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Jakarta Post

Irene to make history after Asian victory

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16 2012   /  11:39 am

Indonesian Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Irene Kharisma Sukandar will become the first Indonesian woman to take part in the Women’s World Chess Championship in 2015 after triumphing at the Asian Continental Chess Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam over the weekend.

“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 ).