IRINE KHARISMA SUKANDAR
Born: April 7, 1992 From: Jakarta
Irine started playing chess when seven years old and competed in her first international tournament when aged nine. She qualified for the 2003 SEA Games when aged just 11 – making her the youngest participant ever – and won a silver medal. She was not allowed to own a mobile phone in her early teens, as her parents wanted her to focus on chess. Irine is the first female chess player from Indonesia to hold both the Woman Grandmaster and International Master titles. She 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. She has won numerous international tournaments, including the 2012 and 2014 Asian Women's Chess Championship. She was the first Indonesian to qualify for the Women's World Championship. She won two individual gold medals, for rapid and blitz chess, at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar. She recently gained a master’s degree in International Relations from Webster University in Saint Louis.