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Portrait of a young talent
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 17 Apr 2011 Sun 10:01 am

CM Vahap Şanal

In the Dubai Open our attention is directed towards a player who is currently 47th on the score table. Vahap Şanal (pronounced Shaanal) in just twelve years old. He was born on 26 May 1998 in Izmir, Turkey and started to play chess in connection with the Chess in School Project of Turkish Chess Federation. He was the first and youngest chess player in Turkish National Team when he was eight years old. His first official tournament was the 2006 World Youth Chess Championship in Batumi, Georgia. He finished this event in fourth place in the under-eight category.

Today Vahap has the opportunity to train with the best coaches in the world, with the support of TCF. After successful results, he gets a bonus from the federation. He believes that young Turkish players have plenty of opportunities, especially in the national teams, so that the number of GMs is going to increase soon.

In round one in the Dubai Open the 12-year-old, rated 2200, faced GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, rated 400 points higher than him, with the black pieces – and simply outplayed the current tournament leader:

Hammer,Jon Ludvig (2606) - Sanal,Vahap (220 [E15]
13th Dubai Open Dubai UAE (1.13), 10.04.2011
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 g6 8.e4 Bxf1 9.Kxf1 Bg7 10.Bf4 d6 11.Nc3 0-0 12.Rd1 Ng4 13.Kg2 Ne5 14.Ng1 Nbd7 15.Bc1 c4 16.Nge2 Nd3 17.Be3 a6 18.Nd4 b5 19.b3 N7c5 20.bxc4 bxc4 21.f3 Qa5 22.Nce2 Qa3 23.Bg5 Rfb8 24.Rb1 c3 25.Nc6 Rb2 26.Rxb2 cxb2 27.Be7 Qxa2 28.Rb1 Qa1 29.Kf1 Nb3 30.Bg5 Nbc5 31.Be3 Qa4 32.Qxa4 Nxa4 33.f4 Kf8 34.Bd2 Ke8 35.e5 dxe5 36.Nc3 Nac5 37.fxe5 Nxe5 38.Nxe5 Bxe5 39.Ke2 Rb8 40.Nd1 Ne4 41.Be1 Rb3 42.Ne3 Nc3+ 43.Bxc3 Rxc3 44.Kd2 Rc5 0-1.


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