Monday, 9 February 2015

The Curious Case of Dilwen Ding

With the receipt of an invitation from MCF to participate in the National Closed Championships we in KLCA have circulated the same to all council members for further dissemination.

Of course any interested party who is in KLCA or who is eligible and who wishes to be a member of KLCA can write in - our Hon. Secretary is Amirul Mohamad (E-mail: - and it is timely as we are also starting to expand our membership.

I have on my end begun to contact those highly ranked on either of both the FIDE and MCF rating lists who have played for KLCA in previous championships and one of them is Dilwen Ding.

Shireen, Dilwen's mother, said she would get back to me and then took the opportunity to update me on the progress of a former student at Polgar Chess Asia where his foundation was developed and where it was clear then that his big problem was lack of maturity and the strength of will to fight.

GM Alexander Fominyh had already informed me in Myanmar where both were playing in the GM Zaw Win Lay Memorial that he would be accompanying Dilwen to Hungary

Now his mother also told me that he had spent a month training with GM Wang Rui in China before rushing over to play in Myanmar and as a result fell ill and that was basically the reason for his poor performance there.

She also mentioned she had read my remarks on Jimmy's blog and agreed he should play locally and give back points to which I pointed out he could instead show his quality and not do so!

Bottom line, I think a few things about all this jump right out, the first being of course that it remains a question if he will actually play in the national championship and/or Asian Schools or ASEAN+ Age Groups and be able to show to all his progress from all this training and playing.

I hope we won't have an explanation of a non compete based on having exams coming up, now time to reduce chess as too much time already spent last few months, etc.

Secondly you have to marvel at the money spent and his mother's dedication over a long time even if the recent training and trip must have been a bomb by itself because it is huge by any standard but we should also appreciate this spend has been done by more than a few others already!

Not just Aron Teh, but many young players who have been playing in various international age groups events now for years and whom I don't wish to directly mention.

In my time many of us made such sacrifices but we did not have money so it was at expense of career, other opportunities given up, even delayed families and the pattern was repeated with the generation after.

A lesson for some that it takes quite a bit to excel and there is never any guarantee it will pay off but that is ultimately what it takes!


The KL Chess Association met recently - amongst several matters we discussed the sad state of affairs with MCF where they still had no updates on their website (except one by MCF Council Member Yeap Joo Hock either sarcastically or dutifully but wrongly reporting on his President's title appointment) and more importantly the fact that we had not been informed of recent national events, something which is rather serious and probably which would be taken up by one of the several affected states as players had been deprived of the opportunity to participate.

Notwithstanding we are not political - only demanding that our rights as a member in good standing be fully respected - and in fact the council agreed that talking to the MCF Hon. Secretary was a waste of time as his words could not be relied on and so we would be writing instead reminding that we needed to be informed accordingly.

It could be the power of copying all or that even those who run MCF realise that they may have gone too far but we have now gotten a correct and proper response from MCF in a timely fashion and for that I congratulate them - we do however reserve all rights should we again be kept out of this basic information loop again as we need to be able to serve our membership - of course the earlier verbal overtures from the current MCF leadership (foremost from the MCF Hon. Secretary) was noted but rejected as we have no interest or need for positions or favours, only for professionalism and support in our chess promotion and development (we don't expect anything but do not want barriers).

On behalf of KLCA I should also clearly state our current position clearly with regards MCF and the coming election which is that we support no one, if we eventually do so for anyone it will be because the coming leadership whether the old or new will be able to show that they can benefit KLCA.

Many of us in KLCA have also been approached by parties eager to take over MCF and while I stand by my position as stated here: and here:, and as KLCA I was obligated to listen to all, I do not for a moment think that any of these compromised parties are going to bring about the changes so much needed for Malaysian chess because time and time again when put to the test their promises have fallen well short and like the current MCF their modus operandi is to continue to try and take us for fools on a repeat basis.