Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Tributes to IM Giam Choo Kwee

Photo: Two Legends of Singapore Chess: IM Giam with the younger IM Tan Lian Ann




Deepest condolences to Mr Giam Choo Kwee’s family. Rest in Peace. A lost to Johor Chess too, he had done a lot for us by promoting chess in Johor for a long time.  Many Johor players will remember him. - Steven Cheong

He would come on Fridays to the Johor Chess Club meets and play games with us.. I was only 14 years old then. We would then go for dinner where he shared stories of his chess journey.  An affable person. - NM Mohd. Kamal Abdullah

Just chatting with him last week about organising chess events in Singapore. He volunteered to find venue and sponsors. - Philip Chan

Sorry to hear about that... one of the legends to inspire us when we were young players. - IM Terry Toh

A good friend has departed. May he rest in peace !! - Watson Tay

I remember all twelve clocks ticking in the sports house when he ran equal time clock simultaneous for the national junior training squad in the late 70s and impatiently waiting for any of us to move. Fondly remember the tournaments he organized in the 80s at the swimming club. His passion for over the board chess was unparalleled. A true mentor. - GM Wong Meng Kong

Sincere Condolences to his family.  RIP Mr Giam. Friendly and helpful guy who loves chess. - Andrew Chan

I am very saddened to hear the demise of our good friend Giam. He will be missed my me and my brothers as we were close to him in the late 70's early 80's. - Ramesh Jhunjhnuwala

Sad to hear the news. He will be missed. - IM Tan Lian Ann

One of the pioneers of Queenstown CC Chess Club. RIP - Lim Chye Lye

He was already an icon when I started chess. Remember he organized River Valley CC and Chinese swimming club chess as well as help set up Dr ST LEE Cup in China. Taught me some chess too. RIP. - Ang Hao Yao

We are deeply saddened by the loss of IM Giam. He is not just a Master in Chess but a fatherly figure to us. Constantly encouraging my students whenever he join or visit our Asean Chess Academy (ACA). Plus he was full of humour. The children enjoyed talking to him. He played 9 straight games at last year’s Merdeka Team Championship for ACA... beating some very strong players , even though he was the oldest in the competition. He showed resilience which I admired a lot. It inspires our young generations of chess players.May your soul Rest In Peace .... - GM Nelson Mariano

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Not Empty Handed in Standard Chess!


Congratulations to Agnes Chong Kai Ni for winning Gold in the Girls U-12 category at the East Asian Youth Championships.

Unfortunately top seeded Anderson Ang Ern Jie in Open U-8 category, despite being unbeaten, had to settle for Silver.

Well done to Cheah Kah Hoe for a nice finish by beating Singapore's top seed Cyrus Nisban in the Open U-14 category to finish fourth.

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Malaysian Teams for Batumi Olympiad

Ranked 82nd but the team we enter will be seeded 105th. No pressure!


Ranked 61st and the team we enter will be seeded 65th. Close enough!


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Day Six in Korea


What remained of Rosamund's chance is over. Now young Indonesian has a must win final encounter against the Filipina leader.