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Malay Mail Online: Tournaments In Asia... Including One That Had Its Start in Penang

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Malay Mail Online: A Look At The Candidates... And The Action At Home

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Malay Mail Online: So, What Else Is Happening In Chess?

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Malay Mail Online: The Action So Far At The Women's World Chess Championships

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IM Tournament in Myanmar

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Yadanar Aungban International Chess Tournament 2016 Aungban, Myanmar. {1 - 9 May, 2016}

1. Organization
This event is organized by Myanmar Chess Federation in order to create opportunities for the ambitious players to achieve IM Norms and increase their ratings under the auspices of the Myanmar National Olympic Council.

2. Schedule
1 May  After 1200Arrival 2000Technical Meeting
2 May  0900Opening Ceremony 0930Rd. 1 1600Rd. 2
3 May  0900Rd. 3 1600Rd. 4
4 May  1500Rd. 5
5 May  1500Rd. 6
6 May  1500Rd. 7
7 May  1500Rd. 8
8 May  1000Rd. 9 1600Closing Ceremony
9 May Departure (Remark - If the players want to have a rest day, the schedule may be changed at the Technical Meeting. But the dates will remain unchanged.)

3. Format & Time Control
Total 10 players (3 IMs + 7 Others); Single Round-Robin; FIDE-rated and titled; Rate of play will be 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment for every move starting from the first move. Zero-Start shall be applied. 

4. Venue & Official Hotel
Yadanar Aun…

Malay Mail Online: Spotlight On Women's World Chess Championship

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Two Months Surveying The Local Chess Scene With The KL Chess Academy

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Ten years ago I was persuaded to return to chess with the setting up of the first chess academy in Malaysia - a branch of Intchess Asia based in Singapore which was then at its peak with some 40 over chess trainers employed from all over the world and boasting an 80 percent market share.
Now rebranded, Polgar Chess Asia in its premises in Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, continues to thrive today with a focus on offering a mix of child enrichment programs and foundation courses.
In the first few years I was heavily involved and much of the best young talent were products of the academy including several national senior champions and I was also fortunate to have even had the opportunity to even work some of the best in the region, many who had gone on to earn international titles.
There are many who teach chess for a living today in Malaysia and successfully too when looking at them from the financial standpoint, but without exception they are all one man shows.
What is certain is that In…