Turkish Championships start in Antalya

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1/31/2012 – The Turkish Chess Championships have begun in Kemer, Antalya. It is a ten round Swiss and has attracted over 300 players – including four GMs, six IMs and six FMs. Is Bank and Arzum are the sponsors of the events, providing over €12.500 in both the men's and women's sections. GM Dragan Solak is among the leaders with a perfect 5/5 score. Report by WGM Anatasiya Karlovich.

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Turkish Chess Championships 2012

By WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

The Turkish Chess Championships for men and women started on January 29th, 2012 in Kemer (Antalya), Turkey. The tournament is a ten round Swiss and will end February 5th.

The rating favourites are GM Dragan Solak, GM Baris Esen, GM Emre Can. The tournament boasts with 309 participants in the men's section (a whopping 52 more than last year!). This includes 19 titled players – so the title is really up for grabs. An important new contender of this event is GM Solak, who recently completed the transfer from his native Serbian Chess Federation to the Turkish Chess Federation and is going to represent the Turkish national team in the next Olympiad.

The women's championships attracted 69 ladies, including WIM Betul Yildiz, and Turkey's new WGM, Kubra Ozturk, who just recently got her last WGM norm.

WIM Betul Yildiz looking to defend her title and earn a fair share of the impressive prizes

Turkey continues showing its growing support of chess, and especially of women's chess, by having impressive prize funds in both the men and women sections. The Turkish Chess Federation together with the general sponsor, Is Bank, have provided a prize fund of roughly €12,500 in the men's tournament. The women's event is being sponsored again by Arzum Small Home Appliances Company, who has been generous towards this event since 2009. Arzum has provided about TL 45,000 – which is roughly €20,000. The prizes include products (around €4300) as well as monetary prizes (around €7500). On top of that more than 20 of the women players received free accommodation in the 5-star Limra Hotel from this sponsorship.

Pictorial impressions by Anastasiya Karlovich

The weather in Kemer has been fabulous, with temperatures of 10 to 15 °C.
Some visitors of the Lima Hotel were not afraid to lie in the sun.

Trainers of the TCF Adrian Mikhalchishin and Mikhail Gurevich relax with some
traditional Turkish chay in the beach bar

President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici with the former and current champions of Turkey
during the opening ceremony

The beautiful playing venue

Seen from a different angle

A new member of the Turkish Federation, Dragan Solak, shows his strength – with a perfect 4/4

The game Solak-Kilic got a lot of attention. The former Serbian demonstrated his
powerful rook endgame technique and converted a small advantage into a full point.

Former Turkish Champion IM Umut Atakisi was also 100% after four rounds

GM Baris Esen had 3.5 points after four rounds

Current Turkish Champion GM Emre Can

Player of the national team Sanal Vahap is also one of the leaders with four points

CM Batuhan Daştan with 3.5 points after four rounds

Cahit Başaran 2.5 out of four

WIM Betul Yilzdiz is the defending national women's champion

WGM Kubra Ozturk plays on the second board for the National Team

Ezgi Menzi is a Turkish chess talent and successful student at Mersin TED High School

Seray Tulay is a bronze medallist for Girls U-17

Melis Temel's fierce concentration gave her a bronze medal for girls U-12

Duru Okuyaz with her mother before the start of the round

Leylahan Ar from Mardin

Yasemin Turan from Mardin

Fatma Ozturk and  Zeynep Yetisgin from our press team


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