Monday, 30 May 2016

Loss for Dilwen Ding in Round 1

17th ASEAN Age-Groups Open Chess Championships"]
Pattaya, Thailand
Date: 2016.05.30
Round 1
White: Che Quoc Huhu (2022)
Black: Dilwen Ding (2429)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nc6 4. Nc3 Qb6 5. Be2 Nf6 6. d3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Rb1 a6 9. h3 Rd8 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 d6 12. a3 Bd7 13. Qd2 Nd4 14. b4 Nxf3+ 15. Bxf3 cxb4 16. Rxb4 Qc7 

17. e5 dxe5 18. Rxb7 Qc5 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Rxd7 Rxd7 21. Bxa8 Qxa3 22. Be4 Bg5 23. Qc2 f5 24. Bf3 e4 25. dxe4 Rd2

26. Qa4 Qxc3 27. Qe8+ Kh7 28. Bh5 Qf6

29. e5 1-0

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Dilwen Ding Is In Pattaya!

The 17th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championships has a big name in Malaysian's Dilwen Ding who is playing in the U-20 Open.

He is of course accompanied by both his Manager-Mother and his personal Grandmaster Coach and so this proven and tried Team Dilwen can most confidently look forward to even more success.

I have many requests to provide special coverage of the performance our No. 1 player here and will do my best even if my tight schedule here makes that difficult (if not unlikely).

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

We Have No One Playing In The Asian Continental Championships?

The Asian Continental (or Individual) Championships is together with the Zonal Championships the qualifying competition for the World Cup and therefore the World Chess Championship cycle.

While we Malaysians like to talk about becoming Grandmasters when not even anywhere near able to fight for the International Master title, it seems that we do not even take the opportunity to participate in top level competitions when we can.

Besides the Zonals and the Asian Continental, the Asian Nations Cup must be included in these.

So while we are all so excited with going to the World Chess Olympiad later this year, funds have yet to be found and there is still no plan for preparing the team.

I have already said so in a particularly well read piece published in my weekly Malay Mail Online column (see: and I will repeat that if we are not serious to set targets with the relevant national sports authorities then let whoever qualified go as they will.

We are of course an amateur chess country so our lack of participation at the Asian Continental Championships held from 25 May to 5 June in Tashkent, Uzbekistan is not a major disaster but I wonder how many of our top or more ambitious players knew about it and perhaps might have applied to go for a perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity?

From what I have gathered from the entry list, only Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore from the ASEAN region are represented.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Missed Opportunity

I had unfortunately missed the Selangor Open due to the Churchie International in Brisbane but on my return to KL I dropped by the DAT Chess Centre to discuss the FIDE Arbiter's Seminar to be held in Pattaya from 31 May to 4 June 2016 where I will be assisting Hamid Majid.

After we concluded, Hamid, to my surprise, asked my opinion about the decisive game played at the Selangor Open between Yeoh Li Tian and eventual winner Oliver Dimakiling which he was watching as Chief Arbiter and even had some specific questions. I am of course quite familiar with Li Tian's game and understand well his weaknesses (and of course also his strengths) and so I was a little reluctant to discuss what I know.

But as we went through the game, actually one that was rather typical of Li Tian's play, we reached a position where Jimmy Liew (who was watching us analyse) immediately agreed with me was lost after the exchange of Queens but then I suddenly realised that capturing the pawn on f3 was a blunder by Oliver and that the position was in fact drawn!

Instead of capturing with 52. Qxf3, he had 52. Qh4+ and after 52...Kg6, 53. Qg5+! 

This loss was a big price to pay as it was not only the difference between first and second place but also cost Li Tian his final International Master title norm.

For the record, the game concluded: 52...Bxf3 53. g4 Kg6 54. Kg3 Bd1 55. Kf4 Kf6 56. h4 Be2 57. h5 Bd1 58. g5+ Kg7 59. h6+ Kg6 60. Ke5 Bc2 61. Kd6 Kxg5 62. Ke7 f6  0-1