Sunday, February 22, 2009

Utut Adianto beat Indonesian Top Illusionist in Chess Match

Indonesian top chess player Grandmaster Utut Adianto, in his rematch, finally beat Deddy Corbuzier, Indonesian top illusionist. This is a rematch of previously done in September 2007 when the two celebrity from different world face each other. On that match the outcome was not decided because of Utut Adianto's protested on his opponent's behaviour during the match. Deddy was playing trick by making a noise by knocking on the table, touching the chess pieces but not move it, and most notorious by starring at Utut all the time during the match. Utut, being nervous, reportly blunder a pieces but then the match become blurred after Utut's protest.

Recently, 6th February 2009, the two agree to continue the rivalry and the match succesfully being hosted on national television RCTI's show, the Master. For this match, the player agree to modified some International rules such as Utut being allowed to put on sunglasses (to neglected the effect on being starred) and Deddy allowed to touching the chess pieces.

But, main story is, Utut beat Corbuzier, which is not surprising only after that he opened the covered chess diagram and showed everyone the same checkmated position as the game just played. So Deddy succesfully 'predicted' the final position of the game.

So what the secret? It's a 13 moves game, can this a 13 move force mate? still the possibility to achieve this are very small, I mean after 1.e4 how many possibility you expect to have ...e5 ?

Here the final position :

Unfortunelly no English language report I can found on net and the event only covered by local news with no game record available.

Update : found the game notations on Indonesian chess group at facebook:

Deddy - Utut [C68: Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.hxg4? hxg4 8.Nh2 Qh4 9.Re1 Qxh2+ 10.Kf1 Qh1+ 11.Ke2 Qxg2 12.Nc3?? Qf3+ 13.Kf1 Rh1# 0–1

Refer to :

Report by KOMPAS


  1. The final position chess diagram revealed by deddy is actually a high quality laser projected picture.

  2. Sir, there is no such thing as forced mate in 13.

    It is a pre-planned game for the sake of TV show, so there is no mention of this game in Utut's repertoire.


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