Turkish Rapid Chess Championship in Datca

by ChessBase
8/24/2011 – The town is a fine vacation spot, a place where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, where Turks and Greeks can swim out to meet each other. It is also the place where this year's Turkish Rapid Championship took place – in the Open and U16 categories. It was fun for all, especially the youngest players, whom WGM Anastasiya Karlovich has caught in her wonderful pictorial report.

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Turkish Rapid Chess Championship in Datca

Text and photos by WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

The Turkish Rapid Championship took place in Datca from 19 to 21 of August 2011. It consisted of an Open and U-16 tournaments, with the prize fund of 6,000 TL (approximately 2,400 Euro). 74 players took part in the U-16 event and 51 players in the Open tournament. Buker Muhittin won the Open, IM Burak Firat and IM Suat Soylu shared second place. Emiroglu Cankut won all seven games and placed first in U-16 category tournament.

Datça is a place where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean [view larger map]

The town is located around 68 km from Marmaris, is one of the best spots for a vacation! The oxygen-rich air with many curative properties has, for centuries, drawn visitors to this small corner of Turkey. Datca is a district, as well as the center town of that district, in Mugla Province of Turkey.

A view of the Aegean Sea and a freshwater lake. You can see the Greek Island of Symi on the background. It is located just eight km only from Datca. Every year a special friendly event is organized by both countries: swimmers from Datca and Symi meet in the middle of the line between two countries.

A view of the harbor. In Datca the sun shines almost every day of the year. The environment is perfect for sight-seeing, hiking, windsurfing, diving, sailing, fishing, and photo shooting. Bays and evergreen villages are like paradise.

A marble copy of original statue of the "Knidos Lion"...

The original is in the British Museum in London

The "Knidos Lion" was made to commemorate a naval battle off Knidos in 394 BC. The lion was found in 1859 by the architect Richard Pullan, who was a member of Charles Newton's expedition to Asia Minor. Newton was responsible for acquiring this and many other pieces of Greek sculpture and architecture for the Museum.

Sweets, nuts and olive oil in a local store

Fresh almonds are one of the best-loved local products

Traditional houses an the old village in Datca

Hand-made dolls offered for sale in the village shops

The swimming pool of the Mare Hotel – one of many different hotels which could be
chosen by players for the tournament

The President of Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici
delivers a speech and wishes success to all participants

Datca Mayor Toksan Sener makes first symbolic move at the start of the event

Youthful reporter: the later winner of the U16 category, Emiroglu Cankut, speaks to
a local TV channel. Emiroglu won all seven games and finished with a perfect score.

Players are in good mood at the start of the event

A tough game between Kivanc Karaoglan and Ozan Capan

The youngest players waiting for the start of the game

It is inspiring to see such young players who have achieved a fair level of skill

Where is my opponent – late as usual?

We are ready to fight!

Decisions, decisions... what should I play?

Okay, exchange light pieces and attack on the queenside

Colorfully dressed with imaginative nail varnish

I'm gonna get you! Pure determination at the start of a game

He played 1.e3½! Afterwards the kids continue with fun games

This is a serious stuff: Demre Kerigan during a game

IM Firat Burak, who shared second in the Open

Prize winners of the Open tournament: IM Firat Burak, Muhittin Büker (with cups)

Winners of U16 category: 3 Emre Emin Dedebaş, 2 Melissa Card, 1 CM Cankut Emiroğlu

A group photo of participants and organizers

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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