Thursday, February 14, 2013

Solak is Turkish Chess Champion 2012-2013

The Turkish National Championship 2012-2013 took place on 1-9 February at the Halls of the Limra Hotel in Antalya, Turkey. The favorite GM Dragan Solak lived up to the expectations and won the event.

The event was 11 rounds Swiss open and the Classical FIDE time control was used. A total of 320 players participated.

The battle for first place was fierce and the champion was only decided in the last round. Solak and GM Alexander Ipatov arrived to the last day with 8.5 points; Solak defeated Vahap Sanal, while Ipatov wasn’t able to beat IM Atakisi Umut.

With the victory GM Solak got the title and the 5,000 Turkish Lira after scoring 9.5 points in 11 rounds. 

GM Baris Esen finished on second place – edging Ipatov on tie-breaks – and GM Emre Can finished fourth. Thus, the four first places were taken by the four favorite players. Full standings below.

Official website

Final Standings:
1GMSOLAK DRAGAN2603
2GMESEN BARIŞ25659
3GMIPATOV ALEXANDER25699
4GMCAN EMRE2460
5FMYILMAZYERLİ MERT2320
6FMALİ MARANDİ CEMİL CAN2369
7IMERDOĞDU MERT2430
8IMATAKİŞİ UMUT2320
9
KINSIZ ONUR2196
10
DOĞAN ALİ EKBER2166
11
ERTAN CAN2281
12IMŞANAL VAHAP23998
13GMHAZNEDAROĞLU KIVANÇ24398
14
GÜVEN BARIŞ20568
15FMANNABERDİYEV BABAGELDİ22988