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Elite of Women Chess Meeting at the Highest Place in ?stanbul

Turkey is hosting a new super tournament for women players with the sponsorship of Türkiye ?? Bankas? with the name of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. The dates of the event is 10-20 March 2008 and 8 invited players  with 2 top Turkish women players are going to play.


The venue is the 41st floor of Türkiye ?? Bankas? towers, the highest building in Turkey which is located in one of the central commercial areas of ?stanbul.

The ?? Bankas? Towers Complex has a total area of 225,000 square meters, which is the largest of its kind on the European continent. The cost of the entire complex, including the three towers, auditorium, retail facility and multi-storey parking space, was around $230 million.

The buildings use "intelligent skyscraper" technologies and are designed to withstand earthquakes up to Richter 8. A total of 25,000 points in the structures have sensors connected to a central computer system. There is 50 cubic meters of air for each person inside the buildings. Rain water is collected and refined for usage in the complex. There are 46 lifts and six stair wells, as well as 80,000 square meters of parking space. Many details of the building resemble Trump Tower in New York, which was designed by the same architect firm, Swanke Hayden Connell. The Is Bankasi complex entered service in August 2000.

 AWM 2008