Saturday, 29 October 2016

7th Asian Seniors Championships 2016 - Hazel Hotel, Mandalay - Round 4 Pairings

After Nine Rounds at World Cadets...

Mandalay FIDE Arbiter's Seminar Begins...

Opening remarks by Bharat Singh, Deputy President, Asia Chess Federation and Chairman, FIDE Technical Commission

The seminar participants

FIDE Lecturer Bob Gibbons from New Zealand on Anti-Cheating Measures. He is also the top seed in the 7th Asian Seniors 65 Championships 2016 held concurrently.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Four Malaysians will play at the Asian Seniors Championships

The 7th Asian Seniors Championships will take place in Mandalay, Myanmar from 26 October to 5 November 2016,

Participants will stay at Hotel Hazel ( and play, respectively in the 50 and above and the 65 and above categories, both men (open) and women... for direct International Master titles and Grandmaster norms,

Malaysia has the usual suspects and a new face in Ismail Ahmad, Lim Kian Hwa and Anthony Tan in 50 and above and Abang Draup Zamahari in 65 and above.

A FIDE Arbiter's Seminar will be held concurrently and many participants are also expected to take part given the 7th Asian Seniors Championships is being played with just one round a day... both lecturers are involved, one is the top seed in 65 and above and the other, the Chief Arbiter! 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Malay Mail Online: Respecting Women's Rights At The World Chess Championship

A Malaysian Success Story: From 1800 to 2400...

It was a disaster for the 2397 rated Dilwen Ding in the World Youth Championships, where, seeded 16th, he finished a shocking 58th amongst 64 players with a very poor 4/11 score, a 1839 performance and a rating loss of 55.1 points. (

This was a drop from losing just 36.5 rating points when he played the IGB Malaysian Open before going to Khanty-Mansyisk.

In June he took part in the ASEAN Age-group Chess Championships where he was the second seed but with 4.5/9 including a bye, finished 10th amongst 13 players and had a 1704 performance but not losing any rating points as the event was unrated. (

Earlier, Dilwen, then rated 2429, had emerged to play his first local major event for quite some time, at the Selangor Open where he lost 32.5 rating points.

This was surprising as he had, in the previous month, warmed up in Serbia and gained 9.3 rating points.

It was just three months earlier that Dilwen had leapt from having a 2274 rating to 2420 at back to back Kecskemet tournaments in Hungary where he gained 98.4 and 47.2 rating points respectively.

A year earlier, Dilwen who was rated 1814, had also played in Kecskemet where he had in three tournaments, first lost 10.4, and then gained 138.4 and 168.8 rating points respectively!

And before he discovered Kecskemet on his Hungarian tour, Dilwen played in First Saturday where he gained 170 rating points!

The 1814 rated Dilwen Ding actually started his adventure when flying to Hungary after the Myanmar Open where he lost 6.4 rating points.

It has been a remarkable story for a 1800 rated player who had until then even struggled to get into the KL Schools team yearly, because once out of Asia (after a normal result in Myanmar), he got enough rating points in Hungary - almost 500 - to jump to 2274 and a top ten position on the Malaysian FIDE rating list.

Despite a whole year - most of 2015 - being inactive, a revisit to Hungary brought his rating up to 2427 and good enough for the No. 1 position on the Malaysian FIDE rating list! 

He has become very active in 2016 beyond Hungary, playing both the Selangor Open and the IGB Malaysian Open as well as in the ASEAN Age-Group Championships and the World Youth Championships, but his results are not that of a 2400 player but more that of the 1800 player he used to be rated at.

But no doubt he will be back in Hungary at the end of the year and once again we will be treated to phenomenal performances and huge rating point gains.