WIM Zehra Topel

20-years old Turkish Female Champion

WIM Zehra Topel won the 2007 Turkey Women Championship after already being three-times Turkish U18 champion. This talented and perspective player was born on April 1987 in Shumen, Bulgaria and at the age of 8 she started visiting local chess club in Shumen after her mother taught her how to move pieces.

Zehra Topel

WIM Zehra Topel

The family moved to Istanbul, Turkey on 1997 and on 2000 they were granted Turkish citizenship. Currently, Zehra is studying 2nd year of English Philology at the Istanbul University and she is member of the Istanbul Technical University chess club.

Thanks to our friend Frederic Sellier of the Pokemon Chess Blog for sending the profile. Read the entire article (in French and English) on his weblog.