Friday, May 19, 2017

Japfa Chess Festival 2017 - GM Susanto Megaranto First Place

Indonesian strongest chess open tournament, JAPFA Chess Festival 2017 just ended yesterday. The annual chess festival held from 15th to 19th May 2017 in Gedung Serbaguna Senayan Jakarta. As usual, the festival played in many categories with the strongest to be in Open category and special IM invited category.

Indonesian strongest player, GM Susanto Megaranto won the Open category with 8/9 points. Ahead of Susanto is FM Anjas Novita and IM Ivan Situru in 2nd and 3rd place. The Open category joined by more than 160+ players, coming from all Indonesian provinces.

The International Master section was also an interesting to observe. Joined by several international chess individual such IM Sagar Shah, IM Alina L'Ami and WGM Deysi Cori from Peru, the field was won by Phillipine IM Haridas Pascua. Haridas won the 10 swiss rounds with 7/10. 2nd place is FM Priasmoro Novendra and 3rd place by WGM Medina Aulia.

Famous chess columnist, IM Sagar Shah run into trouble against local FM Yoseph Taher. 
(photo by pak Djoni Chess)
FM Yoseph Taher vs IM Sagar Shah  



Partai Catur Novendra,Priasmoro vs Deysi,Cori T , Japfa 2017 Jakarta



Sepuluh Besar Peringkat Akhir Japfa Chess Festival 2017 - OPEN - Final Standings :
1 GM SUSANTO MEGARANTO 2537 JBR 8,0
2 FM ANJAS NOVITA 2447 JBR 7,5
3 IM M. IVAN SITURU 2364 PB 7,5
4 IM DANNY YUSWANTO IR. 2418 DKI 7,5
5 IM DEDE LIU 2394 DKI 7,0
6 FM DENI SONJAYA 2341 JBR 7,0
7 GM ARDIANSYAH HAJI 2235 RIAU 7,0
8 IM MUHAMMAD LUTHFI ALI 2396 JTG 6,5
9 NM FIKRUL SAIFUDIN 2211 PAP 6,5
10 IM FARID FIRMANSYAH 2320 JBR 6,5
full result

Peringkat Akhir Japfa Chess Festival 2017 - IM - Final Standings :
1 IM Pascua Haridas PHI 2437 7,0
2 FM Priasmoro Novendra INA 2368 6,5
3 WGM Aulia Medina Warda INA 2358 6,5
4 IM Vo Thanh Ninh VIE 2405 6,0
5 FM Taher Yoseph Theolifus INA 2369 6,0
6 FM Hafiz Arif Abdul INA 2396 5,0
7 IM L'ami Alina ROU 2303 4,5
8 WGM Cori T. Deysi PER 2428 4,5
9 WGM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2356 4,0
10 IM Sagar Shah IND 2413 3,5
11 Surya Wahyudi INA 2229 3,5
12 FM Setyaki Azarya Jodi INA 2365 3,0

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ding Liren Pimpin Klasemen Grand Prix Catur Moscow 2017 - Round 3

Seri kejuaraan catur Grand Prix FIDE 2017 kembali berlangsung di kota Moscow. Ini merupakan Grand Prix kedua dari seri GP putaran tahun 2017, yang pertama sudah dilaksanakan di kota Sharjah bulan February lalu, di mana GM Alexander Grischuk memenangkan GP Sharjah tersebut.  Mulai tanggal 12 May hingga 21 May 2017, delapan belas grandmaster catur bertemu di kota Moscow untuk memperebutkan point GP ini.

Grandmaster Maxime Vachier Lagrave menjadi pecatur seed tertinggi dengan rating 2795, di susul Hikaru Nakamura dan Anish Giri. Namun di round 1, Hou Yifan lah yang bisa tertawa. Hou Yifan mengalahkan pecatur Ian Nepomniachtchi dan menjadi satu-satunya partai catur yang mendapat hasil karena di papan lain semua remis.

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Hou Yifan 0-1, GP Moscow 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wesley So Taklukkan US Championship 2017

Kejurnas catur Amerika Serikat digelar dari tanggal 29 Maret - 11 April 2017 di kota Saint Louis. US Chess Championship 2017 sekarang sudah merupakan kejuaraan catur yang bergengsi dikarenakan adanya trio Caruana - Nakamura - So di line up pecatur mereka. Seperti biasa US Championship menghadirkan 12 pecatur dari federasi Amerika Serikat. Mereka akan bertarung 11 round untuk memperebutkan gelar juara nasional yang sudah makin bergengsi. Wesley So adalah juara US edisi tahun lalu, bisakah dia mempertahankan gelar juaranya? Di kelompok puteri, Nazi Paikidze adalah juara puteri tahun 2016.

Liputan Round 9

Setelah melewati sebelas rounds, Wesley So bersama pecatur Alexander Onischuk memiliki nilai tertinggi yaitu 7/9. Babak playoff kemudian dimainkan di hari berikutnya di mana Wesley So akhirnya mengalahkan Onishcuk dengan score 1.5-0.5. Dengan demikian, Alexander Onischuk menjadi runner-up US 2017, Varuzhan Akobian menduduki peringkat tiga. Pecatur top ten US seperti Hikaru Nakamura dan Fabiano Caruana duduk di peringkat 4-5.

Kemenangan Wesley So ini adalah kesekian kalinya secara beruntun dari semua turnamen major yang dia ikuti sejak setahunan lalu. Dengan gelar juara nasional ini, Wesley So juga makin mengukuhkan supremasi baru di dunia catur setelah Magnus Carlsen. Ini mungkin merupakan puncak dari kesuksesan Wesley So di dunia catur dan hebatnya adalah, si pemuda asal Filipina ini berjuang sendiri tanpa diketahui adanya pecatur top yang membackup. Sekedar perbandingan kita ingat di tahun 2009an, Magnus Carlsen beranjak ke puncak dunia catur setelah melewati masa training camp dengan Garry Kasparov.

Di kategori Puteri US Championship 2017 akhirnya pecatur Sabina Foisor berhasil tampil sebagai juara baru catur puteri Amerika Serikat. Di babak terakhir,  Sabina melewati saingan terkuatnya juara bertahan Nazi Paikidze. Sabina Foisor adalah pecatur asal Romania. Emak dari Sabina Foisor adalah juga pecatur kuat IM Christian Foisor yang meninggal awal tahun ini. Dengan kemenangan juara satu US Championship 2017, Sabina mempersembahkan gelar juara ini untuk mama tercinta.

Wesley So, pecatur muda kelahiran Filipina sekarang resmi menjadi juara nasional federasi Amerika Serikat. Sosok yang juga religius ini sekarang menjadi peringkat ke-2 dunia di bawah Magnus Carlsen. Partai duel juara dunia Carlsen vs Wesley So adalah yang paling asyik saat ini jika berhasil dihadapkan keduanya. Photo from official website


Final Standings US Championship 2017 :
1
So, Wesley
8.5
48.5
2
Onischuk, Alexander
7.5
39.5
3
Akobian, Varuzhan
6.5
36
4
Nakamura, Hikaru
6.5
35.25
5
Caruana, Fabiano
6.5
33.75
6
Zherebukh, Yaroslav
5.5
29.75
7
Naroditsky, Daniel
5
29
8
Shankland, Samuel L
5
28.5
9
Kamsky, Gata
5
27.25
10
Robson, Ray
4.5
23.25
11
Xiong, Jeffery
4
22.25
12
Shabalov, Alexander
3.5
18
Women US Championship 2017
1
Foisor, Sabina-Francesca
8
39
2
Paikidze, Nazi
7
36.5
3
Krush, Irina
6.5
32.75
4
Yu, Jennifer R
6
32
5
Feng, Maggie
6
31.75
6
Zatonskih, Anna
6
30.25
7
Sharevich, Anna
6
29.25
8
Nemcova, Katerina
5.5
27
9
Abrahamyan, Tatev
5.5
25.25
10
Virkud, Apurva
4.5
20
11
Yip, Carissa
4
19
12
Nguyen, Emily
1
6.25

Replay semua parttai catur US Championship 2017 di bawah ini:



Catur LIVE US Championship 2017 kelompok Women / Puteri.



Website resmi : http://www.uschesschamps.com/2017-us-championships

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wesley So dan Varuzhan Akobian Pimpin Kejurnas US Championship 2017 - Round 9

Kejurnas catur Amerika Serikat 2017 atau US Chess Championship 2017 sedang berlangsung seru di kota Saint Louis, Amerika Serikat. Kota Saint Louis yang terletak di negara bagian Missouri ini memang sudah bertahun-tahun menjadi "ibukota" catur di negara Amerika Serikat. 12 pecatur terhandal di USA bertarung di championship yang digelar sebanyak 11 round sistem swiss. Pecatur unggulan masih trio Nakamura-Caruana-Wesley So. Namun setelah melewati delapan rounds, tampak hanya Wesley So yang paling konsisten, memuncaki klasemen sejak round 1. Pergulatan catur hingga round 9 menjadi semacam klimaks akan performa pecatur-pecatur papan atas USA. Hikaru Nakamura bermain sengit dengan pecatur era '90an, Alexander Onischuk di mana permainan hingga masuk ke endgame gajah vs kuda. Hikaru kalah di partai ini sehingga harapannya untuk bisa menjadi juara US 2017 pun sirna.

Wesley So sedang mengikuti US Chess Championship 2017 St Louis. Setelah mengalahkan Jeffery Xiong di round 9, Wesley mempertahankan posisi pertamanya di klasemen sementara


Partai Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Onischu 0-1, St Louis 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Anish Giri Leading Longgang Chess Master 2017 - Shenzhen

A very strong six players tournament had been held in Shenzhen, China. The event also known as Longgang Chess Master included : Anish Giri, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikhrisna, Michael Adams, Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi. Currently there are five rounds being played. As the players strength are closely in the same league, they are all in top 20, the rounds are dominated by draw results. First finisher will granted 20,000 bucks as per report. The event started from March 22 2017 and to be play ten rounds.

Only three decisive results so far : Harikrishna defeated Michael Adams, Anish Giri defeated Harikrishna and Ding Liren defeated Peter Svidler. After five rounds, Anish Giri is leading the field. UPDATE: Ding Liren won Shenzhen Longgang Chess Master after 10 rounds.

Shenzhen Longgang Chess Master 2017 final standing:

1Ding, Liren6.5
2Giri, Anish5.5
3Svidler, Peter5.5
4Yu, Yangyi4.5
5Harikrishna, P.4.5
6Adams, Michael3.5
Anish Giri leading Shenzhen Logan Longgang Chess Master 2017 as per round 5

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 FIDE ZONE 3.3 CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS Concluded

The 2017 edition of FIDE ZONE 3.3 CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS has concluded at Sunday March 5th 2017. The event played in Tagaytay Phillipine. Zone 3.3 Championship runs to award the best chess player in this zone 3.3, which is comprised most of Eastern Asia and South East Asian chess federation, excluded China and India.

The Open event is won by Malaysian FM Yeoh Li Tian, which is "only" seeded #10. This must be Malaysia's best achievement over many years.

WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung, 23 years old from Vietname is the new Zone 3.3 champion for 2017

In the female section, young Vietname player WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung won the first prize. Vo Thi Kim Phung had been the winner of 2007 Asian Youth Chess Championships U14 Asian age classes in United Arab Emirates . Then the 2011 blitz champion for ages U18 in Philippines. Vo Thi Kim Phung was seeded #9 for this event. The first seed was actually our own IM Irene Kharisma Sukandar. She seems to be underperformed and finished fifth place.

The opening of ZONE 3.3 Chess in Tagaytay, featuring Indonesian Irene Sukandar and GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son

There is one interesting insight over the tournament by SIngaporean IM Kevin Goh Wei Ming :



"I'll probably blog more about this a little later but amidst Li Tian Yeoh's record breaking effort at the Zonals, there was a incident in the last round that I feel is worth sharing.
My Olympiad teammate, IM Tin Jingyao was playing the young Indonesian player Setyaki Azarya Jodi with the black pieces. Setyaki needed a win to make his 2nd IM norm. In an equal-ish to drawn ending, Setyaki made his 40th move, got up and went to the rest room. Jingyao unfortunately forgot about the clock and didn't make his 40th move in time. Setyaki came back to the board, realized what happened, and in an incredible gesture of sportsmanship, offered a draw despite the high stakes. Unfortunately, the arbiter intervened and said that the game has ended officially when Jingyao's time ran out.
This just goes to show that results are sometimes not everything, and even young players can also be gentlemen. Setyaki proved to be a huge credit to the Indonesian Chess Federation and Singaporeans can hardly do better than to learn from his example." - Kevin Goh Wei Ming 

Final Standings 2017 FIDE ZONE 3.3 CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN :

1
FM
7,0
2
GM
7,0
3
IM
6,0
4
FM
6,0
5
GM
5,5
6
IM
5,5
7
IM
5,5
8
IM
5,0
9
FM
5,0
10
FM
5,0
more results


Final Standings 2017 FIDE ZONE 3.3 CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN :


Both FM Yeoh Li Tian and Vo Thi Kim Phung will be confirmed taking part in the next FIDE Chess World Cup cycle.
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