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Turkish Go Championship

Hüsrev AksütHüsrev AksütThe 2012 Turkish Go Championship was played on June 9th and 10th at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Eight dan-ranked players and forty kyu-ranked players competed in a five-round MacMahon. After the first three rounds no dan-level player was undefeated, but Hüsrev Aksüt (2d) had lost only once, and he scored straight wins over Bilen Bertan (2d) and Emre Bektöre (1d) in rounds four and five to become the new Turkish champion. Emre finished second. Bertan, who was coming off a triumph in the Hitit (as in 'Hittite') tournament in May, tied for third place with Altan Kuntay (1d). Özgür Değirmenci, the highest-ranked player (3d), finished fifth. Giray Erdi (2d), the only player to beat the new champion, finished seventh. Gökhan Yıldız (1k), Anıl Haydar Yılmaz (5k), Murat Evirgen (6k), Gökhan Karadağ (10k), and Sinem Cantürk (19k) won four games apiece to finish 6th, 20th, 24th, 32nd, and 42nd, respectively.

Complete results can be seen here.

In 2009 Hüsrev, a graduate student in mathematics at Bilkent University, was part of the winning pair in the Turkish Pair Go Championship and represented Turkey at the International Amateur Pair Go Championship in Tokyo. Since then he has been prominent in the Turkish tournament scene, winning the Alpar Kılınç, Eskişehir, and National Hacettepe go tournaments in 2010 and the Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University tournament in 2011. He played for Turkey at the 2011 World Go Amateur Championship and was captain of the Turkish team in the recent Pandanet European Team Championship.