19 August 2016

Penang Retains MSSM Championship

Penang finished as the Overall Champion Title at the 2016 MSSM Chess Championship that concluded at Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan on Wednesday, retaining the title they won last year.

05 December 2015

On Drills, Repetition and Results

Sam Allardyce on managing the Sunderland football team in the English Premier League in an interview with the Daily Mail. Allardyce had taken over the team when they were bottom of th eladgue but had since gotten out of the relegation zone after three wins out of six games played under him.

"My particular life here is working with the back four, I talk at length to them about their positioningwhat is the right body position, how deep they, are they too wide?

Sadly it gets a little boring for them. But unfortunately it gets better the more they learn and the quicker they learn, the less you have to do it. I just had to run through the basics of our defending again. The key is repetition.

The more results we get the more confident they are in what I am saying. If you don't get the results you are talking a lot of bull!'

23 January 2015

K=40 Working for Malaysian Juniors

FIDE effected the K factor of 40 for players under-18 players on 1 July 2014. This was so that the ratings of fast improving young players reflect their increasing playing strength. This change worked out for several Malaysian juniors who recorded outstanding performances at the recent Johor Open and Penang Open.

At the Johor Open, 5 Malaysian Juniors gained more than 100 rating points each:

Johor Open Gain Rating YoB
  Wong, Yinn Long  132  2028 2002
  Ooi, Zhi Yang  118  1951 1999
  Lye, Lik Zang  141  1919 2004
  Chan, Kim Yew  127  1775 2002
  Zulkiflee, Muhd Hanis Hanafi  114  1940 1997

While at the Penang Open, 4 Malaysian Juniors achieved the same feat:

Penang Open Gain Rating YoB
  Subramaniam, Shreyes  135  1963 1998
  Tan, Jun Ying  116  1849 2003
  Chan, Kim Yew  136  1775 2002
  Yap, Egin Darrel  109  1903 1999

13 year-old Wong Yinn Long moved to above 2000 rating in the 1 Jan 2015 FRL as a result.

Chan Kim Yew, also just 13 years old, gained a stupendous 263 rating points from the two back-to-back events to reach 1775.

22 January 2015

Top 25 Malaysians: 1 January 2015

The top 25 ranked Malaysian chess players as on the 1 January 2015:

21 January 2015

Shocked and Sad over Fadzil

I was shocked on Sunday night to receive news that Fadzil had passed away minutes earlier. Just on the previous day, I was asking Yit San and Yit Ho whether they had any news of Fadzil’s recovery and I was hoping to see him next week at Sungei Siput for the 1st leg of the 2015 series of PCNP-KLK tournaments.

09 September 2014

Ratings Deflation

There are several Malaysian chess bloggers or anonymous commentators who try to promote the fiction of 'ratings inflation' at every opportunity. For example, they'd say a 2300 rating 20 years ago is equal to 2400 nowadays. As we say in Malay, that is 'cerita karut'. So I did some research to see how widespread this misconception is.

06 September 2014

Top 20 Malaysians: 1 September 2014

The top 20 ranked Malaysian chess players as on 1 September 2014

24 August 2014

Final Words on Malaysia@Tromso

It is already a week since the Malaysian team returned from Tromso. I started blogging on Tromso with a preview just before the start of Round 1 three weeks ago now. My reviews and analyses, at first on the overall team performance and then on the individual performances have been published, and I have nothing much to add on the analytical side. So this will be my final article on the Malaysian team at the Tromso Olympiad.

23 August 2014

Assessing the Olympiad Debutants 2

Malaysian Teams to the Chess Olympiads prior to 2014 were generally hand-picked by the then MCF supremo. For many years, it was Hamid while Greg took over for the 2010 and 2012 teams. Their contention was always that they only picked the best available team, claiming they know who are the strongest Malaysian players.

19 August 2014

Olympiad: Assessing the Debutants

It was more than 10 years ago that I had a discussion with Hamid Majid, who was then MCF Secretary and de-facto supremo of Malaysian chess, on selecting Malaysian Olympiad representatives. I put forward the case that the National Closed should be the primary criteria for selection, at least the top 3 should  be selected.

17 August 2014

Malaysia@Tromso: Tournament Review Part 3 (Final)

FIDE changed the ranking basis at the Olympiads to Match Points (previously Game Points) starting from the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden. . At the same time, the event was reduced to 11 rounds (previously 13), and team size reduced to 4 players + 1 reserve (previously 4 + 2).

15 August 2014

Malaysia@Tromso: Tournament Review Part 2

Part 2 of my review of the Malaysian Men's Team performance at the just completed 2014 Olympiad benchmarks that performance with previous Malaysian Olympiad teams.

Malaysia@Tromso: Tournament Review Part 1

My review of the Malaysia Men's Team at the 2014 Tromso Olympiad shall be in 3 parts as follows:

Tromso R11: Malaysia lose 4-0

An all-GM Norway team was really a bridge too far for the young Malaysian team. losing on all 4 boards. This loss finally broke an amazing 6-match unbeaten run by the Malaysian team which included draws with 51st-ranked Switzerland in Round 10 and 56th-ranked Tajikistan in Round 9.

14 August 2014

Hope for Malaysian Chess

There is a definite sense of excitement in the Malaysian chess community over the final round match in the 2014 Tromso Olympiad today. All Malaysian chess fans will be supporting the team. No matter what the final round result, these boys are already heroes in our eyes.

R11 Preview: Malaysia v Norway

The final Round 11 of the 2014 Tromso Olympiad today starts at 5.00 pm Malaysian time. The Malaysia Men's Team is meeting the home team, Norway, on Table 3. The Board line-up is as follows:

13 August 2014

Malaysia meets Norway in R11

Malaysia is paired with home team Norway in the final round. A plum tie on the 3rd Table with all the attendant media spotlight. I do not know whether to laugh or cry.

Tromso R10: Malaysia draws Switzerland 2-2

The Malaysian Men's team gave another impressive display to draw 2-2 with the much higher-rated Switzerland team at the Tromso Olympiad yesterday. The result stretched the team's unbeaten run at the Olympiad to an amazing 6 matches.

12 August 2014

Tromso R10 Preview: Malaysia v Switzerland

Malaysia Men will be playing Switzerland later today in round 10 of the Olympiad. The pairings  for the individual Boards are as follows: