Mega Database 2017

Today on playchess.com

15+5 IS Bank tournament

– The IS Bank tournament starts at 5.10 pm. 15 minutes with 5 seconds increment per move, 5 rounds. View all events here!

News

ChessBase 14 - Mega package - english Version

Follow the World Champion and your chess friend next door. Start your success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!

€279.90

Houdini 5 Standard

The program, written by the Belgian Robert Houdart, is known for finding tricks and resources in positions that just can’t be cracked by other engines.

€79.90

Houdini 5 Pro

With the latest version of his top chess program, Houdini 5, Robert Houdart has succeeded in catapulting himself back into the inner circle of computer chess, all while managing to maintain the unique and individual character of his engine.

€99.90

ChessBase Magazine 175

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Chess Olympiad Baku and Tal Memorial Moscow) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 12 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.

€19.95

ChessBase 14 - Premium package - english Version

Follow the World Champion and your chess friend next door. Start your success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!

€379.90

Chessbase 14 - Starter Package - english Version

Follow the World Champion and your chess friend next door. Start your success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!

€189.90

ChessBase 14 Download

Follow the World Champion and your chess friend next door. Start your success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!

€99.90

Mega Database 2017

The "Mega" is the database every serious chessplayer needs. The database contains 6.8 million games from 1500 to 2016, in highest quality standard, full of top level analyses and completely classified.

€159.90

Upgrade Mega 2017 from Mega 2016

The "Mega" is the database every serious chessplayer needs. The database contains 6.8 million games from 1500 to 2016, in highest quality standard, full of top level analyses and completely classified.

€59.90

Advertising
Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Kübra for Sports Person of the Year

12/12/2006 – She has just turned fifteen and is the reigning European under 16 champion. Kübra Öztürk has just been nominated for the "Sportsman of the Year" award in her native Turkey, competing with weightlifters, boxers and volleyball players. If you think it would be nice for a chess player to win the award you can go to the newspaper site and cast a vote for Kübra.
ChessBase 14 Download

ChessBase 14 Download

Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more.

More...

Milliyet (literally meaning “Nationality”), one of the best-known newspapers in Turkey has nominated two candidates from chess for its traditional “Sportsman of the Year” award. Voting is conducted through the Internet and mail, and lasts until the end of the year. The results cannot be seen on the Internet and the winners of the awards are awarded at a special ceremony with all the candidates invited.

Chess is becoming more and more popular in Turkey, and the Turkish Chess Federation last December concluded a sponsorship deal with Is Bankasi. Recently Garry Kasparov’s “My Great Predecessors” was published with the help of the sponsorship of Is Bankasi Kultur Yayinlari. Chess success has also been forthcoming. In 2006 WGM Ekaterina Atalik won the European Individual Chess Championship, and six months later Kübra Öztürk won European Championship title under 16 in European Youth Championship in Herceg Novi, Serbia & Montenegro.


Kübra Öztürk, winner of the European Championship under 16

Kübra became a celebrity in her country. Her success was reported in most of the newspapers in Turkey, and a documentary on her life was shown on TV. She is considered to be a rising star of Turkish Chess, and can be expected to be even more successful in the future.

Kübra Ozturk was born in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey in 1991. She started playing chess at the age of seven. Recently she took the silver medal in Turkish Championship, and shared the fifth place in the World Youth Championship under 16 girls. She caught the attention of the legendary Lajos Portisch at World Junior Championship 2005 in Istanbul, who spoke highly about her future prospects. Kübra plays for Besiktas JK, the reigning champion of Is Bankasi Chess League.

This young chess player is now a candidate for the Best Sportsperson of the Year in the Athletes section of Milliyet. The other candidates include Neslihan Demir (internationally known volleyball national team player), Yusuf Dikeç (shooting), Hasibe Erkoç (Boxing), Ismail Güzel (wrestling), Tugba Karedemir (Ice Skating), Zenep Kirez (Taekwondo), Elif Mavis (mountaineering), Taner Sagir (weightlifting world champion in his weight), Gulbin Su (Handicapped Sports), Devrim Cenk Ulusoy (Diving) and Göksü Uctas (Gymnastic).

Kubra is not the only candidate from chess for the Milliyet awards. The President of Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici, has been nominated for Best Sports Manager of the Year. Yazici is in the process of converting Turkey into a chess superpower, and has increased the membership of the TCF from 5000 in the year 2000 to 150,000 members today. He recently ran for the Deputy President of FIDE together with Bessel Kok in the “Right Move Team”.


Also nominated: the President of the TCF Ali Nihat Yazici

The other candidates to the Best Sports Figure of the Year are Ahmet Agaoglu (President of Golf Federation), Goksel Arsoy (President of Sports for Everyone Federation), Ozhan Canaydin (President of Galatasaray SK), Turgay Demirel (President of Basketball Federation), Erol Karabiyik (President of Volleyball Federation), Caner Doganeli (President of Boxing Federation) and Emin Sazak (President of the Committee of Yilmaz Sazak Athletics’ Competitions).

Want to help them win?

It would be really nice for a chess player to become “Sportsman of the Year” in Turkey – especially such an endearing young lady. If you want to help achieve this monumental goal you can vote for her on the Milliyet site.

"Stuffing" is an ugly word – let us call it general support for the noble game of chess. To vote for Kübra and Ali Nihat go to the Milliyet.com.tr web site and click on the cast-a-vote link on the left side of the page. In the popup that appears you should enter your name, surname, age and email address. Select Kübra Öztürk as "Yilin sporcusu" and, if you wish, Ali Nihat as "Yilin spor adami", whatever that is. Click Gönder to "submit" the vote.

Note that you will only be able to gönder a vote once – the site appears to store this in a cookie to prevent multiple submissions.

Feedback and mail to our news service Please use this account if you want to contribute to or comment on our news page service

See also

Discuss

Rules for reader comments

 
 

Not registered yet? Register