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Chess Olympiads in Thessaloniki
26th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki 1984

The 26th Chess Olympiad was held at the Thessaloniki International Fair on 18th November - 5th December, 1984. This was the first time that Greece, the country where Olympic Games originated, hosted the Chess Olympiad.

A total of 88 teams with 521 players (including 65 Grandmasters and 97 IMs) participated in the Open section. The tournament format was four board (+two reserves) teams competing over 14 rounds of Swiss system.
Welcome address by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President
KirsanDear Chess players,

I would like to thank the entrepreneur Mr Ivan Savvidi who has generously supported this Grand Prix in Thessaloniki, Greece through his hotel, the 5 Star, Makedonia Palace Hotel which is so strategically placed in this extraordinary and historic city.

We have reached the fourth stage of the Grand Prix series and the battle for the overall winner is getting more exciting as each event unfolds. Every participant comes to Greece with an eye on the ultimate goal of becoming one of the Candidate challengers for the World Championship title.

There is no doubt that whilst this city has seen a lot of historical developments in the past, once again it is at the centre of world attention as the strongest ever chess event is played out in Thessaloniki.

I am sure that the participants will have a wonderful time in Thessaloniki and we wish them all a great tournament. History is waiting to be made!

Gens Una Sumus

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President

FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 Standings
Standings are inclusive of the first three (of six) tournaments in the series (London 2012, Tashkent 2012, Zug 2013).

Name FED Criteria  Thessaloniki Best 3 Total
Topalov, Veselin BUL Rating x 310
Mamedyarov, Shakriyar AZE Rating 240
Morozevich, Alexander RUS AGON x 215
Wang, Hao CHN AGON 210
Karjakin, Sergey RUS Rating 190
Caruana, Fabiano ITA Fide President x 180
Leko, Peter HUN AGON 180
Gelfand, Boris ISR Match 170
Nakamura, Hikaru USA Rating x 155
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR World Cup x 150
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB AGON x 135
Grischuk, Alexander RUS World Cup x 90
Kamsky, Gata USA First Res. x 85
Giri, Anish NLD AGON 65
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR World Cup x 55
Adams, Michael ENG Replacement 55
Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB AGON x 55
Svidler, Peter RUS World Cup x 50
Radjabov, Teimour AZE Rating 20
Bacrot, Etienne FRA Replacement x 0

You can download the FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013 Cumulative Standings (Excel)

FIDE Grand Prix in Thessaloniki will start in a few days
FIDE is pleased to announce the fourth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series will be held in Thessaloniki (Greece) between the 21st of May and 4th of June 2013. The 5-star Makedonia Palace Hotel and its owner, international business investor and philanthropist Ivan Savvidis, are FIDE's sponsors for the 12-player Grand Prix Chess Tournament.
Welcome address by Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki
Yiannis BoutarisIt is with great pleasure that I welcome the Grand Prix Chess Tournament to Thessaloniki. It is an honour for Thessaloniki to host this major chess event organized by FIDE.

"Many stories, one heart" is the message Thessaloniki sends to its visitors. Thessaloniki is itself a mosaic, a lively and colorful city, where many trajectories meet and diverse stories connect, all beating together in one heart, the heart of the city. This is Thessaloniki’s unique charm.

A crossroads of cultures, Thessaloniki has always been the settlement for multiple ethnic and religious communities, a city with an abundance of monuments that reflect the city's historic importance, dating from antiquity to modern times, with a long modern promenade along the waterfront, extensively renovated, with a rich culinary tradition reflected in the numerous restaurants, with a vibrant market located in the historic centre, a lively presence of youth and an active academic research in the universities, the colleges and the technical institutions.

History, arts and festivals, education and scientific research, gastronomy, sea, sports, entertainment: our city has many stories to tell.

I warmly welcome our visitors, wish them a pleasant stay and invite them to explore Thessaloniki's diverse stories.

Yiannis Boutaris
Mayor of Thessaloniki

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