FIDE ID 7100167. Born at Sukabumi, West Java, 1947.10.14. Died on 2016.06.06. Peak rating 2380 (1981). NM 1967, IM 1976, GM 1978. National champion 1975. 1st Indonesian GM.
|• 1973.01.01||2280||• 1974.01.01||2320||• 1976.01.01||2345||• 1977.01.01||2350||• 1978.01.01||2330||• 1979.01.01||2340||• 1981.01.01||2380||• 1982.07.01||2340||• 1985.01.01||2280||• 1986.07.01||2305||• 1987.07.01||2300||• 1995.01.01||2280||• 1996.07.01||2240||• 1997.07.01||2250||• 1998.01.01||2255||• 1998.07.01||2265||• 1999.01.01||2285||• 2002.01.01||2272||• 2004.07.01||2247||• 2011.09.01||2238||• 2012.11.01||2215||• 2013.11.01||2198|
|1st Asian Masters, Singapore 1975|
Singapore . 1975.08.18-09.06. Round Robin 13 rounds. 14 players. Rating average 2296. Category II. 1st IM norm.
|12th PKWN Festival B, Lublin 1976|
Lublin . 1976.07.15-08.02. Round Robin 15 rounds. 15 players. Rating average 2359. Category V. 2nd IM norm. IM title completed.
|Unknown, Primorsko 1977|
Primorsko . 1977.09.13-27. Round Robin 11 rounds. 12 players. Rating average 2398. Category VI. 1st GM norm.
|Unknown, Plóvdiv 1978|
Plóvdiv . 1978.08.??-?. Round Robin 13 rounds. 14 players. Rating average 2413. Category VII. GM norm 9.5. IM norm 7.5. 2nd GM norm. GM title completed.
Herman Suradiradja ‘graduated’ from Bulgaria. He got all of his GM norms in that country. The first norm was at Primorsko in 1977. The second (last) was at Plóvdiv a year later. He is the first Indonesian GM and the third in Asia after Philippines duo Eugenio Torre and Rosendo Balinas Jr.
Herman’s first appearance in National Championship was as early as 1964. He lost in the qualification at that time. Herman inched into the national élite when he as teenager passed for Indonesian chess team of Havana Olympiad 1966. In 1967 he was the only player who was awarded National Master title in the National Championship. During 1967-74 his results had been fluctuating rather wildly.
In 1975 he won the National Champion trophy in the Championship held at Medan, North Sumatera. The achievement practically opened door for Herman to travel around the globe to pursue higher titles. He grabbed the chance very nicely. He got his first IM norm in Singapore then he completed his IM title at Lublin, Poland 1976. He needed only two years to get his full GM title, a quite achievement at that time especially for a non-chess country like Indonesia.
Unfortunately after he got his GM title he couldn’t manage to support the righteous of his title with decent performance. His form and rating declined rapidly. The reason was probably Herman didn’t put his chess career as his focus anymore.
Many chess writers don’t hesitate to assess him as a weak GM based on his ratings. Actually he more than deserves his GM title given that the tournaments he won conducted in fair play manner. At Lublin 1976, he won the tournament ahead of strong players in the likes of Mihalčišin and Todorčević. He saw off the competition at Primorsko 1977 by sidelining Georgadze, Inkiov, Tringov, Padevski, and Radulov. Finally at Plóvdiv 1978 he was a co-champion with Ermenkov. Palatnik, Pintér, Tringov, and Minić trailed behind him. Does the current generation of chess aficianados know these facts?
Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)
7100167 g 2340
John Denis Martin Nunn
400017 g 2515
24th Chess Olympiad
La Valletta 1980.11.21 Round 2 Board 2 Indonesia-England
½-½ B97 Sicilian Najdorf: Poisoned Pawn
Larry Mark Christiansen
2000059 g 2585
7100167 g 2380
1st First Lady’s Cup
Denpasar 1982.03.11 Round 25
0-1 A49 Réti: Anti King’s Indian System
- Buku Panduan Percasi 2009 (Djamil Djamal)
- Chess Informant 22 1976
- Chess Informant 26 1979
- First Asian Masters Chess tourney
- Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978
- Sejarah Catur Indonesia 1986 (Ds FKN Harahap)