A few days after the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, I got to play another tournament — the Turkish National Chess Championship which took place in a touristic region, Kemer (Antalya). We played in a wonderful 5-star hotel «Limra» so chess players had all conditions to show their best over the chess board. 318 players came to play which made tournament very intensive one. Would like to point out one fact : there were 80 online boards, clearly the record for national chess competitions!:)
However I scored 9/11 (+7=4), still it wasn’t enough to go on sharing the first place! GM Dragan Solak was in a great form which let him to score 9,5/11 and take the clear first. I managed to share second-third with GM Baris Esen who hadn’t lost any game too. The 4th place went to GM Emre Can who had shown a great fighting spirit but unfair pairings in the last round didn’t let him to enter TOP-3, however he truly deserved it with his play!
Landscape photos from Kemer :