November 11, 2013
The famous Tanah Karo chess player, Monang Sinulingga, quite predictably won the tournament. He played professionally. He didn’t push against the in-form players but was an absolute menace to players in the bottom ten. Monang completed his victory with the Best Game Award for his beautiful win to Fabian Lumentut in round 3.
October 24, 2013
France confirmed their favorite status by winning the blitz chess match, 3-1, on the first day. But the French delights ended up here. On the following days the Indonesian team stunned the French, 10-6 in the rapid. In the classical, France succumbed to defeat by about the same margin. Altogether Indonesia beat France 20.5-15.5.
July 22, 2013
The question on everybody lips ahead of the National Chess Championship began was, could Ardiansyah defend the title? At the time the reigning champion Ardiansyah was still a teenager, 18 years old. He entered the event as one of the three only Indonesian International Masters following his success in the FIDE Zonal 10 Tournament 1969.
June 10, 2013
Chinese are coming. Led by their first string players, GM Yú Yāngyī and GM Lǐ Chāo, China conquered the second edition of Indonesia Open Chess Championship. Yú and Lǐ, the last year winner, shared the top honour with 7.5 VP each. The third place belonged to 7 players with 6.5 VP including the top seed GM Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands.
June 3, 2013
Albeit only three provinces participated, the inaugural of National Women Chess Championship didn’t lack of quality players. Hanik Maria and Mun’yati represented Central Java while Nanik Wijaya led the team of DI Yogyakarta. DKI Jakarta sent their best players in the likes of Betty Pontoh, Imasniti, Tati Nurachmanti, and Darmayanti Tamin.
May 15, 2013
The world’s youngest GM, 14-year-old Wesley Barbasa So of Philippines, continued his amazing streak. A few days after winning 10th Dubai Open, he dominated GM Susanto Megaranto in a one-on-one chess match at Pyramid Building, Senayan, Jakarta, in April 2008. The final score was 4-2 for the Pinoy player.
May 7, 2013
The event would be long remembered. It not only reached a milestone (10th) and was held in ‘a chess city’ Banjarmasin, South Borneo, but also became a witness to the emerging of the best Indonesian player for years to come. He was Ardiansyah, a 17-year-old high school graduate from Malang, East Java.