End of 2014... And Malaysia Is Now Officially Ranked 87th Going Into 2015

My quick take is this is that our top three are all 2300 level players and that Nicholas and Yee Weng will continue to play when they can while Li Tian should at least maintain his position and ideally rise higher and higher should he want to remain our best prospect.

As to Aron, I am not sure he is better that his rating as yet,,, but if he continues like anything he has been doing that last few years then he is easily our most committed young player and everything would still then be possible.

The next three can be grouped together but also represent different generations! Of course Eric, Tze Han and Jonathan are all 2200 plus players as they have always performed at that level and strangely enough all from Penang!

Now 50, Eric is making a comeback of sorts (even if he has actually always been involved in playing chess) and he is showing is is the equal of anyone out of the top three in Malaysia while Tze Han is one of the most consistent local performers.

Jonathan is now full time in chess which also might also explain his father's reemergence in chess but now more on the training side as that is his living and in recognising how professional he tries to be about work I am not sure how he wants to reconcile any ambition he might still have.

I would prefer not to waste my words further going down the list, needless to say Colin is a past master of getting dubious credentials and his very good friend Jimmy should by now realise is not the player he was.

However if we want to talk about young players then it is clear we have talent amongst those in that generation now in college but while it must be said they have not quite broken through as they should everyone knows that there have also been mitigating circumstances.

Bottom line is I do not see much more with them in terms of chess as studies and then career together with the many social pleasures that will continue to engage their time and energy, making real life demands, and rightly so! 


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