Turkish Super League

Report by WGM Anna Rudolf

The Turkish Super League is a unique event sponsored by the Turkey Is Bank, that brings together the top 16 teams of the country. The championship is played in a round robin system, on two different occasions: the first 7 matches were fought this year in February, in Antalya, while the last 8 rounds were held in Uludag, Bursa, from 25 June to 2 July 2009.

Each team consists of 10 boards: 4 men boards, a woman board, a junior, an U16 boy, an U16 girl, an U14 boy and an U14 girl board. Most of the clubs strengthened themselves with foreign titled players, however, in each round maximum 3 of them were allowed to play.

Let’s have a closer look at the last 8 matches of the League and the final standings. The playing venue was the Alkoclar Hotel on the mountain Uludag, which is a nice sky resort nearby Bursa. Unfortunately, June is not really the month for skying, but the extraordinary view and the more “chessy” climate (only 15-20°C) could still delight the players.

Every team had something to fight for: the medalist squads’ privilege is the participation in the European Club Cup, while the last 5 places in the final standings mean relegation to the Second League. The 15 matches brought the following the result:

1. Truva Satranc S.K.

2. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu

3. Manisa Doruk Koleji S.K.

4. Tarsus Zeka Satranc

5. Ankara ODTU S.K.

6. Turk Hava Yollari S.K.

7. Bursa Tophane Endustri Meslek Lisesi

8. Istanbul Teknik Universitesi S.K.

9. Yesilkoy S.K.

10. Pamukkale Universitesi S.K.

11. ISEK Aquamatch

12. Antalya Ramazan Savas S.K.

13. Er-Bakir Spor Kultur

14. Antakya Satranc ve Bric S.K.

15. Istanbul Dobruca S.K.

16. Antalya Callispor

TL 1

1. The Champion Truva Satranc

TL 2

2. Vice-champion Besiktas with GM Dragan Solak, Robert Markus and Levan Pantsulaia on top boards

TL 3

3. Bronze medal for Doruk Koleji with GM Boris Savchenko and IM Anna Ushenina

TL 5

GM Azarov and GM Andrey Zhigalko (Truva) facing GM Kasimdzhanov and GM Banikas (ISEK)

TL 4

Georgian fight on board one – GM Gelashvili (Er-Bakir) vs. GM Arutinian (Yesilkoy)

TL 10

IM Yelena Dembo (ISEK) vs. WIM Betul Yildiz (Truva)

TL 7

GM Nidjat Mamedov (Callispor) against GM Boris Savchenko (Doruk)

TL 13

WGM Anna Rudolf was the woman player of Callispor

TL 14

WGM Anna Sharevich playing for Pamukkale

TL 15

WIM Zehra Topel is a member of Istanbul Teknik Universitesi S.K.

TL 6

GM Moiseenko’s team got relegated to the Second League in spite of Sasha’s great perfomance and individual board prize

TL 8

GM Ivan Salgado Lopez was a multifunctional player for Tarsus – fighting on men’s 2nd board in some rounds and playing the junior board in others

TL 9

GM Sanikidze did not lose a single game and scored 11 points out of 15 for Yesilkoy

TL 11

Sergei Zhigalko’s perfect score, 14 out of 14 on the junior board helped a lot for Truva becoming a champion

TL 12

Turkish hopes playing against each other – WIM Yildiz (Truva) vs. WIM Ozturk (Besiktas)

The luckier players, after the League finished, even had some time to explore Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.

TL Istanbul 2

TL Istanbul 3

We enjoyed our staying in Turkey and we warmly recommend taking part of Turkish events, such as Izmir Open on 20-28th August with total money prize 10000$, Hatay Tournament on 17-23th July with 7000€ money prize, Keşan Open Tournament on 28-31st July or Çanakkale (Troya) Open Tournament on 01-09th August with 4500€ prize fund.

Report by WGM Anna Rudolf, league photos courtesy of the official website