Susanto Megaranto-Novendra Priasmoro Match, Bekasi 2021 

PGN 2021.08.19. 5 games. Complete.

2021.05.18-19. Match 5 rounds. 4 rounds classical g/90/30. 1 round Armageddon blitz g/4-5. 2 players. Rating average 2526.

The best Indonesian player, GM Susanto Megaranto, had confirmed his ticket to the 2021 Chess World Cup after overcoming GM Novendra Priasmoro through an Armageddon game in the Japfa Grandmaster Duel Match at the Utut Adianto Chess School (SCUA), Bekasi on May 19th, 2021. In the game which was broadcast via live-streaming on Youtube, Megaranto (rated 2550) who had white pieces finally checkmated Priasmoro (2502) with only a few seconds left in his clock.

The Armageddon game was held after the two players drew 2-2 in four classical rounds.

Megaranto previously led 1.5-0.5 in the first two rounds.

In the third round, the Indramayu born failed to capitalize the advantage of holding the white pieces. In the Two-Knight Defence game, Megaranto made a tactical oversight in the 30th move when he put his rook on the wrong square. Priasmro quickly launched a discovery attack by sacrificing a pawn before grabbing his opponent’s rook. Megaranto resigned three moves later.

One ticket to the Chess World Cup to fight over, Bekasi 2021. Photo ©
One ticket to the Chess World Cup to fight over, Bekasi 2021. Photo ©

The fourth round was a fierce battle. Megaranto, who played Caro-Kann Defence, had one pawn advantage but failed to finish off the game. He even had a lost position in the endgame. Lucky for him, Priasmoro returned the favor and the game ended in a draw.

The match between GM Susanto Megaranto and GM Novendra Priasmoro was to select a chess player who would represent Indonesia in the Chess World Cup scheduled at Socchi, Russia, in July-August 2021. Indonesia received only one wild card for the men category.

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

Photo of Susanto MegarantoWhite
Susanto Megaranto
Flag of Indonesia g 2550
Photo of Novendra PriasmoroBlack
Novendra Priasmoro
Flag of Indonesia g 2502

Susanto Megaranto-Novendra Priasmoro Match
Bekasi Flag of Indonesia 2021.05.19 Round 3
0-1 C55 Two-Knight Defence (Modern Bishop’s Opening)


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