09 September 2012

Zhuo Ren Scores IM Norm

Lim Zhuo Ren secured a 13-game IM norm with a win over Thailand's Uaychai in the final round of the 2012 Istanbul Olympiad. Zhuo Ren's last round win resulted in a 9-round performance rating of 2508, well above the 2450 requirement for the IM Norm. He finished with 6 straight wins, which must be another record of sorts by a Malaysian at the Olympiads. Notwithstanding the 6-win streak, the most notable result must still be his draw against 2630-rated Dutch GM Daniel Stellwagen in the first round.

Congratulations to Zhuo Ren.

08 September 2012

Zhuo-ren's IM Opportunity

My comment in Wei Ming's and Jimmy's blogs re Zhuo-ren's IM norm opportunity:

"Zhuo-ren only needs to beat any 1800+ rated opponent to secure a 13-game IM performance norm. No need for an IM oppponent. An IM opponent is required only for a 20-game IM (Title result) Norm. A norm is still a norm.

I was thus surprised when I saw Malaysia's line-up against Japan. With his hot streak, Zhuo-ren obviously should have played as he had every chance to beat the 2211-rated Averbukh or the 2137-rated Japan 5th board. Someone made a boo-boo here.

Hopefully Zhuo-ren gets another chance with an even more suitable opponent in the final round. My best wishes to Zhuo-ren to get his norm."

With the team pairings now known, Zhuo-ren has to hope Thailand fields the 2273-rated Uaychai on 4th board in the final round, to have a shot at the IM performance norm. However a win is still needed. My hopes are with Zhuo-ren.

06 June 2012

Malaysia Olympiad Dream Team

My dream Malaysian Team for 2012 Istanbul Olympiad:

1. Roshan Singh                    (National Champion)
2. Yeap Eng Chiam               (National Closed - Runner-up)
3. Mohd Syazwan Zulkifli    (National Closed - 3rd)
4. Yeoh Li Tian                     (National Closed - 4th)
5. Mas Hafizulhelmi             (MCF President's Nomination)

19 April 2012

Malaysian Juniors GM Wins

List of Wins by Malaysian Juniors over Grandmasters at Classical Chess:

 Year JuniorAge GM Rtg-GM  Event Place Type
 1997 Ronnie 14 Suradiradja, H   2240 Gunadarma Jakarta Swiss Open
 1999 Mas 18 Rogers, I    2618 Saintly Cup Sydney RR
 2000 Mas 19 Ardiansyah, H  2396 Wah Seong IM Penang RR
 2000 Jonathan 14 Ardiansyah, H  2396 Wah Seong IM Penang RR
 2003 Nicholas 18 Dzhumaev, M  2495 Asian Team Jodphur Swiss Team
 2012 Yit Ho 19 Bitoon, R  2455 Campomanes Brunei Swiss Open
 2012 Li Tian 13 Barbosa, O  2585 Campomanes Brunei Swiss Open

Anyone with information on more such wins, please tell.

17 April 2012

Responding to 'Among the Strongest in the Country'


This post is a response to 'anonymous' who attacked me and my children in this blog a few days ago on Sunday and later tried to justify the attacks by claiming that I made “an unjustified ‘attack’ on  Ronnie and previous-years players”. ‘anonymous’ further claimed to be ‘among the strongest in the country' and ‘a friend of Ronnie's’ to justify his attack on me and my family.

16 April 2012

Responding to Dumbass Comments

I was away at Slim River the whole day yesterday (Sunday) playing at the KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Event. When I finally got home, my wife told me an 'anonymous' had been attacking me and my kids in the comments section of a recent article.

Responding to Ronnie Lim

My responses to Ronnie's comments on the previous article:


15 April 2012

Of Ratings Inflation and Comparing Top Juniors

This post is in reference to points raised by Ronnie Lim in the comments to my last post.

14 April 2012

Brunei Open: Watershed Event (updated)

The just completed Brunei looks like it is going to be a watershed event for Malaysian chess. It is not clear yet but I am betting my credibility that its significance will unfold in coming months (not years) and quickly become clear to knowledgeable followers of Malaysian chess.

12 April 2012

Brunei Open - Rating Changes after R9

Malaysian Players
Name
IRtg
W
n
W-We
K
Change
IM
Mas, Hafizulhelmi
2377
3.5
8
-1.40
10
-14.00
Yeoh, Li Tian
2204
5.0
8
2.44
15
36.60
Zulkipli, Zaidan
2066
3.5
8
0.61
15
9.15
Fong, Yit San
2002
3.0
7
1.07
15
16.05
Fong, Yit Ho
2001
4.5
8
1.55
15
23.25
Lee, William Kah Howe
1777
2.0
6
1.33
15
19.95
Ding, Tze How Dilwen
1739
0.0
4
-0.43
30
-12.90
Lee, Benjamin Kah Teng
0
1.0
3

Link: Final Rankings

11 April 2012

Malaysia's No. 1 - Rewinding to 1996

It was August 1996, Jimmy Liew had been Malaysia’s undisputed chess No.1 for God knows how long. 16 years or more? It was also a time of “wonder boys” in Malaysian chess.

Yit Ho's Round 1 Win Over GM Bitoon in Replayer


Brunei Open: Round 7 Preview

Complete Round 7 Pairings:

10 April 2012

Brunei Open: Rating changes after Round 6

Malaysian Players


Name
IRtg
W
n
W-We
K
Change
IM
Mas, Hafizulhelmi
2377
2.5
5
-0.14
10
-1.4

Yeoh, Li Tian
2204
2.5
5
0.93
15
13.95

Zulkipli, Zaidan
2066
2.0
5
0.45
15
6.75

Fong, Yit San
2002
1.0
4
-0.15
15
-2.25

Fong, Yit Ho
2001
2.0
5
0.32
15
4.8

Lee, William Kah Howe
1777
1.5
4
1.02
15
15.3

Ding, Tze How Dilwen
1739
0.0
3
-0.35
30
-10.5

Lee, Benjamin Kah Teng
0
1.0
3



Brunei Open - Round 5 Preview

Round 5 - Malaysian Pairings

09 April 2012

08 April 2012

Brunei Open - Round 2 Pairings

After his upset win over GM Richard Bitoon in Round 1, Yit Ho is rewarded with a game against teenage IM Jakhongir Vakhidov in Round 2. Mas and Li Tian have interesting match-ups against GM Dao Thien Hai and strong IM Oliver Dimakiling respectively, while Zaidan is paired with Filipino IM Steven Yap Kim.

Benjamin is paired with 2028-rated veteran Brunei player, Yap Choow Tun, while Yit San, William and Dilwen have games against unrated Brunei players.

I am looking forward to more upsets by the Malaysian boys. Round 2 is scheduled to start at 3.00 pm.

Link: http://chess-results.com/tnr70091.aspx?art=2&rd=2&lan=1

Brunei Open Round 1 Pairings (with photo update)

The Round 1 pairings of the Brunei Campomanes Memorial Grandmaster Open 2012 are now up at the chess-results.com server.  8 Malaysians are playing in this event with 2377-rated IM Mas Hafizulhelmi leading the way.

04 April 2012

Kasparov Comments - Part 2

Continuing from my last post. It was one day before Game 9 of the World Championship Match in 2008. The pre-game talk has already started. I took this opportunity to give my take on the match so far (up to Game 8) and to counter the arguments by Kramnik fans that Kramnik has been playing weakly.

Kasparov Comments - Part 1

A few days ago, Chessbase ran an interview Tkachiev had with Kramnik. In the interview, Kramnik reviewed his epic 2008 World Championship Match with Anand. His praise for Anand brought back good memories for me as I had followed that match closely, and followed the active dicussions at the Daily Dirt Chess Blog.

01 April 2012

Three Malaysian Super Chess Talents

Since I became involved in the Malaysian junior chess scene some 11 years ago, 3 super chess talents have caught my eye. I think of these 3 super talents as the best candidates to become the 1st Malaysian chess grandmaster.

31 March 2012

Responding to Peter Long (updated)

Peter and Jimmy posted, on consecutive days, pieces they wrote independently on the progress of some of Malaysia’s top juniors. Ref: Peter’s post and Jimmy’s post.

As this is a topic of which I am interested, I was tempted to give my 2-sen’s worth and commented as such on Jimmy’s page. Peter, however, commented …

26 March 2012

Rethinking New Nagas

Reflecting on the recent New Nagas Standard Tournament has given me valuable insights on the current situation in Malaysian chess and the issues that we have to address to progress towards seeing Malaysia’s first chess grandmaster. I was thinking maybe I restarted the project in too much of a rush. Perhaps I should have done more groundwork and reassess the circumstances.

24 March 2012

National Closed 2012 in May

Malaysians thrive on rumours and gossip, our ‘khabar angin’ and ‘surat layang’. No less engaging are the ‘dramas’ or ‘sandiwara’,  and ‘wayang kulit’ or ‘shadow play’ being acted out and narrated in front of us. Ohhh! I love rumours and gossip as much as the next guy.

23 March 2012

22 March 2012

Malaysia FIDE Rating Project: The Beginning

In the period between 1998 and 2002, there was no opportunity for an unrated Malaysian chess player to obtain a FIDE rating (provisional or otherwise) locally. There had not been a single FIDE-rated event locally for unrated players. The very few newly rated players from this period were those who obtained their rated games outside Malaysia, especially from the Olympiad and World Youth. Up to their respective 2001 editions, the two premier local events, the National Closed and the Selangor Open were not FIDE-rated.

21 March 2012

Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Centre: An Appreciation

I wish to express my thanks to the management of the Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Centre for allowing me to use the Chess Centre and its facilities for the New Nagas Tournament over the weekend. Special thanks go to Dato’ Tan, Mr Choo and Mr Giam for their help in organising the event.

20 March 2012

New Nagas 201203 Report & Final Rankings

The New Nagas Standard Chess Tournament was successfully held over the 17th and 18th March 2012 weekend. Jax Tham emerged Champion with 6 points from 7 games.

15 March 2012

New Nagas Registration

The New Nagas Tournament will be taking place this Saturday at the Dato' Arhtur Tan Chess Centre at Wilayah Kompleks. Although the official closing date was yesterday, I am pleased to announce that late entries will be accepted from 8.30 am to 8.50 am this Saturday, with no penalty for late registration. 1st round is expected to start at 9.10 am as scheduled.

10 March 2012

New Nagas: Guaranteed Prize Fund

This article continues my sharing of experience on organising the New Nagas event.

The financial aspect is quite often the most important for a project. Too often, we come across disputes and unpleasantness arising from less than clear interpretations on the sharing of surpluses or apportioning of losses after completion of the project. All these make the cost estimates (or budget) a very important document. This article focuses on the prize fund and structure.

A New Offering to Malaysian Chess

Registrations for the New Nagas Standard Chess Tournament next weekend have started to come in over the last few days. I look forward to more registrations over the coming week as we approach event day.

In this article and the next few ones, I shall be sharing this experience of organising this event, which is a mixture of old and new experience for me.

26 February 2012

Onwards to ‘New Nagas’

For Malaysian chess players to progress and raise the general standard of play, it was my view that our serious players should have:
  • Regular competition with peers or stronger players with ‘long time control’;
  • One or more platforms for exchanges of ideas; and
  • A FIDE rating.

chess-malaysia Revisited

I was feeling nostalgic as I read Hairul’s posting at hairulovchessmaniac.com where he reproduced an article Najib wrote in the Yahoo!chess-malaysia forum back in 2003. Those were the days when I had to access that forum almost every day. Otherwise cannot sleep. However, I had not visited that forum for some years until after reading Hairul’s post.

For 6 years from 2000 and 2006, the chess-malaysia forum was the hang-out place for the Malaysian internet chess community.

25 February 2012

From Rapid to Standard Chess

Rapid chess events (25 minutes per player) have been the norm in Malaysian weekend  chess events for many years now. Such events has seen increasingly higher number of participants over these years, which indicates its important place in the Malaysian chess scene. This is especially so from the social chess perspective and playing chess as an interesting and healthy hobby.

Malaysia FIDE-Rating Project: 10 Years Later

It is now 10 years since I kicked off the Malaysia FIDE Rating Project (in February2002). The number of Malaysian FIDE rated players have multiplied 6-fold from something like 60 (01/2002 FRL) to 369 on the 01/2012 FRL. And the number of active FIDE-rated players increased more than 10 times from less than 20 to 215 ten years later.

New Nagas Standard Tournament: Revision of Time Control

After discussions with interested parties, the time control for the New Nagas Standard Tournament (17th & 18th March 2012) has been revised to '35 minutes for the first 30 moves, plus a further 25 minutes each to the finish'. The objective of the time control in this event is so that players will be guided towards having reasonable time left to play late middlegame or endgame positions. The revised time control is expected to achieve the same objective.

22 February 2012

Blitz, Rapid, Standard, Classical?

Chess tournaments may use different time controls and we refer to these events as blitz or rapid or classical chess based on the time control. But is there really a big difference other than having to move faster if less time is given.

Blitz and rapid time controls are specially mentioned in the FIDE Laws of Chess and its Appendices. Anything less than 15 minutes given to each player for the whole game is blitz.  Thus, 14 minutes each (14/G) is blitz, but 15 minutes each is not. Blitz Rules (in Section B of Appendices) apply to blitz games. For example, a player can claim a win if the opponent makes an illegal move. Also the 2-minute rule (for claiming draws) does not apply in a blitz game.

17 February 2012

New Nagas Standard Chess Tournament, 17th & 18th March 2012



@ Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Centre
     4th Flr Kompleks Wilayah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur

Eligibility:         Malaysians with a FIDE rating below 2200 or Malaysians without a FIDE rating.
Format:             7 Rounds Swiss System (The Swiss Manager pairing program shall be used).
Accelerated pairings shall be used for the first 2 or 3 rounds.
Time Control:   35 minutes for the first 30 moves (updated 25 February 2012), plus a further 25 minutes each to the finish.
Entry fees:        RM50 per participant