Monday, 21 April 2008

Record Entries at 9th ASEAN Age Groups in Danang, Vietnam

The ASEAN Age Group (U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 Boys & Girls) Championships, now in its 9th Edition will be held in Danang, Vietnam from 9-18 June 2008.

This flagship event of the ASEAN Chess Confederation has to date attracted a record 319 players from 10 countries – the 7 ASEAN member federations (Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Thailand) plus representatives from India (1), Australia (2) and Korea (12) – and more entries are trickling in daily!

For the full official list of participants, please go to http://chess-results.com/Tnr13407.aspx?tnr=13407&art=27&lan=1&flag=30&m=-1

During the tournament there will also be a "live" blog at http://www.aseanagegroups.blogspot.com and all participants are welcome to join and tell their stories!

The Vietnam leg of the ASEAN Masters Circuit (IM Tournament) will be held concurrently, as well the ASEAN Seniors Championship, and the ASEAN Chess Confederation will also hold a Board Meeting on 15 June 2008 which will also discuss and plan the expansion of the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix 2007/8 as proposed by the Philippines, and will also consider starting an ASEAN Clubs League as proposed by Indonesia.

Back to Back Philippine Opens - the ASEAN Grand Prix Continues!


Two back to back International Opens are confirming the commitment of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) which is being so ably led by their energetic President Prospero "Butch" Pichay, to making the inaugeral ASEAN Grand Prix a success.

Both tournaments are being held at the Subic Exhibition & Convention Centre at Subic Bay Freeport, Olangapo City - the recently concluded 11 round 2nd Philippine International Open from 7-14 May and now the 9 round Subic International Open which is being played from 16-24 May. See http://www.ncfphilippines.org/ for results and updates.

Once again I have been honoured - this time by being the Chief Arbiter of the 1st ever Subic Interational Open, my second such high profile assignment, the other being part of super technical team put together for the Asian Indoor Games in Macau last year.

In fact, from the 5 legs held to date this year, 4 have been organised by the Philippines with Singapore Chess Federation contributing the other leg. Indonesia has concentrated on invitational and round robin tournaments while Vietnam has so far been focusing on major youth events like the ASEAN Age Groups and World Youth Championship.

But much much more is to come for the second series with many more legs being planned and other Asia countries even proposing to join up and expanding the circuit!

So while we can expect changes, for now the 2008 calendar for the new series is as follows:

1st Leg: PGMA Open, Philippines - 24 to 31 August 2008
2nd Leg: Pichay Cup, Philippines - 1 to 8 September 2008
3rd Leg: Singapore Open, Singapore -12 to 19 December 2008
4th Leg: Dragon City Open, Vung Tau, Vietnam - 19 to 26 December 2008

Young Indonesia Primadonna Irine Makes WGM Norm

JAPFA CHESS FESTIVAL 2008
WOMAN GRANDMASTER TOURNAMENT
JAKARTA - INDONESIA, APRIL 15TH TO 20TH 2008


Clockwise from Top: Catherine, Irine, Aye Win, Ruofan

FINAL RANKING

1. IM/WGM Li Ruofan (SIN) 7/12, 2. WGM Regina Pokorna (SLO) 6.5/12, 3, WIM Irine Kharisma Sukandar (INA) 6/12, 4. WGM Jana Krivec (SLV) 5/12, 5. Catherene Perena (PHI) 4.5/12. 6. WFM Thanda Aye Win (MYA) 1/12.

WIM Irine Kharisma Sukandar, together with GM Susanto Megaranto, the young hopes of Indonesian chess made her first WGM norm at the JAPFA Chess Fedstival 2008 at this specially organised WGM Tournament.

Initially things did not look too good for Irine after a poor first half but an amazing second half performance including a 23 move win over top seed and eventual champion IM/WGM Li Riofan saved the day!

Philippine No. 1 Catherine Perena too had a successful outing, quietly making a WIM norm. while WFM Thanda Aye Win who was badly out of practice brought up the tail end but did well too by emerging with two credible draws against battle hardened opposition!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

India Gets Trainer Certification




FIDE Instructor and FIDE Trainer courses in India.

All India Chess Federaration will organize the International courses for FIDE Instructor and FIDE Trainer which are scheduled at Chennai, India from 30 April to 7 May, 2008. FIDE Senior Trainer IM Jovan Petronic of Serbia and FIDE Trainer FM Peter Long of Malaysia will conduct the course and the examination. The course will be conducted in English language.
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This posting on the FIDE Website says it all. Or you can go direct to the source at www.indianchessfed.org to find out more.

We are indeed very honoured to be asked to conduct the course but I think it is time the world knows that Senior FIDE Trainer Jovan Petronic is the Technical Director of the ASEAN  Chess Academy and it is his hard work day and night (literally) that is making our product world class.

So to be honest, it is also my very special honour to be able to share the stage with Jovan and to learn from him while assisting him at the seminar. I will certainly be a much better trainer from the experience!