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Jakarta Post

Indonesian chess contingent gives Asian games a miss to train in Europe

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 29 2009   /  01:54 pm

Indonesian Chess Association (Percasi) has chosen to skip the Asian Indoor Games, opting instead to tour Europe, with the view of enhancing their gold medal chances at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. The 10-day competition that will begin in Vietnam on Friday, could have been a good warm up for Indonesian athletes preparing to compete at the upcoming Southeast Asian games in December. However, as chess will not be featured in the Laos Southeast Asian Games, Percasi has decided to concentrate on honing the chess players' skills by allowing them to compete in Europe. "Our priority is to make Irene Kharisma and Susanto Megaranto world-class chess players through extensive practise in Europe," Percasi deputy chairman Eka Putra Wirya told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Irene has become the first Indonesian chess player to attain a women's grand master while Susanto is tout...