5 rounds of the European Schools Chess Championship 2015 in Konya have finished so far. The battles are heating up, and in some groups there are still players with perfect score.

In the group Open U7 Emin Ahmadov (AZE) and Svetlen Ivanov (BUL) are in the lead with 5/5. In Girls U7 the leader is Zeynep Ruya Kaval (TUR).

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Bugra Gokcek Kursat and Beyazit Malgac Omer (TUR) gained maximum points in Open U9, while in Girls U9 Elif Keskin (TUR) and WCM Olga Melenchuk (RUS) have 5/5.

Khazar Babazada (AZE) tops Open U11 group with the perfect score, the same as Cengiz Acar Utku (TUR) in Open U13 and WFM Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) in Girls U15.

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Full standings after 5 rounds can be found on the Official page of the Championship

Yesterday was the rest day of ESCC 2015, which was reserved for the excursion to the city. The excursion had a great interest from all the participants, and it was organised by the Turkish Chess Federation. The players and the guests first paid a visit to Mevlana Museum with English, Turkish and Russian speaking guides and then enjoyed the free time in the shopping center.


After the well-deserved rest, the games continue in the high speed. There will be two rounds on 30th June 2015 – 6th round starts at 10.00 am and the 7th round starts at 5.00 pm (Turkish time).

Photos courtesy of Turkish Chess Federation