Showing posts from February, 2016

Malay Mail Online: Loads Of Events Happening In The Chess World Next Month


The 17th ASEAN Age Group Open Championships Will Take Place

The ASEAN Chess Confederation (ACC) held an Emergency Board Meeting on 13 February 2016 in Singapore to address FIDE actions leading up to and including suspension of its affiliate membership status.
On the demand by FIDE to lift sanctions against Mr Tony Tan and his supporting Singapore Chess Federation Exco Members, the ACC Board stood by its actions, reaffirming its jurisdiction over ACC affairs and its obligation to act of a complaint by one of its members.
The ACC Board also agreed that in the interests of the game and with it's 16 year old mandate given to it by its membership, it was imperative that the ASEAN+ Age-Group Championships continue and so it was agreed it take place as scheduled irregardless of the award of FIDE titles and ratings. (See
With Founder and President Mr Ignatius Leong unable to hold office, Mr Prospero Pichay Jr. was unanimously appointed President by all pre…

Malay Mail Online: Moving Past The Politics, And Focusing On The Chess


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Malay Mail Online: Chess In Crisis In Singapore?


Does The Current SCF Exco Take Pleasure In FIDE Suspending The ASEAN Chess Confederation?

I understand that it is the view of FIDE (World Chess Federation) that the ACC (ASEAN Chess Confederation) cannot act against SCF (Singapore Chess Federation). 
While FIDE seems to be arguing that due process was not followed by ACC and perhaps even that the penalty given to SCF was too harsh, SCF has effectively admitted to fault with a suspension of the individual named even if rather brief and also not officially communicated to either ACC or the complainant NCFP (National Chess Federation of the Philippines).

Maybe I am wrong as do not have all the facts but as it stands I really do not see that FIDE has done much more than decide to take one side while making demands of the other (and more importantly without giving a reasonable time frame to act).
My opinion as to who is right and wrong or what could have been done better is irrelevant in this fight - as I told FIDE, I am not a board member of ACC…