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WSCC 2010 Ends With The Award Ceremony

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The final round of the 6th World School Chess Championship started at 10am. After the rounds were finished, the tournament was closed with the award ceremony at 7pm. The first 6 places of each category received their presents whereas the first 3 of every category received medals in addition to presents. Serkan Altıntuğ, the Deputy of Metropolitan Municipality of Kayseri; FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and Mevlüt Bilici, the Governor of Kayseri gave their speeches. After that they received their memory souvenirs from the President of Turkish Chess Federation, Ali Nihat Yazıcı and the award ceremony started.

You can find more information about final rankings and award-winners below.

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The Champions Are Becoming Evident

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As we're entering the last round, two players guaranteed the first place. These players are Zhansaya Abdumali (KAZ) of the U11 Girls category and WFM Adriana Pachon(COL) of the U15 Girls category.

The closing ceremony will be held tomorrow at 19.00 in Kadir Has Congress Center.








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2 Rounds Left To The Final

round7_026.jpgAfter the free day, the challenges for the championship gained speed. Two rounds left to the final, there were challenging games for the first three places.

Today in the game FM Burak Fırat vs. Ege İlkin of the U17 open category, black played the Symslov variation of the Caro-Kann defense. White's 16.Nd2! was worth mentioning. White could also play 16.Bxc4 but this gives Black counterplay. An example variation could be: 16.Bxc4?! g5 (16...Qxc4 isn't possible due to 17.Qd8#) 17.Qe4 Bb7 18.Qe2 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Bxh2+with mutual chances. Black replied to 16.Nd2 with 16...g5 17.Qh3 e5, opening the c8-h3 diagonal and trying to take advantage of the awkward position of white queen on h3. Another option suggested by the computer in this position was 17...Ba6 18.b3! Kg7 19. Nxc4 Nb6 20. Nxd6 Bxe2 21.Qg3!. It's quite clear that black has a bad position after the moves 19...e4? 20.Qf6 but it's not easy to say where black actually did wrong. Perhaps an alternative could be 19...Nxc4!? 20.Qxa8 exd4. After 23.g3 white is clearly better and won the game without any difficulties. With this win, Burak Fırat is still the leader of this category with 6 points. Emel Kaya, who won her game today, became the sole leader of the U17 Girls category.

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Interview With WGM Anastasia Karlovich
1.jpgYou are in Kayseri as a journalist to make news about the 6th World School Chess Championship for media.

-Have you been in Turkey before?

A.K : Yes, I`ve been to Turkey many times before. I`ve played some Open tournaments in Istanbul and participated in Turkish Team Championships as a member of THY and Pamukale.

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