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Indonesia Open Chess Championship 2013 to Be Held Soon

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A hundred and fifty world chess players from 30 countries will take part on the third Indonesia Open Chess Championship 2013 which will be held on October 9 to 18. The General Chairman of Indonesian Chess Federation (Percasi), Hashim Djojohadikusumo said that 2013 European chess champion Aleksander Moiseenko (2706) from Ukraine will also take part at the event.

"WHM Medina Wardah of Indonesia will also play," said Hashim at the Hotel Atlet Century Park, Senayan, Jakarta yesterday. Hashim is hoping that Indonesian chess players, especially WGM Medina and GM Susanto Megaranto will be able to increase their ratings. Percasi targets the national chess players to achieve at least norm title since there will be 35 "grand masters" in the competition with the total prize of US$100,000.

The tournament will be formatted in 11 rounds Swiss system, and only players having minimum rating of 2200 can join. There will be general, best woman, and best junior categories.

GM Utut Adianto, an Indonesian chess master and member of the Indonesia Open selection committee, said the event is now attracting more international players compared to the one held in 2011. According to Utut, Indonesian chess players still have to struggle hard to compete with other countries' players. However, at least the developments in the last five years have been getting better as seen from Medina Aulia's success in achieving her World Grand Master title in Turkey's World Junior Chess Championship.

ADITYA BUDIMAN