The ACO World Amateur Chess Championship took place from May 11 - 20, 2013 as an open tournament in Crete. Accommodation and board was provided at the award-winning 4-star Aquis Arina Sand Luxury Hotel Crete and where the games were also be held.
The tournament was played in the following 7 rating groups:
A: 2201 – 2400; B: 2001 – 2200; C: 1801 – 2000; D: 1601 – 1800; E: 1401 - 1600; F: 1201 - 1400; G: 0 (Unrated) - 1200
Prize fonds: EUR 5.000 (21 prizes)
Pairings & Results

Some words about the ACO World Chess Championship in Dubai, where more than 100 people from 25 countries participated:


"For me the tournament in Dubai was great. Although I did not know what to expect, I would say that it succeeded all my expectations. The group of participants was small, what gives an intimate atmosphere. After a few days you knew all players by face and most of them by name. Despite the heat outside, there was warmth and friendliness inside the hotel. This friendliness was very strongly present in the persons who organized the tournament. A great compliment for ACO for their ideas, their hard working, their friendliness and their professionality. The whole organization was just perfect. Their were no incidents, the sportsmanship was of a high level and there were a lot of contacts between the organizers and between the players . These contacts continued even after the tournament in some cases. I personally will surely meet several players in Crete, Greece again next year in May." Harry Wubs, The Netherlands
Harry Wubs, The Netherlands
"Vielen Dank für die perfekte Organisation und problemlose Führung durch das Turnier an das Organisationsteam, insbesondere an Familie Hirneise sowie Falko Bindrich."
Rene Tückmantel, Germany
"Впечатления от турнира самые что ни есть положительные. Прекрасная организация турнира,шикарный отель,хорошо продуманное расписание туров. А также поездки на экскурсии и прогулки по городу оставляют только хорошие воспоминания! Хочу поблагодарить всю вашу команду которая делает такое замечательное дело как организация турниров для любителей шахмат!"
Sergey Kolchenko, Russia


Pictures of the award-winning 4-star Aquis Arina Sand Luxury Hotel Crete: