Saturday, March 28, 2015

Women's Chess Championship Semi Final - Sochi 2015

Big four has big decided for Women's Chess Championship Sochi 2015. Before the tournament I guess nobody will expected to see all these four players. None of the top four survived. Koneru Humpy must once again buried her ambition to challenge Hou Yifan because she was eliminated by Mariya Muzychuk. In round 4 game 1, a Scotch game, well you will see many non mainstream opening in this WCC. Koneru experienced a black out in the position...25.f6?? She lost the first game and her 6-0 winning streak, very much Caruana's curse. Then Koneru win back the 2nd game and proceed to tie break. In the tie break, Mariya upset the tournament by knock out Koneru in the 2nd rapid game.

Mariya Muzychuk vs Koneru Humpy 1-0, WCC Sochi 2015 Round 4.1

The second successful story is again by Natalia Pogonina. She was once again behind the train with the first game lost to Zhao Xue. But then the Benko Gambit came in to rescue. Natalia won the second game via Benko Gambit that accepted but too passive for Zhao Xue to played as white. In the rapid game, Natalia repeated the Benko and won the first rapid, draw the second. Thus Natalia Pogonina also heroically in the semi final for the good Mother Russia cause. Well, talking about Benko Gambit, Viktorija Cmilyte also used this , twice against Meri Arabidze but her games are only draw.

Meri Arabize herself found no more luck against the super luck Harika Dronavalli. Harika once again show her rook ending power to win the match 1.5-0.5. Noted the opening for the second game in round 4 is Torre Attack, which utilized to achieve the double rook ending very quick by Harika.

Then Pia Cramling made the story of the day by eliminated Anna Muzychuk. Both played the most games in the quarterfinal. Pia Cramling won the first rapid games in black, to be returned by Anna in second rapid game. In the semi-blitz game, Anna defended the black side by repeting the Benoni she once played in game 1 against Pia Cramling. This time it is very difficult to see why the position slowly turned into white benefit. Pia Cramling wins the  third tie break game. The last tie break game was also very tense. It is a Sicilian Kan that favorite by Pia Cramling. Pia get the nice position after Anna's 14..e5? Position became risky for white. But then in the end Pia Cramling not found the best move and happy with the draw result.

Anna Muzychuk vs Pia Cramling 1/2-1/2, WCC Sochi 2015 Round 4.6

Women's Chess Championship Semi Final Pairings - Sochi 2015

IM Mariya Muzychuk (2526 Ukraine) vs GM Harika Dronavalli (2492 India)
Harika's success so far can be said upon two things, her opening is solid and her endgame seems hold on enough. Suddenly Harika is a fearsome opponent when came to tense fight also. She is on her second semi finals as in the 2012 she got eliminated by Antoneata Stefanova. Mariya Muzychuk herself continued to be stronger and stronger in the field. Eliminating Koneru is quite a big task and her morale is high. Her big sister may help as well. On their both encounter, Mariya vs Harika, Harika is on +1 after about 10 games in Mariya now hold the strongest elo among the semi finalist. This is pairing will show the battle of Mariya the Tactical vs Harika the positional.

GM Pia Cramling (2495 Sweden) vs WGM Natalia Pogonina (2456 Russia)
Not much expected Pia Cramling to able to get to semifinals. She demonstrated that her experience and stamina still very strong. Same thing can be said to Natalia Pogonina, although her story is look stronger. Natalia both coming back from losses in round 3 and round 4. Her Benko Gambit is probably can't work smoothly against the experience Pia Cramling. Interestingly they are both very equal on four meetings. Looks like exciting fight of contrasting player we have here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Medina Warda Aulia Simuls vs 650 online players in Indonesia

One truly unique chess simultan held in Indonesia. WGM Medina Warda Aulia is to played 650 (or so) online chess players via Android application. The simultan is supported and sponsored by one of country telecommunication provider INDOSAT. The eligible participant should be student and must paid the entry fee of IDR 12,000 (almost USD 1 at the moment). The simultan started kick off this morning, March 28th 2015 and predicted can be run for 10 hours if needed. This event also set up to break chess record on Indonesian national record and Guiness book of records, for largest online simultan maybe?

Winners of online simultan will be transported to Jakarta for offline chess match against Medina. There are also 10 prizes for winners. The grand prize is one Toyota Car, this may also set as the highest chess simultan prize ever!!  The simultan also being live stream NOW:

Live streaming

screenshots and event flyer:

Medina Warda Aulia memberikan simul kepada 650 pecatur online

Event pamphlet , noted the prizes are quite amazing in Indonesia, One unit of Toyota car and IDR 25 millions or about USD 2000  for 1st winner

Do I see a scholar mate...oops.

Livestream at Youtube

You can download the application via Android device under the name "JAGO CATUR".

tampilan aplikasi JAGO CATUR

Android Application can be found at Google Play Services (must up to dated in order to play)

Heboh acara simultan catur Medina vs 650 pecatur online sedang berlangsung sekarang. Bagi yang belum mengetahui even ini, berikut deskripsi resminya;
Indosat Grand Master Chess Match
Berani pecahkan rekor dunia? Download & daftar di apps JagoCatur!
Cara mengikuti kompetisi:
1. Masuk ke Google Play Store dan Search apps “Jago Catur”
2. Download dan Install aplikasi tersebut di android kesayanganmu.
3. Minimal OS Android yang dapat menginstall aplikasi ini adalah OS Android Kit Kat 4.0
4. Buka aplikasi dan isi form registrasi didalamnya, masukkan nama, no telp, dan nomor identitas (No Pelajar dan No Mahasiswa)
5. Setelah selesai proses registrasi, daftar terlebih dahulu dengan click pilihan paling atas; “Medina Vs 650 Pecatur”
6. Pendaftaran dikenakan biaya Rp 12.000
7. Setelah terdaftar tunggu pertandingannya
8. Pertandingan Catur Online terbesar ini akan dimulai pada tanggal 28 Maret 2015 pukul 09.00 WIB
9. Pastikan saat itu kamu masuk kembali ke aplikasi “JagoCatur” dan meng-click lagi pilihan paling atas; “Medina Vs 650 Pecatur”
10. Selamat mengalahkan Women Grand Master Medina
Ketentuan Kompetisi:
1. Peserta merupakan pelanggan Pra bayar dan Paska bayar Indosat
2. Peserta bukan merupakan Master/ Grand Master Catur
3. Peserta harus bermain untuk dirinya sendiri dan tidak dapat diwakilkan
a. Peserta harus jalan maksimal 10 detik setelah langkah WGM Medina, jika lebih dari 10 detik akan dianggap kalah oleh system
b. Lama keseluruhan pertandingan diperkirakan akan memakan waktu lebih 10 jam, peserta harus selalu siap dalam kurun waktu tersebut
4. Pertandingan dilakukan dalam dua tahap:
a. Pertandingan Online
Dilaksanakan pada tanggal 28 Maret 2015 pukul 09.00 WIB, bertempat dimanapun peserta berada. (pastikan kamu berada di dalam jangkauan wifi / jaringan kuat Indosat)
b. Pertandingan Grand Final (offline)
Dilaksanakan pada tanggal 30 Maret 2015 pukul 15.00 WIB, bertempat di Kantor Pusat Indosat, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat no.21 Jakarta
5. Bagi para peserta yang terpilih sebagai finalis, akomodasi dan transportasi untuk pertandingan Grand Final (offline) akan ditanggung oleh panitia
6. Umur Finalis maksimum 22 tahun
7. Apabila ada peserta/finalis yang tidak sesuai dengan ketentuan kompetisi ini maka akan dinyatakan gugur
Hadiah Kompetisi Snap a Picture for Another Adventure:
1 Grand Prize
1 Unit Mobil Toyota Agya
(Bagi finalis yg berhasil mengalahkan WGM Medina di sesi Grand Final)
• Juara 1 Rp. 25 Juta,-
• Juara 2 Rp. 20 Juta,-
• Juara 3 Rp. 10 Juta,-
• Juara 4-10 @Rp. 5juta

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Women's World Championship Sochi 2015 Quarter Final Pairings

Eight players will continue their fight for Women's World Chess Championship in Sochi 2015. They are the ones that survive the drama of round 3, which some stories can be told here.

The most dramatic are, in round 3 all four remaining Russian girls are losing their first game. Kosteniuk misplayed a long battle of French defence game against Harika Dronavalli, get trouble with passed pawn then lost. Alexandra "Sasha" Kosteniuk then fight back in epic style on game 2, she won and happily continued to tie break session. In both rapid tie break games, Kosteniuk actually in control, but strange things happen in rapid one when Kosteniuk carelessly choose 35..Ra3? which allow Harika to win a pawn and win the game.

in almost equal position, Alexandra played 35..Ra3?, losing the A pawn due to 36.Ra5!

Harika Dronavalli vs Alexandra Kosteniuk 1-0, WCC Sochi 2015 Round 3.3 (Rapid)

In rapid 2, Kosteniuk played in must win situation, creating complication and ended up in a pawn plus against Harika. Nevertheless, the extra pawn also create the famous Phillidor rook endgame situation. Harika hold it and go through the next quarterfinal round.

61.Ke5 will be winning, but Sasha choose 61.Re6+ , the game continue with Phillidor rook endgame type position and draw

Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Harika Dronavalli 1/2-1/2, WCC Sochi 2015 Round 3.4 (Rapid)

On the second came back is Natalia Pogonina. She lost the first game on round 3 against Marie Sebag. But her story was more happier than Sasha. Natalia manage to equalized and in the tie break completely overplayed Marie Sebag.

Two other Russian girls didn't survive. Alisa Galliamova must be the sacrificial lamb for the sake of seeing Koneru Humpy get her 6-0 score in the tournament. In another happy mother's day story, Pia Cramling wrapped the young Valentina Gunina and Pia advance to quarterfinals. Meri Arabidze is the last Georgian in the field, Meri overcome Viktorija Cmilyte in tie break and advance. Both Muzychuk sisters also survived. And the last one is Zhao Xue, who defeated Bela Kotenashvili and advance.

photo from Official website

Women's World Championship Sochi 2015 Quarter Final Pairings

Koneru Humpy (2581 India) vs Mariya Muzychuk (2526 Ukraine)
The score is not good for Mariya as their encounter always largely a win for Koneru. On the other hand, Koneru Humpy is on the way "can you do Caruana?"path with 6-0 score. As for Mariya, she got a bumpy tournament, notably when lost to Yuan Yuanling in very first game. Mariya's last championship only advance to 3rd round, so this is her best result so far. Can Mariya stopped Koneru, or at least stop the winning streak? In fact, this is the strongest pairing with both player in 2500 rating strength.

Harika Dronavalli (2492 India) vs Meri Arabidze (2374 Georgia)
The same question to Meri Arabidze, can she also stop Harika, who doing extremely good combined with enough luck spell. Harika so far defeated Tatev Abrahamyan, Irina Krush and Alexandra Kosteniuk. One more fact that hardly everyone remember, Harika is always in the quarterfinals since the last two championships. In 2010 she lost to Ruan Lufei in quarter, in 2012 she lost to Antoaneta Stefanova in semifinal! On the other side, Meri Arabidze also having her first and superb tournament, she eliminated Elizabeth Paehtz, Yaniet Morrero Lopez and Viktorija Cmilyte. It's look like this is their only first serious encounter. Meri admit she likes rapid games to classical, so expect to see the round prolonged to tie breaks. Rating wise, this is quite one sided pairing.

Natalia Pogonina (2456 Russia) vs Zhao Xue (2527 China)
Seems like both have playing each other for long time. Zhao Xue got a slightly better score on the database. Natalia comeback from her lost against Marie Sebag while Zhao Xue quite smooth in her path. If you remember well, Zhao Xue is one of female chess player that been in top 10-20 for so long. A big fight to decide whether the Russian or the Chinese that worth for a semifinal slot.

Anna Muzychuk (2552 Ukraine) vs Pia Cramling (2495 Sweden)
They have many games played between the two. The stronger Anna got a slightly better score. The third seed on the tournament against the most senior remaining participant, Pia out-senior Anna by 26 years. How can you stop somebody who has more than 40 years of chess experiences?


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Women's World Championship Sochi 2015 Round 3 Pairings

Women's World Championship 2015 in Sochi has reached sweet 16 phase. Round 3 will start tonight with remaining 16 players that passed through the round 2 battle. There are drama as always in round 2 and its tie break session. The best games so far are Alexandra Kosteniuk's 23..Nc5!! breakthrough against Shen Yang as mentioned in many mainstream chess media.

Shen Yang vs Alexandra Kosteniuk

I particularly also impressed with Natalia Pogonina's win against 2nd seed Ju Wenjun. The games went into endgame that required winning moves to be played. Natalia Pogonina found them all, not always Stockfish's first choice, but it's winning moves. The thing is, Ju Wenjun also played resiliently and played the best defensive moves. Ju Wenjun actually has many tricks in defending the position, including checkmate trick. Natalia Pogonina saw them all and win this game.

Natalia Pogonina vs Ju Wenjun 1-0, Sochi WCC 2015

In the round 2 tie break session, the drama was when Anna Ushenina failed to show up to played against Marie Sebag. The reason is Anna's handphone got switch off and when restart, the time in the handphone show another time zone, one hour behind from Sochi time zone. Quite amusing to think when nowday smartphone is smart enough to automatically adjusting time zone according to where its activated. More interestingly, Anna has a wrist watch actually.....

Of hard fought round 2 tie break are Harika Drovanalli vs Irina Krush. In the first rapid tie break, Irina playing white side and quickly went down after the opening. In fact, Irina seems don't have any concrete opening against Harika in all her games. In drama start when in a position where Irina completely lost, both playing in only 20 seconds left, and both seemingly missed and found any check mated that can occured. In the end, the position is just too losing for Irina and she lost. In the second rapid Harika finally got into trouble but Irina just can't find the killing moves.

Irina Krush vs Harika Dronavalli 0-1, Sochi WCC 2015

The longest game to finished in the tie break is Huang Qian vs Bela Khotenashvili. Both trade peace offer for seven games, until finally Bela won the first blitz games and going through round 3.

Thus the pairings for Women's World Chess Championship 2015 are:

Koneru Humpy (2581 India) – Alisa Galliamova (2484 Russia) 
After playing two low seed players in each round Koneru will met her first experience strong opponent. Alisa Galliamova is in good form, defeating Christiana Lujan and Tatiana Kosintseva. In both encounter record, Koneru beat Alisa twice.

Marie Sebag (2482 France) – Natalia Pogonina (2456 Russia)
Natalia eliminated Ju Wenjun who is the second strongest player in the field. While Marie Sebag kind of get lottery when Anna Ushenina give away the first tie break game without fight. In their previous record, Marie Sebag is winning against Natalia.

Anna Muzychuk (2552 Ukraine) – Lela Javakhishvili (2481 Georgia)
looks like they haven't played each other before, but the sister, Mariya got outplayed many times. perhaps Mariya should share some knowledge to Anna.

Meri Arabidze (2374 Georgia) – Viktorija Cmilyte (2530 Lithuania)
no record found between the two. Viktorija is on the upper hand based on rating and experiences.

Alexandra Kosteniuk (2529 Russia) – Harika Dronavalli (2492 India)
They played many times with Kosteniuk still holding the winning side. Pretty interesting fight here. Both in good form.

Pia Cramling (2495 Sweden) – Valentina Gunina (2528 Russia)
Pia get a nasty bad record against the young Valentina. Four defeated and one draw only, on their encounter. Valentina surely on favorite side. Valentina is one of four Russian girls that still around in round 3.

Zhao Xue (2527 China) – Bela Khotenashvili (2513 Georgia)
Seven games in and the score is equal. Zhao Xue is the only remained China player in round 3. She should get help from her many colleagues (if they still in Sochi). On other hand, Bela is one of three Georgian player that still around.

Antoneata Stefanova (2522 Bulgaria) – Mariya Muzychuk (2526 Ukraine)
They played many times and the score seems equal. Antoneata is one the experience side even though both are pretty equal in rating wise also.

Official website is here with lots of photos. There is also lots of player interviews and many good reading on the official website. This is good when mainstream chess media (chessbase,, etc.) all seemingly too late in reporting, some up to more than 2x24 late.

Le Quang Liem Wins HDBank Chess Open 2015

Le Quang Liem has double his success on this month's tournament by winning yet again HDBank Cup Chess Open tournament 2015. This is after he successfully dominate the Asian Zone 3.3 tournament that happened right before this event.

HDBank Chess Open was joined by many grandmaster, top seed is GM Li Chao followed by Le Quang Liem, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Zhang Zhong and many others such as Eugenio Torre. After nine rounds, Le Quang Liem is the sole winner with 7.5/9. 2nd place is Zhang Zhong from Singapore with 7/9. Li Chao only finished third, because of his two last round losses.

HDBank Chess 2015 - Final Standings
1 Le Quang Liem 7.5
2 Zhang Zhong 7
3 Li Chao 6.5
4 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 6.5
5 Pascua Haridas 6.5
6 Gomez John Paul 6.5
7 Nguyen Duc Hoa 6
8 Torre Eugenio 6
9 Le Kieu Thien Kim 6
10 Dao Thien Hai  5.5

HDBank Cup International Open Chess Touranment 2015 - winners Le Quang Liem, Zhang Zhong and Li Chao - Vietnam - Gallery of Photos from official website

Turnament catur terbuka di Vietnam yaitu HDBank Open Chess Tournament 2015 berlangsung tepat setelah turnamen Asian Zone 3.3 selesai. Beberapa pecatur yang mengikuti zone 3.3 ini juga melanjutkan main caturnya di turnamen ini. Unggulan teratas sekarang adalah pecatur top dari China, GM Li Chao. Disusul Le Quang Liem yang barusan memenangkan Asian Zone 3.3 tersebut. Hasil dari turnamen ini seteleah 9 babak adalah dimenangkan oleh Le Quang Liem, lagi. Lihat urutan ranking final standings di atas.

Di turnamen ini pecatur Indonesia FM Pitra Andika juga turun. Pitra memulai turnamen dengan hasil lumayan kuat, menang 3 kali di 3 ronde awal. Baru setelah bertemu grandmaster seperti Li Chao dan Eugenio Torre, Pitra kehabisan akal dan musti menyerah. Hasil akhir Pitra Andika adalah 5/9 dan berada di papan tengah final standings. Berikut salah satu partai catur kemenangan Pitra Andika di turnamen HDBank 2015 di Vietnam ini.

IM Viacheslav Diu vs FM Pitra Andika, 0-1 HDBank 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Woman's World Championship Sochi 2015 Round 2 Pairings - Irine Sukandar Tersingkir

(bahasa Indonesia di bawah)
In tie break rounds, our Indonesian player, Irine Kharisma Sukandar repeated the same variation on both games, pretty similar to what they've played in previous classical games. Only that this time, in both games Irine was simply outplayed in the last part of the game. Notably on the second rapid game, Irine can't avoid Salome's play that keep exchanging pieces out of the opening, she push too hard in must win situation and lost.

On the dramatic moments, Tatiana Kosintseva pushed to played in Armageddon round by Mary Ann Gomes. Tatiana even got lost position in the final moment but Mary Ann lost on time. Same thing happened in Alexandra Goryachkina vs Lilit Mkrtchian, both through the Armageddon phase and  Alexandra won it. Four lower seeds eliminated their stronger counterpart, notably, Yaniek Marrero Lopez from Cuba (knocked out Elina Danielian), Inna Gaponenko (k.o.-ed Natalia Zhukova), Meri Arabidze (k.o-ed Elizabeth Paehtz), and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (eliminated Hoang Thanh Trang).

The pairings for round 2 are:

Koneru Humpy (2581 India) vs Lei Tingjie (2444 China)
Battle of strongest seed against the new black horse from China. Lei Tingjie won convincingly against Desy Cori in first round. Noted that Lei Tingjie is the winner one of Moscow Open groups in this January.

Alisa Galliamova 2484  – Tatiana Kosintseva 2483 (both Russia)
Both coming from tie break yesterday, Tatiana her equal opponent now.

Mariya Muzychuk (2526 Ukraine) – Monika Socko (2463 Poland)
Mariya get a highlight when lost to lower rated Yuan Yuanling, but then proved that's only a small incident. She will meet more experience opponent, Monika Socko.

Antoneata Stefanova (2522 Bulgaria) – Inna Gaponenko (2384 Ukraine), 
Still, Antoneata is hundred points stronger than Inna Gaponenko. According to databse, Stefanova is having crushing winning records against Inna.

Viktorija Cmilyte (2530 Lithuania) – Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (2438 Russia), 

Yaniet Marrero Lopez (2316 Cuba) – Meri Arabidze (2374 Georgia), 
Both are the winning against their previous stronger opponents.

Alexandra Kosteniuk (2529 Russia) – Shen Yang (2459 China), 
They played three games, 2-1 in favor to Shen Yang.

Harika Dronavalli (2492 India) – Irina Krush (2477 USA), 
Irina Krush may wanted to take revenge on her country compatriot, Tatev Abrahamyan, who got eliminated by Harika Dronavalli.

Jun Wenjun (2557 China) – Natalia Pogonina (2456 Russia), 
Most interesting pairing. Ju Wenjun as second seed against Natalia Pogonina. Found five games from, with equal 2.5-2.5.

Anna Ushenina (2486 Ukraine) – Marie Sebag (2482 France), 

Zhao Xue (2527 China) – Melia Salome (2459 Georgia), 
Melia Salome eliminated Irine Kharisma Sukandar in the tie break, destroying hope of millions Indonesia fans. She deserved the victory and need to face even stronger opponent, Zhao Xue.

Bela Khotenashvili (2513 Georgia) – Huang Qian (2473 China), 

Anna Muzychuk (2552 Ukraine) – Aleksandra Goryachkina (2456 Russia), 

Tan Zhongyi (2487 China) – Lela Javakhishvili (2481 Georgia), 

Valentina Gunina 2528 – Olga Girya 2459 (both Russia), 

Pia Cramling 2495 (Sweden) – Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant 2379 (Scotland). 

Lilith Mkrtchian vs Alexandra Goryachkina sochi 2015 tie break goes to Armageddon round

Salome Melia vs Irine Kharisma Sukandar rapid games 1, 1-0

Irine Kharisma Sukandar tersingkir di babak pertama Sochi 2015

Shen Yang eliminated Alina Kashlinskaya

most dramatic moment from round 1, Tatiana Kosintseva chose the color for Armageddon round against Mary Ann Gomes

Irine Kharisma Sukandar Tersingkir Melalui Babak Play Off
Setelah melalui dua babak catur klasik di kejuaraan catur wanita dunia Sochi 2015 melawan Salome Melia, Irine Kharisma Sukandar akhirnya kandas di babak play off. Memainkan dua partai catur cepat melawan Salome dari Georgia, keduanya mengulang pembukaan Ruy Lopez dan Caro Kann yang sudah mereka mainkan di babak sebelumnya. Namun ternyata Salome Melia memiliki kontrol yang lebih baik dan akhirnya memenangkan kedua partai catur kilat ini. Di game ke-3 (rapid 1), Melia berhasil perlahan-lahan membuat bangunan yang lebih baik dari Irine, setelah Irine memilih 13.. Nc6 ketimbang 13...Rd8 seperti partai sebelumnya. Walaupun banyak ketidak akurasian antar kedua pemain, tapi di kondisi catur kilat ini Salome lebih banyak membuat langkah tepat. Salome pun menang di langkah ke-55 setelah men-skak mat Irine yang terus bertahan.

Di partai catur cepat / rapid ke-2, Irine tidak bisa menahan permainan Salome yang terus berhasil menukar-tukar perwira di pembukaan Caro Kann. Tambah lagi kondisi harus menang yang diembang Irine membuat dia harus mencari komplikasi agar permainan tidak senyap sampai draw. Irine akhirnya musti menyerah setelah kehabisa bidak di endgame. Walau kalah di partai play off, Irine bisa terhibur karena memetik sedikit elo rating melalui dua drawnya.

Partai Catur Irine K. Sukandar vs Salome Melia di Women's World Chess Championship 2015

lihat juga :
ROUND 1 GAME 1: Irine K. Sukandar vs Melia Salome 1/2-1/2, Sochi 2015
ROUND 1 - GAME 2: Melia Salome vs Irine K. Sukandar 1/2-1/2 - C99 Ruy Lopez Closed

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Irine Sukandar Kembali Tahan Draw Melia Salome - Game 2 Round 1 WCC Sochi 2015

Pagelaran Kejuaraan Catur Wanita Dunia di Sochi memasuki partai ke-2 dari ronde 1. Duel wakil Indonesia melalui Irine Sukandar melawan Melia Salome dari Georgia kembali berlangsung. Di partai kedua ini kedua pemain bermain lebih keras dan panjang lebar sampai 95 langkah. Di partai ini, Irine memegang buah hitam dan bermain di pembelaan Spanyol / Ruy Lopez variant Chigorin. Melia Salome lebih memilih membuat permainan tetap tenang dan positional dengan menolak beberapa provokasi dari Irine. Setelah masuk ke ending di mana hitam (Irine) punya gajah kembar melawan gajah+kuda, kedua pemain tidak bisa mencari langkah akurat di fase babak ending ini. Hasil remis pun disepakati. Dengan demikian, Irine harus main di hari ke-3 tie break, di mana catur cepat dimainkan untuk menentukan pemenang. Kalau masih draw dilanjut catur kilat, bahkan catur Armageddon kalau dibutuhkan.
Kejuaraan Catur  Wanita Dunia 2015 ini berlangsung di Sochi. Woman's World Chess Championship, bekennya, bertujuan mencari juara dunia catur tahun ini, namun siap ditantang Hou Yifan di akhir tahun. Unggulan teratas, Koneru Humpy sudah lolos ke babak ke-2. Dia akan berhadapan dengan pecatur muda dari China, Lei Tingjie. Demikian juga Ju Wenjun akan bertemu Natalia Pogonina di babak ke-2.

finally, a close up photo for Irine, game 2 round 1, Sochi WCC 2015
Both Irine and Melia Salome will need to go tie break, because tonight's game is a draw

Berikut partai Irine vs Melia Salome 1/2-1/2, game 2 round 1 Sochi 2015
C99 Ruy Lopez Closed Chigorin

lihat juga :
GAME 1 ROUND 1: Irine K. Sukandar vs Melia Salome 1/2-1/2, Sochi 2015
PLAY OFF ROUND 1 - : Irine Tersingkir
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