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Jakarta Post

Tegal Kunir grave diggers win chess tournament

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 6 2012   /  10:40 am

A team of grave diggers from Tegal Kunir Cemetery have become the last men standing in the inaugural Gravediggers Chess Tournament held by the Indonesian Chess Association (Percasi).

The victors — Ahmad Supardi, 42; Eko Sutanto, 38; and Tuah Pasaribu, 37 — shared trophies and a purse of Rp 10 million (US$1,038) that was given to them by Percasi chairman Hashim Djojohadikusumo on Sunday at the Indonesian Sports Council’s office in Central Jakarta.

In second place was the team from Kampung Kandang Cemetery in South Jakarta, which received Rp 5.5 million from Percasi. A team from Rawa Kopi Cemetary in East Jakarta finished third and will take home Rp 4 million.

Speaking at the closing ceremony for the tournament, Hashim said that Percasi was planning to hold similar competitions for grave diggers in cemeteries throughout the archipelago.

More than 160 grave...