ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Rhodes (Greece) 2014

  • GM Janosik
  • | Jun 25, 2014

ACO World Amateur Chess Championship Rhodes (Greece) 2014

The ACO World Amateur Chess Championship took place on the Greek island of Rhodes from 7-16 June, 2014. 237 players with ages between 8 to 86 fought for the title of ACO World Champion in the 4 and 5 -star all-Inclusive hotel complex Esperia Hotels Rhodes.

Players from 26 countries, among them Germany, Argentinia, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the US took part in the championship.

In the first ACO World Championship in Dubai in 2012 there were 72 players, in the second edition in 2013 it were already more than twice this number (168) and in 2014 it was 237 players.

The venue of the event was the award-winning 4 and 5 -star all-Inclusive Hotel complex Esperia Hotels Rhodes, providing the playing hall with perfect conditions:


Superb playing conditions with more than 1000 sqm.
Enough space for great moves!:)

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.


Playing chess where others make holidays!




Group Picture with all players

Besides the championship there was a nice side program, e.g. trip to the local sights, such as the Acropolis of Lindos and the historical city of Rhodes, including the, wait for it, "Grandmaster Palace"! The group trips were guided by very friendly tourist guides who made learning about the culture of Rhodes fun. In the evenings blitz and team-blitz ournaments were organized with more than 100 players each.
Furthermore, free lessons with world-reknowned coach Grandmaster Zigurds Lanka were offered and have been heavily visited. Everyone enjoyed the lessons, and some even used the newly gained insights to win games with the exact variations from the GM-lessons! 

For 2 members it was a real special experience: Brothers Brumas and Alex Newstead from London(UK) and Seattle (US) read about the World Championship here on and decided to give the tournament a go. So after years without seeing each other, they finally met again at a chess event! And guess what happened? They both dominated their groups and they both became World Champions! Congratulations Alex & Brumas!!!


The ACO World Champions 2014:


12 players received a special distinction for promoting the ACO and the World Championship in the last 12 months.
They received the ACO Amabassador Award 2014 

Winners of the ACO  Ambassador Award for promoting the ACO in their respective countries


Special prices for all participating girls and ladies

All participants were given a diploma on stage. 

The next ACO World Amateur Chess Championship 2015 will be taking place on the beautiful Greek island of Kos. The ACO is offering special conditions for registrations till 30 September, 2014.

Photos of the event:

Photos of the prize-giving ceremony and galadinner:

Official tournament site:

All results:

Report on the ACO World Championship 2012 in Dubai:

Regulations for the ACO World Amateur Chess Championship 2015:


  • 14 months ago


    wanna b friends Janosik?

  • 2 years ago

    GM Janosik

    @33antonis :

    1) Yes, it is required to stay at the official hotels (on Rhodes there were 4 of them).
    There was an exception made for local Rhodesian players only.

    2) The accommodation was 599 EUR with all-inclusive (food+drinks etc.) for 10 days.

    All information on the 2015 edition can be found shortly on


  • 2 years ago


    GM Janosik   thanks for your reply.

    Since the information that you provide is not complete, I would like to ask some questions.

    1)  Was a requirement, in order to participate, to stay in one of these hotels?   Or alternatively one local player from the island of Rhodes could stay in his home and just participate.   Even I am asking about the rest of the players.   Would be possible for someone to stay in a hotel of his choice, probably far away from the venue, and still participate? (even one person that would be hosted in a house of a friend in the island,  could he participate?).  In this case, what would be the fee? 

    2) For more complete information, could we informed how much would be the cost per day, in the hotel that the tournament took place?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  • 2 years ago

    GM Janosik

    @33antonis :

    Dear Antonis, we (the organizers of the tournament) have offered the local Greek players special conditions to participate, even to play for free. Still, not one single player was really interested. We cannot do more than that and it is our sincere hope that in the future there will be Greek players participating. It is truly international tournament with more than 26 countries participating and we are aiming to increase that number year by year. We are in this for the long-term.

  • 2 years ago


    its a great tournament.but quite expensive to join such.i wish i could save money so to join next next year../

  • 2 years ago


    @warrior689,   I got it.  The requirement to stay in those extremely expensive hotels in order to participate is the reason that the tournament should be called "Rich amateur chess championship". 

      This also gives me the answer to my earlier question as well as the to @KODIAMUSMAXIMUS whose comment was exactly to the point. I understand that many people all over the world would like to combine one chess tournament with the joy of visiting a beatiful greek island. Obviously none greek has the same motivation.    

  • 2 years ago


    Congratulations Abhinav! (warrior689)

  • 2 years ago


    @33antonis, no the fee is only 50 euro but there is even a discount for members so i payed 0 euros. as for why some greeks didnt join, well players are required to stay at certain hotels, and maybe it was too expensive,

  • 2 years ago


    thats me, i am the winner of the D Group (1600-1800)!!! yeah....Laughing

  • 2 years ago


    If what 33antonis says is true, then yes, I agree why wasn't there not only some Greek players not participating but why was there not a whole slew of Greek players participating?

  • 2 years ago


    It sounds very strange to me, that although the event took place in Greece, none of the (hundreds of) participants is from Greece.

    Was the fee for participating so large?  Does anybody have any information about this issue?

  • 2 years ago


    Nice article! Great also for Alex & Brumas from the community (: Do you guys know their nicknames here? Or maybe one uf us has already played against them?

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