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How Betül missed $33000
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 04 Nov 2009 Wed 09:33 am

Betül Cemre Yildiz is a Women International Master and has won the Turkish Women´s Championship (for adults) a total of six times already. She was invited to the FIDE Women´s Grand Prix in Nanjing last month, where she fared disastrously.

The Junior World Championship in Argentina was a completely different matter. Betül went into the final round looking poised to take Gold. But in the end she only tied for first and came in third on tiebreak points. Had she won clear first she would have got a WGM title directly and been eligible for a special jackpot prize of the Turkish Chess Federation. As we reported in February this year, the basic prize was 10,000 Turkish Lira for any Turkish player becoming a grandmaster or woman grandmaster (GM or WGM). An additional bonus of 20,000 TL would be paid to the first player to get one of these titles, and a further bonus of 20,000 TL for the first player to do so under the age of 20. According to our calculations this adds up to:

  1. WGM title – 10,000 TL
  2. First WGM – 20,000 TL
  3. First WGM under 20 – 20,000 TL
    Total: 50,000 TL = 22,624 Euro or US $33,000

Pity, Betül, who is a charming, intelligent and widely educated young lady, missed this by a couple of tiebreak points – and by a tiny little qualification in the title rules. We checked with FIDE: it appears she and Deysi Cori Tello, with their Silver and Bronze medals, are only eligible for the WIM title, which they both already have. The Gold medal winner, Swaminathan Soumya, on the other hand does in fact qualify for a WGM title – which she already has. Such is life.


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