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Press Release #2 - After Libya - 02.04.2003

Wednesday, April 02, 2003


The Mediterranean Chess Association was formed in November 2002 during the Bled Olympiad with the primary objectives being :

(a)   To safeguard and further the interest of chess within the Mediterranean region, as well as the interests of its members;

(b)   To foster a positive framework of friendship and collaboration and generate peaceful relationships within the Mediterranean region;

(c)   To provide an organisation for the promotion and participation of chess in all related existing and future activities, competitions and seminars within the Mediterranean region;

During the month of March 2003, some key events were generously organised by Libya to push forward this positive initiative. Firstly, there were two junior tournaments, one for Boys U-20 and another one for Girls U-20. A total of 24 junior players participated in these first tournaments with the Boys tournament being strongly contested by three International Masters and one Fide Master. The final winner was IM Dimitrios Mastrovasilis from Greece with a score of 8.5/9. In the girls tournament, woman Fide Master Ana Srebrnic from Slovenia dominated although the result was left to the penultimate round when in the important encounter between Srebrnic and Amina Mezioud from Algeria, Srebrnic came out victorious.

Additionally, the 1st MCA General Assembly was held in Tripoli on the 27th of March 2003 and during this Assembly a new council of five members were elected as follows :

  • President - H.E. Eng. Mohammad Al Gathafi (Libya)
  • Deputy President - Eng. Ali Nihat Yazici (Turkey)
  • Vice President - Dr. Ammar Houry (Lebanon)
  • Treasurer - Dr. Sakis Kouvatsos (Greece)
  • General Secretary - Mr Geoffrey D Borg (Malta)

Despite the critical events happening today in the Middle East the MCA still had the full support of the majority of the Federations in the Mediterranean region. The next events targeted are the Men and Women Championships which will be held in Beirut, Lebanon between the 25th of September 2003 and 6th October 2003. More details will be shortly available on the website : http://www.tsf.org.tr/mca/

Yours sincerely,

Ali Nihat Yazici                                                              Geoffrey D. Borg

Deputy President                                                                   General Secretary

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