Let's see what happen on chess during my holiday this week. In China Ding Liren managed to clinched the 2009 Chinese Championship title, in his final round drama he got a full point thanks to the FIDE "zero start" rules. Big articles on Chessbase here and here.
In South East Asian big chess celebration is on Hue City of Vietname where the 10th ASEAN+ AGE Group Championship taken place. The meaning of plus (+) symbol in front of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) indicated that there are delegation from countries outside ASEAN which are : Iran, Australia, Russia and India. The member of ASEAN country participated here are : Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapora, Phillipine, Brunei dan host Vietnam, making up a total of ten participating teams.
The championship played in Standard, Rapid and Blitz time control. This week the Standard events was just finished. Indonesian team consists of five youngsters :
FM Rian Kapriaga (2094)- finished 19th in Open 20, top finisher in this group is Vietnamese Le Quang Long with 7,5/9 and Singaporean youngster FM Daniel Chan Yi-Ren finished 3rd with 6,0/9.
WCM (Women Candidate Master) Chelsie Monica Sihite - finished 8th in Girl 14 with 5,0/9.
Nadia Anggraeni followed 9th with 4,5/9.
Big news is coming from Girl 12 where ,
WCM Medina Warda Aulia confirmed a sole leader after won all her games up round 7. She drew in round 8 and won the last round, made her 8,5 points as a clear winner of Girl 12. The winner of each group will awarded a FM or WFM title, so congratulation to Medina for being the next Indonesian WFM! Medina and Chelsie Monica are students of Sekolah Catur Utut Adianto (SCUA / Utut Adianto Chess School) and trained as future team-mate for WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar. Both Chelsie and Medina were a winners of Girls 13 and Girls 11 of the 4th World Schools Chess Championships 2008 in Singapore.
Lastly, Karenza Dita also seized a Bronze Medal in Girls 10 with 6,0/9. In this group also participating Singapore's Neha Shankar,one of Singaporean Junior with whom I managed to play one rapid rated-game (which she won!), Neha finished 9th with 5,5/9.
Meanwhile the Rapid events are started this week where GM Le Quang Liem (2591) is playing in Open 20. Updating report coming from potretcatur.blogspot.com and chess-results.