Archive for the ‘International’ Category

7th Japfa Festival Women International, Jakarta 2012

The chess event ended bitter for the first seed WGM Anastasia Gutsko. She placed herself at 5th, only better than the tailender Indonesian Yemi Jelsen. The Ukraine WGM actually started very well. She beat Jelsen and Russian WGM Anna Burtasova in the first two rounds. In round 3 she was hit by a shameful accident. Her cell phone was ringing.

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1st First Lady’s Cup, Solo/Denpasar 1982

The event was a giant tournament in every sense of the words. With 26 players competing, it was the biggest round robin chess tournament after World War II. It also excelled in term of the quality of the participants. Many familiar faces of the world élite were present: Hort, Ribli, Browne, Christiansen, Sosonko, Miles, and Gheorghiu.

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Utut Adianto-Zhū Chén Blindfold Match, Jakarta 2004

GM Utut Adianto was the heavy favorite to win the match. He not only had a rating upper hand but also had been involved in high profile blindfold matches with the likes of Judit Polgár and Anatoly Karpov. However GM Zhū Chén of China wasn’t to be discounted. Nevertheless she was the reigning Women World Chess Champion.

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Susanto Megaranto-Zhāng Zhōng Match, Jakarta 2007

The 2007 Japfa Chess Festival held international matches among two Indonesian young talents and their much experienced Chinese counterparts. WIM Irene Kharisma Sukandar played WGM Lǐ Ruòfán while GM Susanto Megaranto was pitted against GM Zhāng Zhōng. The Indonesian GM proved as a worthy opponent to Zhāng.

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Who Have GM Norms?

FIDE has good news for all norm holders. Now norms have no expiration date. The caveat is that the norms gained before July 1st 2005 must be re-registered before July 1st 2013. Indonesia has 5 norm holders who could take a benefit from the new rule. The country has been starving of a new GM for ten years.

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3rd Indonesia Open, Jakarta 2013

There was something unusual in the playing hall of the 3rd Indonesia Open Championship. No Chinese players! The chess public of Jakarta have been accustomed to see Chinese players dominate international events held in the city, not only in the prize winners wise but also in the number of players.

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6th Japfa Festival Women International, Jakarta 2011

Georgian WGM, Sopiko Guramishivili, claimed the championship trophy of the 6th Japfa Festival Women International on October 28th 2011 after collecting 6.5 VP in ten rounds. Sopiko edged out the other five players. The chess event was contested in double tound robin since October 23rd at Kartika Chandra Hotel, Jakarta.

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