World School Championship – Oh the intensity!

by ChessBase
7/24/2010 – There is something very special about children playing chess. Especially when it's many hundreds of them, from scores of different countries. This truly edifying event is taking place in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri (Turkey) and we are lucky to have a dedicated and ambitious photographer at the venue. Enjoy the latest extraordinary pictorial report by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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The Sixth World School Chess Championship (under seven, under nine, under eleven, under thirteen, under fifteen and under seventeen years old – open and girls) is taking place between July the 20th and July 31st, 2010 in Kayseri, Turkey, under the aegis of the Turkish First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül. The event has been organized by Turkish Chess Federation (TFC).

Sixth World School Chess Championship: Third day report

Text and pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich

The organizers took care about the special prizes for the participants. The winners will receive a FIDE Candidate Master title and the right to participate (free accommodation) in the 2010 World Youth Chess Championship in Porto Carras, Greece.

The champions of each category (twelve in all) will receive a notebook computer. All second places in those categories will receive video MP3/MP4 players. Third places will receive special chess sets. Other gifts (books or toys) will be given to the 4th, 5th, 6th places.

The Yeni Camil or New Mosque in Kayseri

The clock tower

Kayseri Castle with posters of the WSCC and FIBA championships

A monument to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary
statesman, writer, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first president

Two little girls from Sri Lanka arrive in Kayseri

The playing venue

Parents and spectators watch the games from the public gallery

Some come properly equipped

Limbering up before a move

Inspiration often comes from above

Decisions, decision...

The mascot is part of the game

You can even wear them in your cap

Hang on to your hat, here comes a good move...

The correct headgear for a cool game of chess?

POCCNA? That's "Russia" in Cyrillic characters!

If it's attacked you graciously retreat it

It's never too early to start practising The Glare

That's doleful, you need more aggression! Well, he's learning, he's learning...

It is edifying to see so many young girls interested in the game

Please read our previous caption

Ballerinas and frilly socks

She wields a cute cap and a mean pen

Chew it and view it

They are not going to able to think of a caption for this one!

One of the many young Turkish talents – a.k.a. "young Turks"

The arbiters are often called to solomonically clear up a question

The lady's section

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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