05 May

20% Discount for Chess Festival

MALAYSIAN CHESS FESTIVAL – ANNOUNCEMENT

There will be a 20% discount for all paid entry registration until 15th May for the following events:

28th Aug – 03rd Sep
14th IGB DATO’ ARTHUR TAN OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
8th IGB SENIORS OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
12th GOLDIS MALAYSIA CHESS CHALLENGE

Exchange Rate for the US $ is 4.3.

Bank Account: DAT Chess Centre
Maybank Current A/C No: 5145 9822 0396,
Jalan Bunus, 50100 K L, Malaysia – SWIFT : MBBEMYKL

Download Entry Forms here:
http://datchesscenter.com/
http://datcc.net/

05 Apr

2017 National Scholastics

Malaysian Chess Federation has announced the dates for the 2017 National Scholastics. The various sections are U-07, U-09, U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17 (boys and girls) and will be held in Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah (from 14th April to 16th April 2017 (Friday to Sunday).

This will be a FIDE rated tournament of seven (7) rounds with standard time controls. The tournament is a selection for the four qualifiers for each category for the 2017 Asian School Chess Championships in China this July.
Last day for registration is  not later than 11th April 2017.
 
More details at MCF official site
31 Mar

44th Selangor Open

The 44th Selangor Open is announced for 27th April to 1st May 2017. The venue is the same as for last year, the Grand Ballroom of the Cititel Hotel.

There is the usual Open event and also the Challengers, the latter is only open to those with FIDE rating below 1900. The closing date is 24th April 2017 so hurry and register yourself today.

Below are the prospectus.

Selangor Open 2017 Challenger Entry Form rEF

Selangor Open 2017 Entry Form rEF

23 Mar

14th Malaysian Chess Festival announced








14th MALAYSIAN CHESS FESTIVAL 2017

25th
AUGUST – 04th SEPTEMBER

 

ASTRO MERDEKA
OPEN RAPID TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

2nd
DATIN YEE WAI FONG MERDEKA JUNIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

25th
Aug (Friday)                Team Manager’s Meeting          14:30

                                                Round
1 – 3                                      15:00
– 16:15 – 17:30

26th
Aug (Saturday)          Round 4 – 6                                      08:30 –
09:45 – 11:00                                                                        Lunch

                                                Rounds
7 – 9                                                13:00
– 14:15 – 15:30

                                                Merdeka
Blitz                                   16:45

                                                Prize
Giving                                      18:00

 

27th
Aug (Sunday)               8th
DATCC AGE-GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

           

14th
IGB DATO’ ARTHUR TAN MALAYSIAN OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

8th
IGB SENIORS OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

12th
GOLDIS MALAYSIA CHESS CHALLENGE

 

27th
Aug (Sunday)             Arrival

28th
Aug (Monday)           Players Meeting                              12:00

                                                Round
1                                            1500

29th
 Aug
(Tuesday)           Round 2 & 3                                     0900 &
1500

30th
Aug (Wednesday)     Round 4 & 5                                    0900
& 1500

                                               

31st
Aug (Thursday)    MERDEKA DAY – FREE DAY

(Individual Rapid Chess Championship
(Open/U18/U12)

 

01st
Sep (Friday)                  Round 6                                            1500

02nd
Sep (Saturday)           Round 7 & 8                                     0900 & 1500

03rd
Sep (Sunday)              Round 9                                            0900

                                                Festival
Blitz                                       1300

                                                Prize
Giving / Dinner                      20:00

04th
Sep (Monday)                        Departure

 

 

MERDEKA BLITZ
CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP – (16:45 – Sat, 26th August)

MALAYSIA
FESTIVAL BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (1pm – Sun, 03rd September)

 

 

06 Mar

FM Yeoh Li Tian wins Zone 3.3 Championship

Malaysian youngster and number one player has achieved three firsts. Just yesterday he has won the tough Zone 3.3 championship. This zone includes the chess powerhouse in ASEAN, Vietnam and Philippines as well as Indonesia. No Malaysian has ever won this tournament before.

Li Tian will also be the first Malaysian to qualify for the World Cup later this year. The World Cup is one of the qualifying stages to determine a challenger to the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

The third achievement is obtaining the necessary points for a grandmaster norm. Three such norms and a rating of 2500 are required for the grandmaster title. Why is it so difficult for a Malaysian to get a GM norm? This question has been on many chess followers minds. Now that Li Tian has achieved it, it could inspire more of our players.

The final standings:

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02 Jan

Interview with IM Yeoh Li Tian

Yeoh Li Tian was already identified as a chess talent at a young age. At the age of 10 he was sent to a six week training stint in Beijing, China, sponsored by Dato’ Tan Chin Nam. In the next four years, he came tantalizingly close to IM norms in several tournaments.

In 2015 he finally made his first norm and last December, Yeoh Li Tian made back-to-back International Master norms at two tournaments in Australia, fulfilling the norm requirements of 27 games.

Recently, I did an interview with him to find his thoughts, his preparations and how he sees his future  chess career.

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JL: You recently finished your SPM examinations and straight after flew to Australia to play two tournaments. What expectations if any did you have when you were invited to these two tournaments?

LT: Frankly speaking I didn’t expect much before these tournaments. As it was right after SPM examination, I didn’t have time to prepare for my opponents beforehand as if they were round robin tournaments. Hence I was just aiming for IM norms before these tournaments. I was actually quite confident on the chances as my performance has always been stable and seldom become rusty even if I have not played in any tournament for a long time. It turned out to be correct as I got my IM norms with one round to spare in both tournaments.

 JL:  How did you prepare for these tournaments? 

LT: As mentioned above, I didn’t prepare for any of the 2 tournaments due to my SPM examination. However, in a round robin tournament, I will normally first check the age and rating of my opponents to estimate their strength. I will then check the required points to achieve IM (maybe GM in future) norm and set a target score (win or draw) for each game, based on my colour if possible. After completing all these only I will start to prepare on a particular opponent by his opening and try to find out which type of position he/she normally loses in.

JL: Which game did you like the most from these two tournaments?

LT: I like some of my smooth wins against lower rated opponents, but I think the most interesting game is my game against Patrick Gong in the Lidums Young Master. (Game below)

 JL: Any stories you want to tell us?

LT: There was really not much interesting moment in Australia. It was all about mind duel during the game and resting my mind after the game. I was hosted by a local family in Adelaide and they were really friendly. We actually saw a wild koala on a hill road while getting back home. 

JL: How old were you when you learnt the game?

LT: Around 2-3 years old. I must be literally “playing” with the chess pieces at that time.

 JL: How much time do you spend on chess?

LT:It really depends on my other activities. At the very least, I will spend some time daily to follow the current tournaments to keep my chess-mind awake. I will put it as 10 hours per week.

 JL: Young talented chess players often make their IM titles even before the age of 14. Why did it take you until 17 years old?

LT: The first factor is of course being an amateur player. Even though I focused in chess as much as in academic, it is still a big disadvantage to not work on chess full time compared to those young professional players. Besides, there are also not many suitable sparring partners in Malaysia as chess is not a mainstream sport. There are also few problems with myself such as easily distracted when I face difficulties during training.

 JL: How much the computer plays in your chess preparations? Do you bring it to you every tournament?
 LT: Computer definitely plays a crucial role in my chess preparation. Basically all my preparations require computer, including checking opponent’s basic information, database and opening. Computer is a necessity for me in all important and big chess tournaments. I only leave it at home in event like MSSM [Note: MSSM is an annual schools chess competition in Malaysia] or rapid events.

JL:  Who is the player you admire most?

 LT: I really admire Magnus Carlsen. Sometimes I simply couldn’t understand how he wins such drawish position against strong players. I really hope I can learn that skill.

JL: What is your career that you think you most likely be in. Is it chess?

 LT: To be honest I don’t plan to have a profession related to chess. I may contribute to chess in future, but definitely not full time. I am interested in actuarial science, computer science and engineering.

JL: What subjects are you good in or like at school?

LT: I am really good in mathematics compared to my peer. I like math, physics and chemistry in school. I like part of biology but I have never obtained good results in biology.

 JL: What advice will you give to others who wish to pursue their ambition to be a good player?

LT: Study midgame and endgame. I can see many players and coaches focusing too much in the opening. Trying to win fast by trapping your opponent in a sharp opening can never bring a player to high level.

 JL: Are you going to be world champion :)

LT: As far as I am concerned, no. It is pretty impossible to reach the elite without doing chess full time.

 JL: Thank you for your very informative answers. I believe other young chess players as well as chess parents will find it very useful
27 Dec

Invitation to High Tea

DAT Chess Center is issuing an open invitation to high tea in celebration of Yeoh Li Tian’s IM title. There will also be a blitz event at the venue.

Venue: DAT Chess Center F-03A-9 Starparc Point, Jalan Taman Ibu Kota, 533000 Kuala Lumpur

Date: 7th January 2017

Time: 4:30 PM

All are welcome!

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26 Dec

GACC Chess Championship

The GACC chess championship returns for the 21st Edition. There are three events
– Open Age Group for Under 8/10/12/14/16/18
– Open and Team
– Inter -Varsity

The registration for Inter-Varsity is already closed. Registrations for the other two events  are open until 10th Jan 2017. See below for details

 

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08 Dec

Yeoh Li Tian close to norm

Malaysian FM Yeoh Li Tian is playing in Australia at the Lidums Young Masters in Adelaide. This is a ten player round robin. After seven rounds, Li Tian has scored 4.5 points and is tied for 2nd placing. He needs another one point from the remaining two games to achieve his 2nd IM Norm.

This is quite a strong tournament with one GM and four IMs. The remaining are FMs with one exception, Patrick Gong who is also the lowest rated. Li Tian will play IM James Morris in the current round and Patrick Gong in the final.

The rankings after round 7:Clipboard-1
Latest update 1:15 PM 
No sooner have I just posted this and results came in. Yeoh Li Tian beats IM James Morris and shares joint lead with IM Bobby Cheng!