Tuesday, February 17, 2009

GM Edhi Handoko Died

Indonesia fourth GM - Edhi Handoko died today at 49 years old in his house at Jawa Barat, Indonesia. Heart attack was believed as the caused of the death.

For Malaysian fans, Edhi Handoko once played for the Indonesian team - Bali Jeff Chess Club at the 1997 MERDEKA Team Event in Kuala Lumpur. I also played at the tournament and watch how he beat local players quite easily. Handoko playing as the first board, lead his team to win the tournament . For ASEAN chess community, this will be a sad news.

In his best year, several strong GM and top players such as Jan Timman, Lajosh Portisch, Tony Miles, Eugene Torre, succumb in the hand of Handoko.

Below is one of his famous victory against former World Championship Challenger - Jan Timman.

source : Indochess.com


cmliew said...

Edhi was my regular opponent when I was playing actively. I met him again at the Dresden olympiad. Only 49 years old, terrible news indeed.

Mohd Noor said...

A great loss to Asian chess. Used to be a close buddy of Christi Hon, always seen together when he is in KL. Does Christi know this sad news? Condolonces to the family.