JAPFA CHESS FESTIVAL 2008
WOMAN GRANDMASTER TOURNAMENT
JAKARTA - INDONESIA, APRIL 15TH TO 20TH 2008
Clockwise from Top: Catherine, Irine, Aye Win, Ruofan
1. IM/WGM Li Ruofan (SIN) 7/12, 2. WGM Regina Pokorna (SLO) 6.5/12, 3, WIM Irine Kharisma Sukandar (INA) 6/12, 4. WGM Jana Krivec (SLV) 5/12, 5. Catherene Perena (PHI) 4.5/12. 6. WFM Thanda Aye Win (MYA) 1/12.
WIM Irine Kharisma Sukandar, together with GM Susanto Megaranto, the young hopes of Indonesian chess made her first WGM norm at the JAPFA Chess Fedstival 2008 at this specially organised WGM Tournament.
Initially things did not look too good for Irine after a poor first half but an amazing second half performance including a 23 move win over top seed and eventual champion IM/WGM Li Riofan saved the day!
Philippine No. 1 Catherine Perena too had a successful outing, quietly making a WIM norm. while WFM Thanda Aye Win who was badly out of practice brought up the tail end but did well too by emerging with two credible draws against battle hardened opposition!