Round 2

The 2nd day of the FIDE World School Championships at the Rodos Palace Resort Hotel went without any surprises.

Iceland’s support team (parents & trainers) has a special ritual that impressed everyone. Every time one of the Icelandic children finishes – have in mind that the girls are more than the boys (10 vs 3) – they are waiting for them applauding and cheering – regardless of their result.

In the U7 category, the without Elo rating Israeli Yoav Malkovich has achieved 2/2 by winning No1 & 3 of the starting ranking. In the U11 Kazakhstan’s Mark Smirnov (1st ЕLO 2061 initial ranking) lost to Canada’s Deshpande Sarthak in a drawn endgame. He ignored the cardinal rule, to activate his King. Watch the game here

It is worth noting that the U9 open category did not have a single draw in the 2nd round.

In the girls’ divisions things were more stable with the top ranked players not suffering significant losses and the battles being more balanced (elo differences/ final results).

Several players of the Greek team achieved the 2 out of 2. In the U7 category, Grigoris Panaretos, in O9, Grigoris Tamiolakis, in O11, Filippos Economopoulos, Yiannis Kirittopoulos, Mattheos Konstantinos Kazakis, in O15, Dimitris Papaioannou and Nikolas Poupalos, while in the girls category, only Evangelia Siskou maintains the ultimate scoring.

The first 5 boards of each category are broadcasted on the chess websites and

News and audio-visual material can be found or downloaded from the official pages of the Rhodes Chess Club “Ippotis”, on the website, on Facebook @cc.ippotis, on Instagram @rhodes_chess_events & on Youtube @rhodes_chess_events.

The Fide World School Championships are a joint event of the “Ippotis” Chess Club with the South Aegean Region and the Municipality of Rhodes through the Municipal Organization of Culture and Sports (DOPAR) under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Hellenic Chess Federation (ESO).

Special thanks to our sponsors:
To facilitate transportation, Mr. Nikos Xenakis (Xenakis Cars) as the sponsor of electric mobility, provided 3 modern cars (electric – hybrid) covering the needs for the transportation of the organization’s executives. Beekeeping of Dodecanese, J&D Rent a Car, Rodos Palace Hotel, Radio Taxi Diagoras, Accounting Office of Papadimitriou and Associates (Papadimitriou Panagiotis), AtHolidays, Cafe Auvergne & Restaurant Romaio, Tropaion, Odeon of Dodecanese.