Turkish Children's Team Championship 2011

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4/23/2011 – There is something wonderfully charming about young children playing chess – devoting themselves to a single task with all their concentration and energy. The Turkish Chess Federation claims that today 2.25 million children play the game. Of these 288 took part in the Turkish Children's Team Championship for players under eleven. WGM Anastasiya Karlovich sent us this giant pictorial report.

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Turkish Children's Team Championship 2011

Report from Kemer by WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

The Turkish Children's Team Championship U-11 took place in Kemer (Antalya) from April 12th to 17th, 2011. This year 288 players from 46 clubs took part in the event, a big increase from the first children’s league, which was organized by the Turkish Chess Federation last year and attracted 165 players from 26 teams. After the start of the program "Chess in Schools" a few years ago, thousands of young chess players have appeared all over the country. The statistics of the TCF show that the number of children learning chess from 2005 until 2010 has increased to 2,250,000 (two million, two hundred and fifty thousand).

The tournament in Kemer was played over nine rounds (Swiss system), with time controls of 60 min per game + 30 sec increment from the first move. The organizers provided live transmission of all the games in the tournament (96 boards).

The team of Mediterranean Municipality (Akdeniz Belediyesi), who was leading after the fifth round, won the final match against Ankara Tasduvar Team and were declared the victors with a total of 16 points. The experienced teams Yamanlar Ozyurt Elementary School (last years champion) and Yamanlar Special Elementary School won the last rounds matches and finished the championship in second and third places.

The regular venue of Turkish chess events – the five-star Limra Hotel in Kemer, Antalya

The General Secretary of the TCF, Erman Uskudarli, makes the symbolic first move

One of the playing halls of the Turkish Children's Team Championship

Organisers and helpers running a live transmission of all games of the tournament

A key match between the strongest teams: Akdeniz Belediyesi (right) and Yamanlar
Özyurt I.Ö.O. ended in favour of the former, who ended up winning the tournament

The Ortaca Yildizlar Team vs Mugla and Ramazan Savas Sport Club 1 Aspendos- Antalya.
During the first ten minutes all the matches were followed by coaches and parents.

Trying to find the right place for the queen

Muhammed Enes Tasoglu, third board for Yamanlar Special Elementary School, Izmir

There are many different ways to help you concentrate

Melek Akca from the team Nihat Arslan (Karaman) makes a long move

Such an interesting position!

Deep concentration and bracelet charms

Taha Koseoglu fromthe Tarzanlar Falezler team (Antalya)

What should I do now?

The cap is from the 2006 FIFA (soccer) World Cup in Germany

Halit Yavuz Ibik from the Tasduvar Team (Ankara) calculating variations in his mind.

Father-and-son discussion of the game and result

Boys from the Bafra Kizilirmak Elementary School, Samsun, show great team spirit

Kids who have finished their games wait for their team-mates

Checking out the chess books in the store

Players form Atafen Beyaz Piyonlar (Kocaeli) analyse their games with their coach

The President of the Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazici, at the closing ceremony

Özel Yamanlar I.Ö.O. (Izmir) hold the cup for their third place in the championship

The winners of the Children's Turkish League Akdeniz Belediyesi

The prize winners of the championship with their trainers and the President of the TCF Ali Nihat Yazici

Participants relaxed with table hockey and other similar games

The weather in Kemer was excellent, so there was much playing around outside

As usual table tennis is one of the favourite games...

... and some of the kids showed real virtuosity in it

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