Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

1st Tunas Jaya Classic, Jakarta 2018

One of the oldest chess clubs in Indonesia, Tunas Jaya, held a FIDE rated tournament for the first time. It attracted 72 players with 9 FIDE titled ones among them. FM Johan Gunawan and IM Tirto became the top seeds. The unrated-untitled-and-unheralded Agus Santoso emerged on top as the surprising champion. Agus had the best tiebreaks in a 4-way tie with Hasian Panggabean, Gerald Pramoedya Priguna, and Ricky Rismanto.

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Irene Sukandar-Almira Skripchenko Match, Bekasi 2016

The match produced only one decisive game played in a classical time control in round 2. The game was won by the Indonesian player. The other games ended in draws. With the results IM Irene Kharisma Sukandar beat IM Almira Skripchenko 2.5-1.5. Sukandar stayed humble as always afterwards. She said to a reporter that Skripchenko’s jet lag might have a bearing to her defeat.

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7th Piala Raja FMs, Yogyakarta 2019

Piala Raja held the FMs section for the second time. The current edition had more players than the previous one. It involved 10 players with 5 host players alongside 5 guests. The purpose of the event was to give more playing time and chances to gain more ratings to the host players. The host also pinned their hope to their best player, Muhammad Kahfi Maulana, to race for the championship glory.

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3rd Japfa GMs, Solo 2018

The first seed GM Anton Demchenko had every right to feel bad about himself. The champion trophy slipped through his fingers when he looked almost destined to grab it. The Russian GM led the tournament most of the time. He suffered 2 losses in the near end of the tournament that pushed him down to the third at the standings. The winner was GM Timur Gareev of USA followed by Chinese GM Mǎ Qún as the runner-up.

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Pre-20th PON Java Zonal, Cilacap 2019

The qualification phase for individual and team events of the 20th PON was split into 5 zonals: Sumatra, Java, Bali-Borneo, Celebes, and Eastern Indonesia. The Java zonal qualification took place at the city of Cilacap, Central Java. This zonal was undoubtedly the most competitive zonal of all with star studded participants such as teams from West Java, DKI Jakarta, and East Java.

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Medina Aulia-Janelle Frayna Match, Jakarta 2018

WGM Medina Warda Aulia played Philippine WGM Janelle Mae Frayna in a 5-round chess match. The event was held at the Ministry of Youth and Sport. It was part of Japfa Festival 2018. Medina was the second Indonesian WGM while Janelle was the first Philippine WGM. The question was not who was going to win the match but rather how big the margin of the final scores would be.

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2nd Kajati Jatim Cup FMs, Surabaya 2016

Kejaksaan Tinggi Jawa Timur (Office of High Prosecutor General of East Java) in collaboration with Percasi (All Indonesia Chess Federation) held an open chess tournament for the second time. It was very successful with 267 players from 4 countries (Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Philippine, and Malaysia) participating. The driving force behind it was no other than the Head of the Office himself, ESM Hutagalung.

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