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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Indonesia Chess Open 2012 Inaugurated at Glittering Ceremony

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Asia's first Grandmaster Eugene Torre with wife (extreme left) and a performer at the opening ceremony of the Indonesia Chess Open 2012 on Thursday. 

The latest chess tournament news via Fide is that the Indonesia Open 2012 has begun with a grand opening ceremony. The 2nd Indonesian Open Chess Championship 2012 was officially declared opened by Deputy Sports Minister Prof. Djoko Pekik Irianto in a colourful ceremony featuring Indonesia dance from different parts of the vast country. Attending the opening was Adi Suyuso who represented Major General Toni Suratman, President of the powerful Indonesia National Sports Committee (KONI) and Grandmaster Utut Adianto, Deputy Preisdent of PERCASI (All Indonesia Chess Federation), various officials, as well as most of the 27 Grandmasters, the top 50 Indonesian players, and some 40 other internationals who had arrived in time.

The 2nd Indonesian Open Chess Championship is going to have its first round on Friday, with Grandmasters such as Ivan Sokolov, representing the Netherlands, Li Chao and Yu Yangyi from China, Vlad Tkachiev representing France, the other Vietnam superstar Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Jaan Ehlvest now playing for the USA, India’s Surya Sekhar Ganguly and the large delegation from the Philippines of Oliver Barbosa, Rogelio Antonio, John Paul Gomez, Mark Paragua, Darwin Laylo, Eugene Torre and Richard Bitoon and others.

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