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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Exhibition Chess Match - GM Suat Atalik Beats Better Half Ekaterina

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The latest chess news via Chessdom is that Chalkida Chess Academy “Palamedes of Evia” hosted a friendly chess match between Turkish Grandmaster Suat Atalik and his wife IM/WGM Ekaterina Atalik in Halkida, Greece between August 7 and 9.

This special event is the first-ever chess match between husband and wife, who also happen to be the winners (overall and women’s category respectively) of the previous edition of Negroponte Open in 2010. GM Suat Atalik was, in 1994, the first ever Turkish sportsman to play in the Greek League for a local team in any sport.

The match consisted of two classical games, four rapid games and eight blitz games. Suat Atalik won both games with the classical time control 90′+30”. There followed rapid games with 15′+10” where Suat Atalik achieved another victory 3,5-0,5. However, in the blitz match Ekaterina Atalik kept the balance and this section ended up 4-4. The overall result is Suat Atalik 9,5 – Ekaterina Atalik 4,5.

The match is organised by the Chalkida Chess Academy and Giorgios Tsounis, the arbiter was IA Anestis Mihailidis, the games were not rated. Full scores can be found on

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  • At August 10, 2012 at 3:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Have you guys found out if GM suat is getting dinner at home these days or eating out

  • At August 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM , Anonymous saira fernandes, madrid said...

    @anonymus remark is biased - what do they mean by writing that? its ridiculous to assume and by the way its just chance am sure women's chess has progressed and it could have been ekaterina beating her husband - some readers have a male chauvinist attitude

  • At August 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM , Anonymous alexis cochran, nz said...

    chess is always a romantic thing nice show


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