Saturday, August 21, 2010
In about two weeks, the World University Chess Championship will be held in Zurich, Switzerland. Checking the registered participants from its official website -http://www.wucc2010.ch, GiLoCatur found no Malaysian players will take part. Even for the Southern East Asia (SEA) region, only Indonesia has representatives. Seven Indonesian chess players will take part in the championship. GiLoCatur wonders why no players from the region's top chess nations Vietnam and Philippines.
For sure, GM Susanto Megaranto and WGM Irine Kharisma Iskandar will not take part in the coming DAT Malaysian Open like in the previous editions. The reason is that both of them will be leading their respective fellow countrymen and countrywomen in the World University Chess Championship held from 5th to 11th September.
photo from www.chessbase.com
Besides GM Susanto who is seeded 10th from the total 58 participants in the Men's category, the other three Indonesian players are IM Tirta Chandra Purnama, Andika Pitra and Wahyudi Surya. The Chinese Super GM, Wang Yue (the above picture) is the top seed in this category.
Meanwhile, in the Women category, WGM Irine will lead her two other countrywomen Baiq Vina Lestari and WCM Iin Dwijayanti Kadek to make their country proud in the championship. The three Indonesian women chess players are among the total of 37 participants who will challenge the top seed, Mongolian International Master, Batkhuyag Munguntuul.
GiLoCatur hopes that Malaysia will have representatives in the next editions of the World University Chess Championship. It is very important for the development of Malaysian chess. It is the continuity that is badly needed by our promising and talented juniors. It will motivate them to propel further in their chess career and be able to represent the country.