RI crushes Macau in Chess Olympiad
JAKARTA: The Indonesian women’s chess team defeated Macau 4-0 in the opening round of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany on Thursday, but the men’s team went down 2.5-1.5 to Uzbekistan.
Irene Kharisma opened Indonesia’s winning streak with a victory over Nicole Rio da Silva. Evi Lindiawati added to the success by beating Enerlan Salvador, followed by Desi Rachmawati and Dewi Citra who beat Lee Wing and Mak Kit Shu respectively.
In the men’s division, Indonesia’s ace player Susanto Megaranto found 2004 world champion Rustam Kasimzhanov too strong to break and went down in his match. Indonesia evened the score at 1-1 after Irwanto Sadikin beat Dzhurabek Kharrakulov but Johanes Simbolon lost to Alexei Barsov. Tirta Chandra Purnama drew with Safrin Shukhrat in the fourth match.
The Olympiad features 154 men’s and 114 women’s teams from 152 countries. –JP
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