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Suat Atalık

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  • | Sep 18, 2009
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Suat Atalık (born October 10, 1964) is a Grandmaster of chess. As of the July 2009 FIDE rating list, he is ranked number 165 in the world and number two in Turkey, behind Mikhail Gurevich.

He went to Galatasaray Lycee and studied Psychology in Boğaziçi University.

He was born in Turkey in 1964, represented Turkey in the World Junior Chess Championship in 1983, and was their top board for several Chess Olympiads.

Despite this, and his current residence in Istanbul, he had disputes with chess organizers in his country, so he declared himself to be a resident of Bosnia and Herzegovina, his ancestral home.

During the 2000 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Atalik insisted on playing for Bosnia rather than Turkey. As a result, the organizers of the Olympiad banned him from the competition.

After the selection of the new national chess federation, he has returned to play under the Turkish national team again.

In 2003 he took first at Mar del Plata.

On November 11, 2005 he married 22-year-old woman grandmaster Ekaterina Polovnikova from Russia. Former world championship challengerNigel Short, who also played in the World Junior Championship in 1983 was his best man.

Atalık was the only Grandmaster registered in the Turkish Chess Federation in Turkey beginning in 1994 and ending in 2005, when Mikhail Gurevich took up residence there. But he is still the only Turkish GM from Turkey. At the moment strong junior players like Mert Erdoğdu orUmut Atakişi are considered to be capable of achieving GM status within 10 years.


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