Archive for the ‘National’ Category

4th Indonesia National Championship, Magelang 1956

The 4th National Championship would be remembered as a tournament of surprises. Abubakar Baswedan stunned Arovah Bachtiar with better SB (Sonneborn Berger) to take home the championship trophy. Surabaya’s player Abubakar had never been at the final stage of the previous three National Championships.

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3rd Indonesia National Championship, Jakarta 1955

Baris M Hutagalung finally could defend his title but not in easy way by all means. He needed help from Arovah Bachtiar in the last round to beat the new kid on the block Lim Hong Gie (aka Lugito Hayadi). Baris had to compete neck-to-neck with Lim and now matured Max Arie Wotulo. In fact it was Lim who led all the way until penultimate round.

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2nd Indonesia National Championship, Tegal 1954

The championship consisted of two stages. The qualification was played at Tegal, Central Java, in April 1954. The final was held at the same city from June 5th to 10th, 1954. The domination of Jakarta players was unavoidable. The city, spearheaded by the champion Baris M Hutagalung, placed six finalists out of thirteen.

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Alexander Alekhine Exhibitions, Indonesia 1933

Alexander Alekhine, the World Chess Champion of 1927-35 and 1937-46, visited Indonesia (then Netherlands Indies) for the second time in 1933. The first was in 1930. Alekhine played many simultaneous and blindfold exhibitions at the cities in Java and Sumatera. The record was staggering: 437 wins, 23 draws, and only 9 losses.

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24th Indonesia National Age Group Championship, Batam 2006

The event was held at the city of Batam, Kepulauan Riau province. We could call it a festival instead of a championship with total participants close to 600 players. It was strange to find out that U18G and U20G sections lacked of interests. The two had to merge into one with separate calculations for the winners.

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3rd Enerpac Junior Masters Star Wars, Bekasi 2005

Sandy Kurniawan, 2005 U20 National Champion, won the open section while Gerhana Ch Kartina dominated the girls. It was worth noting that many talented young players swarmed the event. Surya, Satibi, Gokok, Taufanadhie, Priambodo, Masruri, Gerhana, Yemi, and Chelsie all soon became national champions in their respective age group.

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1st Indonesia National Championship, Solo 1953

We have controversies surrounding the first Indonesia National Championship. Some say that the event was held at Semarang 1952. The others point out to a championship at Solo 1953. We are going to follow the latter since it is officially approved by Percasi (All Indonesia Chess Federation).

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