Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Cult of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov?


Malaysian Masters 2016 - The Men Are Almost Decided But The Women Are Hotting Up!


If the Olympiad Team selection is based on the results of the Malaysian Masters, then Mas Hafizulhelmi, Jimmy Liew Chee Meng and Sumant Subramaniam would have already booked their places as should Ng Tze Han while the last place should be between Ng Jen Sheng and Fong Yit San.



The Women started a day later so there are still three rounds to go and is still everything to play for for most but for now it is Li Ting and Alia in the driving seat.

Malaysia's No. 1 Dilwen Ding Will Be Playing In The Selangor Open 2016!

Malaysia's No. 1 player opted out of the Malaysian, Penang and Johor Opens last year and then declined to play the National Championships and the Malaysian Masters this year and so will almost certainly not be at the Olympiad to help the Malaysian team.

Dilwen with the famous organiser of First Saturday Lazlo Nagy, an Arena International Master who was in awe after their game: "I could feel his talent".


The above was extracted from the list on entries for the coming Selangor Open posted on http://selangorchess.blogspot.my/.

So now it seems that after two years we will finally have the privilege to see in action once again a still young player who last played locally at FIDE 1800 level (his national rating is still 1717) but since then has gained some 500 rating points and gotten at least one IM title norm from events in his favourite hunting grounds in Hungary.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Malaysian Chess Festival 2016 Events & Dates Subject To MCF Agreement (Their Negotiated Fee?)

TENTATIVE - 13th MALAYSIAN CHESS FESTIVAL 2016 – SCHEDULE

ASTRO MERDEKA OPEN RAPID TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
1st DATIN YEE WAI FONG MERDEKA JUNIOR TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
09th Sep (Friday) Team Manager’s Meeting 14:30
Round 1 – 3 15:00, 16:15, 17:30
10th Sep (Saturday) Round 4 – 6 08:30, 09:45, 11:00 Lunch
Rounds 7 – 9 13:00, 14:15, 15:30
Merdeka Blitz 16:45
Prize Giving 18:00

11th Sep (Sunday) 7th SWENSEN’S AGE-GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

13th IGB DATO’ ARTHUR TAN MALAYSIAN OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
7th IGB SENIORS OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
11th MALAYSIA CHESS CHALLENGE
11th Sep (Sunday) Arrival
12th Sep (Monday) Players Meeting 12:00
Round 1 1500
13th  Sep (Tuesday) Round 2 & 3 0900 & 1500
14th Sep (Wednesday) Round 4  1500
15th Sep (Thursday) Round 5 & 6 0900 & 1500
16th Sep (Friday) MALAYSIA DAY - FREE DAY (Individual Rapid Chess Championship (Open / U18 / U12)
17th Sep (Saturday) Round 7 & 8 0900 & 1500
18th Sep (Sunday) Round 9 0900
Festival Blitz 1300
Prize Giving / Dinner 20:00
19th Sep (Monday) Departure

MERDEKA BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP – (16:45 - Saturday, 10th September 2016) 
MALAYSIA FESTIVAL BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (1pm - Sunday, 18th September 2016)

*  TENTATIVE – Subject to MCF Approval

Players absent from the Prize Giving will not be given their prizes. Please plan your departure dates.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Dilwen Remains No. 1!


No, it's not an April's Fool joke! Dilwen Ding remains No. 1 in Malaysia - at least that is what FIDE says - despite not playing in the Malaysian Championships.

Yeoh Li Tian's fantastic 8/9 there and winning a round before the end in Sabah (as he too often does in local events) was just not good enough to close the gap, and as he says, he remains (and is just) the No. 2 ranked U-18 player!