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Opening Ceremony of the 6th Mediterranean Championship
resim 053.jpgWith the presence of nearly all of the players, arbiters, a group of local journalists the opening cp was ceremony of the sixth edition of the Mediterranean Championship was held in the Kemer Anatolia Beach Hotel. The Mayor of Çavuşköy Dr.Yalçın Akkulak, member of the council of GATAB, the municipalities union that sponsor the championship, Geoffrey Borg as the General Secretary of the Mediterranean Chess Association and Vice Preisdent of the Turkish Chess Federation Kuvay Sanlı. Captioned pictures below.

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The tournament hall and the venue of the opening ceremony with only Geoffrey Borg working in the earlier hours of the day

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Geoffrey Borg testing the participants' blitz level such as IM Umut Atakişi of the hosting country kibitzed by Turkish National Teams Manager Özgür Solakoğlu and one other participants, Fethi Apaydın.

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Vice President of the Turkish Chess Federation Kuvay Sanlı who also happens to be the tournament director of the 2009 Mediterranean Championship welcoming the participants and support of the Turkish Chess Federation to the Mediterranean Chess Association.

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Kuvay Sanlı presenting Mayor of Çavuşköy Yalçın Akkulak a memory plaquette for his and GATAB's contribution to the organization of the championship.
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Geoffrey Borg, the General Secretary of the Mediterranean Chess Association (among his fairly well-known position in the chess world as the CEO of the Global Chess, the marketing arm of FIDE) , reflecting upon the gradual improvization of the MCA.

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The defending champions IM Darko Doric and WIM Ljilja Drljevic of Croatia and Montenegro respectively

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The defending champions again...

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Turkish players IM Umut Atakişi, Fethi Apaydın and youngster Cankut Emiroğlu in the opening ceremony

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Chief Arbiter of the championship Delal Aydın(far left) in the technical meeting with Kuvay Sanlı, Dr.Yalçın Akkulak, Geoffrey Borg and Özgür Solakoğlu.

Journalists do not miss the opportunity to take pictures of the defending champion

Report by  Özgür Akman
MCA&TCF Press Officer

 MedChess 2009