Grandmaster Burak Firat, Turkey, joins Stockholm Chess Challenge 2018

Burak Firat, Turkey, is the second Grandmaster to join Stockholm Chess Challenge April 30–May 5. The first Grandmaster to join was the winner of the swedish championships 2016: Erik Blomqvist.

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The Turkish chess-federation was a decade ago very small but last years they made fantastic progress which many other federations can only dream of. In 2006 suddenly 1,1 million euro was injected in Turkish chess and this didn't stop. A massive recruiting campaign started which at beginning of 2014 already gathered more than 350.000 members.

Soon enough the young turkish chess player started to achieve norms. Burak Firat (born 1993) was one of them, and he has now the Grandmaster title and will be an interesting contender in Stockholm Chess Challenge April 30–May 5.

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Announcement: Stockholm Chess Challenge 2018 is ready for you!

Stockholm Chess Challenge, sponsored by Data Respons is THE norm tournament for young guns born 1993 or later. The schedule is April 30–May 5, 2018. This time Stockholm Chess Challenge will be played in Stockholm's Chess Salons in Sodermalm in the centre of Stockholm. Are you born 1993 or later with an ELO rating of over 2200? Welcome to join!

The prize winners 2017. Stockholm Chess Challenge is back 2018. The starting date is 30th of April. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

The organizers Stockholm's Chess Society and Stockholm's Chess Federation will guarantee you a tough starting field with a chance to take GM- or IM-norm.

The tournament is open for players born 1993 or later and with 2200+ in ELO rating per 1st of April 2018. The starting fee is 700 SEK (only 500 SEK if you register before April 15) and it's free starting fee for GM and WGM.

Here is the invitation. Here you can sign up for the tournament.

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