The Indonesian Chess Team Targets a Minimum of Nine Gold

The Indonesian chess national team has set a minimum target of nine gold medals at the 2022 ASEAN Para Games (APG). The Philippines and Vietnam are predicted to be the strongest competitors in the race for the overall title of chess sport.

The Indonesian chess national team comes to APG 2022 with high confidence. Indonesia’s dominance in the chess sport has been unstoppable in the last two events.

At the 2015 APG, Indonesia collected 9 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze. This gain increased in the 2017 APG, with a record of 14 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze.

Indonesia’s dominance does not only stop at the Southeast Asian level. At the 2018 ASIAN Para Games, Indonesia won the overall title with 11 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals.

Hence, the Indonesian chess national team confidently set a target to become the overall champion. This was confirmed by the manager of the Indonesian chess team, Heri Isranto.

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“We are confident that we can become the overall champion. We can get a minimum of nine gold, armed with the thorough preparations that we have done,” said Heri Isranto, in the official statement of NPC Indonesia, Sunday (31/7).

The Philippines is predicted to be the toughest competitor in the race for overall champion status. In the previous two editions of the APG, the Philippines has consistently adhered to Indonesia closely, including at the 2018 Asian Para Games.

The Philippines won 6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze at the 2015 APG. Then at the 2017 APG, the Philippines got 4 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze. While at the 2018 ASIAN Para Games, the Philippines had 5 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze.

“We predict the Philippines to be the strongest opponent, along with Vietnam and Malaysia. Practically, the competition in chess is only dominated by Indonesia and the three countries,” explained Heri Isranto.

The chess national team is not just preparing in the city of Solo. On 11-16 July 2022, the women’s team had just participated in the championship in France, titled IBCA Women’s Individual Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired 2022.

Indonesia made a good achievement by placing Aisah Wijayanti Putri Brahmin in fourth place. Then there is Khairunnisa in seventh place and Wilma Margaretha Sinaga in eighth.

“The results obtained in France add confidence to appear in this APG event,” said Heri Isranto.

Meanwhile, the coach of the Indonesian chess national team, Tedy Wiharto, ensures that all athletes are ready to give their best action.

From result technical meeting the numbers to be contested have been determined.

“There are 36 gold medals up for grabs. The nine male athletes and nine female athletes that we have fielded are ready to face the competition,” said Tedy Wiharto. (Rif/NPC Indonesia/OL-09)