"The offered chess vacation package has more than met our expectations. All the promises of the invitation were fulfilled. The tournament organization is perfect. Despite the three-digit number of participants, a familiar, intimate atmosphere soon develops. October is ideal in Crete."
Christoph Kandler 🇩🇪
"It's hard to decide what to praise first. The organization of the tournament, for which GM Falko Bindrich and IM Tobias Hirneise are responsible, is simply perfect. The hotel, located directly by the sea, impresses every visitor, the hotel's cuisine leaves nothing to be desired. In the fight on the 64 fields everyone gives his best, even if it is not always the best. At the lectures of the grandmasters everybody can learn something, at the simultaneous events with the grandmasters many a senior has the opportunity to pay a lesson."
Dr. Harbich & Dr. Frank Höfer 🇩🇪
"From registration, the organizers, the hotel staff, starting with Zoe, and Elena, the restaurant staff, were always helpful and friendly. Falko, Tobias, the referee, all were wonderful people. The resort facilities were perfect for the whole family. I have already signed up for next year's event. My wife and I plan to bring our children and grandson. I know they will enjoy it too, even though they don't play chess themselves at all. Grandmaster Spyridon Skembris was really generous with his knowledge and wisdom in chess as he was always available to analyze our games and also in the GM lectures. Congratulations and a big thank you to the organizers!"
Rolando Geronimo 🇧🇪
"It's really hard to say whether playing chess or swimming in the sea and pool was more fun. Rarely have we experienced such a great combination of chess and vacation: a great hotel, a super organization that made chess possible at all levels in Corona times, and exciting opponents. The concept with the different groups is also very family-friendly. We will come back anytime!"
Almut Steinbach und Marius Deuer 🇩🇪
"This is the second time I have participated in this great tournament. Everyone is so friendly, the organizing staff, the GMs and the players themselves. Where else can you have a vacation in the sun and play chess? Lots of food and alcohol with great evening entertainment, highly recommended."
Peter Merrifield 🏴
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your excellent organization. I did not have the opportunity to do so on site. All the more I want to make up for it with this. From my point of view, it was a perfect tournament and I will be happy to come back next year! Organization perfect; rooms great; free consumption ideal; supporting program great; the attempt to bring the international (21 nations) a little bit into the foreground great. All around great! Thank you!"
Jürgen Morf 🇨🇭
"Dear organizers, I was there for the first time. And I am thrilled. So many opportunities to play and experience chess as a banal amateur, with free water, coffee and cake at the board, to exchange with so many from other countries, in such a beautiful place, with a super tour on the non-playing day, with the best and more than abundant cuisine, and all this in a feel-good atmosphere that you spread. Thank you very, very much!"
Ruth Huber 🇨🇭
"A big thank you to the ACO team for the organization of the World Chess Amateur Championship on the Greek island of Kos. The tournament, its realization, the complete social program as well as the entire hotel (team) had to show an enormously high quality, which absolutely justified the claim of a world championship. Also worth mentioning is the Mediterranean weather on Kos, which will remain positively in the memory with many hours of sunshine. I am already looking forward to next year, to participate in this great tournament, to meet the Greek sun as well as the food and the nice people I met."
Marco Siebarth 🇩🇪
"The seminars and even more the individual game analyses of GM Z. Lanka were a real highlight! His enthusiasm, his lively way of lecturing and last but not least his untiring willingness to be available to everyone (and in every free moment!) for questions and game analysis was extraordinary for me! But one does not only profit from his enormous chess knowledge, but he conveys to one the enthusiasm and passion without which chess is unthinkable. Chess is unthinkable. With my 67 years I felt "chess-wise" 50 years younger!"
Henryk Wiktor 🇫🇷
"Dear chess friends. I am very very happy with the nine days at the World Championship in Crete, with everything. A great chess atmosphere, great chess players, great people and great friends. Thank you for organizing this perfect event and also for the blitz tournaments! I enjoyed them very much! Thanks again for so much chess, chess and more chess in Greek islands! Do more!"
Antonio Maset 🇦🇷