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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obituary - Turkish Chess Loses Mehdi Hayri Özbilen (1935 – 2013)

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,
Turkish Chess Federation lost the ex-president of the federation, who was also ex-member of the national team and an active veteran player. Mehdi Hayri Özbilen had been the president of TCF from 1982 till 1986. Özbilen has represented Turkey in different Olympiads as delegate, player and coach.

He had contributed as the compiler of the 40th Chess Olympiad Almanac. His son Önder Özbilen was also an active chess player.

Özbilen lost his life on 16th October 2013, after struggling in hospital for one and half month. His funeral had been organised (18th October) in Galip Paşa Mosque in İstanbul, and FIDE was represented there by Vice President Ali Nihat Yazici. We express deepest condolences to Turkish Chess Federation and members of Özbilen’s family.

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