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Rules (Or Not) Of The Game


Wesley So on FaceBook

Let me state right at the top of this that I write my own emails and NO ONE controls my communication, or when and how I choose to communicate. I am not cut off, isolated, drugged, in bondage or kidnapped. I do not belong to anyone but God. I am a man who wishes to be let alone to find his own life.
Leny So, I was NOT HAPPY that you suddenly showed up in my life, unannounced, at the biggest tournament of the year, and that you came with Susan Leonard whom I hardly know. In the last six years I’ve only see you once a year for about a week, I hardly know you either. And you certainly don’t know me to even suggest that I am anyone’s personal zombie.
All your statements to Chessdom ( are sad, ridiculous and completely untrue. You exposed my emails? Should I send out a few of the many you’ve sent me over the years where you call me putang ina mo (kinda funny that) and threaten me with being cut off from the So…

15th Bangkok Chess Club Open Begins


JAPFA GM Tournament

Every year Indonesia holds the JAPFA International Chess Festival in Jakarta and this year the highlight is the GM Tournament.

So the Kartika Chandra Hotel will see from 14-23 April a 12 player round robin headed by my good friend Sergei Tiviakov (Nederlands) and in the fight for the first prize he is expected to be be joined by three other grandmasters and they are GN Gopal (India), veteran Rogelio Antonio (Philippines), and another of my very good friends Nguyen Anh Dung (Vietnam).

The Indonesian players are clearly all playing for international norms and titles.

Going for the grandmaster title are young International Masters Sean Winshand Cuhendi, Farid Firman Shah, local superstars Irene Kharisma Sukandar, Medina Warda Aulia and national team stalwart Tirta Chandra Purnama while the International master title is clearly the target for FIDE Master Muhammad Lufti Ali.

JAPFA GM has a very nice mix, the addition of two women International masters, Alina L'Ami (Romania) and Sophie…

Malay Mail Online: Another Look At Women In Chess


Looking Forward to the Bangkok Club Open

Last few weeks have been crazy so as to clear my desk so as to be able to make my annual pilgrimage to the Bangkok Club Open where on our own expense I will join my equally service minded friends in working day and night to help make the tournament a success!

This time it will be held in Pattaya where the promise of sun and sand has helped attracted a field Chief Organiser Kai Tuorila has informed me should exceed 300 participants!

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I was hoping that Yeoh Li Tian could make the trip and so took out his massive water gun from storage (bought two years ago from a shop just outside the hotel) to bring along to help fight off his many fans looking to do battle during the Songkran Festival but sadly the week away from school proved too difficult to negotiate.

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