World School Championship – prizes and closing ceremony

by ChessBase
8/4/2010 – The Sixth World School Championship in Kayseri, Turkey, ended with a lot of happy faces and a lot of interesting prizes – trophies, notebooks, MP3/4 players, chess sets, books. The rewards were well earned by a bevy of remarkable young talents, whom we would do well to remember for future events. Final pictorial report by WGM 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) took place between July the 20th and July 31st, 2010 in Kayseri, Turkey, under the aegis of the Turkish First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül. The event was organized by Turkish Chess Federation (TFC).

Sixth World School Chess Championship: Closing Ceremony

Text and pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich

30th of July: the last round of the World School Chess Championship decided the winners of the event. The award closing ceremony started at 7 p.m. Many honorary guests were invited such as Serkan Altintug, the Deputy of Metropolitan Municipality of Kayseri; FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and Mevlüt Bilici, the Governor of Kayseri.

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

The champions of each category (twelve in all) also received notebook computers. All second places in those categories received video MP3/MP4 players, the third places received special chess sets. Other gifts (books or toys) were given to the 4th, 5th, 6th places.

Before the closing ceremony the Governor of Kayseri Mevlüt Bilici played a friendly
game with FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos

Girls in traditional Turkish cloths with the cups and medals for participants and guests

The TCF President Ali Nihat Yazici presents a souvenir to Govenor Mevlüt Bilici

The TCF President proudly presents the cup for the first place to Burak Firat from Turkey, who was leading during the whole event and finished with 8.0 points in U17 category. Zurab Javakhadze from Georgia is on the second place with 7.5 points and Yusup Atabayev from Türkmenistan finished with 6.0 points.

First place among girls U17: Altanulzii Enkhtuul from Mongolia with 8.5 points;
2-3 places Aisa Imeeva from Russia and Emel Kaya from Turkey both with 8.0 points

Total domination of the Turkish players in the U13 category: Cemil Can Ali Marandi, 7.5 points, Vahap Sanal, 7.0 points, Batuhan Dastan, 7.0 points. Cemil got a notebook for his first place.

The 4-6 places in each category got book prizes. The U13 girls Patel Yesim,
Ozturk Hilal and Sahin Handenu with their books.

The first place in the U11 Reza Asgharzadeh from Iran with 7.5 points, Bahadir Özen (Turkey) is on the second place with 7.0 points Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara (Peru), 6.5 points, was on his way home at the time of the closing ceremony. Reza also has his notebook first prize.

First place U11 Girls: Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kazakhistan) with a record 9.0 points, second Nisan Ulusoy, Turkey, 6.5 points, and Dita Karenza from Indonesia on third with 6.0 points

Yassibag Ipek Asli from Turkey happily finished the U11 on 6th place with 5.5 points

The yougest participants come to pick up their prizes

Saberi Mahan Kamarposhti from Iran (first place) and Emirhan Tarlabasi from Turkey proudly raise the cups while the youngest participant of the event, Ridit Nimdia from India, holds his cup with both hands. Ridit’s last game was very tough and lasted for five and half hours. The poor lad was so exhausted that his mother had to spend some time trying to wake him up when the bus arrived at the closing ceremony.

In this category the arbiters have to help the players to climb down from the podium

Girls U7 winner Maya Eliseeva and Bahavar Helya from Iran (Karaj) on the second place

Helya's father, Dr. A. Bahavar, told us she started playing chess one year ago, at the age of six, and started attending the chess club Arya. Her couch, Mr. Azizi, helped her to improve, and also her mother played an important role in her education. She was a participant in the national championship among Girls U8 and made a good result. Dr. Bahavar also noted that none of twelve Iranian chess players got any support from the Iranian Chess Federation.

The winner in the Girls U7, Mayya Eliseeva (Russia), scored 11 points in 11 games and got a new notebook for this. Mayya started reading and playing chess in the age of four and has been already a champion of St. Petersburg U6 and U8.

Altanulzii Enkhtuul from Mongolia (first place U17) and her friend
Bayarmaa Bayarjargal (fourth place U15) smile for the camera.

The representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran receive the prizes for their countries in the category "five best individual results". The same countries, but in different order, were the best in the category of the most medals. This time it was Turkey, Russia, and Iran.

The Turkish players proudly pose for photographers after the closing ceremony

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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