Utut Adianto-Zhū Chén Blindfold Match, Jakarta 2004 

PGN 2014.02.04. 2 games. Complete.
DownloadReplay

2004.02.15. Match 2 rounds. 2 players. Rapid blindfold g/25. Rating average 2541.

The event was part of the opening ceremony of the Graha Kita Karya Building owned by Santoso Wirya. Santoso was one half of Wirya Brothers, well known chess maecenas in Indonesia. The other half was Eka Putra Wirya. The event was held a day before Makita Lakoni Tournament at the same venue.

GM Utut Adianto Wahyuwidayat 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. The advantage of youth was on her side. At 27 years old she was still on her peak while close-to-40 Adianto could be considered a veteran. After all Zhū Chén was the reigning Women World Chess Champion.

GM Utut Adianto vs GM Zhū Chén in blindfold. Photo © TempoStore.
GM Utut Adianto vs GM Zhū Chén in blindfold. Photo © TempoStore.

Adianto played carefully in the first game. He chose the quiet English opening. Zhū didn’t do much either. She simply responded to Adianto move by move. The game looked headed to a draw before a disaster struck. At move 34 Zhū didn’t realize Adianto’s threat to capture her queen. A dejected Zhū resigned 8 moves later. The second game took totally a different course. Zhū simply couldn’t contain Adianto’s tactical aggression. The Indonesian GM finished off his opponent in 15 minutes only.

Blindfold chess is a different ‘animal’. Even having a world class player status in the usual chess doesn’t guarantee to do well in blindfold. Adianto’s level of play in blindfold was clearly above and beyond that of Zhū.

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

Photo of Utut Adianto WahyuwidayatWhite
Utut Adianto Wahyuwidayat
7100019
Flag of Indonesia g 2591
Photo of Zhū ChénBlack
Zhū Chén
8600546
Flag of China g 2490

Utut Adianto-Zhū Chén Blindfold Match
Jakarta Flag of Indonesia 2004.02.15 Round 1
1-0 A29 English Opening: Four Knights Variation with 4.g3



Photo of Zhū ChénWhite
Zhū Chén
8600546
Flag of China g 2490
Photo of Utut Adianto WahyuwidayatBlack
Utut Adianto Wahyuwidayat
7100019
Flag of Indonesia g 2591

Utut Adianto-Zhū Chén Blindfold Match
Jakarta Flag of Indonesia 2004.02.15 Round 2
0-1 E32 Nimzo Indian: Classical (4.Qc2)



Sources

This post is also available in: Spanish, Indonesian


Related posts:


No comment yet.

Leave a Reply








Copyright © 2006-2017 IndonesiaBase