Sunday, January 30, 2011

Upcoming Chess Tournaments 2011

image31 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are a few upcoming chess tournaments for chess enthusiasts to consider in their chess calendar for the year:-

> Percawi chess: The Kuala Lumpur FT Chess Association (Percawi) will organise the Percawi City Day age group open (under-18 open and under-18 girls’ open) at the Pusat Kecemerlangan Sukan Cochrane in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 1. Six rounds, 30-minute time control games. Entry fee is RM15, inclusive of one-year Percawi junior membership. Closing date is Jan 31. To register, contact Collin Madhaven (tel: 016-212 3578), Azwan (tel: 019-278 8471) or Najib Wahab (tel: 016-338 2542). Click here for details.

> Cerdik chess: The Cerdik Catur Enterprise will organise its second Cerdik Catur tournament at the Datuk Arthur Tan Chess Centre, Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 5. Seven rounds, 25-minute time control games. Entry fees are RM25 (adults) and RM20 (school children). To register, contact Fadli Zakaria (tel: 014-231 2370 or Click here for details

>* 2nd Uptown Shah Alam Chess, 3rd February 2011, 9 pm, Click here for details. (Postponed to 19th February 2011, 9 pm, same venue)

> The Kelantan State Chess Association is organising an all-Kelantanese Chess Closed 2011 to be held 4-5 February 2011, Kuala Krai, Kelantan. If you qualify to enter, click here for details.

>USM One Malaysia Chess Open 2011, 20 February 2011, Venue: Main Hall, USM Engineering, Nibong Tebal, Penang. Click here for details.

>DATCC Chess Calendar Program 1stQ, 2011. Click here for details.

>INSOFAR Chess Calendar Program 2011. Click here for details.

>MCF Chess Calendar Program 2011. Click here for details.

Nakamura Wins Tata Steel 2011

GM Hikaru Nakamura, US, winner of Tata Steel Chess 2011

31 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Hikaru Nakamura drew his last round 13th at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 and with that he scored 9 points from 13 rounds of play and wins the tournament. reports that Hikaru Nakamura won the 2011 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. In the last round the American grandmaster drew with Black against Wang Hao from China. His main rival Vishy Anand from Indian also drew his game with Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Wang Hao, the solitary Asian representative in Group A ended in 10th position and scored 6.0 points.

In the B group Luke McShane and David Navara drew, and will both be invited for the A group next year. Both Asian GMs Wesley So and Le Quang Liem ended in 4th and 5th positions with 7.5 points each. While Li Chao of China ended in 9th position with 6.0 points.

Daniele Vocaturo won the C group after drawing with Ilya Nyzhnyk in the last round. Meanwhile Kateryna Lahno finished third with 8.0 points and Tania Sachdev in 9th position with 6.5 points.








Wong Jianwen Wins Renegade

Wong Jianwen, Winner of Renegade Rapid Weekender 30 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a picture of the final results of the Renegade Rapid Weekender at DATCC held today over seven rounds of Swiss System pairings. Wong Jianwen (picture left) was declared today’s Renegade Champion.

Wong Jianwen won by scoring 6.5 points from seven rounds of play. Second was Lim Zhou Ren, third was Kamalarifin Wahiduddin, fourth Mark Siew, fifth Low Jun Jian. All four players (2nd to fifth placing) scored 6 points each. In sixth place was Nor Ilhamuddin Shaikh Ali with 5.5 points.

The Best U-1600 went to Norizzudin Afendi Norazman with 5 points. The Best U-1400 rating went to Anis Fariha Saleh with 4.5 points, while the Best U-12 went to Ng Jen Sheng and Best Lady went to Nithayalakshmi Sivanesan with 4 points. The  Best Unrated player went to Mohd Ezmi Mahmood with 4 points. 
(Picture courtesy of Fiq’s Blog, GiLoCatur’s son)

Wong JianWen Leads Into Final Round, Renegade

Mark Siew vs Wong Jianwen, courtesy of 30 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Today is the Renegade Weekender at DATCC and about 90 players are playing. On top board was Mark Siew Kit Tze against Wong Jianwen (picture left, courtesy of Both have 5 points from the earlier five rounds. 

However in the sixth round, Wong Jianwen prevailed and is the sole leader with 6.0 points going into the seventh final round of today’s seven-round Swiss-System rapid.
Wow, just saw that Fikri Saleh beat Norazman Ismail on board 7! That must be some good news to Saleh Abdul Latif (aka GiLoCatur blogger). Not so good for Sumant losing to Chan Sheng Yip on second board. NM Kamalarifin Wahiduddin overcoming Norizzudin Afendi Norazman on third board. Ilhamuddin wins against Tan Yong Zhao, Lim Zhou Ren wins, Low Jun Jian wins.
Best of luck to the top 10 players of today’s tournament. May the force be with you!
(picture courtesy of

Saturday, January 29, 2011


30th January 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here is the video report of round 12, Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 courtesy of Tata Steel Chess organisers and moderated by Bianca Muhren.

To see more video reports, please go to Tata Steel Chess videos or click here.


Carlsen Wins, Nakamura Draws, 12th Rd, Tata Steel Chess

30 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Carlsen wins the 12th round while Nakamura draws his game against Kramnik at the Tata Steel Chess at Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

The official Tata Steel website reported that with the frontrunners in the 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament producing a series of draws, the last round but one brought hardly any change to the top of the standings in the highest group of the annual event in the resort town of Wijk-aan-Zee on Saturday.

Hikaru Nakamura of the U.S. (see picture) kept his first place after a draw with white against Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik, world champion Viswanathan Anand of India picked up half a point from his encounter with Holland’s Anish Giri to remain in second place and Armenia’s Levon Aronian remained in third after agreeing to a draw with Holland’s Erwin l’Ami.

Magnus Carlsen, however, picked up another full point scoring his third victory in as many rounds to come alongside Aronian in an impressive dash to the finish.

The Norwegian former Boy Wonder played white in an advance Caro-Kann against China’s Wang Hao (see picture), who complained afterwards that he “couldn’t focus on the game. I just felt too tired.” The opening led to the kind of closed position in which white typically mounts an attack on the K-side while black looks for counter play on the other side of the board. In this game, white came first. “In fact, Wang didn’t get any counter play at all,” Carlsen said. “He should have taken counter measures before I castled, playing Qb6 for instance, but he never got round to it. The resulting position with the bishops’ pair and a clear plan just favoured white.”

“After he actually even closed the position with 17…c4, I got an automatic attack for free. I guess he missed my idea with 19.Bg4. I think he probably expected he could defend against my intentions along the h-file. He couldn’t.” After (see diagram) 29.Bf6 Wang resigned in view of 29…gxf6 30.exf6 Rxf6 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Rh7+ Kg6 33.Qg8+ Kf5 34.Rh5+ Ke4 35.Qg4+ Kd3 36.Qd1+ Ke4 37.Qb1 mate.

Asked whether he was prepared to comment on the game for the press at a news conference, Carlsen replied he felt “that wasn’t really called for after such an easy win.”



To read more of the round 12 happenings, please click here.


(pictures courtesy of Tata Steel Chess, Results of Round 12 courtesy of Susan Polgar’s website and Standings courtesy of Tata Steel Chess)


29 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here is the latest video report of the round 11, Tata Steel Chess Tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

To see more video reports, please go to Tata Steel Chess videos or click here.

Games Of Hikaru Nakamura, Le, Vocatura – Rd 11, Tata Steel Chess

Aronian walking past Carlsen vs Kramnik 

Pix 1. Levon Aronian walking past Carlsen vs Kramnik’s table. ( A photo by Fred Lucas, Tata Steel Chess)

29 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are one game each of Groups A, B and C of the ongoing Tata Steel Chess Tournament during round 11 yesterday. For Group A is the winning game of Hikaru Nakamura against Ian Nepomiachtchi, while for Group B is the winning game of Le Quang Liem of Vietnam against Jon Ludvig Hammer and for Group C is the winning game of Daniel Vocatura against the strong woman GM Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine.

image Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura, Rd 11, Group A, Tata Steel Chess 2011

[Event "73rd Tata Steel GMA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2011.01.28"] [Round "11"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2733"] [BlackElo "2751"] [PlyCount "88"] [EventDate "2011.01.14"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. c4 e6 6. Nc3 Ne7 7. Nge2 Bg4 8. f3 Bf5 9. Ng3 Bg6 10. Bg5 Qb6 11. Qd2 Nd7 12. a3 f6 13. Be3 Qb3 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Qxd5 16. Rc1 Nb6 17. Ne2 fxe5 18. dxe5 Qxe5 19. Bd4 Qc7 20. Qg5 Bf5 21. g4 hxg4 22. fxg4 Be4 23. Rh3 Be7 24. Qxg7 Rh7 25. Qe5 Qxe5 26. Bxe5 Bxh4+ 27. Ng3 Nd7 28. Bd4 Bf3 29. g5 Bg4 30. g6 Rh6 31. Rxh4 Rxh4 32. Rc3 Bf3 33. Rxf3 Rxd4 34. Bh3 Ne5 35. Rf6 Nd3+ 36. Ke2 Nf4+ 37. Ke3 e5 38. Rf7 Rd3+ 39. Ke4 Rxg3 40. Bd7+ Kd8 41. Bf5 Nxg6 42. Rg7 Rb8 43. b4 b5 44. Bxg6 Rg5 0-1

image Le Quang Liem-Vietnam


[Event "73rd Tata Steel GMB"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2011.01.28"] [Round "11"] [White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Black "Le, Quang Liem"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A15"] [WhiteElo "2647"] [BlackElo "2664"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2011.01.14"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 c5 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Nc6 7. Nc2 O-O 8. Be2 d6 9. O-O a6 10. Be3 Rb8 11. f3 Be6 12. Qd2 Nd7 13. Rab1 f5 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. Rbc1 Qa5 16. Qd5+ Kh8 17. Qxa5 Nxa5 18. Nd4 Nc6 19. Nxf5 gxf5 20. Rfd1 f4 21. Bf2 Nc5 22. b3 Ne6 23. Bd3 Bd4 24. Be4 Bxf2+ 25. Kxf2 Nc5 26. Bd5 Nb4 27. Ke2 Rf5 28. Rd2 Rh5 29. Kf1 Rxh2 30. Kg1 Rh6 31. Re1 e5 32. Red1 Rd8 33. Ne4 Nxd5 34. Nxc5 Ne3 35. Re1 b5 36. cxb5 axb5 37. Nd3 Rg8 38. Nb4 Nf5 39. Rc1 Nd4 0-1

Lahno vs Vocatura, Rd 11, Group C image

[Event "73rd Tata Steel GMC"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2011.01.28"] [Round "11"] [White "Vocaturo, Daniele"] [Black "Lahno, Kateryna"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B07"] [WhiteElo "2570"] [BlackElo "2518"] [PlyCount "137"] [EventDate "2011.01.14"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 a6 5. Be2 Bg7 6. h4 h5 7. f3 Nbd7 8. Qd2 b5 9. Nh3 Bb7 10. Ng5 e6 11. a4 b4 12. Nd1 a5 13. Nf2 Qe7 14. O-O-O Nb6 15. b3 Nfd7 16. Kb1 c5 17. Bb5 O-O-O 18. Qe2 cxd4 19. Bxd4 Bxd4 20. Rxd4 e5 21. Rd2 f6 22. Ngh3 d5 23. Ba6 d4 24. Qb5 Qc5 25. Nd3 Qxb5 26. Bxb5 Rdg8 27. Nhf2 Kc7 28. f4 Kd6 29. Re1 Nf8 30. Nh3 Ne6 31. Rf2 Rf8 32. g3 Nc7 33. Ref1 exf4 34. Rxf4 Ke7 35. e5 Nbd5 36. exf6+ Rxf6 37. Rxf6 Nxf6 38. Ndf4 Be4 39. Bd3 Bxd3 40. cxd3 Rg8 41. Rc1 Ncd5 42. Rc5 Kd6 43. Rxa5 Re8 44. Ng5 Re1+ 45. Kc2 Nxf4 46. gxf4 Nd5 47. Kd2 Rh1 48. Ra6+ Kd7 49. Nf3 Nxf4 50. Rf6 Ne6 51. Rxg6 Rf1 52. Ne5+ Kd6 53. Nc6 Kxc6 54. Rxe6+ Kd5 55. Rb6 Rh1 56. Rxb4 Rh2+ 57. Kc1 Rxh4 58. a5 Rh1+ 59. Kb2 Kc5 60. Rb8 Rh2+ 61. Ka3 Rh1 62. b4+ Kc6 63. Kb2 Kc7 64. Rb5 h4 65. a6 Rh2+ 66. Kb3 Rd2 67. Kc4 Ra2 68. Rb7+ Kd6 69. Rh7 1-0


Friday, January 28, 2011

Hikaru Sole Leader Of Group A, Tata Steel Chess

Hikaru Nakamura 29 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Hikaru Nakamura wins with black against Ian Nepomniachtchi and takes sole lead after the 11th round of Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011.
Mark Crowthers of TWIC reported that Hikaru Nakamura has put himself in a strong position to win his first elite tournament when he went to 8/11 by defeating Russian Champion Ian Nepomniachtchi with the black pieces. World Champion Viswanthan Anand was held by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as was Levon Aronian by Ruslan Ponomariov. Magnus Carlsen ground down Vladimir Kramnik on the black side of a Catalan. The remaining games were drawn.
The Tata Steel Chess website reported that Hikaru Nakamura of the U.S. (see picture) took the smallest possible lead on India’s Viswanathan Anand in the dash to the finish of the 73rd annual Tata Steel Chess Tournament Friday. While the world champion settled for a draw with black against France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in eleventh-round action, the American grandmaster, also playing black, handed in a victory against Russian national champion Ian Nepomniashchi. That meant that, with just two more rounds to go, Nakamura was back on top of the standings with 8 points for a tournament record of six wins, four draws and one loss. Anand, unbeaten with four wins and seven draws to his name, followed at half a point.
Nakamura, who opted for the advance variation of the Caro-Kann in the encounter with Nepomniashchi, told reporters afterwards that although he ”had recently lost a game with this line against (Russia’s Peter) Svidler,” he “vaguely remembered that (former world champion Anatoly) Karpov suggested some time ago 7…Bg4” as an improvement and “so I decided it was worth a try.” As a result, Nakamura came out of the opening with a better position than in the game against Svidler.
Nepomniashchi sacrificed a pawn with (see diagram) 17. Ne2, where 17. exf6 would have given him equal play, but, Nakamura said, “that was not enough for him, apparently. People may say I’m an aggressive player but it was clear ‘Nepo’ was the one out for a kill today.“
Seven moves later, however, the Russian champion went wrong with (see diagram) 24.Qxg7, where, according to Nakamura, he should have played 24.Qe3 Bd5 25.h5 0-0-0 26.Nc3 with an unclear position. “He seems to have missed that after 24…Rh7 he could not go 25.Bxb6 because 25…Bxh4+ would have lost him his queen,” Nakamura explained. As the game went, Nepomniashchi tried 25.Qe5 but that led to an ending in which Nakamura coasted to victory on his 44th, an exchange and two pawns up.
“I’m happy with the result,” Nakamua said. “I played very well today, but there’s two rounds left and I’m not quite there yet. I play (Russia’s Vladimir) Kramnik on Saturday and he is a former world champion and all that. But I’m not concerned: I’m on form and I’ll have white.”
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Team Tournaments

The Star Online28 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – In today’s The Star Online portal, SS Quah discusses the spirit of camaderie and having fun at prevailing team chess tournaments. He briefly touched on the recently concluded University Science Malaysia (USM) Team Chess Tournament held in Penang and the meeting of new and old friends.

Apparently the university has a chess and bridge club and the students organise the annual chess individual and team tournaments to earn credits for their co-curriculum activity, as a result, the chess community benefits from this annual chess event held by the chess club. Keep it up guys! Good work!

The ongoing Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands was also highlighted by the article. It has some of the big names in chess with three groups (A, B, C)  of 14 grandmasters competing in a single round robin format chess tournament.

To read more of the newspaper article at The Star Online portal, please click here.

You may read more of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 at its official website or click here. Or you may see it on this blog, please click here to see the Tata Steel Chess posts.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kramnik shows his win against l'Ami In Two Video Parts

27 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur - In the ninth round of Group A, Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011, Kramnik won his game against l'Ami and this video courtesy of chess vibes shows Kramnik demonstrating to the audience his interesting win in just 23 moves. The video report are in two parts as shown below.

Or you may go to to watch the videos or click here.

Video Report Of Rest Day 2 2011 Of Tata Steel Chess Tournament

27 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here is the video report of the recent rest day 2 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 last Monday, 24th January 2011 at Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Watch the interviews of Tania Sachdev and Kateryna Lahno in this video report courtesy of Tata Steel Chess organisers and moderated by Bianca Muhren.

To see more video reports, please go to Tata Steel Chess videos or click here.


27 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here is a video report of the Round 10 happenings of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Video is courtesy of Tata Steel Chess organisers and moderated by Bianca Muhren.

To see more video reports, please go to Tata Steel Chess videos or click here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Anand, Nakamura Win, Carlsen Lost, Rd 10, Tata Steel

27 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are the round 10 results of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Netherlands held last night.

Chessvibes reported that going into the third and final rest day, again the names of Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura can be found at the top of the Tata leaderboard. The World Champion beat Alexei Shirov while the American grandmaster defeated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Magnus Carlsen suffered his second loss, against Ian Nepomniachtchi.




Here is the game viewer of the tenth round game between Anand and Shirov of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011, Netherlands. By move 25, white checks the black king 25.Bxf7+, winning the black rook on e8. And Shirov resigned.


Carlsen’s 10th round loss to Ian Nepomniachtchi during the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

DATCC Programme 1st Quarter 2011

26 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The management of DATCC has recently updated their First Quarter (Jan.-March) Calendar of chess events at DATCC for 2011. At the same time, a word from the new mangament of DATCC on DATCC and its calendar of events is posted below the calendar of activities.


Bloggers and Friends

Foremost, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you for the recent publicity and write up that you have provided in your blog to assist us in advertising events, activities and programs that will be conducted in DATCC. Your assistance have indeed helped to further promote DATCC as the leading chess center in the country. Thank you again!

Since I last sent you the DATCC Calendar for Quarter 1, there were some changes made and information/events added  to the calendar, which also incorporates some other events including MCF events that has been made known to me. Again, I hope that you can share this calendar with your readers and blog followers or alternatively, direct them to our blog site to help promote our events, and other chess events around the country.

Some of the changes made, additions added are as follows. At the same time, I would also like to get your feedback on certain events/programs that we would like to conduct at DATCC, to weigh whether it is a worthwhile event to run – timing and feasibility wise. Again, appreciate your time to help and assist.

1) The FIDE Rated event which was planned to start in February (1 game per week) has been cancelled. The period is too long and I doubt I can get players to commit for 9 weeks to complete a FIDE Rated Event. I believe 3 weeks stretch (with alternate weekends) maybe a more acceptable option. I welcome suggestions from you guys.

2) If there is an Individual FIDE Rated Event, it will probably start sometime in April, just before the CAS Selangor Open scheduled during the Labor Day weekend

3) The Team FIDE Rated Event – 4th KL Chess League, is scheduled to start in June/July

4) Lim Chong Memorial Event is scheduled for 27th March 2011. The event is to honor and remember Lim Chong, chess journalist/player who has been a part of the chess community for more than 20 years. The guest of honor for the event shall be Jan Lim, Lim Chong’s wife and is expected to be attended by Lim Chong’s former colleagues from NST and BERNAMA.

5) The venue for National Closed has yet to be determined but DATCC has offered its playing hall for MCF to host the event.

Please do not hesitate to contact me as per my contact details below should you have questions, inquiries, clarifications, suggestions, feedback, etc. You can also go to our blog site to check out the events that we have – we have added more pages to the blog site!

Thank you and Warm Regards

Najib Abdul Wahab


Program Manager/Coordinator

Tel: +6016 338 2542


Lahno Draws, Tania and Vocatura Wins In Group C

Lahno vs  Dariusz Swiercz, 1/2-1/2 Kateryna Lahno

25 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are three games of Group C, round 8 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands.


The game between Lahno and Bluvshtein ended in a draw and can be viewed via the game viewer below. The Ruy Lopez opening transpired during the game.

 Tania Sachdev


Tania managed a win in the 8th round against Ivanisevic of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament of Group C.

Daniele Vocaturo

Here is the game viewer of the leading player of Group C, Daniele Vocaturo (pix above) playing as black in round 8 against Robin Van Kampen. Vocaturo won this game.


Vocatura currently leads Group C with 6.5 points and Lahno in second place with 5.5 points. Meanwhile Tania Sachdev is in fifth place with 4.5 points behind Ivanisevic.


Round 9 Pairings, Tata Steel

Wesley So, Philippines

25th January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Monday is a rest day at Tata Steel Chess Tournament. However, round 9 will resume on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 for all three groups of grandmasters as shown below:-


Official website

Monday, January 24, 2011


25 January 2011, Kuala Lumpur – INSOFAR will be organising a chess team event this year and it begins on the 4th Feb 2011 for those in Shah Alam, on 11th February 2011 for those in DATCC, Kuala Lumpur and 12th February 2011 for AMPAC, Bandar Baru Bangi.

If you have a chess team to participate, this is one for your chess team!







(source: Mat Zaki Yeop, 017-2032051)