Turkish Championship in Antalya

2/15/2011 – Turkish Chess Championship took place at Kemer, Antalya, in a large ten-round Swiss event. This year the Turkish Chess Federation provided an impressive prize fund of 30.000 TL (approximately 15.000 euro) attracting 257 participants, including 3 GMs, 4 IMs and 2 WIMs. GM Emre Can became new Turkish Champion with 8.5/10. Report and pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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Turkish Championship in Antalya

Report and photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

Turkish Chess Championship took place in Kemer, Antalya, from February 4  to 14, in a ten-round Swiss system. This year the Turkish Chess Federation introduced an impressive prize fund of 30.000 TL (approximately 15.000 euro). There were 257 participants including 17 titled players together with 3 GMs, 4 IMs and 2 WIMs. The top seeds are GM Baris Esen, GM Emre Can, and other players of the Turkish national team.

After ten rounds GM Emre Can became new Turkish Champion with 8.5/10, half a point ahead of a group of five with 8.0/10, including GM Baris Esen, IM Mustafa Yilmaz, Topak Engin, IM Mert Erdogdu, and FM Cemil Can Ali Marandi.


The officials of the Turkish Chess Federation make the symbolic opening moves
before the start of the event.


The collective handshakes just before the sound of a hundred clocks pressed at the
same time.


The president of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici, personally checks
the games in the Turkish Championship.


Kevin J. O'Connell and Lakhdar Mazouz, who came to take part in the FIDE
Presidential Board, also attended the Turkish Chess Championship.


GM Baris Esen finished fourth on tiebreak with 8.0/10


20-year-old GM Emre Can - 2011 Turkish Champion


IM Mustafa Yilmaz came second with 8.0/10


IM Firat Burak finished with 7.0/10 losing to GM Emre Can in
the last round


IM Mert Erdogdu came fifth with 8.0/10


GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu, with 7.5 points out of 10, and 13th
place, wasn't at his best during this tournament.


IM Yakup Erturan


13-year-old talent Batuhan Daştan, who has his own fan club
in Facebook, came tenth with 7.5/10.


Another talented youngster, Sanal Vahap, came 12th


A member of the national team, WIM Betul Yildiz


Another member of the national team, Ozturk Kubra, finished
with 7.0/10.


Menzi Ezgi


10-year-old Denizcan Temizkan


15-year-old Cankut Emiroglu


GM Mikhail Gurevich and IM Mustafa Yilmaz during some quick analysis after the game


GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, the official coach for the Women's national team provides
some training before the Turkish Championship.


A training blitz match between IM Mert Erdogdu and GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu


Mert explains how he is going to win the game


Full of variations: GM Mikhail Gurevich during the training session before the championship

Final standings

Rk.
Tit
Name
Rtg
Pts
TB
1
GM
CAN EMRE
2483
8.5
60½
2
IM
YILMAZ MUSTAFA
2477
8
66½
3
TOPAK ENGİN
2273
8
65½
4
GM
ESEN BARIŞ
2533
8
64½
5
IM
ERDOĞDU AZİZ MERT
2417
8
60
6
FM
ALİ MARANDİ CEMİL CAN
2180
8
58½
7
ÖZKAN ERVIN
2213
7.5
60½
8
FM
KARATEKİN TAMER
2268
7.5
59
9
FM
YILMAZYERLİ MERT
2322
7.5
58
10
DAŞTAN MUHAMMED BATUHAN
2147
7.5
58
11
BOZKURT İLKER NADİ
2109
7.5
54½
12
CM
ŞANAL VAHAP
2206
7.5
53½
13
GM
HAZNEDAROĞLU KIVANÇ
2456
7.5
52½

Complete standings

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