Utut Adianto-Yasser Seirawan Match, Jakarta 1994 

PGN 2013.09.13. 4 games. Incomplete.
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1994.11.21-25. Match 4 rounds. 2 players. Rating average 2553.

Originally GM Vassily Smyslov of Russia was the player who would play GM Utut Adianto. Unfortunately the ex-World Champion could not make to Jakarta because of health reasons. The organizer, Enerpac Chess School, received a notification and apology letter from Smyslov on November 15. So in less than a week they had to find a substitute. GM Yasser Seirawan of USA kindly agreed to play Utut in such sort notice.

The idea of playing Smyslov was probably to give Utut an experience to play (ex) world class player but still maintaining a fair chance to win. Smyslov’s rating of 2510 was about on par with Utut’s 2520 but he was already 73 years old and off course was fading. Against Seirawan the story was different. The American was still in his prime and definitely was tougher than Smyslov. Not only his rating of 2585 reflected it but he was also much younger (born in 1960) than Smyslov. At that time Seirawan was part of USA élite players. The Syrian born had won USA National Championships thrice in 1981, 1986, and 1991. Utut’s chance to win the match was ranging from slim to non-existence.

During the match beating Seirawan had been proved too hard a task for Utut. Utut lost 2 and drew 2 in the 4 games match. On the hindsight Utut could learn great deal. For Seirawan the match might help him to keep in shape before he played in Moscow Chess Olympiad the following month. He was going to play for USA on the third board.

Selected Games (viewer © ChessTempo)

Photo of Utut Adianto WahyuwidayatWhite
Utut Adianto Wahyuwidayat
7100019
Flag of Indonesia g 2520
Photo of Yasser SeirawanBlack
Yasser Seirawan
2000032
Flag of USA g 2585

Utut Adianto-Yasser Seirawan Match
Jakarta Flag of Indonesia 1994.11.22 Round 1
0-1 D65 Queen’s Gambit Declined: Classical



Photo of Yasser SeirawanWhite
Yasser Seirawan
2000032
Flag of USA g 2585
Photo of Utut Adianto WahyuwidayatBlack
Utut Adianto Wahyuwidayat
7100019
Flag of Indonesia g 2520

Utut Adianto-Yasser Seirawan Match
Jakarta Flag of Indonesia 1994.11.25 Round 4
1-0 D45 Semi-Slav: 5.e3



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