ICCF ID 873003. Born at Jakarta, 1940.06.20 (age 76). NM 1955, IM Correspondence 1965. 1st Indonesian IM Correspondence.

A chess-master-turns-successful-lawyer Lugito Hayadi (aka Lim Hong Gie) has a habit to be ‘the first’ of many things.

He is among the first Indonesian NMs. He got the title when he was still a 15-year-old boy that practically made him the first Indonesian chess wonder kid. ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) awarded him an IM Correspondence title in 1965. He is the first (and the only) Indonesian to get a title from ICCF.

At 14 Hayadi was third in Jakarta Championship 1954. Based on the achievement he earned a ticket to his first National Championship. He played in the B division which he eventually won. In the following year nobody could stop the kid from the prestigious Jakarta Champion title.

Hayadi would be remembering the 1955 National Championship very fondly. He led all the way until the penultimate round. He was on the verge to be a National Champion at only 15. Unfortunately the Junior High School student had to learn the hard way. In the last round an experienced Arovah Bachtiar forced him to resign. However the championship was not all about his disappointment. Percasi (All Indonesia Chess Federation) awarded the National Master (NM) title for the first time. Only the big three got the title. The runner-up Lugito Hayadi with the champion Baris Hutagalung and the 3rd rank Max Arie Wotulo became the first Indonesian NMs.

Hayadi’s international career started in the 1st Asian International 1959 held in Tashkent, USSR (now the city is part of Uzbekistan). He then played in the important international events such as FIDE Zonal, Chess Olympiad, and the infamous Beverwijk tournament. He was also a member of Indonesian team in the European tour 1966. All were with a medium success.

GM Yuri Averbakh vs Lugito Hayadi 1960. Averbakh's stare didn't work. He lost in 77 moves. Photo © Ipphos. Taken from Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978.
GM Yuri Averbakh vs Lugito Hayadi 1960. Averbakh's stare didn't work. He lost in 77 moves. Photo © Ipphos. Taken from Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978.

Hayadi made an impressive performance in the 8-Match Tournament, Jakarta 1960. The tournament was held to honour GM Yuri Averbakh during his visit in Indonesia. Hayadi beat the USSR GM but it was not enough to win the tournament. No other Indonesian player could steal a point from Averbakh while the young man lost 1.5 points against his country fellas. He suffered another near miss in FIDE Zonal 10 1963. He beat the co-champion Arovah Bachtiar but lost to Australian John Purdy. Hayadi was in the third place only half points adrift of the co-champions Australian Béla Berger and Bachtiar.

As a player Hayadi has a relatively short career. Since the end of 1960s he has been rarely seen in the arena. He had to give more focus to his off board career as a lawyer. That didn’t mean he left chess for good. He was still an accomplished correspondence chess player as previously mentioned. He was also a prolific chess writer. His books include, among others, Menang Indah dan Singkat (Win Beautifully and Quickly), Dasar-Dasar Permainan Catur (The Basics of Chess Games), and Dwi Lomba Karpov-Korchnoi 1978 (The Karpov-Korchnoi Match 1978).

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

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Yuri Lvovich Averbakh
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Lugito Hayadi
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8-Match Group A
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0-1 E41 Nimzo-Indian: 4.e3 c5



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Lugito Hayadi
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Ake Lundqvist
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4th CC World Championship 1962-5 Final
Correspondence 1962
1-0 C16 French Winawer: Petrosian Variation



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Lugito Hayadi
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Photo of Guðmundur PálmasonBlack
Guðmundur Pálmason
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17th Chess Olympiad
Havana Flag of Cuba 1966.11.03 Round 7 Board 3 Indonesia-Iceland
1-0 E17 Queen’s Indian: Euwe Variation



Sources

  • Chess Results 1956-1960 2010 (Gino Di Felice)
  • Chess Results 1961-1963 2013 (Gino Di Felice)
  • Chess Results 1964-1967 2013 (Gino Di Felice)
  • ChessGames.com
  • ICCF International Masters November 2012
  • Kejuaraan Catur Nasional Jakarta 1983-84
  • LUGITO HAYADI
  • OlimpBase
  • Putaran Ketiga Sirkuit Grandmaster Asia Pertama 1978
  • Sejarah Catur Indonesia 1986 (Ds FKN Harahap)
  • Tokoh-Tokoh Etnis Tionghoa 2008 (Sam Setyautama, Suma Mihardja)

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