Indonesia open

Sixteen players share the lead at Indonesia Open

20131011_Round2_16After two rounds of play, no less than sixteen players share the lead at the Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2013 with a perfect two from two.

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Of the top seeds, GMs Alexander Moiseeko and Aleksey Dreev look to be in good form with easy wins over the Vietnamese duo of GM Cao Sang and Nguyen Van Huy respectively, but GMs Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Ivan Ivanisevic are also playing well and together with somewhat less fancied Igarza Renier Vazquez, Vetik Grigoryan, Jan Ehlvest, Suri Vaibhav, Vadim Malakhatko, and Gundavaa Nayarsaikhan are also comfortably getting the job done.

The top two women in GMs Antoaneta Stefanova and Hoang Thanh Trang are also among the leaders while of the locals, FM Anjas Novitas continues to impress, this time taking down GM Dao Thien Hai in a nice game.

GM Nigel Short was fortunate to win against IM Rolando Nolte who pressed hard from the beginning and then in a drawn position chose to be passive and this game, bit by bit, the second seed increased chances to try for the full point and this was duly achieved in the last game to finish.

A large group are also on 1.5/2 and while GMs Oliver Barbosa, Salem A R Saleh, Sandro Mareco and Ehsan Ghaem Maghami would be happy to have recovered somewhat with wins, GM Nguyen Ngoc Troung Son continues to lose ground with a second successive draw.

WGMs Tuvshintugs Batchimeg and Maria Manakova on the other hand would be pleased to be only half a point behind a leaders with draws against GM Rustam Khusnutdinov and IM Ronny Gunawan respectively.

Other notable results include the young Anton Smirnov holding veteran GM Eugene Torre, once again in a game with repetition of moves! Torre must be thinking how for the second game in a row how he could make such a slip in the final stages after doing all the hard work!

Two seriously veteran Indonesian GMs in Herman Suradiraja and Herman Ardiansyah were for a long time the centre of attention and while it was heartbreak for the frail and ailing Suradiraja who collapsed in a winning endgame against WGM Dinara Sadakassova, WIM Chelsie Monica Shite made the mistake of leaning back after winning the exchange against Ardiansyah who then turned back the years with a vintage attacking performance to force her resignation.

It will be hard day in the office tomorrow in Rounds 3 and 4 as it will be the first of three double round days.

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