Turkish Children’s Team Championship U-11 started in Kemer (Antalya) on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, and will continue until 17th April. More than 1100 chess clubs all around Turkey were trying to earn the right to participate here. This year 288 players and 46 clubs are taking part in the event.
In comparison, the first such tournament was organized by the Turkish Chess Federation last year and gathered 165 players within 26 teams in total. After the start of the program “Chess in schools” few years back, thousands of young chess players appeared in the country. Statistic of the TCF shows that the number of children learning chess from 2005 till 2010 increased to 2.250.000 (two million, two hundred fifty thousand).
The Championship is played over 9 rounds of Swiss system, with time control 60 min per game +30sec from the 1st move. The organizers are providing live transmission of all the games in the tournament (96 boards).
Text and photo by Anastasiya Karlovich