Irene Sukandar Lecture and Simultaneous Exhibition

The Festival is on, with IM/WGM Irene starting off the activities!

DAY 0 – Irene Sukandar Lecture and Simultaneous Exhibition 

Indonesian IM/WGM Irene Sukandar kicked off the Singapore Chess Festival activities with a  lecture at SCF for girls from the National Training Programme (9th June 2022) and a simultaneous  exhibition for 12 players (10th June 2022).  


Irene walked through a few games at different stages in her chess career and emphasized the  importance of fighting with spirit, no matter who your opponent is. She also highlighted the point  of making steps towards making your ideas work over the board – these key elements will help  one to evolve into a better chess player. 

Our special guest lecturer from Indonesia, IM/WGM Irene Sukandar

National Women’s Runner up Fang Kun (Hwa Chong Institution) was the only player to snag a  point from Irene in the simul which was completed just under 3 hours and Aditya Sviram also  provided stern resistance. Congratulations to both Fang Kun and Aditya!

Fang Kun (right) successfully defended and counterattacked from the Black side of the  Spanish in the 12-person simul conducted by Irene.

IM Irene Sukandar – Fang Kun  

12 board Simul SGChessFestival, 10.06.2022 

1.e4 e5 

2.Nf3 Nc6 

3.Bb5 a6 

4.Ba4 Nf6 

5.d3 b5 

6.Bb3 d6 

7.a3 Be7 

8.0–0 0–0 

9.Nc3 Bg4 

10.Be3  Na5 



11.Bxd4 exd4 

12.Nd5 c5 is a favourite of the World No 2 Chinese GM Ding Liren. 


11.Ba2! c5 



Theory considers 12.Nd5! as the most accurate move order to take control of the d5–square. For example, after 12…Nc6 13.c3 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Rc8 15.b4 Qc7 16.h3 Bd7 17.Qb3 Bf6 18.Rac1 White has a nice pull in Yu,Y (2721)-Vocaturo,D (2579) Skopje 2015 





A double edged move, trading White’s pressure on the a-file for Black’s on the c-file. 



14.axb4 Nc6 

15.Qb1 d5 

16.exd5 Bxb4?  


Overtly ambitious. Trying to gain a tempo by hitting c3. 


17.Bxd5 Bxd5= 




Irene makes a powerful exchange sacrifice here to get a monster f7–pawn. 



18.exf7+ Kh8 

19.Bc5 Ne7 



Perhaps even stronger is… 

20.Qb3 Bxa1 






Fang Kun is back in the mix with this bishop trade. 21.d4+– or; 21.Ba3+– give White good winning  chances. 


21…Qxe7= 22.Ra2?  


22.Ba2= is a better defence. 



The rook and bishop get in each others’ way while dealing with Black’s pawn rollers. 


23.Rb2 a4 

24.Ba2 b4 

25.Bc4 e4 

26.Ng5 e3! 

27.Nf3 exf2+ 

28.Rxf2 Qc5 


Here, Fang Kun chose the most clinical way to win…. tactically forcing trades. 



30.dxe4 Qxc4+ 

31.Re2 Bxb2 

32.Qxb2 a3 

33.Qa1 Rxf7 

34.e5 a2 

35.Kf2 Qc3 

36.Re1  Qxc2+ 

37.Kg1 b3 

38.e6 Re7 

39.Nd4 Qc5 

40.Kh1 Qb4 



Cool finish.