Lidums Australian Young Masters 2018

by Irene Sukandar
12/10/2018 – The Australian Young Masters has been growing since moving to Adelaide in 2011, and now includes both a GM and IM norm tournament, in addition to an open. IRENE SUKANDAR is there and sends this preview. After four rounds GM Vasily Papin leads the GM tournament with 3½ points. | Pictured: A kangaroo joyfully accepted IM Eric Rosen’s challenge for a match | Photo: Alistair Cameron

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Back down under

I’m back in Australia once again in December to play in the Lidums Australian Young Masters which is running from December 8th to 14th. The Young Masters has a long history and the current organisers have been growing the event since it moved permanently to Adelaide in 2011; last year saw the introduction of a GM event, for the first time, alongside the IM and Open divisions. The event is open to players under 30 years old and this year has players from twelve federations participating.

The event is possible thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Lidums Chess Foundation. The Lidums family has a long and proud history of supporting chess in South Australia over many decades, and the Lidums Chess Foundation was established by Aivars Lidums in 1988 following the success of the Adsteam-Lidums International chess tournament.

2017 winners

Group photo of the winners in all sections of the 2017 edition with Aivars Lidums standing on the left | Photo: Irene Sukandar

GM group

Last year’s heroes were Bobby Cheng and Kanan Izzat, both from Melbourne, who tied for first and both scored GM norms. They are back again hoping to score their final norms and complete their titles.

2017 winner Kanan Izzat

Aivars Lidums giving the trophy to IM Kanan Izzat who was first via tiebreak over IM Bobby Cheng, overlooking in the background are two of the organisers of the event, Sabrina and David Koetsier | Photo: Eric Rosen

Looking to stop them will be a trio of foreign GMs: top-seeded Norwegian Frode Urkedal, Uzbek Andrey Kvon and, a regular visitor to Australia, Vasily Papin from Russia.

Urkedal and Papin

GM Vasily Papin from Russia and GM Urkedal Frode from Norway | Photo: Sabrina Koetsier

The field is rounded out by yours truly and a number of Australian players hopeful of achieving norms.

Starting rank

No.

Name

Fed

FIDE

1

GM Frode Urkedal

NOR

2537

2

IM Bobby Cheng

AUS

2510

3

GM Andrey Kvon

UZB

2509

4

IM Kanan Izzat

AZE

2496

5

GM Vasily Papin

RUS

2483

6

IM Junta Ikeda

AUS

2421

7

IM Irene Sukandar

INA

2393

8

FM Chris Wallis

AUS

2349

9

FM Patrick Gong

AUS

2328

10

Kris Chan

AUS

2191

Average Rating 2422, Category 7


Standings after Round 4

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Papin Vasily 3,5 4,25
2 Cheng Bobby 2,5 6,25
3 Gong Patrick 2,5 4,00
4 Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2,5 2,75
5 Kvon Andrey 2,5 2,50
6 Ikeda Junta 2,0 3,50
7 Izzat Kanan 2,0 2,50
8 Urkedal Frode 1,5 3,25
9 Wallis Christopher 1,0 2,50
10 Chan Kris 0,0 0,00

All games Rounds 1-4

 

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IM group

Newly minted Grandmaster Benjamin Arvola, who achieved his final norm at the Batumi Olympiad headlines the field. He is joined by visitors from five other countries, including the American chess photographer Eric Rosen and the young Singaporean Olympian Lee Qingaun, who both happily return after playing the event last year.

Arvola and Zulfic                                                      

IM Benjamin Arvola Notkevich from Norway and Fedja Zulfic, the playing organiser, will again try his luck in the IM field | Photo: Sabrina Koetsier

Starting rank

No.

Name

Fed

FIDE

1

IM Benjamin Arvola Notkevich

NOR

2496

2

IM Bao Qilin

CHN

2420

3

FM Brandon Clarke

ENG

2386

4

IM Eric Rosen

USA

2342

5

FM Lee Qingaun

SGP

2297

6

FM Luis Chan

AUS

2261

7

Fedja Zulfic

AUS

2204

8

CM Alphaeus Ang

NZL

2118

9

Alistair Cameron

AUS

2102

10

Albert Winkelman

AUS

2075

Average Rating 2270, Category 1

Standings after Round 4

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Clarke Brandon G I 3,5 3,75
2 Winkelman Albert 3,0 5,00
3 Notkevich Benjamin Arvola 3,0 3,50
4 Bao Qilin 2,5 2,75
5 Ang Alphaeus Wei Ern 2,0 3,50
6 Lee Qing Aun 2,0 3,00
7 Rosen Eric 1,5 4,50
8 Chan Luis 1,5 2,25
9 Cameron Alistair 0,5 1,50
10 Zulfic Fedja 0,5 0,75

Open tournament

The winner of the Open event qualifies for the IM event in the following years. The top seeds in this event is Vietnamese WCM Nguyen Mai Chi Phan, who is currently studying in Adelaide. She is joined by local hopes Kyle Leaver, who recently won the City of Adelaide and Punala Kiripitige, this year’s State champion.

Leaver and Kiripitige

Punala Kiripitige and Kyle Leaver | Photo: Sabrina Koetsier

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Irene was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and became the country's first Woman Grandmaster and female International Master. Recently she graduated from Webster University, St. Louis, USA with a degree in Master of Arts in International Relations. In 2012 and 2014 she won the Asian Continental Championships which qualified her to play in the Women's World Championships in 2015 and 2017. With one Grandmaster norm in hand, she is currently pursuing her dream to complete the title in the near future.
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Denix Denix 12/10/2018 04:12
Obviously, this is not Roger, the RIPPED kangaroo.
Frederic Frederic 12/10/2018 11:30
Not so impressive – the kangaroo is clearly worse. Reminds me of The Russian Chess Joke: https://youtu.be/Mgn-erHlIWg. That's Alexander Roshal telling it. The video is from ChessBase Magazine, embedded in a report at very low (postage stamp) resolution. I need to re-digitize in today's standard.
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