Greece is the ancient home of the gods. Last week, some of the deities of the chess world visited Greece to compete in the 62nd Greek Chess Championship. The Championship took place in the beautiful and historic city of Athens between November 24th and December 2nd.
The Champion emerging on the final day of the event was none other than Antonios Pavlidis. Pavlidis is a comparatively young player, born in 1993, and currently holds the title of International Master. He seems pretty certain to get a Grandmaster title in the near future, though, if his performance at Athens is anything to go by.
Well known on the junior chess stage since he started to be officially active in the chess world in 2003, and also renowned in his home country of Greece for a series of spectacular wins, now is surely the time for Pavlidis to take to the truly international stage and show us what he
is made of.
Pavlidis tends to play the Sicilian opening in all his games, no matter who is opponent is, and it has served him well so far. He plays a quiet and meditative game, whilst also retaining a good sense of humour and a sparkle of impetuosity in his play. Pavlidis currently stands at a FIDE rating of 2466, just inches away from prestigious Grandmaster status. Antonios Pavlidis, the 2012 Greek Chess Champion, is certainly going to be an exciting player to watch out for in future events within the global chess playing community.