Brotherhood between Chess Club SACH of Thessaloniki and ETAR of Veliko Tarnovo

Brotherhood between Chess Club SACH of Thessaloniki and ETAR of Veliko Tarnovo

Vardaris, for yet another time, unites the Balkan chess players.

So this year, during the 5th International Chess Tournament "Vardaris", the Chess Club SACH of Thessaloniki will proceed to brotherhood with "ETAR" Chess Club of Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.

Few information for “ETAR”...

Established in May 2010 in Veliko Tarnovo, that is the old Bulgarian capital with long traditions in chess. In this beautiful town, in 1927 was established one of the first chess clubs in Bulgaria and one year later the Bulgarian chess union.

President of Chess club “Etar” is Nikolay Yordanov, who is National master, Internarional arbiter, FIDE trainer and organizer of the many chess tournaments of different levels.

Svetla Yordanova, who is also a trainer has the title of WIM (Woman International Master) and Woman National Champion.

The club’s headquarters is sports center “Ivaylo”, that was fully renovated 4 years ago.

In 2013, Etar Chess Club, with the help of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo, organized Veliko Tarnovo’s chess holidays – with more than 100 participations from 10 different countries.

ETAR collaborates with chess clubs from Skopje, Bucharest and now Thessaloniki.

Hotel Room Reservation

Hotel Room Reservation

Dear chess friends,

The New Year has begun and together we enter the final straight towards the International Chess Tournament "Vardaris", organized by Chess Club SACH Thessaloniki for the 5th consecutive year.

We would like to remind you that on the 31th of January expires the deadline for the additional 10% discount on the privileged prices, offered to the participants and their attendants at the playing venue, the 5 stars Holiday Inn Hotel in Thessaloniki.

Take advantage of this unique offer and make your reservation on time, directly to the hotel.

Happy New Year! Health and happiness to all of you!

Holiday Inn Hotel,

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GM Francisco Vallejo Pons in 5th "Vardaris"

GM Francisco Vallejo Pons in 5th "Vardaris"

We are delighted to announce the participation of Grandmaster Francisco Vallejo Pons in the 5th International Chess Tournament "Vardaris", which will take place in Thessaloniki from March 7th to March 11th.

It is a huge success of "Vardaris" organizers and not only. The participation of this top Spanish chess player in an open tournament in our country is a great success for the chess of the city of Thessaloniki, but also for the entire chess events in Greece. It is extremely rare to observe chess players of this level to be at the table next to you. So, we are expecting this great opportunity with great joy and impatience!

Whatever we say, words are few.

We thank Francisco very much for this honor.


Few biographical data for Francisco Vallejo Pons.

(as written on August 21st at website

On this day in 1982, the great Grandmaster Francisco Vallejo Pons was born in Es Castell, Spain.

Vallejo Pons is 5 times Champion of Spain.

He won the title of Grandmaster at the age of 16 years and 9 months.

In 2000 he won the World Youth Championship under 18.

In 2013 he was ranked first in the European Individual Championship.

His highest ELO was 2724 in June 2011 that raised him up in the 18th place of the world.


To be continued!!!

"Vardaris" in "New in Chess"

"Vardaris" in "New in Chess"

"Vardaris", for yet another year, is hosted on the pages of the "New In Chess Magazine 2018/8" that has just been released. Besides the latest chess news, thousands of magazine’s readers worldwide will also meet "Vardaris".

So, try walking on "Vardaris" shoe, an idea of ​​Nikos Syrakis and Maria Orfanou, the trademark of this year's 5th International Tournament "Vardaris".

"New In Chess" was first released in 1984 and is being distributed today in 116 countries around the world. The world’s top chess players have written articles for this magazine.

64 days before the start of the tournament, exactly as many as the squares of the chessboard…

Welcome to 5th "Vardaris"

Welcome to 5th "Vardaris"

Chess Club SACH of Thessaloniki has the pleasure and honor to organize, for 5th consecutive year, the International Chess Tournament “Vardaris”.

The unique playing venue of Holiday Inn Hotel in the center of the city in combination with our good mood and our will for an even better tournament are the basic ingredients that attract every year chess players from every corner of Greece, as well as all over the world.

Surprises will continue, as all participants of previous years had the chance to experience.

We are waiting all of you to our big feast!






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