Wednesday, 30 November 2016

JAPFA Masters Tournaments


The JAPFA Masters Tournaments - International Masters and Women International Masters Round Robins - will take place at the Novotel Gajah Mada in Jakarta, Indonesia 4-12 December 2016.

I have been honoured to be invited to be the Chief Arbiter.



Players have now been confirmed for the two tournaments to be played over eleven rounds and seven countries are represented with half of the participants coming from hosts Indonesians.





Interestingly enough, there are no less than three women, all with the Woman Grandmaster title, playing alongside nine men in the JAPFA International Masters Tournament!





We are represented by Tan Li Ting, Malaysia's No. 1 woman player, who is playing in the International Women Masters Tournament and will be hoping to get her second Women International Master title norm.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

IIFL Wealth 2nd Mumbai International, 26 December 2016 - 3 January 2017


The organisers have kindly agreed that players from Malaysia and in the region whom I recommend will be given special conditions.

Let me know and I will happily facilitate your participation on the terms I have negotiated.

For U-13 players, what has been agreed is free stay for the player together with his or her parent, airport transfers and the waiver of entry fee!

So all is needed is airfare, visa fee and money for meals,

It is also a wonderful chance to visit and experience India and have essentially a holiday too in one of its great cities.

Information on the events is at www.iiflwmumbaichess.com

Friday, 18 November 2016

American Chess Magazine Is Available In Malaysia!

Those not willing (or too lazy) to go to the website and subscribe to the newly launched American Chess Magazine can now opt to get it directly from me as follows:

1) The highly acclaimed inaugural issue for USD 30

or

2) A four issue subscription which is the inaugural issue and the next three issues for USD 100

I am sorry I can't do anything about the plummeting Malaysian Ringgit but the magazine is certainly a must have for all chessplayers!

What I can do is meet you somewhere in PJ/Mid Valley/Bangsar to accept payment, hand over the magazine, and of course I will throw in a Teh Tarik as part of the bargain.

Official Photos: Anatomy Of A Move In Round Five Action





Saturday, 12 November 2016

Decision of CAS in Ignatius Leong v. FIDE Case


http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9900-decision-of-cas-in-ignatius-leong-v-fide-case.html

There is almost a parallel to what happened to former FIDE Vice President P.T. Umer Koya who was similarly accused of corruption... both also losing control of their respective national chess federations.

BUT WITH ONE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE: 

KOYA WAS SANCTIONED IN NUMEROUS COURT LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IN INDIA AND AFTER LOSING HIS ALL INDIA CHESS FEDERATION POSITION, THEN ALSO LOST HIS FIDE POSITION.

LEONG, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS JUDGED BY A FIDE ETHICS COMMISSION WHOSE SCOPE AND MANDATE WAS SEVERELY LIMITED SO AS TO ESSENTIALLY HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO  RUBBERSTAMP REVENGE BY HIS FORMER LONG-TIME COLLEAGUES IN FIDE HE HAD "BETRAYED" BY SWITCHING SIDES IN AN ELECTION THAT IF HE WON WOULD HAVE TAKEN EVERYTHING FROM THEM. 

We should know well that this is the price one often pays in politics when aiming for the top job and falling short!






But life goes on. Finding solace on FB? Why not? That's one use of Social Media!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Working With KL Team



It was a "closed" session but Helen Milligan who was in KL on the way to Europe for a short visit with family before going on to the World Seniors Chess Championships was allowed to sit in and took this sneaky shot from the back which was then posted on FaceBook.

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