Sixth World School Chess Championship in Kayseri

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7/22/2010 – 355 players plus 500 accompanying delegates from 70 different countries have convened in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri (Turkey) to participate in this event, which is being staged under the aegis of the Turkish First Lady, Hayrünnisa Gül. The children are between seven and seventeen, and competing in twelve categories. Big pictorial report by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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This event is being held from July 21-30, 2010, in Kayseri, Turkey, under the aegis of the Turkish First Lady, Hayrünnisa Gül. The event has been organized by Turkish Chess Federation (TFC). Players between seven and 17 years are competing in twelve categories.

President Abdullah Gül and First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül with successful chess players

The above photo is from Turkish National Day Reception on 29th October 2008. Left to right Canan Ali Marandi (mother of Cemil Can), FM Cemil Can Ali Marandi (2007 World School Chess Championship first place, 2008 European Youth Chess Champion Under 10), President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gül, Batuhan Dastan (2009 European Youth Chess Championship fourth place under 12, 2010 European Individual School Chess Champion), First Lady Hayrunnisa Gül.


Kayseri is a city in Central Anatolia, with a population of around on million [View Larger Map]

Kayseri Square and Hilton Kayseri (one of the hotels will be used for the event)

The Mustafa Kemal Ataturk monument on Kayseri Square

Sixth World School Chess Championship: First day report

Text and pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich

The Sixth World School Chess Championship started on 21st of July and will be held till 31 July 2010. About 355 players and 506 participants are present on the event. The tournament has been organised for the first time in Turkey, in Kayseri, a that hosts many sport events and becoming a well-known sport center in Turkey and abroad. After the WSCC the FIBA World Championship will take place in the same venue.

A view of the city of Kayseri from the Hilton Hotel

A musical reception for the players and guests

The President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici, delivers his opening speech

Youthful players from different continents with the TCF President

Two young models pose for our camera

Others find the opening ceremony festivities exhausting

Even the younger ones know how to fill out a score sheet

The official cap of the event

Girls before the start of their game

Oh dear, my opponent is threatening scholar's mate!!

Arbiter, I need some help here...

Me too, please

It would be interesting to know how many children fell into a scholar's mate

You are never too young to start with competitive chess

Or to what species you belong – real or as a comfort toy

About the author

Anastasiya (Nastja) Karlovich was Ukrainian champion and vice-champion among girls under 16, 18 and 20. She was European Champion with the Ukrainian team in the Youth Team Championships. She is also

  • a candidate officer in the National Law Academy “Yaroslav the Wise”,
  • a member of the chess club “Law Academy”
  • a member of the German club Grosslehna
  • one of the organisers of WGM and GM closed tournaments “Cup of Rector”.
  • a Woman Grandmaster since 2003


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