12th NISB Club Championship, Semarang 1927

September 22, 2014
12th NISB Club Championship, Semarang 1927

NISB (Nederlands Indische Schaakbond) had since established a chess championship called Bondswedstrijden (Club Championship). The event had been held regularly from 1916 to 1940 at the big cities of Java. In the 1927 edition at Semarang, the pre-championship favorite Dirk Bleykmans played strongly to win the crown for the 7th time.

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1st Indonesia National Age Group Championship, Medan 1975

September 15, 2014
1st Indonesia National Age Group Championship, Medan 1975

The city of Medan, North Sumatera, had an honor to host the 1st Indonesia National Age Group Chess Championship. Erwanto Wahyuwidayat represented DKI Jakarta. Tommy Supriyanto and Edhi Handoko played for DI Yogyakarta and Central Java respectively. South Borneo and three provinces in Sumatera also sent their players.

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4th Japfa Festival WGMs, Jakarta 2008

September 8, 2014
4th Japfa Festival WGMs, Jakarta 2008

Mission accomplished. WIM Irene Kharisma Sukandar successfully registered her first WGM norm. She was assured of the norm after settling for a draw with Slovene WGM Jana Krivec in the last round. Earlier in the half way of the chess tournament the WGM norm prospect looked bleach for the 16-year old Indonesian.

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Anniswati Memorial Cup 1st Leg, Jakarta 2002

September 1, 2014
Anniswati Memorial Cup 1st Leg, Jakarta 2002

The late Anniswati was the wife of the then Percasi Chairman, Machnan Kamaluddin. The tournament under her name sought to rejuvenate Indonesian women chess. Indonesia placed as high as 11th in the 1996 Women Chess Olympiad. But since Upi Tamin’s victory in Asian Championship a year later, Indonesian chess had been in decline.

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Lodewijk Prins Matches, Indonesia 1956

August 25, 2014
Lodewijk Prins Matches, Indonesia 1956

A famous Dutch chess master Lodewijk Prins visited Indonesia in 1956. He spent two and half months traveling around Java, Sumatera, and Borneo. He played at Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Semarang, Medan, and Pematang Siantar. He also visited the home of the 1st Indonesia National Champion Arovah Bachtiar, the city of Banjarmasin, Borneo.

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1st Gunadarma League 1st Leg, Jakarta 2002

August 18, 2014
1st Gunadarma League 1st Leg, Jakarta 2002

Gunadarma have been relentlessly treating Indonesian chess fans with a plethora of chess events over decades. In the year of 2002 they came up with an event in a new format, an individual chess league. The league was planned to have 8 legs. The best 24 players from master and 8 from non-master group would go to the grand final.

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Depdiknas WGMs, Jakarta 2012

August 11, 2014
Depdiknas WGMs, Jakarta 2012

In a rare occasion Departemen Pendidikan Nasional (Department of National Education) sponsored a rating chess event. Six players, 3 men and 3 women, joined the event. All the women had an age of 20 or less. It was clear that the main purpose of the event was to give the woman players an opportunity to improve their ratings.

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