Asian Para Games - Edy Suryanto toughest rival to Vietnamese chess athlete

Asian Para Games - Edy Suryanto toughest rival to Vietnamese chess athlete

Indonesian chess player Edy Suryanto (Antara/Desi Purnamawati)

Jakarta,  (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian chess player Edy Suryanto is the toughest rival to Vietnamese chess athlete Dao Tuan Kiet at the 2018 Asian Para Games.

"Edy Suryanto is the toughest rival, but I look forward to (playing in) the next match," Dao Tuan Kiet said at Cempaka Putih Sports Hall here on Sunday.

Dao Tuan Kiet was the silver chess athlete medalist at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia, he lost when competing against Edy Suryanto (60) who won gold.

At the 2018 Asian Para Games, the 17-year-old visual disability athlete set a target to gain a bronze medal. "I think it is very hard to win a gold medal," he said.

In the first match of the standard individual match number V1-B1 which was the first chess game at the 2018 Asian Para Games, Dao Tuan Kiet again met Edy Suryanto.

Dao lost in the first match, but he won easily in the second match against Myanmar chess player Myo San Aung.

A total of 2,762 athletes from 43 countries participated in the 2018 Asian Para Games, which was declared open by President Joko Widodo on Saturday evening (Oct.6).

More than 500 gold medals are contested by all athletes participating in the sport events taking place from October 6 to 13.

As many as 18 sports to be contested in the event are basketball, volleyball, fencing, table tennis, swimming, shooting, judo, cycling, chess, weightlifting, bowling, goal ball, badminton, running, archery, boccia, handball, and tennis.

The 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta is the third event after the first one held in Guangzhou, China in 2010, and in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.

The Indonesian contingent to the Asian Para Games 2018 comprised 296 athletes, 40 coaches, 18 managers, 35 coach assistants, and 33 officials.

Reporting by Desi Purnamawati
Editing by Bustanudin, Rahmad Nasution
 

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