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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Irene Sukandar first Indonesian in Women's World Chess Championship Winning Asian Continental Chess

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Hi everyone,

You must have read our Chess Blog post about Irene Kharisma Sukandar - the talented chess player and WGM from Indonesia - who recently won the women's section of the Asian Continental Chess Championship. (Asian Chess: Parimarjan Negi Wins on Tiebreak; Irene Sukandar Wins Women's Section)

She would now be the first Indonesian woman chess player ever to participate in the Women’s World Chess Championship. “Irene attending the women’s world championship is history for Indonesia, because we’ve never had a representative,” Indonesian Chess Association (PERCASI) spokeswoman Urry Kartopati told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, referring to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) - sanctioned championship, the location of which has not yet been decided.

Irene (Elo rating 2288) managed to beat Indian WGM Eesha Karavade (2353) in the final round to collect the winning seven points, while closest rival, Indian WGM Mary Ann Gomez (2378), recorded 6.5 points after being defeated by China’s WGM Tan Zhongyi (2430).

“Actually, we were quite confident that Irene could really nail the victory when she was leading with 5.5 points in round six,” said Urry. The second-ranked contender was WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An (2301).

In round eight, however, Irene lost the No. 1 spot to Gomez.

“When she eventually knocked out Eesha, while Mary Ann lost to Zhongyi, Irene secured the winning seven points in the final round, which is her first triumph in 2012,” Urry said of the event, which applied a Swiss nine-round competition format.

Irene becomes the third Indonesian to reach a world-level chess tournament, following GM Utut Adianto (five times) and GM Susanto Megaranto (two times) in FIDE’s World Chess Championship.

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