I was happy to return to the Turkish League for the second time, although the dates selected proved unfortunate for me as they were very unfriendly for both the World Open and the British Championship which I originally planned to play at least one of. My team ISEK Aquamatch was in optimistic mood as in my absence the previous year they had won the league but hopes of defending the title proved farfetched. Two years ago the top boards were considerably less tough as in the interim many teams had shrewdly recruited 2600 rated young foreigners. It’s easy to forget how many strong players there are out there that you may well not be aware of. I began with a sequence of five draws before finding someone in worse shape than me in the second game of the day in round 7.
In passing whilst it’s obviously undesirable to play 2 games in a day the ordeal could be minimised if some sensible rules regarding time controls were applied to this situation. I would think 90mins +30 secs for the whole game should be a maximum timelimit allowed for a double header.
The team situation was even worse with only one win in seven; I think four consecutive defeats might be a team worst for me. After a crisis meeting on the free day, (ironically in the Turkish League two double round days are neatly bisected by a free day as, if I understand it correctly, for some reason this allows the local participants to dodge military service) we established a new plan to avoid relegation which with four wins in the last six rounds we narrowly achieved. I actually won a couple of decent games against Tregubov and Safarli but managed to sour my tournament in the last round with a horrible blunder.

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[Event "TUR-chT"]
[Site "Konya"]
[Date "2012.07.22"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Iordachescu, Viorel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C70"]
[WhiteElo "2723"]
[BlackElo "2636"]
[Annotator "Mickey"]
[PlyCount "100"]
[EventDate "2012.07.11"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "TUR"]
[Source "Chessbase"]
[SourceDate "2012.07.27"]
[WhiteTeam "Istanbul ISEK Aquamatch"]
[BlackTeam "Denizli Pamukkale Universitesi"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "TUR"]
[BlackTeamCountry "TUR"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 5. c3 g6 6. d4 exd4 7. cxd4 b5 8. Bc2
d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. O-O Bg7 11. Bg5 Qd6 12. Nc3 O-O 13. Ne4 Qd7 14. Bb3 Na5 15.
Ne5 Qe6 16. Nc5 Qd6 17. Ne4 Qe6 18. Bxd5 Qxd5 19. Nf6+ Bxf6 20. Bxf6 Nc4 21.
Nxc4 bxc4 22. Qc1 Bb7 23. f3 Qf5 24. Be5 Bd5 25. Bxc7 Rac8 26. Bg3 Rfe8 27. Re1
f6 28. h4 Kg7 29. Qc3 g5 30. hxg5 Qxg5 31. Kf2 h5 32. Rxe8 Rxe8 33. Rh1 Kf7 34.
Qc1 Qg6 35. Bf4 ({I accompanied this move with a draw offer which would have
been reasonable with} 35. Re1 {I think it took a while for both of us to
realise that my last move was considerably worse than no move at all and my
opponent played the decisive}) 35… Re2+ {When everything drops off mainly
with check.} 36. Kxe2 Qxg2+ 37. Ke1 Qxh1+ 38. Kd2 Qxf3 39. Ke1 Qe4+ 40. Qe3
Qb1+ 41. Qc1 Qe4+ 42. Qe3 Qxe3+ 43. Bxe3 c3 44. bxc3 Bxa2 45. Kf2 Ke6 46. Kg3
Kf5 47. Kh4 Ke4 48. Bf2 Bf7 49. c4 Bxc4 50. Kxh5 a5 0-1
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*For those of you wondering if my spellchecker is on the blink, tragesty was Julian Hodgson’s favourite description of such incidents, when someone informed him it was not a word, he replied that it was a cross between a travesty and a tragedy I’m sure the OED will catch up soon.