Istanbul Besiktas continues to lead in Turkish Is Bank League

7/19/2012 – And Istanbul Teknik remains in second place. After nine rounds of play these two teams have 17 and 16 match points respectively and are followed at some distance by Ankara Gazi Üniversitesi Spor Kulübü at 13 points. With top GMs playing it is the lower boards with juniors and females that are decisively influencing the results. Big illustrated report by Anastasya Karlovich.

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The Turkish Is Bank Chess League has started in Konya Rixos Hotel (Turkey) and will continue from July 10th until July 22nd, 2012. This year, near 300 players from 14 clubs are participating in this event. The Turkish Team Championship (1st Chess League) was inaugurated in 1995. In 2004, it changed its name to Super League, but after the Turkish Isbank assumed sponsorship in 2006, the name was changed once more to the Turkish Isbank Chess League.

Report after round nine

After nine rounds Istanbul Besiktas Jimnastik Club continues to lead in the Turkish Isbank League, with seventeen points. Two rounds were played on 18th of July. The toughest match in the eighth round happened among the leader Besiktas Jimnastik Club and chaser Istanbul Teknik University Sport Club.

A very exciting game (above) between Viorel Bologan and Dragan Solak finished last and became decisive for the match. The victory of Moldavian player brought a draw in the match for Istanbul Teknik University Sport Club, which placed second one point behind Besiktas. Ankara Gazi Üniversitesi Sport Club is on the third place with 13 points.

This year Turkish Isbank League has dress-code – all the teams should wear t-shirts with the club and TSF logo. Valentina Gunina didn’t know this rule at the beginning of the tournament, so she just wears one of her nice dresses. In few minutes the t-shirt was in the playing hall.


All in green: Mikhail Kobalia, Vladimir Malakhov and Valentina Gunina playing in the
Isbank League for Ceyhan Belediye Sport Club which placed ninth after nine rounds.


WGM Sopiko Guramishvili found her own way of wearing the t-shirt and proved that
she is a creative designer. The Georgian player has 7.0/9 and a 2508 performance.


Elisabeth Pähtz playing for Istanbul Teknik University has 2.5/6


Maria Muzychuk, playing for Istanbul Besiktas Jimnastik Club,
has seven out of nine and a 2517 performance


Dragan Solak, playing for Besiktas, has 5.5/9 and a 2661 performance


Sergey Tiviakov has a very stable eight-draw 2630 performance


Levan Pantsulaia, Isek Aqaumatch, has 5.5/7 with a 2671 performance


Merab Gagunashvili has 3.5 out of eight games and a 2516 performance


Mikhail Gurevich has four out of eight and a 2569 performance


Kubra Ozturk of Besiktas is going to play on the first board for
the Turkish Women's National Team at the next Olympiad


Pavel Tregubov with 3.5 out of eight and a 2561 performance


15-year-old Ukrainian sensation Illya Nyzhnyk has 7.5/9 with a 2733 performance (!)


Ezgi Menzi has 5.5 out of 9 points


Istanbul ISEK Aquamatch Sport Club (with Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Judit Polgar) in 12th place

All photos by Anastasya Karlovich

Standings after nine rounds

#
Team
+
=
MP
Pts.
1
Istanbul Besiktas, Jimnastik Kulübü
8
1
17
61½
2
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Spor Kulübü
7
2
16
58½
3
Ankara Gazi Üniversitesi Spor Kulübü
6
1
2
13
52
4
Antalya Çalli Spor Kulübü
6
3
12
53
5
Istanbul Pera Spor Kulübü
6
3
12
51
6
Manisa T.S Alyans Spor Kulübü
5
4
10
43
7
Tarsus Zeka Satranç Spor Kulübü
4
1
4
9
48
8
Adana Truva Satranç Spor Kulübü
4
1
4
9
41½
9
Ceyhan Belediye Spor Kulübü
4
5
8
48
10
Mersin Ezgi Satranç Kulübü
4
5
8
38½
11
Denizli Er Bakir Spor ve Kültür Kulübü
3
1
5
7
46½
12
Istanbul ISEK Aquamatch Spor Kulübü
2
7
4
38
13
Denizli Pamukkale Üniversitesi Spor Kulübü  
1
8
1
34½
14
Antalya Deniz Gençlik Spor Kulübü
9
0
16

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