With four rounds of play, Yeoh Li Tian on 3/4 is doing the best amongst our Malaysians participating.
Also doing well, although with somewhat mixed play are Mas Hafizulhelmi and Ahmad Fadzil Nayan who both have 2.5/4.
Ismail Ahmad, Muhd Shazwan Zulkifli, and Fong Yit Ho are on 2/4, 50 percent, while hoping to improve are Wong Jianwen, Fong Yit San and Tan Jun Ying who are all on 1.5/4, young Ryan Chan has played much better than his 1/4 while Sri Shiva Kumar has not taken his chances to be at the cellar with 0/4.
REALITY? This year I dropped by the National Age Groups for the first time. It was a Sunday and I had planned to watch a few games, say hello to a few people and go home but I ended up staying almost the whole day as my family decided to go to Melaka and so left me a little more free than normal. I have always looked at the 14 year olds to provide a benchmark and what I saw was very disappointing from the perspective of seeing talent coming through because there is clearly no progress with 1800 level William Lee winning ahead of Cheong Jie Yao in a play-off. Both of these young men whom I know well must really do a lot more for the rest of the year! HISTORY? A few years ago there were hopes for the likes of Evan Capel and to some extent the rest of his generation of which Lim Zhou Ren and to a lesser extent Sumant Subramaniam could be included but now they would be more occupied with starting college. These former U-18s are more than 2000 but much less than 2200 strength
There will be 39 Malaysians - pretty much the usual suspects - participating in the coming ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships to be held in Macau from 3-12 June 2014. Officially they are: Boys/Open U-8 Amirul Amir Faiz Megat Mohd Khushari Megat Imran Ooi Zhi Ping Zulkippli Iskandar Haikal U-10 Lye Lik Zang Cheah Kah Hoe Muhammad Haziman Aiman Thanasegeren Dinessh Kumar Wong Zi Yue U-12 Wong Yinn Long Tan Jun Ying Chan Yi Meng Ryan Saleh Fahim Al-Faqeh Aminuddin Muhd Faqih Raja Badli Raja Bazil Bot U-14 Koh Sian Kuan Bausch Ng Jen Sheng Loo Hsein Rong Evan Mohd Ismail Muhd Azim U-16 Ding Tze How Dilwen Sivanesan Subramaniam Ong Wei Bin Lim Ming Xian U-18 Liew Ken Yew Ngieng Chew Sheng Samuel Girls U-8 Ho Wern Wei U-10 Goh Jie Yi Aminuddin Nur Faiqah Raja Badli Raja Bazilah Bot U-12 Chuan Jia-Tien Amirul Amira Farhana Nurul Farhana H Shuhaimi Yasmin Idina Zulkippli U-14 Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan U-16 Koo Wei Xin Rosam