06 September 2014

Top 20 Malaysians: 1 September 2014

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

Rating N(12)     Last Event
 1  FM  Chan, Nicholas  2378    9   2013-10 Asian Cities, Philippines
 2  IM  Mas, Hafizulhelmi  2340   22   2013-11 Hyderabad Open, India
 3  IM  Lim, Yee-Weng  2330   10   2014-08 Olympiad, Norway
 4  Yeoh, Li Tian    2322   41   2014-04 Malaysian Masters
 5  Teh, Eu Wen Aron  2300   80   2014-08 Olympiad, Norway
 6  Ng, Tze Han  2279    5   2014-04 Malaysian Masters
 7  Chuah, Jin Hai Jonathan  2250    9   2014-03 National Closed
 8  Chan, Marcus  2224    9   2013-12 Penang Open
 9  FM  Lim, Zhuo Ren  2215    3   2014-05 4NCL, UK
10  IM  Liew, Chee-Meng Jimmy  2207   25   2014-05 Selangor Open
11  Fong, Yit San  2187   63   2014-08 Olympiad, Norway
12  Nayan, Ahmad Fadzil  2145   27   2014-08 Olympiad, Norway
13  Chin, F  2143    1   2013-11 4NCL, UK
14  Sabri, Mohd Saprin  2137   13   2014-05 Selangor Open
15  Yeap, Eng Chiam  2128    6   2013-12 Penang Open
16  Loo, Swee Leong  2119    7   2013-12 Penang Open
17  Liong, Ing Kiat Anthony  2112    9   2013-12 Penang Open
18  Yeoh, Chin Seng  2102   13   2014-05 Selangor Open
19  Capel, Evan Timothy  2095    7   2013-10 Asian Cities, Philippines
20  Zulkipli, Zaidan  2082   14   2014-07 Asian Dragons, Taiwan

Key:
1) Rating: based on 20140901 FRL
2) N(12): Number of rated games in the preceding 12 months
3) Last Event: Month and name of last played recognised event

Basis of Top 20 Malaysians List
1) Starting point for this list is the FRL.
2) Only those who have played in a recognised event in the last 12 months is considered for inclusion.
3) A recognised event is a National Class event in Malaysia or an international event.
4) Recognised Malaysian events include National Closed, Malaysian Masters, National Juniors, Malaysian Open, KL Open, Penang Open and Selangor Open, and their respective satellite events.
5) An international event is recognised only if it is of a stature comparable to or higher than recognised Malaysian events.

I considered whether to include only players who played a specified minimum number of games in the last 12 months. In that case, Francis Chin (no. 13) would not have been included while Zhuo Ren (no. 9) could have been a borderline case. However, I decided not to impose this criterion for this September list as I could not make a decision on the minimum N after taking into account the circumstances of Malaysian players. Maybe it will be a criterion for future lists.

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