PLAQUE AWARDS TO THE MINISTER OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
MR KOSTAS MARKOPOULOS
On the 10th of September 2009 a representative committee of the Greek Chess Federation and the Organization Committee of “Acropolis 2009” visited the minister of Tourist Development Mr. Konstantinos Markopoulos. The committee consisted of Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, president of the Greek Chess Federation, Mr. Efstathios Efstathopoulos, vice-president of the Greek Chess Federation, Mr. Georgios Tsounis, president of the Chess Academy of Chalkida “Palamedes of Evia”, Mr. Konstantinos Nikolaidis, FIDE master and member of Chess Academy of Chalkida and Mrs. Vasiliki Tsirimokou head secretary of the International Chess Tournament “Acropolis 2009”
The aim of the visit was to express the gratitude and award a commemorative plaque to Mr. Markopoulos for his valuable support to “Acropolis 2009”, which, for the first time since 1968, was organized in a city other than Athens. The organization of “Acropolis 2009” in Chalkida –mainly owing to the efforts of the Chess Academy of Chalkida “Palamedes of Evia”and the support of the Gree Ministry of Tourist Development- proved to be a significant event that attracted the interest of many foreign athletes (177 athletes in total from 27 countries). The tournament was a complete success and the aim of the organization committee is to organize and offer an even more successful event in the near future.