Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Asia Zone 3.3 Chess Final Result

The final round of Asia Zone 3.3 Chess Championship give everything So needed to secured rank second. On board 1 GM Zhang Zhong playing black resign against Darwin Laylo. On board 2 Wesley So made a draw against Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, but on board 3 IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444 was down to IM Mas Hafizulhelmi. This make the final standing to be :

1. GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2494 8
2. GM So Wesley PHI 2646 6.5
3. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2592 6
4. GM Paragua Mark PHI 2487 6
5. GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2534 6
6. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2391 6
7. GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2552 6
8. GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2613 5.5
9. IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444 5.5
10. IM Duong The Anh VIE 2440 5.5

full result here.

Jump in at last minute, Wesley So join GM Darwin Laylo to 2009 World Cup. Both will join GM Antonio Rogelio Jr to make up a solid Philippine contingent to 2009 Chess World Cup.

On Women , although heavily surround by host players, Mongolia’s WGM Batkhuyag Munguntuul on rank one with 6 ½. Different by half point to WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung. Batkhuyag Munguntuul will going for 2010 Women World Cup. Final standing for women :

1. WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2412 7.5
2. WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2219 7
3. WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 2105 6.5
4. WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2311 6
5. WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2330 6
6. WIM Nguyen Quynh Anh VIE 2102 5.5
7. Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 2051 5.5
8. WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 2310 5.5
9. WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2314 5.5
10. WFM Luong Nhat Linh VIE 1952 5.5

full result see here.

Indonesian’s GM Susanto Megaranto concluded the event by a victory over host player Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy. After employed a Trompowsky attack many times as white, Susanto was challenged to take up the Black side of the Trompowsky, which duly win by Susanto in 21 moves. WGM Irene K. Sukandar also play freely and get a final round victory.

[Event "Asia Zone 3.3 Chess Championship"]
[Site "Ho Chi Min"]
[Date "29.07.09"]
[Round "9"]
[White "MI Huynh Minh Huy "]
[Black "GM Susanto Megaranto"]
[Result "0-1"]

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Asia Zone 3.3 R.9 Derby Banned

By victory over IM Anh Duong The, GM Darwin Laylo secured his ticket to 2009 Chess World Cup. The last remaining ticket now on theory still available for at least three players. Refer to last round pairing :

GM Laylo Darwin 7 vs GM Zhang Zhong 5½
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 5½ vs GM So Wesley 6
IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 5 vs IM Nguyen Thanh Son 5½

Wesley So now has the highest possibility to become the third Pinoys to go WC (Laylo, and Antonio Rogelio Jr). But his opponent Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son also has the chances only if he can get a full point. Zhang Zhong will need a victory to at least on pair to So, but no doubt he will face fierce game by Darwin Laylo. The last is IM Nguyen Thanh Son who 'only' face IM Mas Hafizulhelmi from Malaysia. This is happen because on the last two round there is a regulation to avoid player from same country with 50% score to face each other. So this is a manual pairing.

Indonesian only participant GM Megaranto Susanto is giving up hope after in round 8 draw to MF Ton That Nhu Tunh (VIE 2227) in, again, a Trompovksy attack game.

While on women, WGM Irene K. Sukandar also finished his hope to grab the ticket after a lost to GMW Le Thanh Tu (2310). Irene came to her unfamiliar Semi Slav game where her opponent play a g4 sacrifice :

Le Thanh Tu - Sukandar,Irene Kharisma
[D45]Ho Chi Minh, Zonal 3.3 (8), 28.07.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 dxc4 8.Bxc4 e5 9.Bd2 Nb6? [theory is 9...exd4 10.Nxd4 Ne5 11.Be2 Nexg4 12.h3 Ne5 13.0–0–0 0–0 14.Rdg1 Kh8] 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.dxe5 Nxg4 12.exd6 Qf6 13.Ne4 Qg6 14.Rg1 Re8 15.h3 Kg8 16.Nfg5 Ne5 17.0–0–0 Bf5 18.Qb3+ Kh8 19.f4 Bxe4 20.Nxe4 Qxe4 21.fxe5 Rxe5 22.Bc3 Rc5 23.Rg4 Qf3 24.Kb1 Rg8 25.Rdg1 Nd5 26.Bxg7+ Rxg7 27.Rxg7 Qf5+ 28.Ka1 Qf8 29.Qxb7 1–0 (courtesy of

On top of the women section is now WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag with 6 1/2 point. Final round pairing , again done manually, so no derby on round 9 :

WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 6½ vs WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 5½
WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 6 vs WFM Cua Sherily PHI 4½
WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 5½ vs Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 5
WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 5 vs WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 5½
WFMPerena Catherine PHI 4 vs WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 5½

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Asia Zone 3.3 R.7 - Singapore Derby

The clash of South East Asia highest rated player between GM Wesley So and GM Zhang Zhong ended in a 11 moves draw. GM Zhang Zhong currently holds a Singapore PR and play for Singapore. Meanwhile GM Megaranto Susanto is now up to 4 1/2 point after a two wins over Tran Ngoc Lan in Trompovsky Attack on round 5. On round 6 in a Scandinavian defence fight against IM Richard Bitoon on round 6, Megaranto secured a win after 71 moves. He is now paired to the current leader GM Darwin Laylo on round 7.

Round 7 will again see a derby, Wesley So is pair to Mark Paragua and Zhang Zhong to Timothy Chan Wei-Xuan. FM Timothy Chan managed to defeated the Phillipine legend GM Eugenio Torre on round 5, good job on it.

Chess result for Men.

WGM Irene K. Sukandar keep close to current leader with 4 1/2 points. The top standing now change a bit with Mongolia's Munguntuul Batkhuyag on nos 2, also with 4 1/2. She will be paired to Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (2219), who is on top right now.

Chess result for women.

For offline view of the games, here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Asia Zone 3.3 R.5 - Pinoys Derby

The Pinoys are coming up strong in Asia Zone 3.3 Chess Championship, after round 4, with GM Darwin Laylo and GM Wesley So top the current standing. Both will play a derby match on round five. On how and why GM Darwin Laylo should really consider to take Wesley So seriously is analysed by chessheroes, a victory over So mean a night worth of fame today. Well, this is something that missed by Singaporean, FM Timothy Chan Wei-Xuan, he lost to So on round 4. GM Zhang Zhong also slowed down and accumulated 3 points after a drew against GM Mark Paraqua and GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

Indonesia's only contestant on Men, GM Megaranto Susanto lost again to Vietnamese black horse, Bao Khoa (2161) and draw to Vo Thanh Ninh (2340). This give Susanto a 2 1/2 point. Notable Bao Khoa was defeating 2 GMs and 1 IM, before slow down by GM Darwin Laylo on round 4.

Standing after round 4:
1. GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2494 4
2. GM So Wesley PHI 2646 3,5
3. GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2613 3
4. Bao Khoa VIE 2161 3
5. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2592 3
6. IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2495 3
7. IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2500 3
8. GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2552 3
9. GM Paragua Mark PHI 2487 3
10. GM Bui Vinh VIE 2517 3

On Women
While the Pinoys on top of the Gents section, the Viets are dominating ladies the top ten. No.1 is WFM Pham Bich Ngoc with perfect four follow by WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung with 3 1/2 .

Indonesian WGM Irene K. Sukandar play full heart to defeat her team mate Monica Sihite Chelsie on round 4. Rising star WCM Medina Warda Aulia with 2 points , her performance so far are 1 win over WFM and 2 draws over a WFM and WGM. WFM Dewi Aa Citra currently accumulated only 1 1/2 point. For Indonesian reading please refer to potretcatur, including a photo of Enkhtuul Altanulzii whom potretcatur many times hailed as "pecatur cantik (=pretty chess player)" ^-^ .

Standing after round 4:

1. WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 2105 4
2. WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2219 3.5
3. WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2412 3
4.WFM Le Thi Phuong Lien VIE 2216 3
5.WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2311 3
6. WIM Nguyen Quynh Anh VIE 2102 2.5
7. Pham Thi Ngoc Tu VIE 2089 2.5
8. WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2314 2.5
9. Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar MGL 2144 2.5
10.WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2330 2.5

The whole tournament is playing a 9-round swiss and after a ticket to qualifies to this year World Cup at Siberia.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Asian Zone 3.3 - Round 4, Indonesia Derby

Asian Zone 3.3 Chess Championship 2009 is up to round three now, notable highlight is GM Wesley So draw on 1st round against FM Nguyen Ly Hong who is almost 300 elo rating below. Singaporean GM Zhang Zhong is on a good path with two wins, although Zhang Zhong won on round two against IM Thai Tu Hoang was a dramatic one. The Vietnamese was in a good pressure but blunderred and entered his king into a mate pattern by the ex super GM.
IM Tu, Hoang Thai - GM Zhang Zhong
Round 2
1. e4 c5 2. b3 b6 3. Bb2 Bb7 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Nc6 8. Qd2d6 9. O-O-O Qc7 10. Kb1 Nf6 11. Bd3 Be7 12. g4 Ne5 13. Nd4 Nxd3 14. cxd3 b5 15.g5 Nd7 16. h4 Qb6 17. Qe3 e5 18. Nd5 exd4 19. Bxd4 Qd8 20. Bxg7 Rg8 21. Bd4 Rg622. f4 Re6 23. Qf3 Rc8 24. h5 Qa5 25. Qg2 Bf8 26. f5 Bxd5 27. exd5 Re7 28. f6Re5 29. g6 fxg6 30. hxg6 hxg6 31. Qxg6+ Kd8 32. Bxe5 dxe5 33. f7??

and now Black to move and win!

33...Rc2!! {34.Kxc2 Qxa2+ 35. Kc3 b4+ 36. Kc4 Qc2#}

Indonesia's GM Megaranto Susanto also goes +2 after long battle against Singaporean FM Daniel Chan-Yi Ren on round 2. Both finished the game last, according to potretcatur, Susanto key to succes was he managed to keep his emotion cool and played in more safe and solid approach.

See Men's result.

On Women
Latest update from chess-result shows an Indonesian derby on round 4. WGM Irene K. Sukandar will playing black against her comrade Monica S. Chelsie.
WFM Pham Bich Ngoc (2105) and WFM Le Thi Phuong Lien (2216) are on +3 points while top seed WGM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (2412) on 2 points after two draws and one win. Top ten standing are heavily dominated by host players :

1. WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 2105 - 3 points
2. WFM Le Thi Phuong Lien VIE 2216 - 3 points
3. Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar MGL 2144 - 2.5 points
4. WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2219 - 2.5 points
5. Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 2051 - 2 points
6. WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2311 - 2 points
7. WCM Sihite Chelsie Monica INA 0 - 2 points
8. WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2412 - 2 points
9. WIM Nguyen Quynh Anh VIE 2102 2 points
10. WIM Nguyen Thi Tuong Van VIE 2246 2 points

Live game can be viewed here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Asia Zone 3.3 Chess Championship 2009 Starts

Asia zone 3.3 (see zoning here) starts today. Top seeds like GM Wesley So (2646) and Singaporean GM Zhang Zhong (2613) to be fight for two ticket for this year World Cup at Khanty Masiysk . Zone 3.3 is excluding two of Asia's most powerful chess federation, China and India, and the rest of federation seems sharing equal superiority here. Chances are on the Pinoys , Vietnamese and suddenly Singapore also on the spot, thanks to the "imported" super GM. Singapore sent as many as six players and Indonesia, the 3rd largest population in Asia, sent 'only' five players.

Singapore delegation and 1st round pairing :
(afternoon updated for 1st round result)
WFM Hoang Thi Nhu Y (VIE) 2119 vs WFM Chan Wei-Yi Victoria 1912 1-0

GM Zhang Zhong 2613 vs Le Quang Long (VIE) 2279 1-0
FM Vuong Trung Hieu 1964 vs FM Chan Yi-Ren Daniel 2358 0-1
FM Chan Wei-Xuan Timothy 2344 vs Le Minh Hoang (VIE) 1941 1-0
IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (VIE) 2500 vs FM Chua Terry 2226 1-0
IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444 vs FM Lo Kin Mun Dominic 2154

Indonesia delegation and 1st round pairing :
GM Susanto Megaranto (2534) – Baba Masahiro (JPN, 2229) 1-0

ROUND 2 updated :
FM Daniel Chan Yi-Ren vs GM Susanto Megaranto

GMW Irene Kharisma Sukandar (2311)- Daisy Rivera (PHI, 2087) 1-0
MFW Cua Shercila (PHI, 2167)- MFW Medina Warda (1945) 0-1
MFW Dewi AA Citra (1943)-Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar (MGL, 2144) 0-1
WCM Chelsie Monica bye

According to potrectcatur Megaranto and Irene are expected to grab the World Cup ticket as the rest of the lads are expected to making improvement over theirs rating. For women section only the winner go through, at the moment Irene seeded no. 4 with WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2412 from Mongolia seed no.1. Irene lost to Batkhuyag at Subic months ago.

see chess result website for MEN and Women.

Pandangan catur Asia kembali ke Vietname menyusul dimulainya Kejuaraan Dunia Asia Zone 3.3. Indonesia maju dengan lima pemain (.... hmm.. Singapore yang seper sekian Indonesia 'mampu' mengirim enam pemain) dengan GM Megaranto Susanto dan WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar sebagai harapan untuk mencapai tiket ke Piala Dunia. Zone 3.3 ini tidak diikuti dua federasi super Asia lainnya , Cina dan India, jadi persaingan "tempat ketiga" di Asia cukup menegangkan, dengan Filipina dan Vietnam memiliki ambisi untuk ini. Urutan pertama GM Wesley So (sangat) diharapkan bisa lolos ke Piala Dunia karena sebagai salah satu ambasador catur Asia Tenggara akan kurang menyenangkan kalau Piala Dunia nanti tanpa kehadiraannya. Sedangkan urutan ke dua bekas GM super Zhang Zhong yang main buat Singapore sekarang, seharusnya juga membuat hasil bagus disini, mengingat pengalamannya. Namun Zhang Zhong sudah jarang bermain belakangan.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Biel 2009 - Round 1 Moro leads

A combos of "experienced" and young chess players started the Biel Chess 2009. The six players already up the fight last night with the following result :

Alexander Morozevich (RUS, 2751) - Evgeny Alekseev (RUS, 2714) 1 - 0
Boris Gelfand (ISR, 2755) - Fabiano Caruana (ITA, 2670) ½ - ½
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 2703) - Vassily Ivanchuk (RUS, 2703) ½ - ½

The round saw two quite similar Nimzo Indians on Gelfand-Caruana and Morozevich-Alekseev game. While Gelfand in the end hardly had enough time to converting the game into his win, Moro succesfully finished the game beautifully. To follow more see

Alexander Morozevich - Evgeny Alekseev 1-0
Nimzo Indian, Round 1

Friday, July 17, 2009

San Sebastian 2009 - Puzzle

Nice mating combo from Loek van Wely, from his first win over Roberto Cifuentes Parada. Can you guess the sequences?

Loek van Wely - Roberto Cifuentes Parada 1-0
Kutxa Tournament, Round 1
White to move and win

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Shredding Chess Moves at Maccabiah

In 18th Maccabiah Games is a Super rapid tournament of 13 grandmasters, happening in Israel. Evgeniy Najer won after 13 round and this is the second trophy for Najer since he just clinched the World Open in US a week ago. Joining the tournament is part of Israel succesful Olympiad team, Boris Gelfand, Boris Avrukh, Michael Roiz and Maxim Rodshtein. Other interesting participant is the come back Judith Polgar. For Judith seems like she is still in warm ups mode and she ended up in the middle position. Late comer Ian Nepomniachi doing well and ended at no.2. However on round 13 Ian get shredded by Boris Avrukh, a good collection to my "1.d4 opening" label .

Final standings
1. Evgeniy Najer Russia 2663 - 9.5
2. Ian Nepomniachi Russia 2632 - 8.5
3. Alexander Beliavsky Slovenia 2662 - 7.0
4. Boris Gelfand Israel 2755 - 6.5
5. Pavel Eljanov Ukraine 2716 - 6.5
6. Ilia Smirin Israel 2650 - 6.5
7. Judit Polgar Hungary 2687 - 6.0
8. Maxim Rodshtein Israel 2623 - 6.0
9. Michael Roiz Israel 2658 - 5.5
10. Boris Avrukh Israel 2641 - 5.5
11. Vitali Golod Israel 2599 - 5.0
12. Daniel Fridman Germany 2665 - 3.5
13. Emil Sutovsky Israel 2675 - 2.0

Barusan usai adalah turnamen catur cepat di Israel yang bernama Maccabiah Games ke 18. Diikuti oleh 13 grandmaster top, turnamen dimenangkan oleh pecatur Rusia Evgenij Najer, yang juga barusan menang di World Open di Amerika Serikat minggu lalu. Beberapa anggota tim sukses Olimpiade Israel turut turun yaitu Boris Gelfand, Boris Avrukh, Michael Roiz dan Maxim Rodshtein. Selanjutnya ikutan juga Judith Polgar yang udah lama nggak main dan sepertinya dia masih belum panas melihat prestasinya yang cuma ada di papan tengah. Pecatur muda Ian Nepomniachi yang diundang terakhir tampil baik untuk mencapai peringkat kedua, namun di partai terakhir melawan Boris Avrukh dia disikat dengan gaya Shredding Chess Moves. Berikut mari kita ikuti partainya :

Boris Avrukh - Ian Nepomniachi 1-0, D45

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dwi Tarung Kasparov Karpov 2009

For those who stays outside the Earth here the news about the Kasparov vs Karpov in September 2009. At below is the old Indonesian chess article reporting on Kasparov - Karpov 1990 match. The game taken from round 3 where Kasparov sac a Queen for a Rook and a Knight. The game ended draw. Note that Indonesian version of Algebric notation where ; K=Knight G=Bishop B=Rook M=Queen R=King.

The game can be found at chessgames here, Karpov - Kasparov 1990 , 1/2-1/2 .

Bulan September ini positif akan diselenggarakan pertandingan dwi tarung antara dua mantan juara catur dunia, Gary Kasparov dan Anatoly Karpov. Dwitarung ini akan berlangsung di Valencia dan maksud dan tujuannya ialah demi memperingati paling nggak dua hal. Pertama ialah peristiwa historik di mana di kota Valencia lah pertama kalinya buah Menteri atau Ratu dianugrahkan kemampuan untuk melangkah langkah seperti yang kita kenal sekarang. Sebelumnya melalui permainan yang dinamai "Shatranj" si Ratu ini hanya mampu melangkah dan menangkap lawan seperti buah bidak biasa.

Peristiwa kedua yang diperingati ialah di Spanyol juga kedua musuh buyutan ini melangsungkan dwi tarungnya di tahun 1987. Masa-masa dwi tarung itu juga diyakini sebagai salah satu masa keemasan di sejarah catur, di mana partai terakhir dari pertandingan tersebut disiarkan langsung ke seluruh dunia dan diikuti langsung oleh 13 juta pemirsa. Tentunya hal ini tidak terlalu mengada-ngada karena melalui ingatan sang penulis yang udah buram ini, masih teringat di mana surat kabar lokal di Pontianak, saat itu bernama Akcaya (sekarang Pontianak Post) kerap menyediakan laporan pertandingan tersebut. Tentu di masa itu penulis belum mengerti banyak catur apalagi notasinya. Akan tetapi melalui obrolan di warung kopi (di mana rumah penulis pernah difungsikan sebagai warung kopi selama beberapa tahun) sering terdengar ada gosip mengenai pertandingan ini di antara pecatur pecatur yang nongkrong di warkop tersebut.

Pertandingan di bulan September nanti ialah 12 babak, terdiri dari 4 babak catur cepat dan 8 babak catur kilat. Karpov saat ini lagi terlibat di turnamen cukup kuat yaitu Donastia. Hingga dituliskan blog ini, beliau agak sengsara berada di posisi kunci hasil kalah dari dua pecatur muda Hikaru Nakamura dan Vachier-Lagrave Maxime dan seri melawan mantan juara dunia Ruslan Ponomariov dan pecatur gaek Julia Granda Zuniga.
Gary Kasparov sendiri sudah pensiun beberapa tahun lalu dan sekarang rajin berkampanye sebagai caleg di partai oposisi Rusia. Rating terakhir Kasparov berada di atas 2800 dan kemungkinan besar masih cukup untuk mengalahkan Karpov. Jadi, siapakah yang akan menang nanti? Apakah Kasparov yang berhenti bermain catur selama beberapa tahun atau Karpov yang masih aktif hingga detik ini?

Untuk merayakan kabar gembira ini, berikut sebuah artikel yang ditulis bung Lugito Hayadi di tabloid Bola mengenai dwi tarung mereka di tahun 1990-an. Selamat menikmati.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Asian Junior Chess Championship 2009

IM Ashwin Jayaram dominated Continental Asian Junior Chess Championship in Sri Lanka,concluded 7th July yesterday. Ashwin Jayaram, 2425, scored 8 out of 9 rounds undefeated and drew with IM Amanov Zhanibek and IM Shyam Sundar M. Ashwin had been shaping his skill in Croatia previously but it seems like he is under Indian flag now.

Singaporean FM Terry Chua finished at 9th scoring 5,5 points. Ashwin Jayaram defeated him on round 2. He scored a victory on his higher rate opponent FM Minhazuddin Ahmed from Bangladesh in round 6 in a miniature game with French opening.

Top 10 Asian Junior Boys :
1. IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2425 8
2. IM Amanov Zhanibek KAZ 2385 7
3. IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2472 6.5
4. IM Toufighi Homayoon IRI 2488 6
5. IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2383 6
6. IM Shyam Sundar M IND 2415 6
7. FM Vishnu Prasanna V IND 2330 6
8. IM Karthikeyan P IND 2478 5.5
9. FM Chua Zheng Yuan Terry SIN 2226 5.5
10. Saravana Krishnan P IND 2311 5.5

In girls section , WIM Padmini Rout from Indian rated 2243 also dominating the field with 8.5 points out of 9 rounds !

Top 5 from girls :
1. WIM Padmini Rout IND 2243 8.5
2. WFM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2098 7.5
3. WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2309 6.5
4. CM Bhakti Kulkarni IND 2203 6
5. WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 2203 5

FM Ahmed Minhazuddin (BAN) - FM Terry Chua Zheng Yuan (SIN)
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2391"]
[BlackElo "2226"]

Friday, July 3, 2009

Young and Dangerous IM Ray Robson

IM Ray Robson is the next Young and Dangerous of chess coming from the land of America. He is now right on top of the "next to be a GM" list( UPTD: IM Alex Lenderman is the next US GM). Robert Hess was already "graduated" this month as he is now a GM according to July edition of Fide rating list. Ray ,born in Guam 1994, is a pupil of the famous GM Alex Onischuk. On Chess magazine Onischuk addressed Ray as the future of US chess linking to Ray performance on this year Aeroflot. Thanks to USCF website, Susan Polgar and Jennifer Shahade, now we are familiar with the report on Ray beating a higher rated player. Today he will be the first feature player of my new blog label, the Young and Dangerous* of Chess. This label will try to report on what happening in our era of junior player. (* Young and Dangerous is inspired by a Hong Kong gangsta movie. See wikipedia )

Happening this week is a World Open in Philadelphia. This is the event where Kamsky, Bareev and Smirin will be playing. Joining this event, one of Ray opponent is GM Josh Friedel in round 3. Ray outplayed his opponent with a dare Bishop sacrifice in classic Sicilian Dragon game with black. White has some considerable way to neutralised the attack but he just missed some crucial moves. This game also fit into the Surreal Sicilian label because its won by Black in Sicilian defence.

GM Josh Friedel - IM Ray Robson
World Open - Round 3 0-1 B76 Yugoslav Attack Sicilian Defence

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Indonesia Chess Games - GM Joerg Hickl vs Dede Liu

Indonesia's IM Dede Liu is rated 2419 at July 09 list. He was one of the 90s generation. Here at 1996 International Grandmaster Gunadarma tournament he performed sturdy by drawing against GM Flacnic, Krasenkow, Gurevich and Ivan Sokolov. On the last round (9) he gained his luck by beating eccentric Dutch GM Joerg Hickl. The game open with a hyper modern style with no white pieces on more than 3rd rank after 10 moves!

The below game annotation were taken from Kristianus Liem report on local newspaper.

Berikut adalah salah satu artikel klasik dari surat kabar lokal di mana terdapat laporan pak Kristianus Liem mengenai salah satu master Internasional Indonesia, Dede Liu. Berikut partai kemenangannya di turnament grandmaster Gunadarma 1996 melawan GM unik dari Belanda, GM Joerg Hickl melalui pembukaan tak beraturan.

GM Joerg Hickl - IM Dede Liu
1996 Jakarta 0-1

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