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
12.Nd5 c5 is a favourite of the World No 2 Chinese GM Ding Liren.
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.
Overtly ambitious. Trying to gain a tempo by hitting c3.
Irene makes a powerful exchange sacrifice here to get a monster f7–pawn.
Perhaps even stronger is…
Fang Kun is back in the mix with this bishop trade. 21.d4+– or; 21.Ba3+– give White good winning chances.
22.Ba2= is a better defence.
The rook and bishop get in each others’ way while dealing with Black’s pawn rollers.
Here, Fang Kun chose the most clinical way to win…. tactically forcing trades.