Thursday, 26 October 2017

Registration for Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2017

MCF will be submitting entries with full payment on 1 November 2017. Those interested but yet to enter need to get in touch with me ASAP!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

First & Last Fridays Masters in KL and Chiangmai!

November First & Last Friday International Masters Tournaments

The Institute for Chess Excellence (ICE) together with the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) and the Thailand Chess Association (TCA) will organise two 10 Player Round Robin International Master Tournaments to provide World Chess Federation (FIDE) rating and title norm opportunities to players in Malaysia, Thailand and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.
First Friday will be held from 3-8 November 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Last Friday will be held in Chiangmai, Thailand from 24-29 November 2017.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Category Grading Begins - Sunday Weekend Rapid Series Starts 9 July 2017

We have kept the entry fee low and allocated 70 percent of collection for prizes (winning small amounts of cash after paying high entry fees, as has been much the norm for other non-sponsored chess events, should not be the objective of a day enjoying playing chess).

I doubt the 30 percent kept can even defray costs but it is not about profit with our activities.

Still, we guarantee that with every ten entries, there will be one prize, all will also get certificates and more importantly will enter and be part of the category grading system.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Institute for Chess Excellence Category Grading System & Weekly Tournament Series

First I grouped the players into five categories and mapped each against corresponding FIDE rating brackets.

Then I looked to assign each age-group to a category they needed to be to effectively participate in the National Junior Development Training Program.

Next, I determined the basis for promotion from one category to another based on measurable results through competitive play.

Finally, I came up with incentives and what I think is the right way to reward those who excel and are able to outperform their peer group.

But you might ask, how does this work?

Well, to start with, let's say a player who is relatively new to the game decides to take part and so starts with participating in a Category 5 which will also be his or her given grade.

Players with FIDE 1200 and below rating who wish to take part also play in Category 5.

In fact, all are immediately considered to be Category 5 and recognised as such with a Certificate confirming this grade and would be included in a player database.

However, if a player is able to score 60 percent in three such events, then he or she is promoted to Category 4 and from the onwards competes with players with the same grade and those between FIDE 1200-1500.

And so it goes until a player achieves Category 1 status.

If a player is in the National Junior Development Training Program and if he or she in competition outperforms his or her normal grade, then he or she will be entitled to a scholarship in the form of a discount on fees.

We will also be asking the Malaysian Chess Federation to recognise outstanding participants by giving them the right to play in International Youth Championships.

Internally, we will of course also give special attention and provide extra help!

Yes, we will start this off on Sunday 9 July! With registrations closed the day before and with the games starting exactly at the start time!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

National Junior Development Training Program To Start On 1 July 2017

69-2 & 69-3, Jalan Puteri 2/3, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong New Village, Selangor


The Institute for Chess Excellence seeks to develop and offer best of kind education and training programs to the chess communities in Malaysia and the region.

Our comprehensive range of offerings include supporting providers of lessons for beginners to conducting talent development programs to organising tournaments for all levels to the training of chess officials, organisers, arbiters and teachers.

We are a member of the Asian Chess Federation Academy Network and are also the Malaysian Chess Federation’s National Chess Academy.

The Institute for Chess Excellence is headed by Malaysia’s first FIDE Trainer, International Arbiter and FIDE Master Peter Long, who is an internationally recognised expert in chess, having been an organiser, arbiter, trainer and player at all levels of the game for over 40 years.


There is no questioning the available talent in Malaysia but at the same time there is also no doubt that generally they are not developing as they should.

One challenge is of course the opportunity to participate in the right type and level of competition but increasingly so it is the lack of access to high level systematic training.

“Chess lessons should not reduce merely to an expansion of knowledge – opening, middlegame or endgame, specific or more general.

There is another aspect of improvement, no less important than the assimilation of information – I am talking about skill in employing your knowledge, the ability to take correct decisions in a variety of situations, arising on the chess board.

Incidentally, the same conclusion was reached by Rowson in Chess for Zebras: ‘aspiring players should place much more emphasis on developing their skill then increasing their knowledge.’

This means that chess work should be less focused on ‘learning’ and more on ‘training’ and ‘practising’ whereby you force yourself to think.”

– Mark Dvoretsky

This too will be our approach – purposeful training – the method of deliberate practice which is well known from other spheres of life and especially in sport.

In our program we are looking develop three core groups, each of which requires special attention at their stage of development and which both separately and together are the future of Malaysian Chess.

Remember, the most important attribute for participation in this program is interest, and in time, capacity for work!

Local coaches (and even the visiting foreign players from the region) need not fear as we are not trying to offer general lessons or even opening preparation, but are instead looking to increasing the competitiveness of our best young prospects.

In short, we offer the tools, techniques, and methods while promising the hard work needed to excel on the international stage!

The above are the initial dates which have been proposed around Saturdays - with Young Talents from 1-5 p.m. and Future Stars and Today’s Champions from 6-10 p.m. - but we are flexible with the dates and also are agreeable for any change of timings needed to accommodate the majority.

On Sundays we are proposing to organise Category Grading Tournaments which will also provide valuable practice, plan to have a FIDE (International) Rated Tournament each month to provide international rating opportunities, and will be organising IM (International Master) Tournaments every quarter.

If you interested to participate in the National Junior Development Training Program, please email me at to book your place.

Thank you

Peter Long

Institute for Chess Excellence

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Phitsanulok International Chess Open 2017  

15-18 June 2017 @ Phitsanulok

Tournament Detail

1. Participation

1.1 Phitsanulok International Chess Open 2017  is open to all players.

2. Financial Regulations

2.1 Entry Fee: The Entry is $30

3. PlayingVenue & Official Hotel

3.1 The playing venue shall be Grand Riverside Hotel at Phitsanulok

3.2 All players must stay at official Hotel

3.2 All players and all accompanying persons should pay the cost for board and lodging (3 Meal) for 4 night.

For Expat :
 per night

3.3 Bookings of official hotel for the event should be done only through the organizers.


4.1 The travelling expenses are to be on their own.

4.2 An accompany person are pay the same rate hotel as player.

4.3 Payments should be made to:

          Account Name : Somsak Bunyawarakorn

          Account Number : 026-1-17110-4

          Name of Bank : Kasikorn Bank

          Address : 46 Sarithai Road, Bangkok Thailand 10230

When payment is made please sent evidence to : “”

4.4 Early Bird Registor (before May 31) discount 15 % pay in full (Registor and Hotel).

4.5 All Player must pay in full before start pairing.

5.Tournament Format

5.1 The Fide Laws of Chess shall apply.

5.2 The tournament will be played according to the Swiss system of 7 rounds.

5.3 Time control: Each player shall have 90 minutes with the addition of 30 seconds per move staring from the first move.

5.4 Default time is 30 minutes.

5.5 The final ranking order of the players is determined by the number of points scored. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied for ranking or any prize, tie shall be broken as in accordance to the following:

          a. Direct encounter

          b. Buchholz Cut1

          c. Buchholz Cut2

          d. The Greater number of wins

          e. Sum of Buchholz





7.Appeals Committee

7.1 The Appeals Committee shall comprise 3 persons. In the event that the Appeals Committee is appointed by the Technical Meeting, there should be an additional 2 reserve members and in this case, no member shall take part in a decision affecting a player of club/federation.

7.2 A protest against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter, with in 15 minutes after the end of the playing session.

7.3 A protest fee of 60 USD shall be paid to the organizer which is refundable if the protest is upheld. The Appeals Committee may also decide to refund the fee if it considers that the appeal was not frivolos.

7.4 The decision of the Appeals Committee is final, binding and takes effect immediately.

8. Contact

          Mr Suchart Srisawat