World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2008 Print
Sunday, 11 May 2008 09:57
16 - 25 August 2008, Mersin – Turkey


The Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) will organise the above-mentioned event in Mersin, Turkey from 16 August (Arrival) to 25 August Departure). The Championship will be conducted under the auspices of Federation Internationale Des Echecs (FIDE).

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The Turkish Chess Federation has the pleasure of inviting your Chess Federation to participate in the World Youth Under-16 Olympiad. Entitled to participate are players who shall not have reached the age of 16, by January 1st 2008, (Date of Birth 1992 and after). TCF will provide free board and lodging for a team of 4 players and the official, free for ten days, for the applications came till 27th June 2008. The reserve shall be charged €49 per day inclusive of 3 meals. Applications sent after 27th June 2008 will be penalised by 100 € and all late applications will pay 49€ for accommodation. Each participating person including invited players shall pay 100€ organization cost for the event.


Additional teams from the same Federation will be allowed to participate if they pay the normal registration fee to FIDE plus 100 € to the organizers on arrival. Members of the extra team and other accompanying persons shall each pay 59 € per day inclusive of 3 meals. There is no any chance to provide single rooms. Please take under consideration that all participants must stay in official hotels. All participants will stay in Mersin Municipality Sport House in Mersin and anyone who participates in the tournament will not allowed for security reasons to stay somewhere else. Invited players will stay in triple or in double rooms. Registrations will be valid by sending 100 € organization fee in advance. Following accounts must be used and money should be transferred to Turkish Chess Federation till deadline. Registrations will not be valid without money transfer!

Bank Name: Turkiye Is Bankasi
Branch Name: Ankara
Address: Ulus – Ankara
Account Holder: Turkiye Satranc Federasyonu
IBAN USD: TR610006400000242003881019 USD Account Number: 4200-3881019
IBAN Euro: TR500006400000242003881023 Euro Account Number: 4200-3881023


Medals (Gold, Silver & Bronze), cups and Certificate Of Achievement for the top 3 teams. Board Prizes in the form of Medals will also be awarded to the respective winners.


Mersin Great Municipality Sport Hotel.


The tournament shall be run on a 10 Round Swiss. Each match between teams will be conducted over 4 boards.


90 minutes to finish with 30 seconds increment from move 1.

Arrival 16 August
Technical Meeting 17 August
Opening Ceremony 17 August
Round 1 17 August
Rounds 2–3 18 August
Round 4 19 August
Rounds 5-6 20 August
Free Day 21 August
Rounds 7 22 August
Rounds 8-9 23 August
Round 10 24 August
Closing Ceremony 24 August
Departure 25 August

The Closest Airport to Mersin is Adana Airport 1 hour distance. There are daily more then 15 flights from Istanbul to Adana. Considering that World Junior Chess Championships are organized from 2 to 16 August, participants coming from Gaziantep to Mersin will be provided free transportation. Duration from Gaziantep to Mersin is 3 hours, there is not any flight connection.

Each person will pay following transportation costs for bus transportation with regular inter city bus companies:
Istanbul Airport – Mersin – Istanbul : 80 Euro per person (intercity bus)
Izmir Airport – Mersin– Izmir: 80 Euro per person (intercity bus)
Antalya Airport – Mersin– Antalya: 60 Euro per person (intercity bus)
Adana Airport – Hotel – Adana Airport: 50 Euro per person (bus of organizers)
All transportation payments will be made in cash in Bus. All participants who pay this transportation cost, will be met on arrival.


Turkish airlines fly from Ankara and Istanbul directly to Adana Airport.
Air way is a far more comfortable transportation, therefore if Federations want to come by air, they are kindly asked to do so. Or if you transfer the registration fee and ask an official request to Turkish Chess Federation we may help for your flight reservations.
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Or private airlines:
Turkish Airlines
Sun Express
10. VISAS:

Countries that require visas for Turkey are requested to apply for visas at their respective Turkish Republic Embassy. TCF will send invitation to all participants eligible for Tournament.

11. All other details are as per FIDE Handbook D.VI.02 (Regulations for the Children's Olympiad).

12. The Closing date for Entries is 27 June 2008. Entries received after this date are at the discretion of the organizers and a surcharge of 100 € will be imposed. Organisers have a right to refuse late entries.

13. All kind of payments must be made before the start of the first round. The players who did not make their payment will not be paired. We look forward to your participation in this tournament.

Registration forms are available upon request to our e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Contact Numbers:
Phone of Mr.Koral Tournament Director : +90 533 6417867
Federation: +90 312 3097594
Fax: +90 312 3109620

For more detailed information please download Invitation and Regulations in PDF format.
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