January 4, 2010
Indian Raja Ravi Sekhar won the event. The best Indonesian players, Edhi Handoko, IM Ardiansyah, and Benny Kileng, could only grab runner up positions. For the host players Syarif Mahmud and Achmad Fauzi, the tournament was their first international appearance. Both players had respectable places on the table.
December 28, 2009
GM Utut Adianto tried very hard to prove that he was the best Indonesian player there was. He prevailed. Despite significant rating gaps he led Indonesian team to successfully beat their guests. ROW players, especially GM Erik van den Doel and GM Darryl Johansen, played with vacation mode on.
December 21, 2009
Indonesian hopeful young player, a high school student Darmayanti D Tamin, failed to win the event. She had to satisfy with runner up position to the champion Imasniti with 1.5 points cushion. The failure didn’t stop Darmayanti winning Women National Championship 1980 at Salatiga two months later.
December 15, 2009
GM Nigel Short lived up his reputation as an ex World Champion Challenger by beating the host player GM Utut Adianto 4.5-1.5. Adianto defeat was largely attributed to the holes of his repertoire as black player. Adianto had no answer to Advance variation of Caro-Kann defense played by Short.
December 6, 2009
NISB (Nederlands Indische Schaakbond) invited the Tanah Karo champion, Narsar Karo-Karo (aka Si Narsar) to visit Java for the first time in 1913. In the cities of Java Narsar played many chess exhibitions both simultaneous and matches. A game from the exhibitions appeared on page 189 of British Chess Magazine May 1914 edition.
November 30, 2009
The tournament was the open version of Japfa Classic Chess Tournament which was held several days earlier at the same city. Four overseas players were in pole positions: GM Darmen Sadvakasov, GM Nordmund Miezis, GM Buenaventura Villamayor, and GM Jaan Ehlvest. Kazakhstani Sadvakasov had the best tie-break.
November 25, 2009
FM Awam Wahono lost to FM Anjas Novita in the ultimate round. This loss made the two players plus IM Nathanael Situru to have same VP, 8.5. Based on PS Wahono and Situru ranked first and second respectively. To decide the eventual winner Wahono and Situru played a play-off of two 5-minute blitz games which was won by Wahono.