Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chess Tourney Results of 28th Feb. 2010

SMS Gold won the overall UM Chess Team Tun Syed Zaharuddin event held at the Ninth College, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur on the 28th February 2010.

To see more results, please visit fireyrook’s blog or click here.

Abdullah Che Hassan won the one-day chess event at Seremban Parade held on the 28th February 2010.

To see the full results, see wisepawn’s blog or click here.

To see photos of the event, please visit My Chess Diari’s blog or click here.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Results of Bloggers Utd

Performance of Bloggers Utd is as follows:- 1. Silent Killer, won 2.5 - 1.5; 2. UPM, draw 2 - 2; 3. 17 Chess Club, lost 1 - 3;

Nur Nabila, Nurul Huda, Mi Yen, Alia Are In The Semi-Finals, Malaysian Women Masters 2010

At the DATCC, a drama unfolded as Nur Nabila and Khairunnisa Wahiduddin had to go through a late afternoon playoff stage to determine the last ticket to the Semi-Finals of the Malaysian Women Masters 2010 on the second day (27th February 2010) of the knock-out chess tournament. Earlier, three players easily managed to qualify to the semi-finals, which included Nurul Huda, Fong Mi Yen and Alia Anin Azwa bt Bakri.


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Pix 1. Fong Mi Yen.          Pix 2. Alia Anin Azwa.

The last remaining ticket for the semi-finals had to go through an additional hurdle of playing two rapid games tonight, 27th February 2010 at the DATCC to determine the fourth candidate to the semi-finals.

The playoffs were shown live through the internet at and Malaysian Women Masters blog. As the results shown in the table summary below, Nur Nabila bt Azman Hisham prevailed by drawing the first rapid game and winning the second game against Khairunnisa Wahiduddin.


For the Semi-Finals tomorrow, 28th February 2010, first board will played by Nurul Huda against Nur Nabila Azman Hisham and on second board by Fong Mi Yen against Alia Anin Azwa bt Bakri.

 (source of results: Najib Wahab)

Friday, February 26, 2010

DATCC Rookie Tornado 2010

Twenty-eight players are participating in the DATCC ROOKIE TORNADO chess tournament being held at DATCC on 27th February 2010. You need a rating below 1400 to participate. The second picture is showing Dato' Tan Chin Nam, the Malaysian chess supremo, having an exhibition chess match with a chess visitor and Andrew Ooi, gilachess blogger having a separate chess game with another chess visitor.

Lim Zhuo Ren Leads in CNY Rapids 2010

Lim Zhuo Ren playing against Alfred Ting in round 1, Chinese New Year 2010. Lim is the current leader at the 10 round chess rapids after 5 rounds of play at Excel Chess Academy today, 26 Feb 2010.

Malaysian Women Masters 2010 Blog!

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The current series of the Malaysian Women Masters 2010 is on-going today and will go on till 2nd March 2010. Sixteen handpicked female chess candidates had been carefully selected based on a strict regime of selection criteria set by the Malaysian Chess Federation.

Two rounds had been played today at the Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Centre and a knock-out system will take place.

Tomorrow eight players will play two more rounds of classical chess and on Sunday four players, who get through to the next stage, will play two rounds  to determine the final two contestants.
The winner will get the chance to represent Malaysia to the Chess Olympiad to be held in Siberia, Russia during the later part of this year, 2010.
To follow more of this event, please visit the Malaysian Women Masters 2010 blog or click here.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chinese New Year Rapid 2010

Yeoh Li Tian participating in the first round of the CNY 2010 being held at Excel Chess Academy, 26th Feb 2010.

Pertandingan Catur Berpasukan Tun Syed Zaharuddin Beralih Dewan Sahaja!

Berita Terkini: Fireyrook telah menerima panggilan talipon pada malam ini jam 11.10 malam, Khamis, 25 Februari 2010 yang menyebut pertandingan catur berpasukan Tun Syed Zaharuddin ini hanya dialihkan dewan sahaja.

Oleh itu pertandingan catur ini akan masih diteruskan seperti yang dirancang iaitu 28 Februari 2010 sebelum ini namun di lokasi dewan yang baru. Pertandingan catur ini merupakan pertandingan tahunan yang dianjurkan oleh pihak Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Pertandingan catur ini akan terus diadakan pada hari Ahad ini bersamaan 28 Februari 2010 di Kolej KeSembilan, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ian Udani Is UTP Open 2010 Chess Champion!

Ian Udani beat 97 others to win the Universiti Teknologi Petronas Open 2010 category held at UTP, Seri Iskandar, Perak on the 21st February 2010. Ian Udani managed 6.5 points from 7 rounds of chess rapids. His only draw was against Tan Khai Boon, who was second with six points. In third place was Sumant Subramaniam, fourth Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, fifth Abdullah Che Hassan. All four players got the same 6.0 points.

The following are the final ranking results of the UTP Open category:-



In the Under-18 category, Sarika Subramaniam won with 6.0 points while in the Under-12 category, Muhd Sirajuddin Munawar Ahmad Farhan was the Champion.

Congratulations to all winners!

Full Results Of Shah Alam UpTown, 20th Feb 2010

My mailbox just received this final chess results of the Shah Alam UpTown held on the evening of the 20th February 2010, courtesy of Azwan A Rahman. There were a total of 56 players involved.

Results Of Shah Alam Up Town, 20th Feb 2010 


    1-      Ian Udani

2-      Kamaruddin  Yusof

3-      Abdullah Che Hassan

4-      Abdul Haq

5-      Rizal ahmad Kamal

6-      Geeneish Sivalingam

7-      Ahmad Firdaus Mohd rodzi

8-      Roslina Marmono

9-      Ting Shih Chieh @ Alfred

10- Sahir Sarifdin


Best Lady – Roslina Marmono

Best Veteran- Iskandar Rashid



1.     Jagathees Guna Balan

2.     Muhd Ihsan Syahiran Muhd Najib

3.     Fahim Al Faqeh

4.     Naqiuddin Rahimi



1.     Anis Fariha Saleh


Best U18

Iskandar Danial Adam


Best 1200

Muhammad Harith Muhd Ridzuan


Best 1400

Sulaeman Saruji


Best 1600

Adrian Choo Cheng Yong


Nampak nama Ng6 tapi tidak dapat mata langsung. Betul ke ni Razali Hamzah yang sama atau orang lain kot. Atau pun pemain-pemain catur ni memang tahap yang tinggi untuk chess rapid ini.

Anyway, those are the results of the tournament of the Shah Alam UpTown Chess held on the 20th February 2010 last. Congratulations to all winners!

To see photos of the event, please visit My Chess Diary’s blog or click here.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

1st Woman National Masters 2010

The first Malaysian Woman National Masters 2010 is starting this Friday, 26th February 2010 at the DATCC. Fourteen players have confirmed their participation. It will last over three days, 26th-28th February, 2010.

Khairunissa’ Wahiduddin, Nurul Huda Wahiduddin, Fong Mi Yen, Haslindah Ruslan, Tan Li Ting, Nur Nabila Azman Hisham and Nur Najiha Azman Hisham are a few of the notables that have confirmed their participation so far.

To read more details, please visit the Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Centre’s blog or click here.

Who do you think will win the Malaysian Women Masters 2010?

We will have to wait till Sunday evening, 28th February 2010 to find out.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

KL Chess Academy’s Chess Camp In March 2010

The Kuala Lumpur Chess Academy is organising a chess training camp with GM Ziaur Rahman as the star lecturer for the event.

The chess camp is slated for the 17-20th March 2010 with a team of chess trainers which include IM Lim Yee Weng, IM Mas, Gregory Lau and Najib Wahab. A star-studded line-up as your chess trainers.

To read more of the details and how to contact them for a seat in the camp and the rates, please visit fireyrook’s blog or click here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Grand Prix Chess In Perak Too!

image As the grand prix continues to catch fire in Malaysia, another state is also embarking on a similar grand prix style of chess tournament. This time it is the state of Perak!

Those of you Perakians who have been itching to join one tournament or other because it was in Kuala Lumpur or in Melaka or in Penang and you decided not to go. Well dear chess friend, one just landed by your door step. This grand prix will be held over 10 districts of Perak with the last one culminating back to Ipoh as the grand finale!

The first leg will be held in Ipoh, Perak on the 7th March 2010 (Sunday). So hurry up to book a place as the closing date will be on the 4th March 2010.

Other Legs: CRC Taiping, 11 Apr / Parit Buntar, 25 Apr / Lumut, 16 May / Parit, 27 Jun / Teluk Intan, 11 Jul / Tapah/Kampar, 01 Aug / Grik, 26 Sep / Kuala Kangsar, 17 Oct / FINALS-Ipoh 19 Dec 2010 (All dates subject to confirmation).

The tournament is jointly organised by Perak International Chess Association (PICA) and Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Center (DATCC) and sponsored by Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd. The grand prix is called the “Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Perak Grand Prix Chess Championship 2010”.

You may visit any of the following blogs to get more details:

a. DATCC blog or click here;

b. Perak International Chess Association blog or click here;

c. fireyrook’ s blog or click here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Singapore Wins The Dato' Tan Kim Yeow Trophy!

Latest news: Singapore won over the last round of the chess rapids, 21-17. Overall score, 76.5-75.5 Singapore won by a solitary point. Singapore's major wins came from the Veteran, Men's and Under-18 sections in general. IM Jimmy Liew, IM Yee Weng won their respective games in the final round. Unfortunately, not for IM Mok who faced time trouble and a weak position.

IM Lim Yee Weng In Action At Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010

IM Lim Yee Weng is seen here representing team Malaysia in the chess rapids on the second day of the Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010 at CitiTel Express, Kuala Lumpur. Overall score, Malaysia 58.5-55.5 Singapore.

Round 1, Rapid Chess, Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010, 17th Feb 2010

Here are the round 1, rapid chess between Malaysia and Singapore in the Chess Challenge 2010 held on the 17th February 2010, Wednesday morning, 9 am, CitiTel Express Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.


Best of luck to all participating chess players! Go Malaysia, go! Malaysia BOLEH!!!

Results of Classical Chess Times, Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010

Here are the full results of both rounds for yesterday’s games using the 90 minutes plus 30 second increment, classical times for the Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010 (Dato’ Tan Kim Yeow Trophy) held at the CitiTel Express Hotel, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, 16th February 2010.


Amazing results at the CitiTel Express, Malaysia 19-19 Singapore, we were outclassed in the Senior and Under 18 Sections but my, my, our younger Malaysian brethren are pulling us through! Good job, team Malaysia!


A fantastic gross score of 41-35 win for team Malaysia! For further highlights and pictures of the chess challenge between two neighbouring countries, please visit fireyrook’s blog or click here.

This morning will be held the chess rapids between Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010. It will decide the winner of the Dato’ Tan Kim Yeow Challenge Trophy. If you are game to watch this, it is held in rooms Perdana 1 and 2, Median Level, CitiTel Express Hotel, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur beginning at 9 am, 17th February 2010. Let’s hope team Malaysia will keep our national flag flying high again! Go Malaysia, go!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge - Dato' Tan Kim Yeow Challenge Trophy 2010

Latest News: Team Malaysia leads with 22 points against Singapore's 16 points after completion of Round 1 here at CITITEL EXPRESS Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This is a biannual chess event between Malaysia and Singapore and the winner will get to hold the Dato' Tan Kim Yeow Chess Challenge Trophy for a year and probably the name of the country that wins will get engraved on the trophy. As at the time of updating, the second round of the chess challenge is ongoing with the score level at 2-2. To see the complete round 1 results, please visit hairul's blog or fireyrook's blog or please click here.
Tomorrow, 17 February 2010, there will be two rounds of rapids held at the same venue to decide the winner of the trophy. For those that are interested, you may watch the chess action at the Perdana 1 and Perdana 2 of the CITITEL Express Hotel, located in the Chow Kit area along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wishes Of A Happy Chinese New Year!

To all my Chinese readers and friends, I wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year 2010! Have a wonderful Year of the Tiger!

Looks like it will be a quiet weekend for chess as our Malaysian Chinese brethren celebrate the Chinese New Year from 14-16 February 2010.

But come 15th February 2010, we will welcome our Singaporean neighbours for some games of chess in the Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010. Those who can make it, please visit the CitiTel, MidValley, Kuala Lumpur to give your support to our Malaysian chess team. To revisit the details of the chess challenge, please visit fireyrook’s blog or click here.

A GM Resident For Malaysia!

Latest news: It is official now that flyers are being distributed for the arrival of the grandmaster from Bangladesh, GM Ziaur Rahman. He is a familiar face in Malaysia’s international FIDE-Rated Tournaments because of his frequent participation such as the Malaysian Chess Open and Kuala Lumpur Chess Open.


To read more of the flyer, please visit the Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Center blog (click here) or to fireyrook’s blog (click here).

Let’s hope with the presence of a  true-blue grandmaster will jumpstart Malaysia’s chess activities to a higher plane and who knows the birth of a future Malaysian-born chess grandmaster. He will be here for one year, so please utilise his presence in Malaysia, participate in a few tournaments that he will himself participate and watch some Simultaneous Chess Exhibitions that he will conduct and go to his lectures that he will give!

GM Z Rahman, Malaysia welcomes and beckons you here! We wish him Selamat Datang!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Segamat Grand Prix 2010, 1st Leg


If you live in Johor and had always yearned to participate in a chess tournament, then one has just landed by your doorstep. And if you like the idea of grandprix style tournament, then this your golden chance to grab.

The new chess tournament is jointly organised by MSSKL Event Management, Malaysian Chess Federation and SMK Seri Kenangan, Segamat, Johor. And it is called the “SMK Seri Kenangan Rapid Chess Grandprix @SMK Seri Kenangan, Segamat, Johor”. It will have four legs in its series of tournaments beginning with 6-7th March 2010. It will climax with a fourth and grand finale in early July 2010. The rapid tournament adopts the 45 minutes time control per player per game with a 7 rounds Swiss-system spread over two days.

To read further details of the Segamat GrandPrix Chess, please visit this link here.

Meanwhile if you are from Lembah Kelang area and interested in joining this event and intending to travel to Segamat, Johor for the Segamat Grand Prix Chess, Johor on the 6-7th March 2010, 1st Leg, and in search of possible accommodation places, then you might consider a few hotels in Segamat which have reasonably priced room rates to choose from. Below are just two of the hotels:-

Neo Pegasus Hotel Sdn Bhd

128-D2, Jln Genuang Kampung, 85000 Segamat, Johor

T: 07-931 2128

The Pine Classic Inn Sdn Bhd

No. 30, Jln Genuang, 85000 Segamat, Johor

T: 07-932 2008

There are quite a range of hotels in Segamat  town to choose from. To search for more hotels in Segamat, please visit and select or type “Hotels” as category and type “Segamat, Johor” as location.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Seremban Parade Chess Championship 2010

Latest News: There is a new chess rapid tournament in the Seremban area. The Seremban Parade is organising a two-day chess tournament on the 27-28th February 2010 covering several categories. Two age-groups of Under-12 and Under-18 will be held on the first day of the tournament, 27th February 2010, while the open category held on the second day, 28th February 2010.

The details of the chess tournament is as shown below as taken off, or you may visit fireyrook’s blog at this link here, or stonemaster’s blog at this link here.


For those in the Negri Sembilan area or those nearby, you may consider playing in this chess rapid tournament for the weekend. It is another golden opportunity for you to pit your chess skills with others in this area. You pick and choose which chess tournament is easiest or convenient for you!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Invite To Commonwealth Chess Championship, New Delhi, India, May 2010

The Malaysian Chess Federation has received an invite from the All India Federation with auspices of FIDE and Commonwealth Chess Association for MCF to send a chess team comprising of one girl and one boy for all age categories (U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18, U-20),  one woman and one man to participate in the Commonwealth Chess Championship from the 9th to 19th May 2010 in New Delhi, India.

To read more about it, please go to the Malaysian Chess Federation website or click here for more details.

Fireyrook Catches Fire in First Saturday Classical Chess 2010, February Edition

In the last round of the First Saturday Classical Chess February 2010 edition, Firey Rook met up with Low Jun Keat to determine the top five finishers of the tournament.

Firey rook had to try something new against this young player. Firey rook chose the Morra Gambit of the Sicilian against Low Jun Keat who has a National Rating of 1590. Here is how the game transpired, it ended  in 18 moves with a definite win for white.

[Event "First Saturday Classical Chess 2010"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.02.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Firey rook, Morra Gambit"]
[Black "Low Jun Keat"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B21"]

{B21: Sicilian: 2 f4 and Morra Gambit} 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 Bg4 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7


First mistake of the game - Black played 6….Bg4 which is an opening trap in this scenario. The black bishop is a loose piece that can be won enprise. White followed up with 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7, 8.Ng5+ and the black bishop is lost to the Queen.

8. Ng5+ Ke8 9. Qxg4 Nf6 10. Qe6 Nd4 11.
Qf7+ Kd7 12. O-O h6 13. Rd1
(13. Qc4 hxg5 14. Qxd4 Qa5 15. Kh1 g4 16. g3 Qh5 17. h4 gxh3 18. Qd3 Ng4 19. Nd5 Ne5 20. Qb5+ Kc8 21. f4 Nc6 22. Qd3 e6 23. Ne3 Kc7 24. Bd2 Qg6 25. Kh2 d5 26. f5 dxe4 27. Qxe4 exf5 {Kou Yingya-Artemieva,V/ Heraklio 2004/EXT 2005/0-1 (59)}) 13... hxg5 14. Rxd4 Qb6 15. Be3 $146 (15. Rd1 g6 16. e5 Ng4 17. Rxd6+ {1-0 Garcia Mendez,B (1960)-Monterde Pastor,A (1725)/ San Jose 1998/EXT 2000}) 15... Qxb2 ?? {shortens the misery for Black.}


Second mistake of the game and it was fatal! Black played 15….Qxb2 ??, this allowed white to sacrifice the rook at d4 and checks the black King, leaving the black King defenceless in the middle of the board. The end came quickly.

(15... Qa5 $18) 16. Rxd6+ $3 {0 Mate attack} Kxd6 (16... Kxd6 17. Rd1+ {Mate attack}) (16... Kxd6 {0}) (16... Kc7 {0}) 17. Rd1+ Kc7 (17... Qd2 {hardly improves anything} 18. Rxd2+ Ke5 19. Bxg5 Rh4 20. Rd5+ Nxd5 21. Qxd5#) 18. Qc4+ (18.Qc4+ Kb8 19. Rd8#) 1-0


White played 18.Qc4+ with a mating attack, Black resigned.

Yeoh Li Tian Wins First Leg of KL Grand Prix Chess Open 2010


Latest News: Here is the latest on the 1st Leg of the KL Grand Prix Chess Open 2010 being held at Royal Selangor Club on the 7th February 2010 - 1st Yeoh Li Tian – 6 points, 2nd Nik Ahmad Farouqi, 3rd Sumant Subramaniam, 4th Amitphal, 5th Ahmad Fadhil Nayan, 6th Roshan Singh, 7th Fadli, 8th Chan Sheng Yang, 9th Zainal Faeizul, 10th Mohamed Hezri and 11th Yat Guo Jie.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

News From KL GrandPrix Chess 2010

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Today, 6th February 2010, at the KL Rapid Chess Grandprix 2010, in the Open Category, five players ended with 2 points from 2 rounds. The five co-leaders are Amithpal, Sumant, Ahmad Fadzil, Yeoh Li Tian and Faiezul Zainal. Amithpal Singh Sardar, the winner of the recent City Day Chess Blitz 2010, is the only foreign player in the field and hails from India with a 2203 FIDE-rating.
A few notable names are Yat Guo Jie with 1.5 points, Nik Ahmad Farouqi, Mohamed Abdul Haq, both with 1.0 point, Roshan Singh with 1.0 point, Demudu Subramaniam and daughter Sarika Subramaniam with 1.0 point.
Surprisingly, Mohd Fadli Zakaria @Stonemaster, who has a FIDE-rating of 2070, ends the day with zilch after two rounds! Competition is stiff! This field of players is no push overs! Though it is stilll early days yet! Tomorrow will be another hectic day for these players.
To see the detail ranking results after round 2, please go to this link.
Tomorrow there will be another four more rounds of play. Yeoh Li Tian will meet Sumant on second board, Amithpal will meet Ahmad Fazil on first board. Yat Guo Jie will meet Tang Wei Chiat on fifth board, Nik Ahmad Farouqi meets Zulhasrizal Zulkifli on fourth board. Roshan Singh against Chan Sheng Yip on sixth, Stonemaster will meet Jamaluddin on 13th board.
Here is the full third round pairings.
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Night Sparring Session Is On! 5th Feb 2010

image Latest News: For those in the Shah Alam area who are itching for a game of chess, there will be a GiLoCatur’s Friday Night sparring session for chess lovers at MacDonald’s Section 3, Shah Alam, about 9 pm.

For those chess enthusiasts and those who are eager to try your hand at a game with this chess group, please read more from his blog at this link here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

MultiMedia University (MMU) Malacca International Chess Open 2010 Update!

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imageLatest news: Here is the list of registered players for the MMU Malacca International Open 2010 up till 4th February 2010, to be held this coming weekend 6-7 February 2010 at Bukit Beruang, Malacca.
There are currently 15 registered chess players for the event, which includes Ian Udani and Kamaluddin Yusof, Gang Mamak team. Though was expecting Nicholas Chan’s name in this list. They are as follows:-
The details of the tournament can be found at this link. It is held in the famous tourist town of Malacca!
It is very likely that most of the chess players may just walk-in during the morning registration on Saturday, 6th February 2010. Best of luck to all players! Enjoy your game!
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Chess Reinstated In Schools!

Tonight’s TV3 News at 8pm, 4 February 2010 has announced that the Deputy Prime Minister has reinstated the 11 sports in schools that were axed with an additional allocation of RM89 million. With this announcement, chess in school program should be reinstated and long live chess in MSSM. Yay!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Weekend Chess Activities (6-7 February 2010)

image This coming weekend promises to be another busy weekend for chess in Malaysia. There will be four concurrent chess activities for the weekend.

The four activities are as follows:

a.First Saturday Classical Chess. Feb 6 and 7. Venue Excel Chess Academy. Click here for details;
b. MMU Malacca International Chess Open 2010. Feb 6 and 7. Venue MMU Bukit Beruang, Malacca. Click here for details;
c. KL Grand Prix 2010, Card Room of the Royal Selangor Club at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. First Leg: 6-7 February 2010. Click here for details; and                                                                            d. SMK Seri Putra Chess Open in Ipoh, Perak. 7 February 2010. Click here for details.

If you prefer the classical chess time control of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment, which is the standard time control for FIDE Rated tournament, then go for the First Saturday Classical Chess tournament that is being organised by the Excel Chess Academy.

If you  prefer a slightly shorter time control, then you may prefer to go for the KL Grand Prix 2010 at the Royal Selangor Club where they will use the 45 minutes time control.

If you prefer going out of the Klang Valley or Kuala Lumpur area, then you might go for the MultiMedia University Malacca International Chess Open 2010 held in Bukit Beruang, Malacca. I hear that they will use the same 45 minutes time control for the tournament but nothing has firmed up yet. It all depends on the arbiter’s decision, though when the tournament director was consulted, he did say, three rounds on the first day and four rounds on the second day.

If your home town is in Perak, you might decide to drop by Ipoh and join the chess open tournament held by a secondary school there on the 7th February 2010.

So take your pick! It is a chess player’s paradise. You can choose which to go to.

Further ahead, there will be a Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010 on the 15-17 February 2010 and to be played at CitiTel, MidValley, Kuala Lumpur. Click here for details. This is a friendly chess challenge between two neighbouring countries to gauge each country’s strength in the field of chess. Based on rankings, Malaysia is located at number 67 and Singapore at 59, if I am not mistaken.

If you look  still further ahead, there will be a team event called the “Pertandingan Catur Terbuka Piala Tun Syed Zahiruddin” on the  28 February 2010 at the Ninth College, University of Malaya, KL. Further details at this link .

Have a wonderful chessing weekend! Keep on playing chess, people!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A New FIDE-rated Chess Tournament

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There is a new FIDE-rated chess tournament that is being organised by INSOFAR Chess Academy that will be held once in two weeks on a Thursday night.
If you are a full weekend person and wish to have it for the family, then the alternative is to use your week nights for catching up with some chess play.
It is very unique and allows a person another avenue for reaching his ambition or goals of a FIDE rating.
You may read the details of this unique chess tournament at this link.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Chess In Malaysia - Introduction

Malaysia is a fairly small country in the South East Asian region where chess is becoming more popular among its populace. Currently, it is ranked 67th in the world in terms of its average rating of its ten most highly ranked players.It is behind Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore in this respect. While Malaysia is ahead in ranked when compared to countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei and South Korea. Surprisingly, Malaysia does not have a grandmaster yet, though it does have 5 International Masters, 7 FIDE Masters and 18 titled players amongst its rank.
At the moment, Indonesia could not be located on the listing, though I have a feeling that Indonesia should be ranked above Malaysia as it has a number of grandmasters amongst its chess fraternity.
The Malaysian Chess Federation is the leading chess organisation in Malaysia that is spearheading activities in Malaysia and has the Dato' Arthur Tan Chess Centre (DATCC) as its nerve center for chess activities. Nevertheless, the various state and club chess associations do conduct their own activities and tournaments in their own states or area. At the same time, one will find quite a few of the sprouting chess academies in Malaysia are also conducting their own chess tournaments and training for the benefit of the chess fraternity. There is a strong need to satisfy chess lovers and enthusiasts with some weekend activities in order to satiate their appetite for playing chess.
I am among the many that has been hit by the chess bug and an ardent follower of the various sprouting chess activities in the country. Chess is gradually snow balling into a bigger sport with more and more chess activities appearing by the day.
I hope to capture that spirit of enthusiasm for chess in the coming months on this blog and report them as it happens for the benefit of Malaysian chess lovers.