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First Lady's Cup Tournament

Walter Browne17.5/25(+11 -1 =13)[games]
Ron Henley17.5/25(+12 -2 =11)[games]
Vlastimil Hort16/25(+8 -1 =16)[games]
Larry Christiansen16/25(+9 -2 =14)[games]
Gennadi Sosonko16/25(+8 -1 =16)[games]
Murray Chandler16/25(+11 -4 =10)[games]
Bojan Kurajica16/25(+7 -0 =18)[games]
Tony Miles15/25(+10 -5 =10)[games]
Florin Gheorghiu14.5/25(+6 -2 =17)[games]
Haji Ardiansyah14/25(+10 -7 =8)[games]
Liuben Spassov14/25(+4 -1 =20)[games]
Raymond Keene14/25(+4 -1 =20)[games]
Krunoslav Hulak14/25(+9 -6 =10)[games]
Zoltan Ribli14/25(+7 -4 =14)[games]
Istvan Csom13.5/25(+6 -4 =15)[games]
Ivan Radulov13/25(+6 -5 =14)[games]
Aleksandar Matanovic11.5/25(+3 -5 =17)[games]
Orestes Rodriguez Vargas11/25(+2 -5 =18)[games]
Juan Bellon Lopez9.5/25(+4 -10 =11)[games]
Edhi Handoko9.5/25(+6 -12 =7)[games]
Arovah Bachtiar8.5/25(+6 -14 =5)[games]
Duncan Suttles8/25(+2 -11 =12)[games]
Rafaelito Maninang8/25(+1 -10 =14)[games]
Ronny Gunawan7.5/25(+3 -13 =9)[games]
Herman Suradiradja6.5/25(+1 -13 =11)[games]
Jacobus S Sampouw4/25(+3 -20 =2)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sosonko vs E Handoko  1-0761982First Lady's CupE08 Catalan, Closed
2. O Rodriguez Vargas vs Chandler  0-1341982First Lady's CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Browne vs L Christiansen  ½-½171982First Lady's CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Sosonko vs Hort  ½-½211982First Lady's CupE17 Queen's Indian
5. H Suradiradja vs Keene  ½-½171982First Lady's CupB06 Robatsch
6. L Spassov vs Chandler  ½-½241982First Lady's CupA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
7. Miles vs J Bellon Lopez  1-0481982First Lady's CupA57 Benko Gambit
8. Suttles vs R Maninang  ½-½431982First Lady's CupA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Ribli vs H Ardiansyah  1-0311982First Lady's CupA17 English
10. I Radulov vs Gheorghiu  ½-½221982First Lady's CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. A Bachtiar vs K Hulak  0-1391982First Lady's CupA33 English, Symmetrical
12. R Gunawan vs B Kurajica  0-1311982First Lady's CupB30 Sicilian
13. E Handoko vs J Sampouw  1-0371982First Lady's CupB50 Sicilian
14. A Matanovic vs Csom  ½-½411982First Lady's CupB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. O Rodriguez Vargas vs R Henley  ½-½151982First Lady's CupA57 Benko Gambit
16. Hort vs H Suradiradja  1-0411982First Lady's CupB30 Sicilian
17. Keene vs Browne  ½-½271982First Lady's CupE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. L Christiansen vs E Handoko  1-0451982First Lady's CupA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
19. Chandler vs Gheorghiu  1-0401982First Lady's CupB41 Sicilian, Kan
20. K Hulak vs Miles 1-0431982First Lady's CupB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. R Maninang vs Sosonko  ½-½201982First Lady's CupA33 English, Symmetrical
22. H Ardiansyah vs Suttles  1-0351982First Lady's CupB06 Robatsch
23. L Spassov vs Ribli  ½-½401982First Lady's CupA30 English, Symmetrical
24. J Bellon Lopez vs O Rodriguez Vargas  ½-½151982First Lady's CupA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. Csom vs I Radulov  ½-½181982First Lady's CupA30 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  GrahamClayton: With 26 players competing, the First Lady Cup was the biggest round robin chess tournament after World War II. Should a player score a GM norm in this tournament they wouldn’t need another norm elsewhere since the tournament had 25 rounds.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: In point of fact, Henley got his GM title for this result.
Oct-12-21  pawnpro: Why did they call it the lady's cup
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <pawnpro> It was the First Lady's Cup, named for the then-First Lady of Indonesia, Madame Suharto.

Jul-27-22  Olavi: Should this be the First First Lady's Cup, with First Lady's Cup (1983) the Second First Lady's Cup?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: This was classical chess?! With 25 rounds I just assumed it was blitz or something!
Nov-30-22  stone free or die: Only a year later and already <keypusher>'s link is stale. Ah the pleasures of the internet...

Try this (semi)-perma-link:

<<1982.02.08-03.13. Round Robin 25 rounds. 26 players. Ratings average 2471. Category IX. GM norm 17.5. IM norm 12.5. GM title: Ronald Watson Henley.>

The event was a giant tournament in every sense of the words. With 26 players competing, it was the biggest round robin chess tournament after World War II. It also excelled in term of the quality of the participants: 18 GMs, 5 IMs, 2 FMs, and only 1 non-title player. Many familiar faces of the world élite were present: GM Vlastimil Hort, GM Zoltán Ribli, GM Walter Browne, GM Larry Christiansen, GM Gennadi Sosonko, GM Anthony Miles, and GM Florin Gheorghiu. The event was held in about a month at two cities, Solo (aka Surakarta), Central Java, and Denpasar, Bali.

Should a player score a GM norm in this tournament he wouldn’t need another norm elsewhere since the tournament had 25 rounds. According to the then FIDE regulation, to obtain a GM title a player needed to score GM norms in 24 rounds. The tournament belonged to category IX. It required 70% achievement to score a GM norm. Looks easy? 70% of 25 rounds means 17.5 VP. A whopping +10 was required!


Approaching to the end, the tournament started to take its toll. Many players didn’t have enough energy to push anymore. The avalanche of GM draws was unavoidable. Chandler and Henley [both looking for GM norm(s)] were the exceptions. They still tried their best to win at all cost. Before the penultimate round both had 15.5 VP meaning they couldn’t afford to lose a point in the next rounds.


Another championship contender Christiansen surprisingly lost to Indonesian GM Herman Suradiradja in the last round.

The tournament had concluded with Browne grabbing the championship trophy. He edged out Henley on the better SB.

The performance of the host players, other than Suradiradja and Jacobus Sampouw, ranged from excellent (Ardiansyah) to acceptable (the rest). The tournament also ran smoothly. The only downside was the name of Benny Kileng nowhere on the participant list. The FM of West Java was arguably one of the country’s best. His Elo was 2395 equaling to Ardiansyah’s as the highest in Indonesia.>


Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Thanks, Z, I enjoyed that article, so I appreciate you rescuing it.

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