisted by Ioannis Garoufalidis and Harry Fougiaxis.
Director of the open solving tournament will be Ioannis Garoufalidis.
Organization: Nikos & George Mendrinos in co-operation with the Greek Chess Composition Committee.
The email of the event is: ecsc2019@gmail.com
All the information about the event will be published on the site:

The organizing committee will provide invitation for visas. Teams or players needing visas are requested to contact the organizing committee.

Please, fill our form before 11th of March!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Chess software

If you are interested in chess software, that is computer programs running in your computer and solving chess problems or presenting databases of chess compositions, then this page of WFCC (World Federation for Chess Compositions) will be useful for you:


As you will observe, some "chess machines" (ie Alybadix), after a successful presence during many years, are "replaced" by newer software.

Some software products are free (ie Fancy for entering definitions and Popeye for solving the composition), while others must be bought (ie WinChloe, which is a solving program, it can create problem databases for the user, and contains a large database with hundreds of thousands problems with solutions and themes).

Saturday, April 14, 2018

17th Greek Champioship on Chess Problem Solving

The event happened on April 14, 2018.

Announcement (in Greek):

The problems (Round 1)

The problems (Round 2)

Solutions (Round 1)

Solutions (Round 2)

(From the Judge Ioannis Garoufalidis) Individual Results:

(From Dimitris Skyrianoglou) Photos from the event:

More photos (from Nikos Mendrinos): 

1) Left to Right, Vangelis Petridis, Dimitris Skyrianoglou, Nikos Mendrinos, Piotr Murdzia (teaching!), Alexandros Kostouros (with a plate!), Panagiotis Konidaris, Stamatis Kourkoulos-Arditis, Marek Kolcak.

2) the cups

3) Mr Murdzia teaching the Greek solvers...

4) ...who pay attention with obvious interest 

5) From the Closing Ceremony: Left to Right, Stathis Efstathopoulos (vice-president of the Greek Chess Federation), Stamatis Kourkoulos-Arditis (3rd Greek), Nikos Mendrinos (Greek Champion for 2018), Maria Ananiadou (vice-Mayor of Alimos), Piotr Murdzia (the winner of the tourney), Dimitri Pletnev (2nd winner), Nikos Sidiropoulos (2nd Greek), Andreas Papastavropoulos (award for 1st place in tourney Greek Cup in January).