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1st Online Chess Olympiad Division 1 Pool A, Chess.com 2020

How would Indonesian chess fare among the world élite? If this event is any good as a benchmark, with a pinch of salt, then the answer is not too bad. Indonesia finished at 7th in the 1st Online Chess Olympiad 2020 Division 1 Pool A. It wasn’t spectacular but enough to cement Indonesia’s place alongside other established members of the top division. During the competition Indonesia lost 4 times, drew twice, and won thrice.

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1st Online Chess Olympiad Division 2 Pool A, Chess.com 2020

Despite suffering three losses from nine rounds Indonesia successfully promoted to the first division. Indonesia’s fate was decided in the last round with a convincing victory over Bangladesh, 5.5-0.5. The victory brought the MP collected by Indonesia to 12. Meanwhile, Australia, which was Indonesia’s rival, lost to Belarus by 2.5-3.5. That meant the Kangaroo country was stuck at 11 MP.

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Susanto Megaranto-Novendra Priasmoro Match, Bekasi 2021

The best Indonesian player, GM Susanto Megaranto, had confirmed his ticket to the 2021 Chess World Cup after overcoming GM Novendra Priasmoro through an Armageddon game in the Japfa Grandmaster Duel Match at the Utut Adianto Chess School (SCUA), Bekasi on May 19th, 2021. Megaranto who had white pieces finally checkmated Priasmoro with only seconds left in his clock.

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4th Japfa GMs, Yogyakarta 2019

GM Rustam Khusnutdinov of Kazakhstan won the event. Even though Rustam was a capable chess player but his victory came up as a bit surprise. He has switched his chess career into coaching rather than playing years ago. The event was his first classical tournament after long hiatus. He had been quite a while in Indonesia to work as a member of coaching staff in Indonesian National Training Center.

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4th Semarang-Djokdja Match, Semarang 1923

The 4th in a series of chess matches between two cities, Semarang and Djokdja (Yogyakarta), took place on 24-25th August 1923 at the Jansen Hotel, Semarang, Central Java. The host, which trailed by 4 points at the start of the match, turned the tables to win the overall series 53.5-50.5. Semarang proved that they were the more balanced team although Djokdja had the multiple Java Kampioen Jan Bleijkmans on the 1st board.

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1st Japfa Festival, Jakarta 2003

This is when a legend began. Following the successful chess events that they held in the past, Japfa Comfeed Indonesia decided to hold a giant chess event. They dubbed it as a festival rather than a tournament and they really meant it. The inaugural Japfa Festival broke the record as the chess event with the most participants in Indonesia. It was attended by no less than 556 players.

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Japfa WGMs, Solo 2018

Romanian IM Alina l’Ami, a familiar face to Indonesian chess public, became the top seed. She was followed by Georgian WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili and Philippine WGM Janelle Mae Frayna as the second and third seed respectively. The host expected that their players, especially the ones with the wordiest names, WIM Chelsie Monica Ignesias Sihite and WIM Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia Citra, to register a WGM norm.

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