Canberra Times, August 12
Susanto Megaranto entered last week's ASEAN Open in Brunei just for experience but the 13-year-old Indonesian finished the event narrowly missing his first International Master result, having beaten the tournament's top seed, Filipino GM Bong Villamayor.
The modest youngster from Jakarta first came to prominence when he finished third in the World U/12 Championships in Spain in 1999 and he also impressed at the Japfa Open in Bali in May 2000.
However Megaranto's Brunei result is a major step forward and a boost for the Enerpec Chess School attended by Megaranto.
The Enerpec school, the brainchild of sponsor Eka Putra, began in Jakarta in 1994 and is currently offering intensive chess training, gratis, to more than 300 of Indonesia's most promising juniors.
Megaranto attends regular school from 6am to 1pm with the Enerpec school taking over from 2pm to 8pm.
Each weekday afternoon coaches such as IM Danny Juswanto take Megaranto and his fellow students through 3 hours of coaching plus two hours of playing.
On weekends the students may compete in rapid tournaments. Enerpec also covers the costs for Megaranto to travel to tournaments such as the ASEAN Open in Brunei.
Juswanto is very encouraged by Megaranto's results but believes that his charge will not become a world class player unless he has better access to information about the chess openings.
"In Indonesia, only Utut [Adianto, Indonesia's number one] knows openings but he has no time to teach at Enerpec," explained Juswanto.
"Most opening books are in English and the students cannot read them. We also have no chess magazine. It is a big problem."
Nonetheless, as the following game shows, despite sloppy opening play Megaranto's talent generally shines through.
The point behind Villamayor's play. At first Megaranto looked perturbed but quickly saw the flaw in the GM's calculation. 32...Ke7! 33.Bd3 e4!! 34.Rxc4 34.Bxc4 d3 and 34.Bxe4 Kd6 leave White struggling but the text move is worse. 34...exd3! 35.Rxd4 Rd5! 0-1 The pawn endgame is hopeless for White as the Black king reaches b4 too quickly.
The Murrumbidgee Masters, a tournament open to all comers, begins tomorrow evening at the Tuggeranong Valley RU Club, Wanniassa. Details: Michael Whitely 62929937.