Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lim Chong Memorial Tournament 2012, A Message

31 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur - A message from Jan Lim, wife of late Lim Chong.

Dear friends, chess fraternity, Lim Chong’s former colleagues, classmates & relatives,

It was heart warming and touching to see so many of you at the 1st Lim Chong Memorial Chess Competition last year on 27 March. My son has discovered so many wonderful things about his dad through you all and personally, I have taken great solace in knowing that my late husband had great friends.   What more when I discovered that individual chess blogs write about him and how he and his chess contributions will be missed.

It will be really wonderful to see you again, and also those who missed the event, at the 2nd LCMCC on 3 June 2012 to be held  @ DAT Chess Centre, Lot 4.20CS, 4th Floor Car Park, Kompleks Wilayah, No 2, Jalan Munshi Abdullah,  50100 Kuala Lumpur.  (Please refer to attached entry form for details)

This year, we intend having a separate ‘fun’ tournament open to all members of the journalism fraternity, past and present. No doubt “The pen is mightier than the sword” but we are hoping that some sharpened skills and points can be scored by those of you who are up to a game of moves and manoeuvrings on the chequered board.  Do please email me
if you are interested.

Last year we managed to raise sufficient funds for the LCMCC which has enabled us to cover the costs for this 2nd tournament. Although we are not raising funds for this year’s event, donations are still welcome (for the next J)

So thank you to last year’s donors:
Dato’ Tan Chin Nam (Honorary Life President of The Malaysian Chess Federation)
Ho Kay Tat (now chief executive of The Star),
R Nadeswaran (special projects editor of The Sun),
Chua Huck Cheng (former Malay Mail editor, ST leader writer, now in New Zealand),
K.C. Boey (former Malay Mail editor, The Age Melbourne, now with MI copy desk) & Hannah William (sub-editor, The Age in Sydney) & Helen D’Cruz (TAFE in Sydney), IT Publications ‘alumni’ –  the Khoo Brothers: Derrik & Datuk Dan-E, Cindy Koh, Cordelia and Debbie Leon, NSTP colleagues Sheila Rahman-Natarajan, Eric Peris, Phua Eng Chye, Teoh Hock Siew, Lee Pang Seng, P. C Shivadas, Ooi Inn Leong, Padmaja
and Lim Chong’s ‘reason’ for wanting to be a journalist, “Philip Mathews, I will never forgive you.”
Methodist Boys’ Schoolmates - Jeffrey Lok, Alan Lim, Gary Ng, Johnny Wong, Ho Sook Weng, Yeo Boon Seng, and many others, including contributions from the Lim Family. International Master Tan Lian Ann gallantly paid RM500 for the Chess Cake (which he donated back for everyone  present to have a slice of) and Lena Spittle bid RM700 for the beautiful photograph by Eric Peris’ “Samadhi”, which she insisted I keep.  Kindly excuse me if I have left
anyone out.

Tea will be served at 5pm after the prize-giving.  Kindly consider this an invitation and do join us in remembering  “Mr Lim Chong – The One & Only”. (This was a sweet article at

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 3rd June 2012. Please do make the time to RSVP to me at by Sunday, 27 May  2012 (to make sure enough food!)

Thank you all.

Jan Lim (& Yue Seng)



To see the original post on this blog of the same tournament, please click here.

(source: email from Lim Tse Pin, CAS)

KaSUGI Team Scheduled At Cititel Express KL


31 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur (repost) - Here is an update on KaSUGI Team Chess Event by Cerdik Catur Enterprise. The event is now scheduled to be played at Cititel Express Kuala Lumpur at Bilik Perdana 1-4, Mezzanine Floor, No.449, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.



Registration Fees:


Registration Form:
To download registration form, please click here.

(source: Cerdik Catur,

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Anand In The Newspapers

WorldChampion Viswanathan Anand31 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The Times of India reported that with players making the Grandmaster cut at the age of 12 or 13, chess is increasingly being seen as a young man's game. But Viswanathan Anand's victory on Wednesday at the age of 42 has renewed the debate on whether age has anything to do with performance.

Anand prevailed over older rival Boris Gelfand of Israel, 43, via a tiebreaker to assert his supremacy in match play and in the process made a mockery of the rating system in the game which has 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway at the top , 28-yearold Levon Aronian of Armenia at No. 2 and teenager Fabiano Caruana of Italy at No 8.

Anand's triumph would also probably bring back the debate over the traditional match play format being out of fashion, with younger players finding it boring and unwieldy. It doesn't really matter. It is a tribute to Anand's prowess that he has mastered a format that he was not comfortable with when he was a young player himself and managed to stay on top even when the youth brigade overtook him in the ratings list over the past 12 months.

"I am relieved," Anand said after the match in Moscow. He refused to admit that he was the favourite to win the rapid tiebreaker games. "I knew I would get my chances but I don't think I was the favourite when the games started."

So what is the next stage for the fivetime World champion ? He will most probably play his next title contest at home , maybe in Chennai next year, and will have to contend with opponents in their 20s. Is age catching up with him?

"Chess is a very strenuous sport . You can see that the top players are getting younger all the time," Anand told TOI during the match. "W e have Magnus (Carlsen ) and (Fabiano ) Caruana in the top 10."

1991: Qualified for Candidates matches, beat Alexei Dreev
before losing to Anatoly Karpov
1995: Lost Fide semis to Gata Kamsky, lost PCA final to Garry
1997: Lost Fide final to Karpov via tiebreak in Lausanne
2000-01 : beat Alexei Shirov in Teheran for Fide knockout title
2001: Lost to Ivanchuk in Fide knockout semis
2005: Finished second in tournament format at San Luis
behind Veselin Topalov.
2007: Won in tournament format at Mexico for unified title
2008: beat Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany, to be
undisputed champ
2010: beat Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria
2012: beat Boris Gelfand in Moscow via tiebreak.
* Has been world champion since 2007

To read more, please visit this link here.

23rd Selangor Juniors’ Open Chess Tournament 2012

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30 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The Chess Association of Selangor (CAS) is organising the 23rd Selangor Juniors’ Open Chess Tournament 2012 on the 1st July 2012 (Under-10 and Under-14), 8th July 2012 (Under-12 and Under-16) at Arthur Tan Chess Center, Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur.

Under-10 and Under-14 Categories:


Under-12 and Under-16 Categories:


Entry Forms:




Enquiries: En. Mat Zaki @ 017 – 203 2051, Mr. Yeoh @ 012 – 619 9816 OR Mr. Lim @ 012 – 298 4922.

(source: Lim Tse Pin, Sec-Gen CAS)

Anand wins World Championship 2012


The above rapid game 2 was the winning game between Anand-Gelfand after ending in a draw 6-6 at the end of the 12 classical times. reported that Viswanathan Anand is World Chess Champion 2012 after he defeated Boris Gelfand in the final match played in Moscow.

With equal score in the classical games (1 win and 5 draws each) the tournament was decided in a tiebreak. Anand won rapid game 2 which proved enough to retain the title he has held from Mexico 2007, Bonn 2008, and Sofia 2010. Congratulations to Anand!

Roshan Way Ahead!

Roshan Ajeet Singh1 - MAS 

30 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In the National Closed Championship 2012 has been sealed tight by Roshan Ajeet Singh with another major win in the 8th round giving him an unassailable 8 points from 8 rounds!!

We salute you, Roshan! A new king has arrived! Roshan has won this tournament and he can afford to lose the last round tomorrow morning. His performance is an unbelievable 2764!! He is out of this world. He is most certainly the next National Master (NM).


Roshan’s Performance:


To see more results, please visit or click here.

National Close Championship 2012, Roshan Leads

30 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here are the latest round 7 results of the ongoing National Closed Championship 2012 at Arthur Tan Chess Center, Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sabak Bernam Chess Open–Full Results

30 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the full results of winners of the recently concluded Sabak Bernam Fest 2012 held last Sunday, 27 May 2012.

Asian Master Ahmad Fadzil Nayan won the Open Category. He scored 6.5 points from 7 rounds of rapid play. While second went to Fikri b Saleh and third went to Kamaluddin Yusof.

In the Under-12 category, first and champion was Fahih Al-Faqeh b Saleh, second Raja Bazil and third Muhammad Fatihin.

In the under-18 category was won by Laila Husna b Sahadi, second, Mohd Amirudin b Buang and third, Anish Fariha bt. Saleh.

In the Open Sabak Bernam residents category – Champion was Roslan Sulaiman, second, Ahmad Firdaus and third Abdul Rahim Rais.


Final Standing of Open Category:


Well done to all winners. In particular to the family of Saleh b Latif (aka Gilocatur blogger) as his family members including himself all went away with a winning prize. Fikri, second in open, Anis Fariha third in Under-18 and Fahim being number 1 in Under-12 and dad, Saleh with number 7 in the Sabak Bernam residents category.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

National Closed 2012, Rounds 1-2 Results

28 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here are the rounds 1 and 2 results of the National Closed Chess Championship 2012 for the Open category. Yeoh Li Tian has won both his rounds.

Round 2 Results:


Round 1 Results:


Khairunnisa’ Wahidduddin is chief arbiter for this year’s National Closed 2012.

Insofar Combined Tournament June 2012

28 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the announcement for the upcoming June Insofar Combined Tournament 2012 slated for 17th June 2012.




JUNE 2012


-RAPID OPEN (fees RM20)



Fees RM20 - Qualified for Rapid Open prizes only

Fees RM50 – Qualified for both prizes (Rapid Open &

Scholarship prizes)

SUNDAY 17th JUNE 2012

PLACE :DATCC, Wilayah Complex, KL

TIME: 9.00am – 6.00pm(check attendance at 9am)

All players will play in the same one tournament

Time Control:25 minutes Swiss 7 Rounds

SMS Full name to



Priority to those bank in fees earlier.

No walk-in registration will be accepted

NOTE: Juniors are encouraged to participate in Jalan Davidson Youth Open, which is on the same date.




Saturday, May 26, 2012

China, India and Vietnam Win Asian Nations Honors


27 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The Asian Nations Cup Team Chess Championship 2012 has concluded and Casto Abundo reports the final round 9 happenings and the final winners of the Asian Nations Cup – China.

Round 9

Download PGN file
Download games in pgn file for
Men and Women.

Watch Live Games
Follow top board games live for Men and Women.

Photo Album
many photos in Asian Chess Federation site.

Video Reports
Watch videos of rounds: Rd1, Rd2, Rd3, Rd 4, Blitz,

Results & Standings
Round by round results in

The Highlights

WGM Pham Le Thao N
VIE 2390

Sukandar-Pham Le Thao N. after 39...Re5-e1+ 0:1

WIM Chelsie Monica S.
iNA 2181

Chelsie-PhamBN after 47.Rd7-h7 1:0

Atousa Pourkashiyan
WGM IRI 2336

Atousa-Khasanova after 34.Qc6-e6+ 1:0

WIM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh
IRI 2284

Dauletova-Sarasadat after 34.Qc7xf7? The game continued 34...e3! winning the White Knight. Black won on the 57th move.0:1

GM Harika Dronavalli
IND 2508

Harika-Zhai Mo after 24.Re5-e8+ 1:0

China, India and Vietnam Win Honors

Already champion after round 8, China-1 continued its dominance, beating Mongolia 3½:½ to finish with 17 match points.

India blanked Iraq 4:0 to cement their silver finish with 15 points. From left are GMs Krishnan Sasikiran, Abhijeet Gupta, Parimarjan Negi, Hari Krishna Pentala and Gopal Geetha Narayanan.

The Vietnam men's team with Chief Arbiter Gao Zhiqian.
     Vietnam shut out Hong Kong 4:0 to win the bronze Nations Cup. It was decided at the Technical Meeting that three teams from different countries shall win Asian Nations trophies.
China-2 kept pace, beating Chinese Taipei by a 4:0 shutout to finish higher with 13 points. Iran worked hard to earn its 3½:½ victory over Kazakhstan. Singapore whitewashed Yemen by the same 3½:½ score. And Indonesia beat Korea 3:1    

The Chinese team with new Chinese Chess Association president Yang Jun’an (right).
In the women’s division, China-1, already champion after round 8, beat Mongolia by a similar 3½:½ score as their male compatriots.

India beat China-3 by 2½:1½ on the win by GM Harika Dronavalli as the other three boards were drawn.

The Vietnamese Women's team with Asian Chess Federation Deputy President Casto Abundo and Chief Arbiter Gao Zhiqian.
Vietnam edged Indonesia 2½:1½ on wins by Pham Le Thao and Pham Bich Ngoc.
China-2 blanked Singapore 4:0 to tie India at 14 points. Iran tried to land in the medal standings as they beat Kazakhstan 3:1. Iran tied Vietnam at 8 match points each but in game points tie break had 16½ game points. Vietnam won the tie with 18 game points.
China-3 had higher final score of 11 match points but as decided at the Technical Meeting that three teams from different countries shall win Asian Nations trophies, the bronze Nations Cup was won by Vietnam.

  Editor: Casto Abundo  Photos by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh

National Closed 2012, 1st Round Pairings

26 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Yeoh Li Tian, the top seed of the National Closed Chess Championship 2012 will meet Yap Egin Darrel on top board tomorrow morning. 52 players have registered for this tournament.

For the women, WCM Nur Nabila, the top seed for the Women’s category, will meet Chuah Yi Ning on top board tomorrow. 18 women players are registered for this category.

Open Round 1 Pairings:


Women’s Category Round 1 Pairings:


To see more pairings, please visit or click here.

Anand – Gelfand, Game 11, World Championship


Standings Anand – Gelfand:  5 - 5image

World Chess Championship 2012 (Moscow RUS)
Fri 11th May 2012 - Wed 30th May 2012 - Official Site

World Championship (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN:Games | Live

China Men, Women clinch Gold. India Men get Silver, Asian Nations


26 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the latest round-up report from Casto Abundo in China on the Asian Nations Cup Chess Championship 2012. China wins Gold and India Men win Silver.


Round 8

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Download games in pgn file for Men and Women.

Watch Live Games
Follow top board games live for Men and Women.

Photo Album
See many photos in Asian Chess Federation site.

Video Reports
Watch videos of rounds: Rd1, Rd2, Rd3, Rd 4, Blitz

Results & Standings
Round by round results in

The Highlights

IM Kevin Goh
SIN 2426

Li Chao-Goh after 45...Bb6-e3 0:1

GM Le Quang Liem
VIE 2703

after 24.Nc3-d5 1:0

GM Nguyen Truong Son
VIE 2656

Kazhgalevev-Truong Son after 66...Qf4-h4+ 0:1

IM Nguyen Duc Hoa
VIE 2496

after 45.Rf5-g5+ 1:0

WIM Anjela Khegay
SIN 2184

Zhai Mo-Keghay after 42...Qd2xf2 0:1

China Men, Women clinch Gold. India Men get Silver

The Vietnam men's team receiving their Cup for winning the Asian Blitz Team Championship.

China-1 narrowly beat Singapore 2½-1½ as IM Kevin Goh upset Chinese GM Li Chao. Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi countered to give China 2 wins. The top board game between Singapore GM Zhang Zhong and Wang Yue ended in a draw after almost five hours of play..

India inched closer to the leader after crushing Mongolia 3½-½ on wins by GMs Hari Krishna, Negi and Gopal. The board 1 game between GM Sasikiran of India and IM Gundavaa was drawn.

Vietnam also smashed Kazakhstan by a similar 3½-½ slate on wins by GMs Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Truong Son and IM Nguyen Duc Hoa. Kazakhstan's IM Kiril Kuderinov held GM Dao Thien Hai to a draw on board 4 to prevent a shutout.

In other matches, China-2 blanked Hong Kong 4:0, Iran whitewashed Korea 3½-½, Iraq also crushed rival Yemen 3½-½ and Indonesia blanked Chinese Taipei 4:0.
With one round to spare, China-1 has won the gold and India the silver.
      Match points after 8 rds

15 - China
13 - India
11 - China-2
10 - Vietnam
9 - Iran, Kazakhstan, Iraq

8 - Singapore, Mongolia, Indonesia
5 - Korea, Yemen
2- Hong Kong
0 - Chinese Taipei

China-1 won the crucial match with India..
In the women’s division, China-1 beat India 3½-½ on wins by GM Zhao Xue and WGMs Ju Wenjun and Huang Qian. WGM Mary Ann Gomes saved India from a shutout by holding Ding Yixin to a draw. The victory assured China of the gold medal.

China-2 crushed Iran by a similar 3½-½ slate on wins by WGM Tan Zhongyi, Wang Jue and Guo Qi. WIM Sarasadat held IM Wang Yu to a draw to prevent a shutout.

China-3 edged Singapore 2½-1½. Indonesia surprised Kazakhstan 3:1 and Vietnam followed suit with a 3:1 score against Mongolia. Here are match points after round 8:

16 - China-1
12 - India, China-2
11  China-3
7 - Indonesia

6 - Vietnam, Iran
5 - Kazakhstan
3 - Mongolia
2 - Singapore

Final Standings Men’s Teams (After Round 9):


Final Standings Women’s Teams (After Round 9):


(Editor: Casto Abundo  Photos by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh)