Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Asian Team Chess Championship 2009

The Asian Team Chess Championship 2009 is begin. The event also called a Tata Steel Asian ...... is running from 20th to 29th December in Kolkata. About 9 countries form a team of men and women to compete in this two groups. India is sending two team. The A team is composed of lower rating to up to 2600 rated players. Highest seed is India A with Harikrishan, gangulu, Parimarjan all 2600 rated and only Deepan in 2518. Vietname also in strong contender with Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son above 2600+. Iran with one 2603 rated Ghaem Maghami Ehsan and that's it, all the rest are below 2600. And also they are spared because other strong Asian team like Chinese is probably busy preparing to play the World Team Champ in Turkey very soon. Also not sure why Phillipine did not join in.

Indonesia team composition are :
1. Megaranto Susanto GM 2522
2. Purnama Tirta Chandra IM 2417
3. Novita Anjas FM 2340
4. Kaisar Jenius Hakiki - 2227
5. Farid Firman Syah CM 2249


1. Sukandar Irine Kharisma WGM 2304
2. Lestari Baiq Vina - 2170
3. Dewi Aa Citra WFM 1938
4. Sihite Chelsie Monica WCM 1971
5. Medina Warda Aulia WCM 1959

For women , the "all stars" (Irene,Dewi,Chelsie and Medina) to be played their "debut" as a team, with Lestari joining the team. Their first round is a hard one against top seed India A and lost 2.5 - 1.5 with following result :

IM Harika Dronavalli - WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar 1-0
WGM Karavade Eesha - Baiq Vina Lestari 0-1
WGM Soumya Swaminathan - WFM Dewi Aa Citra 0.5-0.5
WGM Nadig Kruttika - WCM Chelsie Monica Sihite 1-0

Baiq put a great game with White against her WGM opponent's Sicilian (Updated):

Meanwhile the Indonesia men joined a first round massacre with 4-0 win over Nepal team. Other clearance are Iran to Yemen 4-0 and Srilanka - India B 0-4. Full result here.

Singapore men team face a strong Vietnam with 0.5-3.5 in Vietnam favor. GM Wu Shaobin failed to stop young star Le Quang Liem and only Tan Weiliang manage to save a half point against GM Dao Thien Hai. The Singapore women have consider a good start against India B with 2-2. All the girls (WFM Jeslin Tay, WFM Liu Yang, WFM Victoria Chan and Christabel Neo) managed to clinched a half point from their over 200 rated opponents.

Live game in Monroi platform here. Official web here.

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