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Ignatius Leong Hits Back!

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http://kasparov2014.com/2014/05/27/letter-from-ignatius-leong-to-the-federations-kirsan-and-his-promises/

Malay Mail: What You Think

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http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/the-battle-for-fide-ilyumzhinov-vs-kasparov-peter-long

Conspiracy Theory?

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I read with some disgust two letters published on the FIDE website addressed to the people behind organising the Tromso Olympaid ( http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7993-chess-olympiad-tromso-2014-05-15.html ). How does one talk like that to a partner hosting one of the two events that FIDE essentially owes its very existence to? Clearly it was all political motivated as it is clear that Norway support Garry Kasparov's bid to become FIDE President and if one wishes an organiser to walk away in disgust, then this is how! Whatever the situation and I know behind the scenes the ridiculous additional demands that FIDE makes post award of an event when it is too late too pull out. Then it occurred to me - quite madly perhaps? - but maybe that was what Kirsan Ilyumhinov wants? To then "rescue it" by holding it in Khanty-Mansisyk, Russia. Once sure outcome would be victory in the coming FIDE Election. Not because he did anything good but becau

ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships, 3-12 June 2014, Macau

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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

What is FIDE coming to? Fear does that... Ilyumzhinov is clearly showing his colours.

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First up, two most recent posts on FIDE website frontpage: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7976-fide-announcement-9-may-2014.html . A case of the pot clearly calling the kettle black - notice the complete intolerance and dictatorial tendencies - why not admit failure and focus energy in coming up with a plan? http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7971-congratulations-to-nigel-freeman-on-his-birthday.html . Yes, now employees get front page birthday greetings - certainly not Gens Uma Sumus - it is more like own gang. Then add to this nasty selective published complaint about a National Chess Federation, almost because a new pro-Kasparov committee has won election and is trying to clear up a mess created by the previous administration, but since when does FIDE do this in public? Counter productive and smells as an attempt at sabotage. If we take any of the official events and detail the challenges in writing to get it up, then ever

Kasparov's Visit to Malaysia

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A Report provided by Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Raja Hussin for the Malaysian Chess Federation On 23 April 2014, Garry Kasparov, 13th World Chess Champion and Candidate for FIDE President, flew into a grand welcome in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After checking into the Putrajaya Shangri-la, first up was an early lunch with the organising committee headed by Tengku Ahamd Badli Shah Raja Hussin, Deputy President & Hon. Secretary of the Malaysian Chess Federation together with Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamad, Minister for International Trade & Industry. (Garry in conversation with Dato' Sri Mustapha Mohamad, Minister for International Trade and Industry.) Then it was on to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Chess as an Education Sport between Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad, Director General, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), an agency under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development and Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib, President of the Malaysian Chess Federation. T

Tan Li Ting is Masters Champion

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Our 16 year old current National Junior Champion Tan Li Ting today added the Malaysian Masters title to the National Championship she won when just 12 years of age. In the end it was a convincing victory helped by several of her main rivals imploding under the pressure of ensuring their qualification for the Tromso Olympiad but all credit should go to a determined young player who after a normal start, suffered a big loss but then made up for it with a series of wins to pile on the pressure. Having become the only player to qualify with one round to spare, it was just a question of nailing the championship with the advantage of the white pieces.   Top seeded Alia Anin Azwa Bakri who has been very active recently, played solidly to be the only undefeated player and so successfully returns to strengthen the national team while last year's Masters champion Camilia Johari will sadly miss out. While the Azman Hisham sisters remain amongst our best young players it is clear t

No Takers?

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No one interested to sponsor Carlsen-Anand? I wonder if it will end up in Khanty-Mansiysk as I doubt a Russian oligarch would be interested to do it elsewhere as there isn't even an ex-countryman playing.

Garry at the World Amateur Championship

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Following a highly successful visit to KL from 23-25 April (more on that later as there is so much that happened and so much to say), Garry Kasparov dropped by Singapore on 26 April to attend the opening ceremony of the World Amateur Championships and those Malaysians lucky enough to get a piece of him in his massive visit would recognise the typical impact as in the following photos. On Stage The National Anthem (L-R. FIDE Technical Delegate, SCF VP, Future FIDE President, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Law, FIDE General Secretary & SCF President, Chief Arbiter) Ceremonial Opening Moves