Sunday, February 25, 2007

Two GMs, a WGM and a WFM confirmed for the 2007 Canadian Open

Turkish GM Suat Atalik, his wife WGM Katerina Atalik and renowned American GM Alex Yermolinsky will be playing at the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship.
GM Atalik is Turkey's top-rated native-born player. He is rated 2586. His wife, rated 2374, is the 2006 European Union Women's Champion. They will be accompanied in Ottawa by Turkish WFM Kubra Ozturk, 16, the 2006 European Girls Under-16 Champion.

Katerina and Suat Atalik

GM Atalik has been the second of GM Nigel Short, who is also playing in the Canadian Open. GM Short was the best man at the wedding of the Ataliks.

GM Yermolinsky, a two-time U.S. champion with a current rating of 2523, is the grandmaster-in-residence at the Mechanics Instititute Chess Room in San Francisco, the oldest chess club in the United States. He is the acclaimed author of two books, The Road to Chess Improvement and Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian, both published by Gambit Books. He is slated to give a lecture in Ottawa.

Alex Yermolinsky

The Ataliks and WFM Ozturk are coming to Ottawa thanks to the kind support of the Turkish Chess Federation. They, along with GM Yermolinsky and GM Short will be playing in Ottawa thanks to the generous support of OZ Optics, an Ottawa tech company, and its chief executive officer, Omur Sezerman.

The 2007 Canadian Open will be held in Ottawa from July 7 to 15.

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