Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

3rd ASEAN Championship, Bekasi 2015

Very disappointing. That sums up the performance of Indonesian players in the 3rd ASEAN Championship. No player was able to achieve more than 50% of VP, let alone won the championship trophies. Yoseph Theolifus Taherr, a last minute addition, was the only one who made a notable result. He scored 50% or 5.5 VP which was good enough to register a 10-round IM norm.

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2nd Japfa GMs, Jakarta 2015

The massive Elo rating favourite GM Sergei Tiviakov failed to assert his domination in the 2nd Japfa GMs tournament. He dragged down himself even further by playing a suspicious game against his student IM Irene Kharisnma Sukandar. He lost easily in a Scandinavian game. Tiviakov tried to ward off the suspicion, “I have taught her everything I know about the opening.”

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Monang Sinulingga (1946-2008)

Monang Sinulingga had a unique style of play. The movement of his chess pieces often surprised his opponents. He did not hesitate to sacrifice the chess pieces that have become the hallmark of the Karo chess. Pieces like rooks or queens were “not very valuable” to him. He has left for good but his golden trails stay with us.

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Novendra Priasmoro-Nguyễn Anh Dũng Match, Jakarta 2019

The chess match became an event for the Indonesian hopeful young talent IM Novendra Priasmoro to hunt the Grand Master (GM) title. His current Elo rating, 2495, was still shy away from the minimum requirement of 2500. In this match Novendra was going to play Vietnamese GM Nguyễn Anh Dũng for 6 rounds.

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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 Bleijkmans played strongly to win the crown for the 7th time.

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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

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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