Telin International: sensational performance by 13-year-old girl

4/6/2011 – A field of 110 players from seven countries, 37 with FIDE titles, including nine GMs, are participating in this Swiss tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia. All eyes are on WFM Medina Warda Aulia, who is 13 and rated 2035. After seven rounds she is tenth on the table, with a score of 5.0/7. WGM Anastasiya Karlovich and sports trainer Kristian Liem have sent us this giant pictorial report.

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The Telin Chess International Tournament

Text and photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and Kristian Liem

Telin Chess International Tournament 2011 is taking place from April 1st to 7th, 2011, in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is the only international open tournament in Indonesia, but the local Chess Federation plans to continue organising such type of tournaments in the future.

The organisers of the event are the Indonesian Chess Federation and Telin Indonesian Telcom. Telin is a main sponsor of the event and a subsidiary company of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., the biggest telecommunication services and networking provider in Indonesia.

110 chess players from seven countries are participating in the nine round Swiss tournament with time controls of 90 minutes for the whole game with a 30 seconds increment for every move starting from the first move. Two special rules from the organisers: a “no-draw offer” rule until 30 moves, and the "zero tolerance" rule which force chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start.

The organisers provided an impressive prize fund: more than 25 thousand dollars in total. The prizes are 1st: US $5,000, 2nd: $3,000, 3rd: $2,000, 4th: $1,500, 5th: $1,250, 6th: $1,000, 7th-2th: $750, 13th-20th: $500. The best female players gets 1st: US $1,500, 2nd: $1,000 and 3rd: $500.

Top standings after seven rounds of play

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Ti
Player Nat. Rtng Pts TB1 TB2 TB3

1

IM

Irwanto Sadikin

INA

2417

6.0

29.0

26.5

23.0

2

GM

Gagunashvili Merab

GEO

2599

5.5

32.0

29.5

25.5

GM

Dao Thien Hai

VIE

2507

5.5

32.0

29.5

25.5

4

GM

Torre Eugenio

PHI

2495

5.5

32.0

29.0

25.5

GM

Barus Cerdas

INA

2443

5.5

32.0

29.0

25.5

6

 

Gunawan Johan

INA

2269

5.5

30.0

27.0

23.5

7

GM

Zhang Zhong

SIN

2592

5.5

29.5

27.5

24.0

8

 

Prayitno Sugeng

INA

2348

5.5

24.5

22.0

19.0

9

IM

Liu Dede

INA

2418

5.0

31.5

28.5

24.5

10

WFM

Medina Warda Aulia

INA

2035

5.0

31.0

27.5

23.5

11

 

Sutarno

INA

2255

5.0

29.0

26.5

23.5

12

GM

Ardiansyah H

INA

2373

5.0

29.0

26.0

22.0

13

GM

Megaranto Susanto

INA

2533

5.0

28.5

26.5

24.0

14

GM

Barua Dibyendu

IND

2468

5.0

27.0

27.0

23.5

15

IM

Purnama Tirta Chandra

INA

2404

5.0

25.5

25.5

22.0

16

 

Zulkhairi

INA

2281

5.0

25.5

22.5

19.5

17

 

Pitra Andika

INA

2303

5.0

25.0

23.0

20.5

18

IM

Halay Taufik

INA

2346

4.5

31.5

29.0

25.0

19

FM

Wahono Awam

INA

2372

4.5

30.5

27.5

24.5

20

FM

Firdaus Maksum

INA

2269

4.5

29.5

26.0

22.0

21

 

Ediyanto

INA

2355

4.5

27.0

24.5

22.0

22

 

Surya Wahyudi

INA

2234

4.5

26.5

24.0

21.5

23

 

Aris T.L.S.

INA

2232

4.5

23.5

23.5

21.0

24

FM

Tjhin Irawan

INA

2345

4.5

23.0

20.0

17.0

25

IM

Suhendra Andi Supardi

INA

2230

4.5

22.0

20.5

18.0


WFM Medina Warda Aulia, 13, of Indonesia, rated 2035

The sensation in this event is the excellent performance of one of Indonesia's young stars, Medina Warda Aulia, a world school champion U11 (Singapore 2008) and bronze-medallist in the World Youth in 2008. In this event she quite sensationally is in place ten after seven rounds, with a score of 5.0/7. In the Jakarta Globe we read:

Indonesian teen chess prodigy Medina Warda Aulia displayed more of her promise at the Telin Chess International Tournament over the weekend. Medina, 13, claimed a stunning victory over the country’s first and only women’s grandmaster, Irene Kharisma Sukandar, at Telkom Grha Citra Caraka in Jakarta on Sunday. It was her fourth victory after six rounds of play and Medina moved up to eighth in the standings with 4.5 points. Irene is in 32nd with 3.5 points. “It was a tough match. Though she played black, Irene was very aggressive and tried to attack me from early on,” Medina said after the match. “However, she failed and that created more advantages for my moves before I took my chance to win the game. I’m really proud of myself because this victory will likely secure my place in the national team for the Southeast Asian Games,” she added.

And in another article:

Medina Warda Aulia is one of 14 women and 95 men competing in the Telin Chess International Tournament, and the 13-year-old hopes to spring a surprise in a field that includes some of Southeast Asia’s best players. “My goal is to reach grandmaster status in two years,” said the teenager, who hails from Bekasi, West Java. Medina was encouraged by her father to take up chess full-time, meaning she had to give up her other hobby, painting. “My father was the one who noticed my talent in chess, so he really wanted me to develop that,” she said.

As you can see in the above table the 13-year-old with a 2035 rating has been playing at full GM strength, with a performance rating approaching 2600. In round eight she has white against GM Dibyendu Barua, a somewhat make-or-break encounter.


The Kartika Chandra four-star Hotel which hosts the participants of the tournament and
will be used as a playing venue for Asian Cities Chess Championship (21-29 of April 2011)


Partcipants, officials and spectators on the opening ceremony


A special musical program, where the dancer symbolises the white pieces


Girls from the Indonesian Chess Federation sing and perform on the opening ceremony. The girls
learnt a special song which motivates players before the games, in a camp for athletes of Indonesia


Indonesian chess-players during the opening ceremony


The President of the Indonesian Chess Federation, Hashim Djojohadikusumo and
the Minister of Youth and Sport Andi Mallarangeng make the first symbolic moves


The officials watch an exhibition blitz game (three minutes time control) between Indonesian WFM Medina Warda Aulia and me. My opponent played better, but I played faster and won on time. The spectators seemed satisfied.


The playing venue


The highest rated Indonesian player, GM Megaranto Susanto, vs Andreas Susanto


Elo favourite GM Merab Gagunashvili from Georgia


Indonesian IM Denny Juswanto


GM Eugenio Torre from the Philippines


GM Cerdar Barus from Indonesia, who won his first five games, played in the
national team at the 2002 Olympiad in Bled, winning the gold medal on board three


Zhang Zhong, Chinese GM who lives in Singapore


19-year-old chess star Irene Kharisma Sukandar

Irina is a WGM and has a rating of 2354. She is the current Indonesian women's champion, a member of Indonesian women's team and the winner of the Asian Youth Championships. Beside of chess she also studies English literature at the University.


15-years-old WFM Chelsie Monica Ignesias Sihite from Indonesia is Asean champion U16 (2010)
and repeated champion of Indonesia in different age groups. She also enjoys taking photos.


Indonesian WFM Dewi Anastasia Ardhiani was a silver medallist
in the world school championship U-15 (Greece, 2009)


Norasya Verdiana from Indonesia is a woman national master


The girls enjoy lunch in a friendly atmosphere


The hospitality of the organizers knows no bounds: amongst many other things they gave the players an opportunity to visit different restaurants in Jakarta every evening. This time company is gathered in Indian restaurant.


And for relaxation GMs Barua Dibyendu and Zhang Zhong try their skill at pool billiard


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