Why Indonesia will be a super power in chess soon!
While India and China are definite super powers of Asian chess, a country of around 250 million people is slowly galvanizing itself to carve out some of the best players in the world of chess. In this article we take you along with Jacob Aagaard to the Utut Adianto chess school in Bekasi, where you get to know what the current status of Indonesia chess is. Our guess is that in a few years they will have real world beaters. Final article on the Jacob Aagaard trip of Asia.
Jacob Aagaard and the Asian Adventure Part III
The final stop on the Asian tour for Jacob Aagaard was the country of Indonesia. After visiting the nation I can safely say that the people in that country are crazy about the game of chess! You can see people playing chess on the streets and the words Percasi (All Indonesian Chess Federation) and Utut Adianto are enough to get to safely through the immigration process! The love for the game is one of the prime reasons why people are so good at chess in Indonesia. They just keep playing, and keep getting better!
In the 90s Utut Adianto was one of the strongest players in the world. He has beaten Karpov, drawn against Kasparov and crossed swords against the best in the world. He is now 52 years old and holds the post of Senator in the Indonesian government, but that didn't stop him from playing the Olympiad in Baku and scoring 5.0/6! With a rating of 2566 he is still Indonesian number one.
This game against Milov is truly a masterpiece. By going over the game carefully you realize how different imbalances in chess interact with each other. When is it the right time to sacrifice an exchange and when can you make a move like Ka2, tucking your king in, even if you are materially worse. A player who can master all of these concepts is truly a great one, and that's what Utut Adianto shows in this masterclass.
While you download the files for the show, why not have a small think about what you would do in this position:
Adianto vs Milov, Biel 1994
Check out the ChessBase India show with Utut Adianto for the solution.
Utut Adianto has the resources to build up a powerful chess community in Indonesia and he already has young and talented upcoming players as can be seen in the picture above. What is required is some serious training and high level of ambition and dedication that needs to be shown by the students. If that happens we will see Indonesia as a rising super power in not only Asia but World chess.
The Jacob Aagaard lecture in Indonesia
At the end of the first lecture Aagaard gave the players this puzzle. White to play. What would you do? The person who would find the right answer would get the book - Dynamic Decision Making in chess by Boris Gelfand. Well, I want all the readers who see this position to solve it carefully and hence ChessBase India will be offering three months ChessBase Premium Account to all the people who solve this position correctly. The answers have to be written in the comments section along with the explanation of how you found it.
The idea was simple: Jacob Aagaard is a great author and writer. People in India and Asia must learn from him and become better. Jacob comes down, works with them, charging very minimal fees and at the end of the day leaves a positive impact behind on the chess culture of all the players who attended his lectures.
And I don't blame Peter for it! The amount of work he does is quite mind boggling. One day he is in Malaysia and the next day in Australia. He travels all over the world, but mostly in Asia, to ensure that chess develops and grows. He may sometimes come across as excessively sharp or rude, but he prefers to speak the truth. That's just the way he is. But the thing that I like about him the most is that he is always thinking about how to ensure that the game of chess grows! It was wonderful meeting you at such close quarters, Peter.
This is what Amruta had to say about Jacob:
"Jacob Aagaard for me has been one of the most down to earth persons. The two most important qualities in him, which are so hard to find in this world, are honesty up to the highest level and not being money minded. Without them, for the kind of person I am, it would not have been easy to spend 23 days with someone!"
"Of course, I learnt so much about chess. He did give a new direction to my neurons. It was a completely different experience to attend all the lectures of this world class trainer. As there was lot of travelling, the rest of the times we happened to discuss a lot of philosophy, maybe even more than chess. I also got new insights about women chess. And then of course Indian women chess. In spite of being an Indian I had to share the unfortunate patriarchal Indian mentality which also affects the career of Indian chess players. And then he said something stunningly positive, "If I ever happen to marry an Indian girl, I will make her a grandmaster. I will do everything, the dishes and cooking and everything what is expected from her!"
"We fought on a few subjects! Yet the respectful replies I got from him has really helped me boost the confidence level. He is such a gem of a person. I learnt an important thing from him: sometimes he used to start dancing absolutely anywhere, in a queue at the airport or on the street or in the hotel lobby! And i would be like,"You are insane! Don't you feel embarrassed?" to which he would reply,"Why should I be if I am expressing my happiness!" Yes, it is so true that we try to hold back our emotions so many times! Thanks Jacob for all the lectures and lessons. Those were the most memorable days of my life."
Did you know Jacob Aagaard is a very good composer as well as a guitar player. This song "Electrify me" has been composed by him:
Thinking Inside the box for Rs.399/- for Indians
The tour revolved around the material that Jacob prepared for his book "Thinking Inside the box". It is the last part of the Grandmaster Preparation series. The book has now been released:
In case you are interested to buy it, here's the step by step process.
Previous articles on Jacob Aagaard's trips to India and Asia:
The main idea of writing all of these articles was to make you a part of this entire program. I hope I succeeded in my aim. I am sure that if you go over them carefully you will not only get tips to become better at chess calculation, but you will also get a lot of new information about the chess culture in different Indian cities and Asian countries.