Now that the teams have been picked for the World Chess Olympiad to be held in Istanbul from 27 August to 10 September 2012, the focus of the local chess community has switched to looking to play in the coming rapid events Battle Chess Selangorku 11 August 2012 and then the IGB Dato’ Arthur Tan Open 20-22 August 2012 and ASTRO Teams 23-25 August 2012.
But little known is that Malaysia is also being represented in the World Youth U-16 Olympiad to be held during the World Chess Olympiad and that is from 28 August to 6 September 2012.
Two members of the team, Elgin Lee who was also part of the dream team last year which included current national Champion Roshan Singh, Yeoh Li Tian, Wong Jianwen and Yeap Eng Chiam, and his younger brother and current National U-14 Champion William Lee, are taking it very seriously, opting to train and play in Budapest, Hungary!
In the on going First Saturday August 2012 Edition, Elgin is playing in the FM A 1 Tournament while the lower rated William is in the FM A 2 Tournament.
Elgin who is only seeded 8th amongst the 12 participants which include two Indonesians is in great form, leading the FM A 1 with 4/4! See http://www.firstsaturday.hu/1208/fma.htm but William who is ranked is 5th amongst the 6 participants including yet another Indonesian (none other than Jamals Hendry!) in the double round robin FM B 1 is not doing quite as well with just 1/4 to date.
Let’s wish our young dedicated players success and whatever the final result, they will certainly have greatly benefited from the experience!