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A New Chess Magazine Launched in Turkey

satrancseverkk(1)A new Turkish chess magazine with was born recently with the name “Satranç Sever” (literally translates into ‘Chess Lover’). The magazine is scheduled to be bimonthly and published by the founder and the owner of the first Turkish chess publishing house Analiz Publishing, FM Alper Efe Ataman, a renowned chess personality in Turkey and a top trainer in the country.

Turkish chess is associated with an incredible chess boom especially at the scholastic level for the last two decades. There seven grandmasters but the domestic chess circle has always debated about the lack of a great chess magazine, which would contribute to the development of a sophisticated chess culture.

Currently, there is only one chess magazine published by the Turkish Chess Federation to cover national and international events circulated three times a year. However, the founder and owner of the first chess publisher of the country is dedicated to change this fate.

FM Ataman explains the idea of the magazine saying, “Publishing a chess magazine has always been one of my dreams”, pointing out the past experiences of publishing private chess magazines have not been very long-living. He gives credit to the other chess magazine published by the federation, but still believes that there is a need to have another voice other than that of the federation, an independent high-quality magazine, “emphasizing mostly on chess culture”.

The first issue includes articles by Turkish GM Kıvanç Haznedaroğlu and top female player of the country IM/WGM Ekaterina Atalık and incudes interviews with GM Jan Timman and GM Jacob Aagaard. The magazine also contains a chess cartoon by Andrés Guadalupe Martín. GM Aagard talks about chess publishing and chess training-improvement matters, a novel material for many chess lovers who do not necessarily read or speak English, Russian etc. It should also be pointed out the renowned chess photographer David Llada and cartoonist Andrés Guadalupe Martín have also contributed to the magazine.

FM Ataman also explains that the magazine aims to show chess is not only for the scholastic level but the uniqueness of chess is that it is game that unites different age groups. Therefore, “creating an interesting magazine for all levels and ages” is what FM Ataman is aiming for, intently quoting GM Jan Timman “a mixture of good journalism and good analysis.”

Here is a complete list of the articles in the 64-page magazine:
⁃ Interview: GM Jacob Aagaard : Aagard talks about chess publishing and the story of Quality Chess
⁃ GM Kıvanç Haznedaroğlu: Tearing Down the Wall: GM Haznedaroglu talks about his first GM norm in 2007,
⁃ IM Hasan Kılıçaslan: World of Compositions
⁃ IM Yakup Erturan: 3 Masterpiece Positions
⁃ FM Selim Çıtak: İstanbul Blindfold Chess Tournament
⁃ FM Can Yurtseven: George Koltanowski
⁃ FM Fatih Atakişi: Rashid Nezhmetdinov
⁃ FM Ata Seçer: World Champions Against Each Other
⁃ FM Yasin Emrah Yağız: Converting Won Positions
⁃ FM Yakup Bayram: Retreating the Pieces
⁃ Onur Kınsız: There is chess in St. Tropez!
⁃ Görkem Sivri: Champion of Valhalla: Bent Larsen – 1
⁃ Nazmi Can Doğan: Memorable Tournaments: 1953 Zurich Candidates Tournament
⁃ Erşan Gökerman: Moments A Star Shines – Paul Morphy
⁃ Ozan Çapan: Thoughts About Tactical Themes
⁃ Sati Emre Güner: Guess-the-move
⁃ Ataman & Erkmen Aydoğdu: On the relationship between Bridge and Chess

Cover Photo: Serkan Ergün
Photos: David Llada / Chess Informant
Caricature: Andrés Guadalupe Martín (Wadalupe)
Graphical Design: Pınar Salha

About Analiz Chess Publishing

Ataman founded of Analiz Publishing back on December 1, 2005 which may be dubbed as the first real chess publishing house. Analiz has published 34 different chess books (there are translations and originals). It is also the distributor of renowned international chess publishing houses including Gambit, Everyman, New in Chess, Quality Chess and Chess Informant.

Analiz also has a chess club in İzmir, Bostanlı founded on March 1, 2009, where Ataman is training youngsters. Ataman’s book “Instructive Chess Miniatures” already published in Turkish is set to be published in English by Gambit Publications.

You can visit Analiz’s website, only in Turkish, at

FM Alper Efe Ataman was born in 1983, Izmir and has been a member of the Turkish Youth National Team Trainers, has a FIDE Trainer title, too.

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