report by Ozgur Akman
Turkish Chess league round 5 standings
1. TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 10 MP 40,5 GP
2. DORUK KOLEJİ 10 MP 34 GP
3. BEŞİKTAŞ 8 MP 33,5 GP
4. TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 8 MP 32 GP
5. SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 8 MP 29,5 GP
6. TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 6 MP 25 GP
7. ANTALYA DENİZ 5 MP 23,5 GP
8. ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 5 MP 22 GP
9. ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 4 MP 26,5 GP
10. İSEK AQUAMATCH 4 MP 24,5 GP
11. TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 4 MP 23 GP
12. PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 2 MP 20 GP
13. TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 2 MP 19,5 GP
14. BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 2 MP 18 GP
15. MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 MP 16,5 GP
16. SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 0 MP 12 GP
Round-by-round reports by press officer Özgür Akman with lots of pictures below.
GM Suat Atalık vs GM Dragan Solak
In the first round last year winners Besiktas won a comfortable match against Bursa Tophane with 9-1 who had the Bulgarian Champion Vasil Spasov in the squad.
İSEK Aquamatch won the first round derby against Tarsus Zeka, last year’s runner-up team in the league with GMs Solak and Abbasov, IM Matnadze and WIM Tsatsalashvili. They won 5.5-4.5 thanks to the nice wins of GM Papaiannou over GM Abbasov and IM Atalık’s win against IM Matnadze.
Manisa Doruk College, won the against Denizli Erbakır with 6-4 which could be return match of the encounter of the two teams in the last round of the last season where Denizli Erbakır won and took the fourth place. The key board on the path to the victory was GM Rauf Mamedov’s unexpected quick win against GM Tamaz Gelashvili, while IM Erturan contributed to the team’s win by drawing against GM Aroshidze with black pieces. While, IM Khurtsidze, the most successful woman player last season continued her good performance by starting with a win against WGM Stepaiova.
Servergazi Municipality Sports Club won its first İş Bank Chess League match against Selçuk University who missed their GMs Roiz and Mchedlishvili very much and only played with WGM Gvetadze and IM-norm holder Turkish player Reyhan. Probably, there was a financial problem in the Konya side, but with the two 2600-rated GMs, they would have made their mark in the league.
İstanbul Technical University, the club formerly managed by President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazıcı himself and who is also graduate of the university, is a successful club with having the records of one of the most experienced team. They have a balanced team with 2300-2150 rated Turkish players and they started with a 5.5-4.5 win over Pamukkale University. GM Grivas and FM Çıtak made a draw on the first board as WIM Karlovic did with WIM Topel, the Turkish Women’s Champion.
The rating favourite of the league, Truva won comfortably against Mersin Ezgi with 8-2 , while the most successful club in the twelve year history of Turkish league TED College, missed an opportunity of starting with a win against Antalya Deniz Genclik by missing a win on the junior board.
Turkish Airlines started well with a comfortable win against Antalya Çallıspor with 7-3.
IM Anna Muzychuk
One of the most memorable wins of the league so far was Servergazi Municipality‘s 8-2 win over Tarsus Zeka. The champion of İş Bank Chess League won against the newcomer and the winner of Turkish Clubs Cup İSEK Aquamatch 5,5-4,5 while İstanbul Technical University won a crucial game against Denizli Erbakir. Tarsus Zeka, one of the strongest teams in the league lost a second game in a row.
Besiktas, with strong Turkish players and probably the best junior-youth combination in the league does not have a foreign player or GM on their squad but they are still a very strong team. The famous Turkish club from İstanbul won against İSEK Aquamatch, which was founded with the sponsorship of Aquamatch , a water refinement corporation, to a chess center in İstanbul, İSEM led by FM Tolga Demirel, a well-known player and successful trainer in Turkey himself. İSEK Aquamatch has only their own pupils on the youth-junior boards and the trainers of the club (FM Demirel and Gökerman playing here) with the Grandmaster troika: GM Atalık with the Greek GMs Papaiannou and Banikas. Also, they have the strongest Turkish woman player, 2006 European Champion IM Ekaterina Atalık, so they have a formidable team but it was not enough to tumble Besiktas. The youth boards of Besiktas were dominant, while IM Atakişi held GM Atalık to a draw which meant a 5.5-4.5 win for the champions.
Doruk Koleji won against Antalya Çallıspor with GM Shanava and IM Sidefzade comfortably with 8.5-1.5 while Turkish Airlines proved too strong for Bursa Tophane with a 6,5-3,5 win. IM Karakehajov’s win against GM Gagunashvili on the first board was the only win, which was not sufficient.
Adana Truva scored its second comfortable victory with a 8-2 win against Antalya Deniz Gençlik. TED Ankara College with GM Mikhalchishin made another draw against Pamukkale University with GM Grivas, GM Odeev and WIM Karlovich. Mersin Ezgi won its first match against Selçuk University which does not seem to have the two GMs in their squad.
Denizli Servergazi Municipality with GM Arutinian, IM Sanikidze, IM Lomineishvili and six-time Turkish Champion IM Arduman showed how strong they are by winning against Beşiktaş, the title holders. The İstanbul side, lost their first game against Servergazi with the slightest but vital 5.5-4.5 win.
IM Anna Muzychuk, joined by her sister WFM Mariya Muzychuk, helped the Turkish Airlines club with their third win over İSEK Aquamatch. GM Gagunashvili drew against GM Atalık as IM Erdoğdu did against GM Banikas. THY dominated the junior boards, which gave them 6-4 victory.
Pamukkale University and Antalya Deniz Genclik drew against each other while Adana Truva scored a 9-1 win against Selçuk University.
Manisa Doruk Koleji scored its third consecutive win against Bursa Tophane with 6,5-3,5.
The “Mersin derby” (the city which is going to host Under 16 Chess Olympiad starting by the early August) between Tarsus Zeka and Mersin Ezgi ended as the first win of this season for Tarsus Zeka which has more than 2,000 players registered, which means they are the largest chess club in Turkey. FM Kerem Laçiner joined Antalya Çallıspor squad in this round to help Antalya side to score its first victory against İstanbul Technical University with 5.5-4.5. Denizli Erbakir, won its first match this season by winning comfortably against TED College, which is far from its past glorious days with 7.5-2.5.
WIM Zehra Topel
Antalya Deniz Genclik made a big upset to Denizli Erbakir with 5.5-4.5 win thanks to FM Tamer Karatekin, former Turkish champion’s victory against GM Levon Aroshidze and Köse’s (well-known bulletin boy to win a very nice game against GM Naiditsch back in 2003 European Championship in Silivri, İstanbul) win against Genç and Uzuner’s win against Metin.
ITU collected another 2 points against Bursa Tophane, who are one of the major disappointment in the league without a single point despite they have a strong team led by GM Spasov. GM Spasov, inflicting FM Çıtak with his first loss was not enough since FM Erdoğan stroke a win on the second board against IM Karakehajov. Turkish champion WIM Topel’s win over WIM Chilingirova was another crucial board win that contributed to the 6-4 victory for the technical university.
Tarsus Zeka overwhelmed Selçuk University with a 8.5-1.5 win and Antalya Çallıspor scored another win this time against TED College thanks to the first three boards with GM Shanava, IM Sidefzade and FM Laçiner.
Truva duly won against Pamukkale University despite Grivas held GM Guseinov to a draw and Sipahioğlu won against Çoban.
Beşiktaş treated its wounds from the loss against Servergazi with a 7-3 win over Mersin Ezgi.
Manisa Doruk Koleji won against İSEK Aquamatch which meant the fourth straight win for the former and the third straight loss for the latter all of them being important games. GM Mamedov-GM Savcenko -IM Erturan were solid enough to hold İSEK GMs to 2 points and went on to win.
Mamedov and Gelashvili
Round 5 saw the first victory for Bursa Tophane. Led by GM Spasov, they defeated Ted Ankara of GM Mikhalchishin. Doruk managed to win 7:3 against Servergazi despite the draw of Mamedov against Gelashvili.
Besiktas are back on track with a solid 7,5:2,5 victory against Selcuk University. WFM Kubra Ozturk made a nice draw agains GM Gveetadze.
Tarsus lost from Truva despite the positive result on the first three boards. This made Truva provisional leader with more game points than Doruk Koleji.