European Championship in Antalya

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4/22/2004 – Last year we had a pictorial feast with the European Individual Championship. This year the event is once again being held on the "Turkish Riviera", the Mediterranean playground for West European tourists. Hopefully we will end up with a similar collection of interesting pictures of chess players at work and at play. Here's a preview...

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European Chess Union president Boris Kutin writes: "As you remember that we had already informed federations for European Individual Chess Championships. European Chess Union is glad to invite you to Antalya Kemer-Beldibi from 14 to 31 May 2004 for 5th European Individual Chess Championship. The tournament will be played in the Nautilus Hotel Beldibi Kemer. As you remember we announced the official regulations in our website . Now we clarified the hotel and venue. Please check information and send the necessary application files to Organisers as soon as possible.

In the hotel the number of rooms are limited to organisation. Organisers have made reservation for 100 beds in 30 single and 35 double rooms. this rooms will be given according to application time. And if there is more request than 100 beds, the second hotel building which is 250 metres behind will be in use. Till today organisers have got 55 applications. Therefore, we ask all federations they want to send players to make their application as soon as possible."

Picture Gallery

The Nautilus Hotel Beldibi Kemer

The rooms in the Nautilus

The food at the Turkish buffet

The obligatory pool

The beach in Kemer

The famous Turkish steam baths

Actually they are western saunas, but with a Turkish touch

Evening entertainment


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