After the ceremonial speeches, Ataturk Chess Center’s opening started. Deputy Prime Minister of Turkish Republic Mehmet Ali Sahin, Deputy President of FIDE Georgios Makropoulos, Minister of Industry and Trade Ali Coskun and President of Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazici cut the red tape all together and openned the wonderfull center.
TCF won high praises from Deputy President of FIDE and President of Greek Federation Mr. Georgios Makropoulos. Mr. Makropoulos said: ”FIDE has 155 active federations, we were arguing about the most developing federation among us till 2000, however last 6 years we haven’t argued because Turkish Chess Federation is the most developing federation in the world”.
President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici made a speech before the opening and expressed the importance of autonomy in Turkish Sports, and added ”the number of the player was 3000 in 2000 has increased to 150.000 in this year and 12.000 teachers had been trained and joined us as coach just in the last summer”.
In the mean time, the USCF has a little more than 80,000 members out of 45 million chess players in the US. This number plummeted from around 98,000 to 78,000 during the presidency of Beatriz Marinello. Perhaps we should learn how Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici did it for Turkey? As I said countless times before, the USCF will ALWAYS have big problems under the current organizationsl structure.
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