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Indonesian young chess players set for Dresden
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08:44, September 28, 2008

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Indonesia plans to send teams comprising young chess players to the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, in November, a paper said here Saturday.

Sebastian Simanjuntak, deputy secretary general of the Indonesian Chess Association (Percasi) said the men's squad will be spearheaded by national Grand Master Susanto Megaranto.

The other members are Irwanto Sadikin, Johanes Simbolon, Farid Firmansyah and Edhi Handoko, he said.

With the exception of Farid and Edhi, the players were picked to the team because of their strong performances at the recent National Games in East Kalimantan province.

"Farid deserves his berth in the team after winning the student world chess championship in Thessaloniki (Greece) last year," Simanjuntak was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

The deputy said that veteran Edhi has been named team captain, but may play as a substitute.

Simanjuntak said that the Indonesian women's team also abounds with young talented players, with Irene Kharisma expected to play a key role and inspire teammates Evie Lindiawati, Dewi Citra, Kadek Iin and Desy Rahmawati.

In the 2006 competition in Turin, Italy, national chess number one Utut Adianto guided Indonesia to 40th place in the men's division. The women's team also finished in 40th position.

Utut, who has never missed out on Indonesian Olympiad team, will not be going to Dresden because Percasi, which received a pledge of financial support from the sports ministry, has chosen to give preference to younger players.

Sourece: Xinhua

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