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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

U-16 chess olympiad begins in Turkey

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Hi everyone,

The U-16 Youth Chess Olympiad has begun in Izmit, Turkey. The event runs from October 23 to November 1, 2011 and has some nice young talent around. We've just had the first round with a top seeded teams like Georgia (Irakli Beradze, Shalva Nadirashvili, Guga Burduli, Nino Khomeriki), Slovakia (Christopher Repka, Jergus, Pechac Oliver Spacek, Viktor Haring), Switzerland (Lars Rindlisbacher, Noel Studer, Patrik Grandadam, Andre Meylan), Russia (GM Daniil Dubov, GM Vladimir Fedoseev, Urii Eliseev, FM Vladislav Terentjev), etc. starting off with strong wins on all four boards.

The United Arab Emirates Team

A happy player from Switzerland

All participants of World U-16 Chess Olympiad came together in the opening ceremony of the championship early in the morning. Delegations met in the city center and they marched in procession to the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality with their national flags. This year, Turkish Chess Federation is organising the olympiad with the contribution of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality.

The UAE Girls' team

A minute's silence was observed at the opening ceremony in memory of yesterday's earthquake victims. There are 122 players from Turkey, Scotland, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Slovakia, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Iran, Kenya, Armenia, Czech Republic, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Moldova, England and Georgia. You can access the official website at this link.

GM Mikhail Gurevich and GM Arthur Jussupow

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