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Indonesian Future Grandmaster Trained in Russia

Written By Heni Puspita on Sunday, May 1, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Many famous chess grandmaster come from Russia. This is what makes Indonesian kid chess player, Muhammad Firman Pratama familiarly called Ancha, aspires to study there. Ancha then contacted Indonesian Ambassador for Russia, Mr. Hamid Awaludin through e-mail and by phone. When knowing the Ambassador was in Indonesia, Ancha and his family tried to meet him.

Hamid Awaludin eventually touched by Ancha's letter and his high spirit. "If you take me to Russia to learn chess, you will not regret it," Ancha wrote. Hamid Awaludin then contacted Russian Chess Federation to help Ancha. On March 10, 2011, he arrived in Moscow. Ancha who had studied in GM Utut Adianto's school chess and won variuos chess competitions in Indonesia before, was then trained intensively at The International School Chess Union. There, Ancha was trained by notable grandmaster Mr. Aleksey. But, Ancha also kept learning the courses in Sekolah Indonesia Moskow through the internet.

After a month of intensive training, Ancha joined a chess competition for his age, held by Russian Chess Federation. Ancha defeated his opponents and only got one remise. In a match held simultaneously by Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Ancha always won the game against the staff and Indonesian students who are studying in Russia with absolute victories.

According to his teacher, Mr. Aleksey, Ancha has got the potential to become a grandmaster. However, he must be more patient and use the time wisely to think about the best steps to win each game. This made Hamid Awaludin proud. In every occasion, he always introduced Ancha to his guests. For him, Ancha is the evidence of the close relationship between Indonesia and Russia. He hopes that someday there will be world chess champion from Indonesia.  

Picture - Original picture here.
Post -, April 30, 2011.

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