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Sports Minister Murat Ba?esgio?lu: "I give my thanks to ?? Bank, TCF and the players"
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The closing ceremony of the first super tournament ever held in Turkey ??  Bank Atatürk International Women Masters took place in the ?? Bank Museum, where the players had a chance to see the history of the oldest bank of Republican Turkey.

Sports Minister of Turkish Republic Murat Ba?esgio?lu, FIDE and the President of the Republic of Kalmykia His excellence Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and General Director of Türkiye ?? Bank Ersin Özince delivered speeches in the closing ceremony in front of a media phalanx. The players received their trophies and medals afterwards.

We thank all the players for participating and showing some great fighting chess.

Farewell until the next major international event in Turkey!!
Last Round Full Report: Hou Yifan Wins the Tournament, Thriller Between Xue and Atal?k
In the final round, Hou Yifan made a draw the secure the first place and she won the first edition of ?? Bank Atatürk International Women Masters Chess Tournament with 7 points out of 9 without a single loss. Anna Ushenina and Pia Cramling drew their last round game while after playing for some time Harika Dronavalli and Irina Krush also repeated moves and settled with a draw. Zhu Chen outplayed the Turkish youngster Betül Cemre Y?ld?z in the endgame. The last game of the round and the tournament between Xue Zhao and Ekaterina Atal?k ended as a dramatic loss for the Turkish player. Atalýk sacrificed a piece early in the middlegame in a better position but later on white seemed to remain a piece up against some pawns in the endgame. It finally ended as a dramatic loss for the home side and Zhao leaped to the sole third place. The full report is available now.
Turkish Version of Playchess Launched
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On the free day of I.Isbank Atatürk International Women Masters, which coincided with the first day of FIDE Presidential Board Meeting, there was a press conferece to introduce the full Turkish version of Playchess(Satrançoyna is the Turkish name). FIDE President and President of Kalymkia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, TCF President Ali Nihat Yaz?c? and PR Director of Türkiye ?? Bank Suat Sözen attended the press conference together with the top FIDE executives. After the introduction, Kübra Öztürk, two-times European Under 16 Girls played an exhibition game against Keti Tsatsalashvili,who was in world champion Under-16 Girls Canary Islands,Spain. The second exhibition game was between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Kübra Öztürk.

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Excursion to the Dolmabahçe Palace

On the free day the players visited Dolmabahçe Palace at the coast of Bosphorus. Dolmabahçe Palace, is the venue where founder of Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed away. The players left roses in his room.
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