Chess in Indonesia: a portrait of Medina Warda Aulia

by Arne Kaehler
7/15/2020 – With a rating of 2360 Medina Warda Aulia is currently 11th on Indonesia's ranking list, and number two on Indonesia's women's ranking list - number one is Irine Kharisma Sukhandar. The 23-year old Aulia is an International Master, Indonesia's youngest Women Grandmaster, and in 2015 she had a peak rating of 2415. But as she told the Indonesian magazine "Tempo" she now studies chess harder than ever before. | Photo: Medina Warda Aulia's Instagram Account

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Medina Warda Aulia

Quotes from the Tempo article ("From Barbies to Chess Pieces") about Medina Warda Aulia.

Despite only being able to play online, the Woman Grandmaster still prepares herself to participate in a number of tournaments next year. Medina, who is coached by Russian Grandmaster Ruslan Shcherbakov, plans to take part in the Chess Olympics, the World Chess Championship, SEA Games, and the National Games. "Many tournaments have been cancelled, there will be more competitions next year," said the Philippines SEA Games gold medalist.

She also said that there are three stages in a game of chess. The first stage is like mathematics with numerous formulas and theories involved in the opening moves. The second stage is where players act like magicians as they employ strategies to deceive their opponent. In the final stage, they change their behaviour again, this time mimicking that of an accountant who moves carefully and precisely. "One wrong step, and it is game over," she said. "This also applies in personal life."

12-hour live stream of an online simul by Medina Warda Aulia

Three games by the Indonesian IM and WGM



Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.


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