The starting rank list for the U-18 categories are shown below:-
(starting rank pictures courtesy of Saleh b Latif)
27 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – News of Boris Gelfand defeating Alexander Grischuk on the 26th May 2011 is finally sinking in. Gelfand who is 42 years, is older than Vishy Anand, the reigning World Chess Champion. Here is a five minute preview of the sixth game between Gelfand and Grischuk by the Internet Chess Club. Here is the link, click here.
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26 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At Tagatay City, Philippines, the Asian Zonals 3.3 Open and Women’s Chess Championship 2011 is ongoing.
GM Laylo Darwin leads with 3 points and met GM Cao Sang, Malaysian Open Champion 2010 in round 4 on top board earlier this afternoon.
The Sports Enquirer reported that Laylo, the 2009 Asian Zonal champion, surged on top by besting Vietnamese M. Nguyen Van Huy in the third round Wednesday.
At 2.5 points were GM John Paul Gomez and IM Rolando Nolte, who agreed to a truce in the tournament organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, and hosted by the Tagaytay City government through Mayor Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
Filipino IM Oliver Barbosa (2.5 points) is still gunning for a win against Singaporean top seed GM Zhang Zhong (2.0 points).
Here is the round 1 game of the Asian Zonal 3.3 Open Chess Championship 2011 at Tagatay City, Philippines between GM Laylo Darwin and FM Habla Jony.
[Event "ZONE 3.3 OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP"] [Site "Tagaytay City, PHI"] [Date "2011.05.24"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Laylo, Darwin"] [Black "Habla, Jony"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2516"] [BlackElo "2333"] [PlyCount "90"] [EventDate "2011.05.24"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "PHI"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Rb8 6. b3 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 Be7 8. e3 Ne4 9. O-O Nxd2 10. Nbxd2 Bf6 11. Rb1 O-O 12. b4 a6 13. Qc2 Ne7 14. Rfd1 c6 15. e4 g6 16. Nf1 Bg7 17. Ne3 Qd6 18. e5 Qd8 19. Rb3 Bd7 20. c5 Nf5 21. Qe2 Qe7 22. Bh3 Kh8 23. Ng2 Ra8 24. g4 Nh6 25. g5 Nf5 26. Nf4 h6 27. Bxf5 exf5 28. e6 Be8 29. Re3 f6 30. Nh4 Kh7 31. gxh6 Bxh6 32. Rh3 Rh8 33. Rdd3 Kg7 34. Nfg2 Bg5 35. f4 Bxh4 36. Nxh4 Rh6 37. Rdg3 Kh7 38. Qg2 Qxe6 39. Re3 Qd7 40. Qe2 Bf7 41. Re7 Re8 42. Rhe3 Rxe7 43. Rxe7 Qc8 44. Rxf7+ Kh8 45. Qe7 Rxh4 1-0
(source: fide.com and Sports Enquirer.net)
26 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a calendar of chess activities compiled from various sources (courtesy of DAT Chess Blog) for the information of chess enthusiasts.
It has been rumored that the Malaysian Chess Festival will go on as usual in August 2011 but the organisers are still putting the pieces together.
Also sources has it that coming up soon is a possible 2nd FirstGM Thematic chess event towards the third week of June 2011 by First GM. Wait for the details.
26 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – In Kazan, Russia, the sixth game of the Candidates Final generated a major win for Boris Gelfand. Grischuk played a Gruefeld Opening and ran into trouble with a novelty move by Gelfand and lost. With this win, Gelfand will get the chance to challenge the reigning World Chess Champion, GM Vishy Anand for the world title.
The official website of the tournament reported that Boris Gelfand won the last, sixth game of FIDE Candidates Matches final in Kazan against Russian Alexander Grischuk and became challenger for the World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India. In an extremely good performance Grischuk stopped his clock after move 35 and four hours playing. During the press conference, Gelfand reportedly said that he was fortunate that his opponent chose the Gruenfeld, an opening that he is very familiar.
Here is the winning sixth game between Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk at the FIDE Candidates Final in Kazan, Russia played on the 25th May 2011.
[Event "Candidates Matches"] [Site "Kazan"] [Date "2011.05.25"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2011.05.25"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 a5 11. Qe2 Bg4 12. h3 Be6 13. b3 a4 14. Rb1 axb3 15. axb3 Qc8 16. Kh2 Ra5 17. Rd1 Rh5 18. Nh4 Bf6 19. f4 Rd8 20. Qf2 Bxh4 21. gxh4 Nd5 22. Nxd5 Rhxd5 23. Bb2 Rb5 24. Qe2 Rh5 25. e4 Bxb3 26. Rdc1 Na5 27. d5 b6 28. Be5 c5 29. dxc6 f6 30. Ba1 Rc5 31. Rxc5 bxc5 32. Qb5 Qc7 33. Rxb3 Nxc6 34. e5 Nd4 35. Qc4+ 1-0
After white played 35.Qc4+, black resigned.
22 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are the final rankings and points scored for the individual played for the Malaysian contingent in Subic Bay, Philippines that had participated in the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2011.
Highest ranked achieved is Teh De Zen, with a fourth placing in the Under-10 girls category, followed by Tan Li Ting with a sixth placing in the Under-14 girls category.
The rest of the Malaysian contingent is shown below:-
Subicchess.blogspot.com reported that The Asian Youth Chess Championship saw a total domination by India to win 10 gold medals out of a possible 12! The other two gold medals were taken by Philippines and Iran in the Under 16 Open and Under 12 Open respectively.
22 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At Kazan, Russia, the final between Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand continues with its drawing ways. Three games and three draw results. Today is a rest day and tomorrow, Monday, 23 May 2011, the game 4 begins.
Here is the third game between Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk which ended in a draw after 14 moves.
[Event "Candidates Matches"] [Site "Kazan"] [Date "2011.05.21"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [PlyCount "27"] [EventDate "2011.05.21"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Qb3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 O-O 9. g3 b5 10. Qxb5 Nd7 11. Bg2 c5 12. O-O Rb8 13. Qa4 a5 14. dxc5 1/2-1/2
22 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The next upcoming chess event for Insofar Chess Academy is 12th June 2011 at DATCC, Kuala Lumpur. It will be four events comprising of the 2nd Elite Open (Quarter Final), Under-10 Rapid, 2nd Elite Open (semi-final) and 5th Junior Scholarship Tournament.
(source: Mat Zaki Yeop, 017-2032051)
17 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are two games from the Candidates Match 2011 in Kazan, Russia. Grischuk beats Kramnik in a crucial playoff tiebreak after two earlier drawn games. This means Grischuk will progress to the finals to meet Boris Gelfand.
TWIC reported that Alexander Grischuk showed amazing calmness under pressure to progress to the final of the World Chess Championship Candidates in Kazan. He defeated former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik in a blitz playoff. He will meet Boris Gelfand who finally defeated Gata Kamsky in the blitz after being extremely close to going out. The final starts on Thursday 19th May.
In the other semi-finals of the Candidates Match 2011, Boris Gelfand won easily two games against Gata Kamsky. One of the games is shown below.
The winning tie-break game between Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk is shown below. Kramnik played a fatal mistake by moving 47.Rb5 allowing Grischuk to capture the rook with his knight 47…Nxb5, game over and white resigned as black as a winning three pawns and a rook against white’s trapped pawn and a white colored bishop.
[Event "FIDE Candidates Matches 2011, Tiebreak"] [Site "Kazan/Tatarstan/Russia"] [Date "2011.05.16"] [Round "2.9"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B38"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2011.05.16"] [TimeControl "300+3"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Be2 Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. Bd3 a5 13. Rfe1 a4 14. Nd5 Nd7 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Re3 e5 17. Rh3 h5 18. Ne3 Rh8 19. Rg3 Nc5 20. Rd1 h4 21. Rh3 Bxe4 22. Bf1 Bc6 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. Qxd5 Ra6 25. Re3 Qf6 26. b4 axb3 27. axb3 Rb6 28. h3 Rxb3 29. Rxb3 Nxb3 30. Qxd6 Qxd6 31. Rxd6 Rc8 32. Rd5 Kf6 33. Rd6+ Ke7 34. Rb6 Nc5 35. g3 hxg3 36. fxg3 Rc6 37. Rb5 f5 38. Kf2 b6 39. Ke3 Rd6 40. h4 Kf6 41. Be2 g5 42. hxg5+ Kxg5 43. Kf3 Rh6 44. Rb1 Ne6 45. Kg2 Nd4 46. Bd1 Rc6 47. Rb5 Nxb5 0-1
Here is one of two winning games by Boris Gelfand against Gata Kamsky of the USA in the semi-finals of the Candidates Match 2011 in Kazan, Russia on the 16 May 2011. Gelfand had a winning pawn position in the end game. Black had five pawns to three disconnected white pawns.
[Event "FIDE Candidates Matches 2011, Tiebreak"] [Site "Kazan/Tatarstan/Russia"] [Date "2011.05.16"] [Round "2.8"] [White "Kamsky, Gata"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B33"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "100"] [EventDate "2011.05.16"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 d6 10. Be3 Qc7 11. f4 b6 12. Qf3 Bb7 13. Nb5 Qb8 14. c3 e5 15. f5 a6 16. Na3 d5 17. Nd2 Qd8 18. Bf2 d4 19. Qe2 Re8 20. Nb3 Nd7 21. Kh1 Bxa3 22. Rxa3 Nc5 23. Bc4 Na5 24. Nxa5 bxa5 25. Qh5 Qc7 26. Bd5 Bxd5 27. exd5 Ne4 28. Bg1 Qc4 29. Raa1 Qxd5 30. Rad1 d3 31. Qf3 Rad8 32. Rfe1 Nf6 33. Qxd5 Rxd5 34. c4 Rd7 35. Bb6 e4 36. c5 Rc8 37. h3 h5 38. Kg1 h4 39. Bxa5 Rxc5 40. Bc3 Rc4 41. Bxf6 gxf6 42. b3 Rb4 43. Kf2 Rd5 44. Ke3 Rxf5 45. Rc1 Rg5 46. Rc4 Rxc4 47. bxc4 Rxg2 48. c5 Re2+ 49. Rxe2 dxe2 50. Kxe2 Kf8 0-1
(games from playchess.com)
- Official – website of Candidates Matches.
16 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the latest points achieved by the Malaysian contingent at the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2011 in Subic Bay, Philippines after round 3. Most of the players have achieved at least a point each except for one girl participant.
Four players have achieved 2.0 points which include Roshan Ajeet Singh, Wong Yinn Long, Sarika Subramaniam (pix above) and Teh De Zen. The scores of all the Malaysian players are as shown in this table below:-
Round 4 Pairings:
(source: subicchess.blogspot.com, all pictures are courtesy to Mr Teh of Malaysian Contingent in Philippines.)
16 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Sumant Subramaniam was declared the champion of yesterday’s Ampang Chessmaster 2011 held in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Sumant scored 6.5 points over seven rounds and beating 105 other players.
Second, was Ian Udani, the early favorite, scored 6.0 points. Third place went to Ahmad Fadzil Nayan. Fourth, Kamaluddin Yusof, and fifth, new comer, Allan Umadhay of the Philippines.
Final Results And Winners:
Here is a report from the organisers of the Ampang Chessmaster 2011:
THE AMPANG CHESSMASTER 2011
The Ampang Chessmaster concluded yesterday with Sumant Subramiam emerging as champion after triumphing over 2 Filipino challengers in the form of Ian Udani in the penultimate round and newcomer Allan Umadhay in the last round. It is a good pick up by Sumant after his almost disastrous qualification for the SEA Games squad.
For his valiant effort, Sumant won the Ampang Chessmaster trophy and was presented the RM500 cash prize by Ampang MP, YB Zuraida Kamaruddin. 3 players tied with 6 points but based on tie break, Ian Udani came in Second after defeating Mohd Fadli Zakari a.k.a Stonemaster (who ended up 9th), Ahmad Fadzil Nayan 3rd after ousting Veteran winner, Norazman Ismail and Kamaluddin Yusoff 4th after his win over Ampang best player winner, Mohd Faizal Roslan.
Filipino Allan Umadhay, a newcomer to be reckon with, came in 5th with 3 other players who share the same points, Ahmad Rubel 6th, Rizal Kamal 7th, Kamalariffin 8th. Fadli Zakaria and Foo Chee Kin wrapped up the 9th and 10th spot.
During the announcement of the results, there was a slight error on the 5th best player for the Primary school children with Haziq Aiman Nizam being left out of the winners list. Haziq’s name was accidentally left out and in his place, Chew Zhi Xuan’s name was mentioned. Whilst the winners list and the prizes will not be changed, the organizer have apologized to the parents and moving forward, we will strive to better the process and improve the situation where such error can be minimized further or ultimately eliminated.
Next up: DATCC WARRIOR RAPID CHESS WEEKEND on Sunday, 22nd May 2011
(source: Najib Wahab, arbiter of the event)
15 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At the Subic Bay, Philippines the first round of the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2011 got underway. The early results on the official website (subicchess.blogspot.com) indicated that the Malaysian players that won the first round included Wong Jian Wen (U-16), Teh De Juan (U-10), Wong Yinn Long (U-10), Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (G-12) and Goh Jia Yi (G-8, walkover win). With the exception of Tan Yong Zhao (U-12) who managed a draw.
There are still some unfinished scores on the board and the complete picture has to wait.
15 Mei 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Satu pertandingan catur anjuran bersama Pusat Akademi Catur Utara (PACU) dan Persatuan Catur Prestij Perlis (PCPP) akan diadakan pada 28 Mei 2011 (Sabtu) di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Indra Kangar, Perlis.
Format permainan ialah jenis rapid catur atau 25 minit kawalan masa setiap seorang bagi setiap pusingan. Dijangka enam atau tujuh pusingan akan diadakan pada hari pertandingan.
Untuk keterangan lanjut, sila hubungi:
atau emel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tan Jun Feng, U-16, Open.
14 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Chess Federation has submitted a Malaysian chess contingent to the Philippines to participate in the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2011 Invitation in Subic Bay.
The Malaysian youth will be participating in the Girls and Open Categories for the U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18. The players are as listed below:-
We wish the young Malaysians the best of luck in the chess tournament and hope that they will try to bring honours and glory for the country they represent.
14 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The European Women Chess Championship 2011 is ongoing in Tbilisi, Georgia and here are two games from the tournament. One is the game between Kateryna Lahno against Sopio Nikoladze in round 1 and the second is between Viktorija Cmilyte and Marina Romanko in round 7 of the tournament.
Currently both Cmilyte and Lahno are in the top three positions. Cmilyte with 6.0 points in joint first and Lahno in third with 5.5 points. Tournament is played over 11 rounds and will end on the 18th of May 2011.
Here is the round one game between Lahno and Nikoladze of the European Women Championship 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia played on the 7th May 2011.
[Event "European Women Championship-2011"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "2011.05.07"] [Round "1"] [White "Lahno, Kateryna"] [Black "Nikoladze, Sopio"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2530"] [BlackElo "2278"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2011.05.07"] 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. a4 a6 8. Qe2 b6 9. Rd1 Qe8 10. Nd5 Bd8 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 13. Bg5 Nd7 14. Be7 c6 15. Bxf8 Nxf8 16. Ne3 g6 17. Ng4 Kg7 18. Nxe5 Qxe5 19. Rxd8 Bg4 20. Qd2 Rxd8 21. Qxd8 Qxb2 22. Rf1 b5 23. axb5 axb5 24. Bb3 Be6 25. Qd3 Bxb3 26. Qxb3 Qd4 27. Qf3 Ne6 28. c3 Qe5 29. Qe3 g5 30. h3 h5 31. Rd1 Kg6 32. Rd7 Nc5 33. Rd8 f6 34. Rg8+ Kf7 35. Rc8 Qe6 36. Rc7+ Nd7 37. Qb6 1-0
Here is the round 7 game between Viktorija Cmilyte and Marina Romanko of the European Women Championship 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
[Event "European Women Championship-2011"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "2011.05.13"] [Round "7"] [White "Cmilyte Viktorija"] [Black "Romanko Marina"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2504"] [BlackElo "2387"] [Annotator "Doe,John"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2011.05.13"] [TimeControl "120+14"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Rc1 Bb4 9. a3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 h6 11. Bh4 Qxa3 12. Qd2 b6 13. Bd3 Bb7 14. O-O Qf8 15. e4 Ne7 16. c4 Ng6 17. Bg3 Qe7 18. h4 h5 19. e5 c5 20. d5 Ngf8 21. d6 Qd8 22. Ng5 f5 23. Bxf5 exf5 24. e6 Qf6 25. exd7+ Kxd7 26. Rfe1 Re8 27. Rxe8 Kxe8 28. Re1+ Kd8 29. Re7 1-0
Official Website: http://www.tbilisi2011.ge/
14 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – For those registered and intending to join the Ampang Chessmaster 2011 tournament to be held tomorrow, 15th May 2011, the organisers has given some additional information to assist you to get there.
ahad @15may 2011ampang chessmaster 2011,
bersama ini di sertakan pelan lokasi ke satay station @ medan selera ampang waterfront, jalan bukit belacan ampang
panduan : lebih kurang 2 km daripada hotel dipalma dan berada di sebelah kiri anda..
(source: Abdul Hakim Noordin, email@example.com)