17th Asian Cities Chess Campionship: Jakarta 2011

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Basic data

17th Asian Cities Chess Campionship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 22nd - 28th April 2011
City: Jakarta, Indonesia
Venue: The Kartika Chandra
Tournament Director: IA Casto Abundo (PHI)
Chief Arbiter: IA Abdulrahim Mahdi (INA)
Teams participating: 24 from 17 countries
Players participating: 116 (incl. 18 GMs, 11 IMs, 2 WGMs, 18 FMs, 1 WIM, 1 CM, 4 WFMs and 3 WCMs)
Games played: 432 (five games were forfeited)
Competition format: Four board seven round Swiss.
Final order decided by: 1. Match points; 2. Game points; 3. Sonneborn-Berger
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 sec. increment per move starting from move 1
Website: http://www.jakartaasianchess.com/
Other websites: Pictures from Asian Chess Federation site
Tournament logo: JAKARTA 2011
Downloadable game file: 11asiancities.zip

Tournament review

Twenty four cities from seventeen countries participated in this event. Total players was 116 with 18 GMs, 2 WGMs, 11 IMs, and 1 WIM. GM Wesley Barbasa So (2667), GM Yu Yinyang (2652), GM Lǐ Chāo (2646), GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev (2618), and GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami (2606) were the top rated players. The teams from Tehran (Iran), Astana (Kazakhstan), Tagaytay (Philippines), and Jakarta (Indonesia) were more a national team rather than a city team. They practically fielded their country’s best players.

Judging from the ratings of the team’s members, only four teams had a real chance to win: Shi Jiazhuang from China (rating average 2583), Tagaytay (2578), Astana (2560), and Tehran (2531). There was a gulf in term of ratings between those teams and the others.

After three rounds all the top teams still had full MP except Tagaytay. Tagaytay had to succumb to defeat to Palembang (Indonesia) in round 2. In that round FM Hamdani Rudin from Palembang made a sensation by beating GM So. In round 4 and 5, Shi Jiazhung beat Tehran and Astana to become a sole leader. In the rounds of 6 and 7 Shi Jiazhung enjoyed playing much weaker teams and won outright. In round 8 Tagaytay tried to stop Shi Jiazhung with no avail. GM John Paul Gomez from Tagaytay lost to Wan Yunguo on the third board. The rest of boards were draw. In the last round Shi Jiazhung easily dispatched Yangon.

The event was concluded with Shi Jiazhung in the first place followed by Astana and Tehran in the second and third place. The best player went to GM Lǐ Chāo from Shi Jiazhung. His rating performance was 2763.

Percasi (Indonesian Chess Federation) officials are left with an uneasy homework to decide which players shall represent Indonesia for 26th SEA Games in November this year. The second Indonesian men team (Palembang) achievement surpassed the first men team (Jakarta). The same thing happened in the Indonesian women teams. The second team Pekanbaru had a better rank than the first team Tarakan. Who would dare to ignore the achievement of Palembang’s players, FM Kasmiran (unbeaten, the third best player overall, and the gold medalist for third board) and Kaisar Jenius Hakiki (the bronze medalist for reserved board)?

/ Taken from IndonesiaBase.com /

Best board results

1st Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas ASTA 2600
2. GM So, Wesley TGTY 2598
3. GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan TEHR 2582

2nd Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Li Chao SHJZ 2763
2. GM Antonio, Rogelio jr TGTY 2585
3. GM Zhumabaev, Rinat ASTA 2531

3rd Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. FM Kasmiran PLBG 2601
2. Wan Yunguo SHJZ 2582
3. GM Megaranto, Susanto JKRT 2561

4th Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. GM Ismagambetov, Anuar ASTA 2491
2. GM Wang Rui SHJZ 2466
3. GM Laylo, Darwin TGTY 2393

Reserve Board
no. name flag code ELOp
1. IM Kuderinov, Kirill ASTA 2669
2. IM Golizadeh, Asghar TEHR 2495
3. Hakiki, Kaisar Jenius PLBG 2459

Interesting games

Great sensational win by Black!
So, Wesley (TGTY) - Rudin, Hamdani (PLBG) 0 - 1

None of home teams picked up podium positions, but they had their glory too.
Kasmiran (PLBG) - Zhumabaev, Rinat (ASTA) 1 - 0

Black resigned spoiling finesse ending (can you find it?).
Li Chao (SHJZ) - Moradiabadi, Elshan (TEHR) 1 - 0