FIDE ID 7100248. Born at Jakarta, 1968.04.17. Died at Manado, North Celebes, 2005.08.27. Peak rating 2507 (1999). NM 1982, IM 1995, GM 1998. 5th Indonesian GM.

Rating History


• 1986.01.01  2330
• 1987.01.01  2320
• 1987.07.01  2265
• 1993.07.01  2295
• 1994.01.01  2315
• 1994.07.01  2345
• 1995.01.01  2430
• 1995.07.01  2425
• 1997.01.01  2460
• 1998.01.01  2485
• 1998.07.01  2480
• 1999.01.01  2507
• 2000.07.01  2503
• 2001.01.01  2473
• 2003.04.01  2467
• 2005.01.01  2463

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 12th New York Open, New York 1994 

12th New York Open, New York Flag of USA. 1994.03.30-04.??. Swiss 9 rounds. 5.5 VP in 9 games. Opponent’s rating average 2397. 1st IM norm.

 Gunadarma IMs Circuit 2nd Leg, Depok 1994 

Depok Flag of Indonesia. 1994.10.??-?. Scheveningen 12 rounds. 12 players. Rating average 2348. Category IV. 2nd IM norm.

 Bank BNI GMs, Jakarta 1996 
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 1   Hickl, JörgHickl, Jörg
Photo of Jörg HicklFIDE ID: 4600118.
 4600118 Flag of Germany g 2600 Knight icon. ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1  ½  1  1  1   8.0   37.75 
 2   Wahyuwidayat, Utut AdiantoWahyuwidayat, Utut Adianto
Photo of Utut Adianto WahyuwidayatFIDE ID: 7100019.
POB: Jakarta Flag of Indonesia.
DOB: 1965.06.13.
Title(s): NM 1982, IM 1985, GM 1986.
Peak Elo: 2615 (1997).
 7100019 Flag of Indonesia g 2605  ½ Knight icon. 0  ½  1  1  0  1  1  1  1  1   8.0   37.50 
 3   Gunawan, Ruben MuljadiGunawan, Ruben Muljadi
Photo of Ruben Muljadi GunawanFIDE ID: 7100248.
DOB: 1968.04.17.
 7100248 Flag of Indonesia m 2425  ½  1 Knight icon. ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1  1   7.5   36.50 
 4   Tkachiev, Vladislav IvanovichTkachiev, Vladislav Ivanovich
Photo of Vladislav Ivanovich TkachievFIDE ID: 618438.
 618438 Flag of Kazakhstan g 2620  ½  ½  ½ Knight icon. ½  ½  1  ½  1  0  1  1   7.0   34.00 
 5   Hodgson, Julian MichaelHodgson, Julian Michael
Photo of Julian Michael HodgsonFIDE ID: 400076.
 400076 Flag of England g 2550  ½  0  ½  ½ Knight icon. 1  0  ½  1  1  1  1   7.0   31.50 
 6   Yè, JiāngchuānYè, Jiāngchuān
Photo of Jiāngchuān YèFIDE ID: 8600040.
 8600040 Flag of China g 2540  ½  0  ½  ½  0 Knight icon. 1  ½  ½  1  1  ½   6.0   28.00 
 7   Juswanto, DennyJuswanto, Denny
Photo of Denny JuswantoFIDE ID: 7100221.
DOB: 1959.01.21.
Title(s): IM 1996.
Peak Elo: 2520 (2002).
 7100221 Flag of Indonesia m 2405  0  1  ½  0  1  0 Knight icon. ½  ½  0  1  1   5.5   26.50 
 8   Handoko, EdhiHandoko, Edhi
Photo of Edhi HandokoFIDE ID: 7100043.
POB: Solo Flag of Indonesia.
DOB: 1960.08.28.
Title(s): NM 1978, IM 1982, GM 1994.
Peak Elo: 2520 (1993).
 7100043 Flag of Indonesia g 2475  0  0  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½ Knight icon. ½  ½  1  1   5.5   23.50 
 9   Barus, CerdasBarus, Cerdas
Photo of Cerdas BarusFIDE ID: 7100094.
POB: Kabanjahe Flag of Indonesia.
DOB: 1961.01.01.
Title(s): NM 1982, IM 1993, GM 2003.
Peak Elo: 2503 (2003).
 7100094 Flag of Indonesia m 2410  ½  0  ½  0  0  ½  ½  ½ Knight icon. 1  ½  1   5.0   22.00 
 10   ArdiansyahArdiansyah
Photo of ArdiansyahFIDE ID: 7100027.
POB: Banjarmasin Flag of Indonesia.
DOB: 1951.12.05.
Title(s): NM 1969, IM 1969, GM 1986.
Peak Elo: 2480 (1987).
 7100027 Flag of Indonesia g 2430  0  0  0  1  0  0  1  ½  0 Knight icon. ½  1   4.0   17.00 
 11   Situru, Nathanael Ivan JonathanSituru, Nathanael Ivan Jonathan
Photo of Nathanael Ivan Jonathan SituruFIDE ID: 7100426.
DOB: 1963.
Title(s): IM 1994.
Peak Elo: 2420 (1995).
 7100426 Flag of Indonesia m 2385  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  ½  ½ Knight icon. ½   1.5   5.00 
 12   Mahmud, SyarifMahmud, Syarif
Photo of Syarif MahmudFIDE ID: 7100108.
 7100108 Flag of Indonesia f 2365  0  0  0  0  0  ½  0  0  0  0  ½ Knight icon.  1.0   3.75 
 VP: Victory points.
 SB: Sonneborn berger.

Jakarta Flag of Indonesia. 1996.08.28-09.??. Round Robin 11 rounds. 12 players. Rating average 2484. Category X. 1st GM norm.


GM Ruben Muljadi Gunawan was one of the most talented players to have ever graced Indonesia. Many believed his talent was better than that of GM Utut Adianto.

Ruben showed his potential at the early age when he won National Championship U16 at Bandung 1982. The achievement gave him the right to play in Asian Junior Championship 1983 held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which he eventually won. He should get the IM title by then but unlucky for him, the tournament lacked of participants. As a consolation Ruben was awarded an FM title. A year later at Jakarta Ruben won another national champion title. This time was for U19.

Ruben soon developed himself as a very knowledgeable chess player. Adianto nicknamed him a walking chess encyclopedia. He was also most feared for his expertise in blitz games. Oddly Ruben’s chess career had made only a little progress during 1984-93.

Based on our records, Ruben participated in only three international events, World Junior Championship 1984 (Kiljava, Finland) and 1985 (Sharjah, UAE) and Asian Team Championship 1987 (Singapore). Ruben found himself competing among soon-to-be-superstars at Kiljava in the likes of Kiril Georgiev, Jeroen Piket, Alexey Dreev, and …Viswanathan Anand. The 16-year-old registered a respectable score, 6 VP of 13 games. Ruben fared much better in the following year. He shared the 4th place with Viswanathan Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk, among others. Ruben was part of Indonesian team who won second place after China in Singapore 1987.

In 1994 Ruben got a rare opportunity playing in Europe and USA. It was for only couple months but enough for him to earn his first IM norm. Four years later he got his GM. He then played in two Chess Olympiads, Istanbul, Turkey 2000 and Calvia, Spain 2004.

Ruben could not finish the event at Calvia. He was hospitalized. That was the first time he was diagnosed to have pneumonia. The disease finally proved to be too tough for his health. GM Ruben Muljadi Gunawan passed away on August 27th, 2005 at the age of 37.

Although Ruben had an occasional success in his chess career, he has never reached his full potential. An article in Inteligensia magazine mentioned his outrageous lifestyle as the cause. This might have some truth but obviously he has suffered from the lack of opportunities to play high level chess abroad. Only in 1994 he got this opportunity. That means after his FM title in 1983 he had to wait, and to spoil, eleven golden years of his chess career.

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

Photo of Ruben Muljadi GunawanWhite
Ruben Muljadi Gunawan
7100248
Flag of Indonesia f 2315
Photo of Nicholas Ernest De FirmianBlack
Nicholas Ernest De Firmian
2000105
Flag of USA g 2580

12th New York Open
New York Flag of USA 1994.??.?? Round 2
1-0 B90 Sicilian Najdorf: English Attack



Photo of Alexander Valerievich KhalifmanWhite
Alexander Valerievich Khalifman
4100115
Flag of Russia g 2656
Photo of Ruben Muljadi GunawanBlack
Ruben Muljadi Gunawan
7100248
Flag of Indonesia g 2507

Japfa Classic
Denpasar Flag of Indonesia 2000.04.24 Round 3
½-½ B43 Sicilian Kan Variation: 5.Nc3



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  1. Johnc768 says:

    Hey, thanks for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged. bbbgfcdecddg

  2. juliana loem says:

    in memori my brother in law Ruben mulyadi Gunawan
    miss you brother..😢😢💜💙

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