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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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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 as the champion. Agus had the best tiebreaks in a 4-way tie with Hasian Panggabean, Gerald Pramoedya Priguna, and Ricky Rismanto.

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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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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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6th Piala Raja FMs, Yogyakarta 2017

The event was only a section of many of the 6th Piala Raja (King’s Cup) chess festival. The others were open FIDE rated, women, and age groups with more than 200 players involved. Six players participated in this inaugural FMs section: GM Cerdas Barus, IM Tirto, IM Dede Lioe, FM Anjas Novita, and 2 non-masters: Joni Jurmansah and the local player Iwan Prihastomo.

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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. The winner of the event got the title of Java Kampioen. n 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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