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1st Online Chess Olympiad Division 1 Pool A, Chess.com 2020

How would Indonesian chess fare among the world élite? If this event is any good as a benchmark, with a pinch of salt, then the answer is not too shabby. Indonesia finished at 7th in the 1st Online Chess Olympiad 2020 Division 1 Pool A. The team lost 4 times, drew twice, and won thrice. Far from spectacular but enough to cement Indonesia’s place alongside the other established members of the top division.

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1st Online Chess Olympiad Division 2 Pool A, Chess.com 2020

Despite suffering three losses from nine rounds Indonesia successfully promoted to the first division. Indonesia’s fate was decided in the last round with a convincing victory over Bangladesh, 5.5-0.5. The victory brought the MP collected by Indonesia to 12. Meanwhile, Australia, which was Indonesia’s rival, lost to Belarus by 2.5-3.5. That meant the Kangaroo country was stuck at 11 MP.

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4th Japfa GMs, Yogyakarta 2019

GM Rustam Khusnutdinov of Kazakhstan won the event. Even though Rustam was a capable chess player but his victory came up as a bit surprise. He had switched his chess career into coaching rather than playing years ago. The event was his first classical tournament after long hiatus. He had been quite a while in Indonesia to work as a member of coaching staff in Indonesian National Training Center.

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Japfa WGMs, Solo 2018

Romanian IM Alina l’Ami, a familiar face to Indonesian chess public, became the top seed. She was followed by Georgian WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili and Philippine WGM Janelle Mae Frayna as the second and third seed respectively. The host expected that their players, especially the ones with the wordiest names, WIM Chelsie Monica Ignesias Sihite and WIM Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia Citra, to register a WGM norm.

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Irene Sukandar-Almira Skripchenko Match, Bekasi 2016

The match produced only one decisive game played in a classical time control in round 2. The game was won by the Indonesian player. The other games ended in draws. With the results IM Irene Kharisma Sukandar beat IM Almira Skripchenko 2.5-1.5. Sukandar stayed humble as always afterwards. She said to a reporter that Skripchenko’s jet lag might have a bearing to her defeat.

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3rd Japfa GMs, Solo 2018

The first seed GM Anton Demchenko had every right to feel bad about himself. The champion trophy slipped through his fingers when he looked almost destined to grab it. The Russian GM led the tournament most of the time. He suffered 2 losses in the near end of the tournament that pushed him down to the third at the standings. The winner was GM Timur Gareev of USA followed by Chinese GM Mǎ Qún as the runner-up.

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Medina Aulia-Janelle Frayna Match, Jakarta 2018

WGM Medina Warda Aulia played Philippine WGM Janelle Mae Frayna in a 5-round chess match. The event was held at the Ministry of Youth and Sport. It was part of Japfa Festival 2018. Medina was the second Indonesian WGM while Janelle was the first Philippine WGM. The question was not who was going to win the match but rather how big the margin of the final scores would be.

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