Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Bringing together Malaysia's Young Players for Friendly International Competition

It is now official! The 1st Masterskill ASEAN+ Youth Team Championships will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1-7 December 2007 at the Grand Ballroom of the 5 Star Concorde Shah Alam Hotel.

This inaugeral event, held during Visit Malaysia Year 2007, is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Education Malaysia and the ASEAN Chess Confederation, and is open to any properly constituted or representative organisation. There are three categories, U-15, U-12 and U-9 and each team consists of 4 players and 1 reserve. A girl must play at all times so to help "all boy" organisations, a female guest player is allowed.

As entries start to trickle in from other ASEAN nations as well as from our friends from nations in other parts of Asia and the World, MSSM (National Schools Sports Council) has entered a national team and 15 state teams, making a total of 48 teams representative of our talent in schools from all over the country.

It is indeed very significant that perhaps for the first time ever, an international chess tournament is being jointly organised with a Ministry of Education anywhere is the world so it really does seem we have on our hands a genuine case of "Malaysia Boleh"!

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The Start of the ASEAN Grand Prix! Kudos to the Philippines!

With confirmation of the dates of back to back Philippine legs in Manila offering a combined prize fund of US$ 70,000, the first ever ASEAN Grand Prix launched at the 6th Individual Asian Chess Championship in Cebu, Philippines with great fanfare by the chess leaders of the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore is now a reality!

The GMA Cup will be the first leg and held from 21-29 November 2007 followed by the Prospero Pichay Jr Cup immediately after from 1-7 December 2007. After a very short break, the Singapore Masters/Challengers will be next from 16-22 December 2007.

Each Masters event will have a minimum prize fund of US$ 10,000 and played over 10 rounds using the Swiss system and participants are required to have a minimum 2100 rating. There is also a tournament star rating system based on the prize fund starting with 1 Star for US$ 10,000 (with additional stars awarded in US$ 5,000 increments) and only ASEAN players are eligible for Grand Prix Points.

A total of 6 legs has been confirmed to date, one more by the Philippines and one each in Indonesia and in Vietnam.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2007

A FIDE First! - Chess Administrators Management Seminar in Singapore

I am very pleased to learn that FIDE has finally recognised and responded to the obvious need to have competent administrators in its member federations.

This first ever Chess Administrators Management Seminar is being organised by the FIDE Office in Singapore from 18-21 December 2007 together with the Singapore International Chess Convention and the faculty named is impressive indeed, as they are in the main the leading experts in the topics they are presenting.

All administrative aspects will be covered, from the communications flow between federations to zone/continent and FIDE, applications for FIDE ratings and titles, the bidding and inspection for hosting of events, and financial regulations.

Of special interest perhaps are the sesssions on the management of national federations and their relationship with NOC/IOC, legal relationships between player, organisers and federations, chess in schools and junior development, trainer certification, and of course media, publicity, PR and marketing.

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