The European Schools Chess Championship 2015, organised by Turkish Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union and with the sponsorship of TR Promotion Fund ended with the closing ceremony on 2nd July, 2015.
With all the results summed in the end of the championship, Turkey was the best team and became the champion country, with 7 gold, 11 silver, 7 bronze medals, with a total of 26 medals. Russia came second and Azerbaijan became third.
The guests at the closing ceremony were Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of European Chess Union, Mr. Kevin O’Connell, President of FIDE Chess for School Commission, Mr. Sainbayar Tserendorj, President of Mongolian Chess Federation, Members of the Council Mr. Tshepo Sitale (Botsvana), Mr. Christos Pilalis (Greece), Mr. Ravindra Dongre (India) and Mr. Jose Francisco Suarez Roa (Spain) , Mr. Alexander Kostyev, President of the International School Chess Unio, Mrs. Gulkiz Tulay, President of Turkish Chess Federation (TCF), Deputy Presidents of TCF Prof. Dr. Yusuf Dogruer and Askın Keles, the board members of TCF Mr. Kasim Yekeler, and Halil Ibrahim Sari, Mr. Tamer Sorgun, Deputy Director of Konya Youth Services and Sports, Mr. Mustafa Cipan, Director of Konya Culture and Tourism, Mr. Abdi Kalan, Deputy Mayor of Meram Municipality and Mr. Ali Kanber, Branch Director of Konya Youth Services and Sports.
After all, the national team players of 2015 TCF, Kursat Bugra Gokcek and Efe Metehan Yavuz had a live blitz game.
Mrs. Gulkiz Tulay stated in her opening speech that Turkish Chess Federation is honoured and proud to be hosting such an elite event. After her speech, Mrs. Tulay presented gifts and certificate to Mr. Azmaiparashvili for the memory of the championship.
After Mrs. Tulay, Mr. Azmaiparashvili gave a speech stating that the Turkish Chess Federation organised a perfect event and congratulated them for the prosperity of Turkish chess.
After the official part of the closing ceremony, the moment all the players waited came – the announcing the winners!
Europe got 12 School Champions in 12 different categories after 9 rounds of fighting!
The Champions of the 2015 European Schools Chess Championship are as follows:
Open U7 Svetlen Ivanov (BUL) 9 points;
Girls U7 Olesia Vlasova (RUS) 8 points;
Open U9 Suleyman Suleymanli (AZE) 7.5 points;
Girls U9 WCM Olga Melenchuk (RUS) 8 points;
Open U11 Unat Can Haktan (TUR) 8 points;
Girls U11 Duran Esma Doga (TUR) 7.5 points;
Open U13 Sahin Doga Boran (TUR) 7.5 points;
Girls U13 Citak Tuana Umay (TUR) 7.5 points;
Open U15 CM Bahadir Ozen (TUR) 7 points;
Girls U15 WFM Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) 7.5 points;
Open U17 CM Siar Yaran (TUR) 7.5 points;
Girls U17 Buket Tandogan (TUR) 7 points.
The European Schools Chess Championship was held in Hotel Rixos in Konya from 24th June till 2nd July 2015, where 666 players from 12 countries (Russia, Azerbaijan, England, Bulgaria, Denmark, Romania, Albenia, Finland, Georgia, Moldova, Spain and Turkey) competed for the titles.
More information at the Official Website.