Turkey to host two world chess championships in 2010

Turkey's young chess players won a total of 38 medals in the tournaments they attended in 2009.

 Turkey to host two world chess championships in 2010

Turkey's young chess players won a total of 38 medals in the tournaments they attended in 2009.

Thanks to a protocol signed by the Turkish Ministry of National Education and Turkish Chess Federation, the number of successful chess players has increased recently, officials told AA on Friday.

Turkey, which collected 18 medals in chess tournaments in 2008, increased such figure to 38 in 2009 and aims at winning more than 50 medals this year, officials also said.

In an interview with AA, Tahsin Aktar, the acting president of the Turkish Chess Federation, said that "chess classes" were formed in 2,650 primary & secondary schools all across Turkey and nearly 1.5 million students started to practise such sports branch thanks to the protocol between his federation and the education ministry.

"Our federation currently has 140,000 licensed sportsmen, 41,000 trainers and 2,800 referees," Aktar said.

Noting that Turkey would host 2 world chess championships in 2010, Aktar said his federation expected gold medals from young players, especially in the 8-12 and 12-16 age categories and the young women category.


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