Susanto Megaranto-Zhāng Zhōng Match, Jakarta 2007 
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 1   Megaranto, SusantoMegaranto, Susanto
Photo of Susanto MegarantoFIDE ID: 7101384.
DOB: 1987.10.08.
 7101384 Flag of Indonesia g 2517  1  ½  ½  ½  0  ½   3.0 
 2   Zhāng, ZhōngZhāng, Zhōng
Photo of Zhāng ZhōngFIDE ID: 8600694.
 8600694 Flag of China g 2618  0  ½  ½  ½  1  ½   3.0 
 VP: Victory points.

PGN 2014.01.26. 6 games. Complete.
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2007.02.07-12. Match 6 rounds. Rating average 2568.

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 in the women section while GM Susanto Megaranto was pitted against GM Zhāng Zhōng in the men department.

Unlike the women match that went in one sided affair, the Indonesian GM proved as a worthy opponent to Zhāng. Despite of the big rating gap the match ended in a tie.

Megaranto made an impressive start in the 1st round. Behind black pieces he diffused any positional pressure from Zhāng’s part. After some Zhāng’s inaccuracies in the endgame phase, Megaranto succeeded to notch a fine win. Megaranto had a big chance to widen his lead in the 4th round. He won a queen in return of a knight and a rook but the Chinese GM showed a stubborn defense. In the end Zhāng’s tenacity was rewarded with half points. The worst round for Megaranto was in the fifth. Right out of the opening he went ashtray. Zhāng won easily in 33 moves. The final score of the match was 3-3.

GM Zhāng Zhōng vs GM Susanto Megaranto. Photo © TempoStore.
GM Zhāng Zhōng vs GM Susanto Megaranto. Photo © TempoStore.

Winning the match obviously wasn’t Megaranto’s ultimate goal. He had been trying different ideas in the opening and middle phases during the match. Some worked wonderfully and some ended terribly. The important thing was Megaranto looked every bit as someone who knew what he was doing.

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

Photo of Zhāng ZhōngWhite
Zhāng Zhōng
8600694
Flag of China g 2618
Photo of Susanto MegarantoBlack
Susanto Megaranto
7101384
Flag of Indonesia g 2517

Susanto Megaranto-Zhāng Zhōng Match
Jakarta Flag of Indonesia 2007.02.07 Round 1
0-1 B91 Sicilian Najdorf: 6.g3



Photo of Zhāng ZhōngWhite
Zhāng Zhōng
8600694
Flag of China g 2618
Photo of Susanto MegarantoBlack
Susanto Megaranto
7101384
Flag of Indonesia g 2517

Susanto Megaranto-Zhāng Zhōng Match
Jakarta Flag of Indonesia 2007.02.11 Round 5
1-0 D17 Slav Defence: 5.a4 Bf5



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