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Friday, December 4, 2009

Gaziantep - Capital of European Women Chess

Hello dear chess lovers!

I just got back to Moscow after my win at the First ACP Women's Rapid Cup in Turkey.

I would like to share with you the press-release from the ECU and the Turkish Chess Federation. This concerns the European Women's Chess Championships in classical, rapid and blitz chess and it's for 3 years in a row 2011, 2012 and 2013!

It looks it's just the beginning and we will be hearing much more about chess events in Turkey, which is great for all chess players, both active grandmasters and spectators!

Official Press Release (By ECU and TSF)

Gaziantep - the capital of European Women Chess!

5 November 2009, the President of the European Chess Union Mr. Boris Kutin and the president of The Turkish Chess Federation and the Vice-President of FIDE Mr. Ali Nihat YAZICI were the guest of the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality.

The reason of that top meeting was to plan a Project which will get an important position in European and World Chess.

The night of the 4th of November 2009, two presidents met in Gaziantep. Prof. Dr. Kıvanç Güngör (Chairman of TSF Medical Committee and member of FIDE Medical Committee) and Mr. Fatih Ekinci (member of TSF Board) met them in Gaziantep Airport. The morning of the 5th of November, the chess delegation was received by the management team of the Gaziantep Municipality. Bilateral meetings were held during the day and before the night the decision was made in principle.

The meetings went in friendly atmosphere. Mr. Boris Kutin was very happy with the high level hospitality of the Municipality. President Kutin mentioned that the Project will be an important Stone on the road map of European Women Chess.

From left to right: Vice General Secretary of the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (GMM) Mr. İbrahim Evrim, Prof. Dr. Kıvanç Güngör, Ali Nihat YAZICI, the Major of Gaziantep Dr. Asım Güzelbey, Boris Kutin, General Secretary of GMM İbrahim Fuat Özçörekçi, Mr. Fatih Ekinci

The European Women Individual Chess Championships in Gaziantep, 3 years in a row.

The meetings were very successful. According to the agreement by 2011 (2011, 2012, 2013) the European Women Individual Chess Championship, European Women Rapid Championship, and European Women Blitz Championships will be organised in Gaziantep with a prize fund of 150.000€ each year. That price fund will be a record and ECU and TSF will try to make the events a record in the Guinness Book of Records. The event in 2011 is already confirmed since there are no other bids for the event. Considering the high prize funds, Gaziantep will be a strong candidate for 2012 and 2013 events to get it if there is not a better proposal to ECU. Gaziantep will be absolutely the strongest candidate to get the event.

Municipality Sport Club will have a dream women team!

Not only organisations will be held in Gaziantep, but also Gaziantep Municipality Sport Club will enter to Türkiye İş Bankası Chess League with a team consists of only female players. The aim will be to win the European Club Cup for women.

A very good move for women and children chess!

The Municipality will invest during the next four years for women and children chess. The city, where chess is already very popular, will open a chess museum and many international activities will be organised. The word of ‘women chess’ will be synonym of ‘Gaziantep’.

The aim of the Project is to create the image for Gaziantep to be called the ‘Women Chess City’ or let us say the capital of European Women Chess.

A photo of the top three negotiators in the meeting: Yazici, Major Güzelbey and Kutin.

The contract will be signed in Rijeka, Croatia in 2010 during the European Individual Chess Championships with the same three people.

The Rector of Gaziantep University is a Chess Player

The Chess delegation has visited also the Gaziantep University, and the Rector. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Yavuz Coşkun was happy to meet with Kutin and Yazici.

The Rector played a friendly chess match with Mr. Boris Kutin. The president of the European Chess Union mentioned that the rector’s level of chess is over amateur and that of a very good player. Prof. Dr. Coşkun underlined that Gaziantep University is ready to give any kind of support to European Chess.

Posted by: Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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