53rd World Congress of Chess Composition
34th World Chess Solving Championship
Crete, 16-23 October 2010
The Greek Chess Composition Committee, in co-operation with the Greek Chess
Federation, have the honour to invite all delegates of PCCC/ICCU, national teams
and individual solvers, chess composers and all those interested in problem
chess, to attend the 53rd World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and 34th
World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC). The congress will be held from Saturday,
October 16th (arrival) to Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 (departure) at the "Nana
Beach Hotel", in Hersonissos – Heraklio of Crete, with the WCSC on Tuesday
and Wednesday, October 19th and 20th.
Nana Beach is a 4-star hotel and bungalows complex located on the northern
coast of Crete, 25 km from the Heraklio International Airport, close to the
lively towns of Hersonissos (1.5 km), Stalis (1 km) and Mallia (5 km).
Details about accommodation, in-room and hotel standard amenities, conference
and banqueting capacities, as well as health and recreation facilities can be
found on the hotel web site http://www.nanabeach.gr/
Prices in EUR per person per day (half-board, drinks not included):
- Single Room: 72 EUR
- Double bed / Twin Room: 59 EUR
- Triple Room: 55 EUR
- Children from 5 to 12 with two adults in the room have 50% discount
- Children up to 4 years old are free
These prices remain the same 3 days before and after the congress for the participants
Prices include tourist tax and VAT, breakfast, dinner, excursion (lunch not
included), closing banquet, free access to the hotel health and recreation facilities,
as well as all regular congress activities and solving/composing tournaments.
All payments should be made to the organisers, upon arrival in cash (EUR), or
deposited in advance in a bank account.
The participation fee for those not staying in the hotel or not making their
reservation through the organizers is 120 EUR and includes registration, the
congress material and participation in the solving and composing tournaments.
Excursion and closing banquet are additional and at the discretion of participants.
Crete is the largest and southernmost of the Greek islands. It offers a unique
combination of snow-capped mountains and the clearest of waters with the Aegean
Sea to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south.
Heraklio is the fifth largest city of Greece and the capital of Crete, located
about halfway along the northern coast of the island. Today it is a bustling
urban centre, but in the past the region was the host of one of the most important
civilizations in the world, the Minoan civilization. Due to its geographical
position, Heraklio is the administrative capital and the transport hub of the
island, with an international airport and a seaport. It lies just outside Knossos
and near Phaestos and has one of the most important archaeological museums.
The major airport of Crete is "Nikos Kazantzakis" at Heraklio, which
has frequent domestic flights with Athens and Thessaloniki. Travel time is around
35-45 minutes. There are also direct flights from Europe and the UK, though
most are charter flights.
You can also reach Heraklio port with a ferry from Piraeus, the harbour in
Athens, in ca. 7-8 hours. Ferries travel usually night time and depart every
Transport from/to the airport (or the harbour) and the venue should be arranged
by the participants themselves.
Please send your application before August 31st 2010 to:
Harry Fougiaxis, Delvinou 4, GR-11363 Athens, Greece
Email: harryfouath.forthnet.gr or
Tel: +30-210-9491442 (09:30 – 17:30, job)
+30-210-8653077 (19:30 – 21:00, home)
Fax: +30-210-9491610 (Asprofos Engineering, c/o H. Fougiaxis)
This invitation and all important information will be also published on the
PCCC/ICCU web site /1999-2012/index.htm
The congress programme and further details are announced on the WCCC
2010 web site.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Crete!
On behalf of the Organising Committee
Harry Fougiaxis, Athens, February 8th, 2010