ACO 2023 World Amateur Chess Championship
Results and pairings
ACO 2023 World Amateur Chess Championship
5* Atlantica Belvedere Resort
Coaches on site: GM Daniel King, GM Zigurds Lanka, GM Spyridon Skembris
The event is limited to around
Tournament entry fee:
90 min / 40 moves + 15 min for the rest + 30 sec increment starting from move 1.
No deposit payment upon booking
Free cancellation up to
days before arrival
Payment upon arrival
Become World Champion in your rating group.
The tournament will be played in 7 rating groups. Each group plays separately, which means you only play against opponents of your own level. For the division of groups your highest rating (national or international) at the time of registration applies.
Combine chess and vacation
Play in our World Amateur and Senior Championships and enjoy your vacation at the same time.
directly at the beach
All-inclusive, culinary taste, rooms with sea view & private pool. Enjoy the luxury of a 5-star hotel.
Train with world-class trainers
Get personalized advice from our grandmasters on site and analyze your games with them.
5* Atlantica Belvedere Resort
5* Atlantica Beach Resort
You can also stay in the sister hotel 5* Atlantica Beach Resort which is just a 5 minutes walk from the playing hall. For more information see our regulations on page 26.
Win the trophy!
It shines, honors and reminds of the unforgettable World Chess Championship in Greece: the trophy!
Celebrate with us the seven new World Champions of the different groups. Or even better, be honored as one of the three winners in your group!
Bonus: The special trophies
Not only tournament winners receive trophies at our events. It is our tradition that players receive an appreciation trophy for their fifth or tenth participation.
More than 100 players have already succeeded in doing so. Become a part of our chess family and create an unforgettable history with us.
The following services are included in the tournament entry fee:
Participation in the World Championship
Game analysis with a grandmaster
Participation in the blitz tournaments
English speaking organization team on site
Free assistance with flight search
Email and telephone support
The chess tournament under the sun of Greece
How to get to
There are direct flights to Kos from all European countries. We will support you additionally (and free of charge) with all questions concerning the best flights.
Feel free to send us an e-mail to:email@example.com
Sun, beach & the cup. Register now for the next world championship!
Find new chess friends, from over 60 different nations!
We connect people with the passion for chess and travel. There are no language barriers here. Even though people from over 60 different nations have taken part in our World Chess Championships.
Many participants have been coming back again and again for years and became friends. The atmosphere is always very friendly - on and off the chessboard.
Our international team, who speaks many different languages, will assist you prior or during the events with anything you might need.
How to become part of our chess family
In three easy steps to Greece. We guide you step-by-step towards sun, beach and cup! (Attention: The number of places are limited!)
Book your hotel room
Choose an event and select your preferred room type via the online booking form.
Register for the tournament
Pay the entry fee in order to complete your registration.
Book your flight to Greece
If you need assistance to find a good flight we are glad to help.
Bring the cup home & be proud of yourself!
Download & print the announcement now!
In European countries there are usual direct flights to Crete or Kos. If there is no direct flight from your airport, you can fly to Crete with a stopover in Athens or Thessaloniki. If you decide to attend the World Chess Championships on Kos, we recommend a stopover in Athens. In addition, we will assist you free of charge with all questions regarding the best flight. Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance with your flight booking - we are always ready to help! Insider tip: For your own flight search, we recommend https://flights.idealo.com/
Depending on the tournament, in Crete or in Kos, the transfer to the airport differs:Transfer from Heraklion airport on Crete: The hotel is located 25 minutes from the airport. Transfer from Kos airport on Kos island:The hotel is located just 15 minutes from the airport.
We are a chess family and our chess tournaments are true journeys of experience. We fill up with the same energy from the sun, we dine together and provide the same conditions. To create the fullest experience, all players and accompanying persons stay in the official hotel where the chess events will also take place. All bookings must be made directly through ACO.
You are welcome to add extra days before or after the tournament at the same hotels conditions and services included as during the tournament. The prices depend on the type of room you choose. Sometimes it is cheaper to book extra nights in exchange for better or cheaper flight connections. Tip: When registering via the online form, the costs for extra nights will be calculated and displayed automatically. Extra nights do not have to be specified directly when registering, but can also be booked at a later date. Contact us for this purpose by E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel cancellation policy for events on Crete (5-star Fodele Beach Resort):
You can cancel your hotel booking free of charge up to 3 days prior to your arrival.
There is no deposit payment, and you pay the full price upon your check-in.
Hotel cancellation policy for events on Kos (5-star Atlantica Belvedere Resort):
You can cancel your hotel booking free of charge up to 14 days prior to your arrival.
Afterwards, you are required to pay a 20% deposit payment. The remaining 80% must be paid upon check-in.
Free hotel cancellation in case of Covid
If you test positive for Covid in the days after the free cancellation period, you may cancel your booking free of charge upon presentation of proof of your positive test.
Full refund of your tournament starting fee
In the event that you need to cancel your participation in the tournament, you will receive a 100% refund of your entry fee, regardless of the timing.
Our goal is for each player to play only against opponents of a similar level. The rating number at the time of registration applies. For the grouping, the higher rating number is valid for players with an international rating (ELO) and a national rating.
The tournament will be played in the following 7 rating groups:
Group A: 2201+
Group B: 2001 - 2200
Group C: 1801 - 2000
Group D: 1601 - 1800
Group E: 1401 - 1600
Group F: 1201 - 1400
Group G: 0 (without rating) - 1200
Players who do not have a national or international rating can only participate in group G (Rating 0-1200)
We have separate support teams to provide you with the best advice on every concern:
ACO World Amateur Chess Championship: email@example.com
ACO World Senior (50+) Chess Championship: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACO World Super Senior (65+) Chess Championship: email@example.com