Sukandar wins 2018 Hjorth Memorial

IM Irine Sukandar (Indonesia) has won the 5 day 2018 Greg Hjorth Memorial in Melbourne, Australia. She scored 7.5/9 to finish half a point ahead of IM James Morris (AUS), FM Chris Wallis (AUS) and Fedja Zulfic (AUS). She was undefeated in the event, with 6 wins and 3 draws.

Sukandar led by half a point going into the final round, and made sure of her victory with a win over 7th seed Domagoj Dragicevic. Wins by Wallis (over WGM Julia Ryjanova), Morris (against Daniel Gusan), and Zulfic (over IM Stephen Solomon), gave them a share of 2nd place.

The Hjorth Memorial was organised by the Melbourne Chess Club, to commemorate the life of Australian IM Greg Hjorth (1963-2011). It is held in November each year, and coincides with the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most famous horse race. The 9 round event attracted a field of 98 players. Sukandar won $2000 for her first place finish, while IM Igor Goldenberg was awarded the Brilliancy Prize for the following game.

Goldenberg,Igor – Korenevski,Oleg [D31]
Hjorth Memorial (8), 06.11.2018
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5 8.Ne5 Nf6 9.axb5 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 cxb5 11.b3 Bb7 12.bxc4 b4 13.Bb2 0–0 14.c5 Qc7 15.Bd3 Bxg2 16.Rg1 Be4 17.Bxe4 Nxe4 18.Rxg7+ Kxg7 19.Qg4+ Kh8 20.Qxe4 Ra7 21.d5 f6 22.dxe6 Qxc5 23.Ng4 Rg7 24.Nxf6 Rd8 25.Nd5 Nc6 26.Rc1 Qd6 27.Rxc6 Qxc6 28.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qg4+ Kf8 30.Qf5+ 1–0