Sunday, 31 December 2017

Looking Forward to 2018 After A Crazy Six Weeks!

It all started from 20 November 2017 and finally ended on 24 December 2017... but while the travelling has temporarily stopped, the resulting work on top of what was somewhat neglected is quite overwhelming.

First up was that once again I was honoured to be asked by my good friend Sahapol Naknavich, International Organiser and Secretary of the Thailand Chess Association, to be Chief Arbiter at the Asian Amateur Championships in Chiangmai from 23-30 November 2017.

Then I had to do a Holiday Camp for a group 1200-1500 as well as prepare some students for upcoming events.

Then from 9-20 December it was off to Ahmadebad, India with a group of some of our best talent on many years to represent Malaysia in the World Youth U-16 Olympiad.

On arrival in KL it was a quick turnaround to get to Dubai and from there to Al Ain for Asian Summit where I was invited as a speaker on the topic "The Importance of Media in Chess" and to conduct two workshops the following day.

Monday, 18 December 2017

No Shame To Lose To Armenia

We were up against our strongest opposition to date and faced an Armenian team desperate to win big to have a chance of medals.

I was not sure what to make of tbe congratulations by some teams of our excellent performance till the eight round to be in 11th position and be playing amongst the top teams  because the other teams throughout that trailed us were happy to see us losing so they could leapfrog us in the standings!

The team did their best and till Tan Jun Ying miscalculated a tactical sequence in the endgame, we probably had two draws in hand and real possibilities to win one.

Earlier we had gone two games down, Lye Lik Zang's level having dropped a little in the last couple of games.

We have throughout been suffering a lot from Ng Jen Sheng's inability to play for the team and that had put a lot of pressure on the top two boards till Jun Ying was able to play himself into form.

Melanie Koo did her best but the level of competition we faced made it very tough for her.

These are young players and all three top boards had dips but Wong Yinn Long overcame that best and so had a standout performance leading from the front.

Well done!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Important 3-1 Win Against Sri Lanka in Penultinate Round

We expected a fight but were confident we would win.

We hoped for 3-1 margin of victory over Sri Lanka and we got that but more importantly this was a team effort with all doing their part to bring home the win!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Our Uzbek Friends Were A Little Too Strong

It was always going to be tough against Uzbekistan but we were still hopeful for a result.

Well 3-1 was a fair reflection of the difference in strength although at one point I feared a wipeout.

Narrow Win But We Will Take It!

South Africa A had in the previous round shocked Indonesia and it was clear to us their players were underated and coukd not be taken lightly.

Nonetheless a white wash was a real possibility but on the flipside, if our players failed to show up on the lower boards, we could even lose.

So a 2.5-1.5 win with at least one of our players clearly struggling for form is a result that we really cannot complain about and hopefully an indicator that the team is coming together over the board during matches.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Back To Winning With Easy 3-1 Win Over Kyrgyzstan

After back to back losses in matches we really should have done much better, we found ourselves paired in round five with Kyrgyzstan.

It was a question of by what score we would win with absolute minimum 3-1 and in the end that was our final result.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Not Up To Bangladesh in Round 4, Losing 1-3

It was a match that could have gone either way but instead we failed on tbe boards where we needed results.

Our juniors rarely play as a team in international competitions and sone are adjusting faster than others to the pressures and responsibilities.

The good news is that we can only get better from now on!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Bad Day At The Office. A 0.5-3.5 Loss To Turkey

The Malaysian Team on the back of an easy win and a commendable draw faced Turkey in Round Three.

Again our boys were heavily outrated but this time there was no fairy tale ending.

Only Lye Lik Zang got a draw from a position he could only wait while Wong Yinn Long decided to risk it all in an equal position of equilibrium after Tan Jun Ying yet again failed to manage his time.

Ng Jen Sheng who had the worst position longest achieved something of sort by being the last to finish.

A bad day indeed at the office and lessons will need to be taken before the next round.