January 20, 2014
Bojonegoro, a city in East Java, held a national chess event for the first time. The event drew attentions of 80 players from five provinces. The players came from East Java, Central Java, DI Yogyakarta, Bali, and West Nusa Tenggara. The first three provinces practically sent their strongest players.
January 13, 2014
FIDE has good news for all norm holders. Now norms have no expiration date. The caveat is that the norms gained before July 1st 2005 must be re-registered before July 1st 2013. Indonesia has 5 norm holders who could take a benefit from the new rule. The country has been starving of a new GM for ten years.
January 6, 2014
There was something unusual in the playing hall of the 3rd Indonesia Open Championship. No Chinese players! The chess public of Jakarta have been accustomed to see Chinese players dominate international events held in the city, not only in the prize winners wise but also in the number of players.
December 30, 2013
The old guard was back. It was too early to write off a veteran Arovah Bachtiar although he had been humbled in the last two National Chess Championships by his younger counterpart, IM Ardiansyah. Arovah won the National Championship crown for the fourth time. His first was almost two decades ago in 1953.
December 23, 2013
Georgian WGM, Sopiko Guramishivili, claimed the championship trophy of the 6th Japfa Festival Women International on October 28th 2011 after collecting 6.5 VP in ten rounds. Sopiko edged out the other five players. The chess event was contested in double tound robin since October 23rd at Kartika Chandra Hotel, Jakarta.
December 16, 2013
The event was almost a mirror of the National Championship with the exception of the absences of GM Utut Adianto and FM Ruben Gunawan. It also served as a preliminary selection of that year National Championship Qualification. Thirty players would go to a further selection to represent the province.
December 8, 2013
The event is the most successful chess tournament held in Indonesia to date in term of producing GM norms. Three players who had the honour were IM Ardiansyah, IM Utut Adianto, and IM Ronny Gunawan. Ardiansyah nailed his second and last GM norm. He also shared the first place with Yugoslav GM, Petar Popović.