The Organizing Committee of the 24th International Chess Tournament “Acropolis 2009” mourns the sudden loss of the Greek chess player Nikos Karapanos, who was participating in the tournament, and expresses its condolences to the family of the deceased.
Due to this sad event, the Organizing Committee has decided the postponement of the second (2nd) round, which was scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th (17:30). The tournament schedule is thus changed as follows:
2nd round Wednesday, August 12th 17:30
3rd round Thursday, August 13th 10:00
4th round Thursday, August 13th 18:00
The rest of the schedule remains as is.
The 2nd round pairings will be published at Tuesday, August 11th, at 14:00.
The Organizing Committee announces the introduction of a special Performance minus Rating prize (1st: 300 euros). The event's money prizes have now reached a total of 20.000 euros.
The Organizing Committee of "Acropolis 2009" announces that the maximum number of possible invited players has been reached and therefore no conditions can be offered to titled players anymore.