Dragan Solak wins Turkish Championship

2/6/2012 – It was his first Turkish Championship, and GM Dragan Solak took the title with a final-round win. Dragan has recently completed his transfer from the Serbian Chess Federation to the TCF and will represent the Turkish national team at the next Olympiad. Once again we bring you great photos and personal impressions from Kemer and Antalya, provided by WGM Anatasiya Karlovich.

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Turkish Chess Championships 2012

By WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

The Turkish Chess Championship for men was staged from January 29 to February 5 in Kemer, Antalya. A total of 309 participants (52 more than in the previous year) took part in the event, including 19 title players together with four GMs, six IMs, six FM and three CMs. The Turkish Chess Federation and general sponsor Is Bank provided a prize fund of 12,500 Euros.


The winner: Dragan Solak, who beat Turkish youngster Ege Koksal in the final round

It was the first Turkish Championship for Dragan, who recently completed his transfer from the Serbian Chess Federation to the Turkish Chess Federation and is going to represent the Turkish national team at the next Olympiad.


IM Mert Erdogdu made a draw against Ogulcan Kanmazalp and finished in second place.


18-year-old IM Firat Burak (right) took the bronze medal behind Mert and Dragan

Top final standings (7.0 and higher after ten rounds)                                                                                

Rnk Sd Ti. Player Rtng Pts BH. BH. SB
1 1 GM Solak Dragan 2613 62 57½ 54.75
2 5 IM Erdoğdu Mert 2424 8 63½ 58½ 53.75
3 7 IM Firat Burak 2396 8 62 57 50.00
4 2 GM Esen Bariş 2534 8 62 56 50.75
5 11 FM Yilmazyerli Mert 2314 8 59 53½ 49.25
6 6 IM Kanmazalp Oğulcan 2397 8 58½ 53 51.75
7 24 CM Daştan Muhammed 2211 8 57½ 52½ 47.25
8 45   Arat Ufuk Sezen 2047 8 57 52 48.75
9 27   Şengül Cengiz 2168 8 56½ 51 48.25
10 21   Eminov Orkhan 2216 8 54½ 49½ 45.25
11 12 FM Ali Marandi Cemil Can 2292 63½ 58 48.75
12 13 CM Şanal Vahap 2278 61 56 46.50
13 16 FM Erdoğan Hakan 2257 60 54½ 46.50
14 28   Erşahin Bülent 2167 58½ 53 44.50
15 35   Köksal Ege 2121 58 53½ 43.00
16 39   Büker Muhittin 2080 56½ 52½ 41.75
17 91   Gündoğan Cem 1915 52½ 49 37.25
18 17 IM Yilmaz Turhan 2254 51 47 40.00
19 10 IM Atakişi Umut 2345 7 66 60 45.25
20 4 GM Haznedaroğlu Kivanç 2455 7 62 56 45.75
21 3 GM Can Emre 2462 7 61½ 56½ 42.75
22 14   Selbes Tarik 2264 7 61 55 42.00
23 9 IM Erturan Yakup 2372 7 60½ 55½ 43.25
24 48   Ercan Mehmet Fahri 2022 7 58½ 53 38.00
25 36   Asilkefeli Metin 2108 7 57 52½ 38.50
26 25   Metin Mehmet 2187 7 57 52 39.25
27 22   Apaydin Fethi 2213 7 56½ 52 38.00
28 19   Duman Aydin 2220 7 55 50½ 39.50
29 71   Özalp Burak 1957 7 55 50 39.00
30 29   Korkmaz Necmettin 2164 7 54½ 50 37.50
31 34   Doğan Nazmi Can 2124 7 53½ 48½ 39.00
32 56   Ünver Cumali 1998 7 51 46½ 36.25
33 132   Bacak Mumammed Kaan 1828 7 50½ 46½ 34.25
34 113   Bağci Hikmet 1859 7 45½ 42 34.75
35 110   Küçükdöğerli Murat Can 1873 7 44½ 40½ 34.00


GM Baris Esen made a draw against Dragan Solak in the ninth round


14-year-old Turkish talant Dastan Batuhan with the best performance among youngsters


GMs: Previous Turkish Champion Emre Can with Kivanç Haznedaroğlu


Champions: Dragan Solak chats with the 2012 Women's Champion Kübra Öztürk


Good move: Dragan switched from the Serbian Chess Federation to the TCF


Always in a good mood: IM Mert Erdogdu


18-year-old talent IM Firat Burak winning bronze


A view of the harbour from the Open Air Folklore Museum, which displays 700 years
of the Yörük lifestyle that has become almost extinct today.


For hundreds years women have been making the traditional Gözleme (Turkish pancakes)...


…as they do in Kemer and all over Turkey to the very day


The Turkish Federation “gang of three”: press-coordinator Fatma Ozturk, general coordinator
of Turkish Championships Cengiz Ince and the TCF General Secretary Erman Uskudarli


February is a best period for oranges, with lots of orchards close to the tournament hall


Reporting straight from the orange grove, your correspondent Anastasiya Karlovich


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