22 Aug

Chess Camp by Baku Olympians

The Malaysian Chess Federation announces the Malaysia Olympiad Chess Camp open to all. The dates are 26-28 August 2016 (Friday to Sunday).

Venue is at :

Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Hartamas,
Taman Sri Hartamas,
50480, Kuala Lumpur

The 3 days Camp is designed for chess players of all strengths and levels of experience, who want to improve their game and be trained by the Olympians. We will divide our campers into groups according to level and ability.

There are three levels and the costs are as follows:

CAMP I  is for Intermediate   (Prepare for Competition)         RM 240.00
CAMP II is  Developmental  (Excelling)           RM 240.00
CAMP III  is  SUPERCAMP     (Advanced Level)           RM 300.00

For more information and registration download the form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BygkqsNsEJmdN1FaVkVPQVB5dGM/view?usp=sharing

13 Aug

Malaysia’s team to the Baku Chess Olympiad

The list of the official team members (not in board order) of our Open and Women’s Olympiad Team Championship which will be held in Baku, Azerbaizan has been confirmed.

baku_men baku_women

From the men’s team IM Jimmy Liew, FM Ng Tze Han and Sumant Subramaniam qualified from the Malaysian Masters (Men). IM Mok Tze Meng was the Presidential pick while Kamal Abdullah substituted for IM Mas who declined his place.

For the women’s team , Alia, Li Ting, Najiha and Rifqah were the qualifiers while Nabila was the Presidential choice.

The team are now under-going training on weekends. More info are available here if you wish to join in the training.

27 May

2016 Malaysian Chess Festival

There were some signs that this year the Malaysian Chess Festival could be called off. Luckily for chess players and lovers, DAT Chess Centre has announced this festival will continue for 2016. The bad news is that the festival dates clash with the 2016 Baku Chess Olympiad in Azerbaizan making it impossible for those going to the biggest event in chess to take part in the Chess Festival.

The Festival starts on the 9th September till 19th September with events catering to the young and old. They are the Malaysian Open, Astro Merdeka Team, IGB Seniors ,Malaysia Chess Challenge, Svensen Age Group and Malaysia Day Individual Rapid. This year a new event joins the line-up, the Datin Yee Wai Fong Rapid Team Championship. This new event is a rapid team tournament for Under-12 players only.

Entry forms are now available for download at the DAT Chess Centre web site

12 Apr

11 lead at Bangkok Open

11 players are tied for the lead after Monday’s third round of the Bangkok Chess Club Open, South-East Asia’s strongest tournament of 2016, but defending BCC Open Champion Nigel Short is not one of them.
English Grandmaster Short’s title hopes are in tatters after the third round when he was beaten on the counter-attack by previously unheralded Vietnamese 21-year-old Hoang Son Dang.
FIDE Master Dang now joins 6 Grandmasters and 3 International Masters, along with one other FIDE Master, as co-leaders. The leaders include 2014 BCC Open Champion Paco Vallejo – who has already needed 215 moves to win 3 marathon games – and US rising star Awonder Liang, 13.
Monday was the tournament’s first and only day with two rounds for the 325 players from 43 countries who are competing in the 16th Bangkok Open tournament, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.
The third round was also a great one for local hope Boonsueb Saeheng, one of only two Thai players who shared the lead with a perfect score after the second round. In his third game Saeheng was under extreme pressure playing against Greek Grandmaster Stelios Halkias but hung tough to draw and stay within striking distance of the tournament lead.
Halkias and Short were not the only top seeds to falter in the third round. German Jan Gustafsson, the 2011 Bangkok CC Open Champion, was well held by India’s 13-year-old rising star Kalyan Arjun.
The sensation of the second round played earlier on Monday was the loss by English Grandmaster Stephen Gordon to Indonesian 25-year-old Jenius Hakiki. In a position where he was the only player pushing for a win, Gordon lost on time, just one move before the time control. 
“I just forgot about my clock,” admitted Gordon. “I had 45 seconds on the clock and then when I looked again it had all gone. It has never happened to me before and I hope never again.”
Round 4 of the Bangkok CC Open begins on Tuesday at  2pm at the Dusit Thani Hotel and offers free entry to spectators.
The competition concludes on April 17.
Press Office,
16th Bangkok Chess Club Open
12 Apr

A Svidler one liner

Peter Svidler is a great commentator and witty person. His remarks during press conferences are full of humor.

At the recent Candidates tournament in Moscow, there was a press conference after his game with Anish Giri(Giri drew all 14 games which could go down in history as the only player in a candidates who drew all his games.)

During the conference, Giri remarked that he had some chances to mate his opponent (Svidler).

To which Svidler replied dead pan, “If you will be able to give mate, than you will definitely have a good game”

Vintage Svidler!

16 Mar

Blitz Sunday

White Knight Chess Academy will be holding a Blitz tournament this Sunday, 20th March. Details are as follows:

Venue:White Knight Chess Academy,
T-059 Third Floor Mezzanine,
Mid Valley Megamall,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,59200 Kuala Lumpur
Date: 20th March 2016
Time: 3 pm
Entry fee: RM15.00 per player.
Cash prizes: 80% of the total entry fee collected will go towards the prizes.

Contact: To register please call/SMS/whatsapp 019-6571628 (Jimmy Liew) or   email cmliew@gmail.com.
10 Mar

Hou wins again

The Women’s World Chess Championship Match 2016 between the current World Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine and Challenger Hou Yifan  of China (former World Champion 2010-2012, 2013-2015) takes place in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 1-18, 2016.

Hou won her first game in the second game of the match. In the sixth game, the Chinese has won again, taking  a two point lead in the match.

This is a ten game match so the defending champion will have to win two of the next four games to tie the match. So far, the champion has not demonstrated any superiority in match play.

Today (Thursday 10th March) is a rest day and the seventh round continues on Friday.

standings after 6 rounds

Round 6 standings


09 Mar

Cerdik Catur Amateur Rapid

Cerdik Catur is running a rapid tournament this Sunday , 13th March 2016 at White Knight Chess Academy

This tournament is limited to those rated 1600 and under. First prize is cash RM200 with a total prize fund of RM1000+ There are many additional prizes such as Best Women, Best Veteran, lucky draw etc. For more on prizes, go to Cerdik Catur blog

For registration go to their website or call /whatsapp Fadli at  014-2312370

06 Mar

2016 National Championship Participants

The  List of participants   for the 2016 National Championship has been released. I will not be taking part this year as I am involved in running the White Knight Chess Academy.

Defending champion Yeoh Li Tian is the top seed. It is hard to see how anyone else can challenge him this year as the next seed is almost 200 points lower in rating.

An interesting name caught my eye, Eric Cheah from Penang. I cannot remember the last time he played in the Nationals. Eric , a one time top junior , must be close to his 50s now.

In the Women’s tournament, Nur Najiha bt. Azman Hisham is the top seed followed by her sister Nur Nabila. Missing are the other top players like Tan Li Ting, Camilia Johari and Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan.