Is the Indonesia national team too strong?
The Indonesia team travelled for nearly 12 hours to reach from Jakarta to Chennai on 27th night. They took some rest and were on the chess board on the 28th afternoon for the ChessBase India vs Indonesia friendly match taking place in Chess Gurukul. The 10-member Indonesian national team has a rating average of 2373.6, while the 10-member ChessBase India team has a rating average of 2361.6. It promised to be quite an evenly contested battle, at least on paper. And this was seen in the 1st round as India eked out a win by the nearest of margins 5.5-4.5 But in round two, Indonesians went ahead full throttle and beat the Indians by a whopping 7.5-2.5 score. At the end of day one the score is 24-16 in favour of Indonesia. A detailed report from Chennai.
When the Indonesian national team decided to visit India ahead of their South East Asian Games for a friendly match, we at ChessBase India tried to find worthy opposition for them. After all their average rating was a hefty 2373.6. We were helped by Chess Gurukul who generously agreed to host the match in their premises. We didn't have much time to find the players. A week ago we wrote an article on ChessBase India inviting players across the country, if they would be interested to fight it out against the strong Indonesian players. We were able to gather together a good line-up and this is how the two teams looked on paper:
|1||Karthikeyan Murali||2617||Susanto Megaranto||2550|
|2||Arjun Kalyan||2483||Novendra Priasmoro||2484|
|3||Sreeshwan Maralakshikari||2449||Sean Winshand Cuhendi||2425|
|4||Bharath Subramaniyam||2417||Kharisma Sukandar||2400|
|5||Rathanvel||2410||Muhamad Lutfi Ali||2399|
|6||Leon Mendonca||2388||Medina Warda Aulia||2360|
|7||S. Rohit||2234||Muhamad Ervan||2356|
|8||Suyog Wagh||2229||Dede Lioe||2314|
|9||Varshini||2227||Chelsie Monica Sihite||2252|
|10||N. Raghavi||2162||Ummi Fisabilillah||2196|
The Indonesian team is 12 Elo points stronger on paper. Indonesia's experience is matched by India's young talents. Looking at the players list, it promised to be an exciting match!
The ChessBase India vs Indonesia friendly match will consist of ten rounds of rapid chess (15 mins + 10 sec) and 10 rounds of blitz (3 min + 2 sec) chess. All 10 Indian players will play against all 10 Indonesian players in each format - the Scheveningen format. Each win in the rapid counts for two points, while each win in the blitz is one point. Let's see how things panned out on day 1.
Round 1: ChessBase India vs Indonesia: 5.5-4.5
The first round provided India with a nice win with 5.5-4.5. One of the biggest upset was Suyog Wagh winning his game against Indonesia no.2 Novendra Priasmoro. Suyog Wagh travelled from Mahrashtra to Chennai on 28th early morning and this win was crucial in providing India with a win. Leon Mendonca winning against Medina Aulia was also a good result for Indians.
|1||Chelsie Monica Sihite||1/2-1/2||Arjun Kalyan|
|2||Dede Lioe||1/2-1/2||Sreeshwan Maralakshikari|
|3||Muhamad Lutfi Ali||0-1||Karthikeyan Murali|
|4||Ummi Fisabilillah||0-1||Bharath Subramaniyam|
|5||Varshini||0-1||Sean Winshand Cuhendi|
|6||S. Rohit||0-1||Susanto Megaranto|
|8||N. Raghavi||0-1||Kharisma Sukandar|
|9||Suyog Wagh||1-0||Novendra Priasmoro|
|10||Leon Mendonca||1-0||Medina Warda Aulia|
Round 2: Indonesia vs ChessBase India - 7.5-2.5
It seemed like round one was just a warm up for the Indonesians. In round two they showed their true colours and gave the Indian team a thorough beating with a 7.5-2.5 victory. Some excellent results which went Indonesia's way were experienced Lioe Dede beating Arjun Kalyan and Irene Sukandar getting the better of Bharath Subramaniyam.
|1||IM Sreeshwan Maralakshikari ||1-0||WIM Chelsie Monica Sihite |
|2||IM Arjun Kalyan ||0-1||IM Dede Lioe |
|3||WIM N. Raghavi ||0-1||IM Muhamad Lutfi Ali |
|4||GM Karthikeyan Murali ||1/2-1/2||WFM Ummi Fisabilillah |
|5||IM Sean Winshand Cuhendi ||1/2-1/2||IM Leon Mendonca |
|6||GM Susanto Megaranto ||1-0||WIM Varshini |
|7||IM Muhamad Ervan ||1-0||S. Rohit |
|8||IM Bharath Subramaniyam ||0-1||IM Irene Kharisma Sukandar |
|9||IM Novendra Priasmoro ||1-0||IM Rathanvel |
|10||WGM Medina Warda Aulia ||1/2-1/2||Suyog Wagh |
Sreeshwan - Monica Chelsea
One of the biggest upsets of round two was IM Dede Lioe beating the GM elect Arjun Kalyan:
Score after day 1:
Indonesia 24 - ChessBase India 16
The home team has quite some catching up to do, but with four rounds being played today, it will be interesting to see how things pan out! Stay tuned for more action.