Irine Kharisma Sukandar

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Irine Kharisma Sukandar
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Irine Kharisma Sukandar at the Asian Indoor Games in July 2013
Country Indonesia
Born (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 25)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Title International Master (2014)
Woman Grandmaster (2009)
FIDE rating 2409 (July 2017)
Peak rating 2432 (September 2016)

Irine Kharisma Sukandar (born 7 April 1992 in Jakarta) is an Indonesian chess player and a twice Asian women's champion. She is the first female player from Indonesia to achieve both the Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and International Master (IM) titles.


Sukandar won the Indonesian Women's Chess Championship four times in a row from 2006 to 2010. She has represented Indonesia in five Women's Chess Olympiads from 2004 to 2014, the Women's Asian Team Chess Championship in 2009, the World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad in 2007, the 2006 Asian Games, the 2009 Asian Indoor Games,[1] and the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. She won the individual silver medal on board 3 in the 36th Chess Olympiad in 2004 and bronze in the team blitz chess event at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.[2]

Sukandar was joint winner, with Vietnamese player Pham Bich Ngoc, of the under-16 girls' section of the 6th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Pattaya, Thailand in June 2005.[3] In the 2006 ASEAN Age Group Championships in Jakarta, she finished clear first in the under-18 girls' division.[4]

In March 2008, Sukandar won the women's event of the 10th Rector Cup in Kharkiv, Ukraine edging out on tiebreak Ukrainian player Galina Breslavska.[5] In July 2010, Sukandar shared first place with Indian FM Ramnath Bhuvanesh in the Brunei Invitational IM Tournament, earning an International Master (IM) norm result.[6]

She won the 2012 Asian Women's Chess Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.[7] Thanks to this victory she qualified to play in the Women's World Championship 2014, which was eventually postponed to 2015, becoming the first Indonesian ever to do so.[8]

In May 2013, Sukandar won the 5th Alexander The Great Open, in Halkidiki, Greece.[9] In December 2013 she won two individual gold medals, for rapid and blitz chess, at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.[10]

In 2014, Sukandar won for the second time the Asian Women's Championship, which was held that year in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.[11] This victory qualified her for the knockout Women's World Championship 2016.

She won the G section (a ten-player round-robin tournament for female students) of the 2015 Moscow Open with a score of 7.5/9, two points ahead of the runner-up, Alina Kashlinskaya.[12] At the Women's World Chess Championship 2015, Sukandar was knocked out in the first round by Salome Melia.

In 2016, she shared first place in the Master section of the Continental Class Championships in Herndon, Virginia with Julio Catalino Sadorra, Sergey Erenburg and Priyadharshan Kannappan,[13] and won the North Carolina Open with a score of 5/5 points.[14]


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