Indonesia Open 2012: Resounding win for Yu Yangyi

10/18/2012 – The Indonesian Open took place from October 10-17 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was a success by all counts. It was an immensely strong open inasmuch as of the 106 participants, no fewer than 79 were FIDE titled. The tournament was a resounding success for Yu Yangyi, who scored 7.5/9, with an impressive 2825 performance. Report with interview of Yu Yangyi.

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The Indonesian Open took place from October 10-17 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was a success by all counts. It was an immensely strong open inasmuch as of the 106 participants, no fewer than 79 were FIDE titled. The top seed was Dutch GM Ivan Sokolov (2690 FIDE) followed by defending champion Chinese GM Li Chao (2681 FIDE), French GM Vladislav Tkachiev (2662) and Chinese junior Yu Yangyi (2651).


Defending champion Chinese GM Li Chao

The tournament was a resounding success for Yu Yangyi, who scored 7.5/9, edging out his compatriot Li Chao on tiebreak. He scored a very impressive 2825 performance and added a hefty 19 Elo to his rating. Li Chao was second with a similar score but worse tiebreak. Local hero Indian GM Shekhar Ganguly Surya came in third with 6.5/9.

Also of note is 13-year-old Wei Yi's second GM norm, bringing him very close to the title.

Li Chao helped interpret a short interview done with Yu Yangyi, who unfortunately speaks little outside his native Mandarin.


18-year-old Yu Yangyi

You played your countryman and translator (smiles) Li Chao in the sixth round with leadership of the tournament at stake and you both played for a win instead of making a friendly draw?

We fought hard for over three hours. But still we did not overdo it while trying to take advantage of any chances that arose so it was still a draw in the end.

So what is your target in IOCC 2012?

I just want to play well and to collect as many points as possible.

What do you think of your performance and to be the leader of IOCC 2012?

I have played well but did not imagine I would be leading. I just play with full concentration and wait for any mistakes by my opponents.

In round eight you will now have to face another countryman from China, this time GM Lu Shanglei.

Of course I have found out who my opponent would be and have also looked up his openings and will play accordingly. If I play well I should be able to win.

Last year our translator GM Li Chao (smiles) became champion of IOCC 2011. Do you think you can emulate his achievement?

This tournament is strong and I will try my best. Becoming champion would be very nice but I will just focus on playing my best.

What do you think of Indonesia?

Indonesia is very nice and so I feel content to be here.

An example of Yu Yangyi's incisive play

[Event "2nd Indonesia Open Chess Ch. 2012"] [Site "Grand SahidJaya Hotel, Jakarta"] [Date "2012.10.16"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Lu, Shanglei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B76"] [WhiteElo "2651"] [BlackElo "2526"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2012.10.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. g4 Be6 10. Nxe6 fxe6 11. O-O-O Ne5 12. Be2 Qc8 13. h4 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Qxc4 15. Bh6 Bxh6 16. Qxh6 b5 17. h5 b4 18. Nb1 Kf7 19. g5 Rfc8 20. c3 bxc3 21. Nxc3 Nxh5 22. Qxh7+ Ke8 23. Qxg6+ Kd7 24. Qxh5 Qxa2 {#} 25. Rxd6+ $3 Kxd6 {Forced.} (25... exd6 26. Qf7+ Kc6 (26... Kd8 27. Rh8#) 27. Nxa2) 26. Rd1+ (26. Rd1+ Kc5 (26... Ke5 27. Qh2#) 27. Nxa2) 1-0

Final standings

Rk
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 TB 
1
GM
Yu Yangyi
CHN
2651
7.5
53.0
2
GM
Li Chao B
CHN
2681
7.5
49.5
3
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
IND
2610
6.5
52.0
4
GM
Sokolov Ivan
NED
2690
6.5
49.5
5
GM
Bocharov Dmitry
RUS
2603
6.5
46.5
6
GM
Tkachiev Vladislav
FRA
2662
6.5
46.0
7
GM
Fedorchuk Sergey A.
UKR
2647
6.5
45.0
8
GM
Korneev Oleg
ESP
2591
6.5
45.0
9
GM
Dzhumaev Marat
UZB
2516
6.5
43.0
10
GM
Grigoryan Avetik
ARM
2572
6.0
52.0
11
GM
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
VIE
2635
6.0
48.5
12
GM
Iordachescu Viorel
MDA
2637
6.0
47.0
13
IM
Lou Yiping
CHN
2444
6.0
41.0
14
GM
Lu Shanglei
CHN
2526
5.5
53.5
15
GM
Gagunashvili Merab
GEO
2584
5.5
50.0
16
GM
Chatalbashev Boris
BUL
2535
5.5
48.0
17
GM
Gomez John Paul
PHI
2523
5.5
47.5
18
IM
Wang Chen
CHN
2469
5.5
47.5
19
GM
Xu Jun
CHN
2506
5.5
47.5
20
FM
Wei Yi
CHN
2454
5.5
47.5

 

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