Wednesday, 29 July 2015

KL Open 2015

1. Sponsors & Organisers

With sponsorship from the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific and IGB Corporation, the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) is pleased to announce the KL International Open & Junior Rapid Chess Championships will be held at the Cititel Hotel Ballroom, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Merdeka Day Celebrations from 30-31 August 2015.

2. Format of Play

The tournament will be played over 9 rounds using the Swiss System according to World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rapid Chess Regulations, with a time control of 25 minutes each to the finish.

3. Prizes

1st RM 3,000, 2nd RM 1,500, 3rd RM 1,000 4th RM 700, 5th RM 500
6-10th RM 300 each, and 11th-20th RM 150 each. (The top KLCA player will receive a special RM 500 prize together with the title of KL Champion)

Juniors (U-16):
1st RM 600, 2nd RM 300, 3rd RM 150, 4th RM 100, 5th RM 50, and Best U-12 RM 100.

4. Schedule

Saturday 29 August 2015

1800 Final Registration & Technical Meeting

Sunday 30 August 2015

1000 Round 1
1200 Round 2
1400 Round 3
1600 Round 4
1800 Round 5

Monday 31 August 2015

0900 Round 6
1100 Round 7
1300 Round 8
1500 Round 9
1700 Awards Ceremony

5. Registration

The entry fee for Open is RM 50 (RM 30 for KLCA Members and USD 50/RM 200 for Foreigners) and the entry fee for Juniors is RM 30 and the organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry without explanation.

Note: FIDE does not charge for FIDE Rapid events. However MCF insists it must also be nationally rated and the levy is RM 9 per player! KLCA have appealed for this to be waived/reduced and have not received any reply to date. We have waited over a month now and should it not be rated it is then the decision of KLCA to still proceed with the KL Open as its obligation to its members and the chess community while honouring the sponsorship given.

Registration should be made via email together with details of payment to Tournament Director Mr. Ng Ling Gee at with copy to KLCA Hon. Secretary En. Amirul HM at and Chief Arbiter IA Peter Long at


Event Manager & Bank Details: Effective Commerce Sdn. Bhd - Maybank: 514187214430

The following player information is also required:

1. Full name
2. Country & Federation
3. FIDE ID & Rating and/or National Rating
4. State Affiliate/Club Membership
5. Place & Date of Birth
6. Mobile Phone & E-Mail Contacts

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

8th amongst the 16 participating at the Asian Cities Team Championships 2015

Before you go on reading this, let me tell you in no uncertain terms this is not a critique of the players who represented Shah Alam, all whom I know and am friendly with.

No one has the right to criticise players without good reason - everyone wants to do well and at least over the board would have tired their best - and even if one argues there were better players available, who knows why they did not go so never blame those asked who simply took the opportunity.

I only have issues with players without professionalism when going about representing their country.

So, just the facts:

1. Gregory's MCF, playing as Shah Alam, started as 5th ranked with an 2105 average rating, and finished 8th (after ending tied 6th to 11th with 8 match points) and it was not the strongest event and clearly ahead owas winners Bangalore (India), Qingdao (China), Bishkek City (Kyrgyzstan), Calicut (India), and Kandy (Sri Lanka).

2. Tied together with Gregory's MCF was Taipei (Chinese Taipei), Erdenet (Mongolia), Dubai (UAE), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and Kuwait City (Kuwait).

3. Below Gregory's MCF we find Kabul (Afghanistan), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Male (Maldives), Hong Kong (China), and Jerusalem (Palestine).

4. For Gregory's MCF, there were wins against Dubai in round one, Bandar Seri Begawan in round five, Hong Kong in round seven, and Jerusalem in round nine and losses against Bangalore in round two, Calicut in round three, Male in round four, Erdenet in round six, and Colombo in round eight.

5. All our players played at a level below their ratings: Saprin 2089 playing average 2065 and having a performance of 2022, Yit San 2091 playing average 2001 and having a performance of 2081, Syazwan 2070 playing average 1915 and having a performance of 1835, and Camilia 1839 playing average 1862 and having a performance rating of 1782.

Bottom line:

1. This is our level now, we have zero chance against better teams, struggle against equals who not so very long ago were not our equals, and can easily lose to weaker teams.

2. Ratings don't lie. The results show that no one's rating is too low let alone underrated.

Now let me tell you who I blame.

It is Gregory's MCF. Together with all that are now in MCF, and those who in their time contributed to the last ten to twenty years as well as those today who are continuing outside of MCF to do irreparable damage by bad organisation and even worst coaching.

All these who lie daily about their made up or non existent achievements and credentials, some even gotten from FIDE through this MCF... the mediocre.

Promoting the Malaysian Chess Festival 2015

Hamid is a busy man who also gets around quite a bit. This year I have already bumped to him at several overseas events now and apparently this is not going to end soon since he too is going to Korea!

I am pleased that my work in chess media is beginning to rub off with many organisers and I am especially impressed with Hamid fixing his website - - thankfully not with help from the usual suspects and perhaps also motivated to get it into shape as the official website of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2015.

Then there is the press release that I picked up today at and which I think represents another big first for him!

It does not end with these as I have also seen on his website a link to a Facebook Page promoting the Malaysian Chess Festival 2015 I will certainly be going there to "like" it. So who says we old dogs can't learn new tricks!

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Interview That Was? If It Happened, Perhaps Then A Dream For Some!

Q: Thank you Dato' Tan for agreeing to this interview. The big news for the chess community is that you are once again running for Malaysian Chess Federation President in the coming elections. Why are you coming out of retirement to do this? You stepped down ten years ago while continuing to financially contribute to Malaysian chess in many ways, most notably with the Malaysian Chess Festival.

A: I am disappointed that there has been no progress these last ten years and to see the constant financial problems of the Malaysian Chess Federation which I have even from time to time helped them with. It is not my nature to criticise anyone but my track record is there for all to see as is my love and devotion to chess over forty years now and I want to put to get the Malaysian Chess Federation on the right track financially and also there is a need to restructure it so that every state affiliate will have a full and equal stake in its council and decision making.

Q: You understand that you will have to be elected and that will involve campaigning? This has never been your style to fight like this for a position.

A: I believe that everyone would know about and recognise my many contributions to Malaysian chess and I will do what is necessary to win the support of the state affiliates in the Malaysian Chess Federation, many of which I have supported and some I am even still helping today and will help when asked.

Q: Can Dato' offer more specifics of exactly you are offering? There has been talk of giving a chess centre, of ensuring there is a Malaysian Open in perpetuity, a national wide Grand Prix and so on.

A: To start with I will set up an office for the Malaysian Chess Federation with an Executive Director. This will ensure a separation of the functions of policy making from operating and execution. Then as I said earlier I will clear any liabilities and prepare a budget so as to be able to put in enough funds to allow the Malaysian Chess Federation to function smoothly. Next will be, also as I said earlier, to restructure the council to reduce appointments to a bare minimum and instead have a council made up of representatives from all the state affiliates. With this in place we can identify the activities we need to have and I will find the money for these.

Q: This is all well and good but what after? This is not a sustainable model without your personal generosity.

A: I have been a success in all that I have done and as you can see I have had succession plans for all my businesses and in this I have also succeeded as they have prospered without me at the helm. It is the same with the Malaysian Chess Federation. I will ensure that it too will remain financially sound through my foundation and corporate sponsorship put in place together with grants from the government. Besides demonstrating the benefits of chess, the key is putting in a governance structure that will give all confidence to invest in Malaysian chess.