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Day Three Report (Round 4)
Lots of exciting chess was on offer on the third day of the European Individual Championship for Small Nations, that takes place in Larnaka, Cyprus, from April 22-30. A well-deserved rest after yesterday’s grueling double round recharged the batteries of the twelve participants, and the result was some fierce and tumultuous battles. From a competitive viewpoint, the main game of the day was that between the two interim leaders, with 2.5 out of 3, GM Oscar De la Riva and Oliver Said.
Open Blitz Tournament
The Organizing Committee of the 1st European Small Nations Championship will organize an Open Blitz Tournament on Saturday 26 April 2014 at 19:00, at the Livadhiotis City Hotel (
Download the Blitz Tournament regulations.

Day Two Report (Rounds 2 & 3)
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The second day of the first European Individual Championship for Small Nations, which also enjoys the status of the Zonal tournament for FIDE Zone 1.10, was full of chess, with the tournament’s first double round and several interesting games.

Day One Report (Round 1)
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The inaugural European Individual Championship of Small Nations, that also serves as a Zonal tournament for Zone 1.10, commenced today in the beautiful seaside city of Larnaka in southern Cyprus. The Mayor of Larnaka, Mr. Andreas Louroutziatis, warmly greeted the participants and guests, wished them all the best in their competitive endeavors and proceeded to execute the ceremonial first move 1.d4 in the game between the two local players, the upcoming talented Andreas Kelires and multiple champion of Cyprus Antonis Antoniou. Under the watchful eyes of several spectators, journalists and television crews, the twelve participants battled it out for over four hours, each of them seeking a positive start to the tournament.

The City of Larnaka

Larnaka is a place where past and present blend magically into a delightful mosaic of sun and culture. It is a Mediterranean destination which amazes every visitor with its diversity and special atmosphere! With a history of 10.000 years, Larnaka is the gateway to Cyprus and a magical blend of old and new. From its traditional architecture, authentic taverns and local handicrafts to its cultural sites and religious monuments, old Larnaka is an evocative glimpse into a Cyprus past. The unique thing about Larnaka is that since
it has been the crossroad of many civilizations it still depicts a mixture of eastern and western culture and such evidence is scattered all across the area.

New and modern Larnaka harmoniously intertwines with the elements of ancient Kition and offers the cosmopolitan visitor beautiful sandy beaches, a bustling promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, brand-name shopping, advanced infrastructure and every conceivable amenity.  With almost guaranteed sunshine every day, Larnaka is an exciting all year round destination which offers various cultural events, numerous attractions, activities and leisure options which are all very close by.

Download the Larnaka Tourism Board brochure and view the Larnaka photo gallery.

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