14th Indonesia National Championship, Denpasar 1973 

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1973.06.??-?. Swiss 13 rounds. 48 players. NM titles: Johny Suwuh, Binyoto.

The National Championship adopted Swiss System instead of Round Robin for the first time. It also discarded a qualification phase. As a result the year National Championship had no less than 48 participants, much more than the previous ones. North Sumatera didn’t send their players. Hence the fans couldn’t see Pokan Damanik and much awaited Monang Sinulangga in action.

The surprise winner of the event was Johny Suwuh of DKI Jakarta. He won ahead of more heralded players IM Ardiansyah, Arovah Bachtiar, and Jacobus Sampouw. Suwuh was not really a new face in the arena. He had been playing since 1960s but had never made a breakthrough until this event.

The 14th National Championship participants. A rest day in Kintamani, Bali. Photo © Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978.
The 14th National Championship participants. A rest day in Kintamani, Bali. Photo © Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978.

Ardiansyah failed to recapture his old form that made him a twice-National-Champion 196970. Bachtiar experienced a disaster in his game against Binyoto. He lost in 15 moves. Sampouw was still in the big ten but it was certainly not good enough for the defending champion.

Suwuh is a one time wonder. Not long after the event he switched his focus to pursue a higher education in Netherlands. That might be a wise decision but nevertheless was a loss for Indonesian chess.

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

Photo of Johny SuwuhWhite
Johny Suwuh
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Photo of Abdul Azis RiduanBlack
Abdul Azis Riduan
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14th Indonesia National Championship
Denpasar Flag of Indonesia 1973.06.05
1-0 B58 Sicilian: Classical



Sources

  • Buku Panduan Percasi 2009 (Djamil Djamal)
  • NIC Base
  • Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978
  • Sejarah Catur Indonesia 1986 (Ds FKN Harahap)

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