On Thursday, August 25, the most important event for Stratego world begins, in the city of Kalavryta. The games that will be held in the “Petrino” Municipal building, under the responsibility of the ISF and the Patras Stratego Team, the support of the Municipality of Kalavryta, the contribution of the Region of Western Greece and the auspices of “Greece 2021 – Ελλάδα 2021”.
After an absence of 2 years, due to the situation of the coronavirus, the top organization comes to Greece and everything is now ready for an unforgettable four-day event of matches and cultural events.
The best players from all over the world will take part. Typical example of the high level is the fact that in total the players who will participate this year have won 9 times the World Championship, a gold medal in the Mind Olympiad and 19 National Championships.
Competitively, on Thursday, August 25, the Barrage category will make the beginning. This particular category is played with 8 pawns for each player and is characterized by the fast progression of the games.
On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, comes the most important part of the organization. The Senior category which gathers the most interest, is held with 40 pawns and higher competitions.
On Sunday, the menu includes the national team tournament, the Junior category, in which players up to 14 years old can take part, and the Open Kalavryta 1821, which will be held with special collective editions dedicated to 1821.
It should be noted that the Barrage category is dedicated to Giorgos Saripapas and the Open Kalavryta 1821 to Ruben van de Bilt, Both of whom recently passed away prematurely, while offering to Stratego with their ethics and great contribution.
At the same time, a cultural program will be held which is free for the public. The Opening Ceremony of the games will take place on Thursday in the square of Kalavryta. The Philharmonic of the Municipality of Kalavryta, the Cultural Association of Skepasto and members of the Dance Department of the Municipality of Patreon will participate and will be coordinated by the journalists Christina Vaghali and Dimitris Sarris. The Opening Ceremony will end with the concert by the dynamic band TRIX, playing Rock, Swing and Bossa nova.
On Friday, the public will watch the documentary edited by the Greece 2021 Committee: “by the light of thin eyes” 200 Years of Greece, in Greek and English.
On August 27, the talented shadow theater artist Christos Kalpouzanis presented the show “Karatzas: The Battle of the Old Lady” and then after the Official Dinner of the Games at the restaurant “Avli”, a party will follow at the bar “EVENT”.
On Sunday, the last day of the evemt, after the end of the games, the Closing Ceremony will take place with the awards to the winners.
During the 4-day event, there will be an open and free exhibition for the public on Mind Sports and Stratego. There, visitors will be able to experience classic and new mind games while there will be different versions of Stratego as well as large-sized Stratego for fun play. Every day in this place, small tournaments will be held for visitors and those who wish to get to know Stratego.
The event is warmly supported by eFantasy game store, Psychogios publications and Zito!, café Poolevard, Abelos café&more, café-bar Event, tavern Kelari, Leonil Hellas, café Neon, and the photocopy center2.
Communication sponsors are ERT3 and ERT Patras, Ionian TV, Wave97.4, Kalavryta News and Kalavryta Hour, dytikosaxonas.gr, tetartopress.gr, Peloponnisios and pelop.gr, Kalavryta Press, SpoudaZo.gr, Giornalista.gr, Tempo24.gr, kirix.gr, VPRESS and DytikaNea.gr.