Saturday, 30 June 2018

Malaysia and Malaysians in July FIDE Rating List

The Top 40

Chan Kim Yew. Professional Chess Player?

Overseas Competitor Dilwen Ding

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Game Changer in the coming FIDE Elections?

No Malaysia at the 19th ASEAN+ Age-Groups in Davao City, Philippines

I am in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines for a few days to cover the opening of the19th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships.


Was a bit surprised to realise that Malaysia was completely unrepresented given we were actually the host last year in Kuantan, Pahang.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Will we play in the Asian Nations Cup in Hamadan, Iran from 26 July - 4 August 2018?

For many years now Malaysia has not participated.

This used to be called the Asian Team Championships for the Tun Razak Trophy but it had mysteriously disappeared and so the event got rebranded!

Hopefully we send a team and I am all for veterans, youth or even the second tier for exposure.

In 1986 we had our best ever finish when placing fourth in Dubai but that kind of result we can only dream off in the future.

10 Questions to Federations

National Chess Federations in Asian are beginning to tell the world about themselves... at least those who have something to share!

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Report on the Asian Universities Championships 2018

Indonesia - Men Champions

China - Women Champions 

Brilliant Report by Ed Andaya:

Will I actually find the time to be able to be part of a once in a lifetime trip?

Few know this but I am working on a book with Eugene Torre and at one of our sessions he was kind enough to invite me to be his second at "World Legends", obviously the highlight of the sixth edition of the International Chess Festival "Vila de Platja D' Aro".

Just imagine to be part of an event where my chess hero, the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, the legendary Yugoslav Lujbomir Ljubojevic, and current World Senior Champion Anatoly Vaisser, will all be in battle with our own Asian great!

In Catalonia, Spain... Barcelona, and with my good friend, David Llada, the very best chess photographer in the world, and most importantly, a known gourmet, also in attendance all way from beautiful San Sebastian at the opposite end of the country.

Click on to see Torre's sensational win against Karpov in the time he was practically unbeatable on way to winning an event which can be a predecessor to "Word Legends".

Two Of Three Known Candidate Teams for FIDE Election Have Now Been Named!

First up was incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on 26 April: "Nomination for the Presidential ticket (the candidate’s electoral team whose members are nominees for FIDE presidential council) must be made within three months before the opening of the General Assembly. However, I decided to do it today," Ilyumzhinov said."

Then today, on 4 June, his Deputy (Acting) President Georgios Makropoulos said: “I am delighted to tell you today that I have assembled an experienced and talented team with representation from each continental federation. The team has expertise in FIDE affairs, sports administration, chess sponsorship, tournament organisation/ promotion, business and finance and also experience in the political arena.

Friday, 1 June 2018

World Ranking of the Top 30 Asian Countries and their No. 1 Player

Country No. 1 Player Rating
2 China 4 Ding Liren 2798
5 India 13 Anand, Viswanathan 2759
28 Iran 138 Maghsoodloo, Parham 2638
34 Uzbekistan 88 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2662
36 Kazakhstan 283 Jumabayev, Rinat 2594
37 Vietnam 25 Le Quang Liem 2728
45 Australia 644 Zhao, Zong-Yuan 2553
48 Philippines 539 Sadorra, Julio Catalino 2546
55 Mongolia 457 Batchuluun, Tsegmed 2561
60 Indonesia 788 Megaranto, Susanto 2516
65 Bangladesh 1014 Rahman, Zaiur 2498
67 Singapore 1274 Goh, Wei Ming Kevin 2477
68 Myanmar 1888 Wynn Zaw Htun 2443
78 Iraq 3212 Al-Saffar, Araz Basim Mohammed S 2400
81 New Zealand 5088 Li, Zuhao Luke 2357
82 UAE 133 Salem, A. R. Saleh 2642
83 Malaysia 1030 Yeoh Li Tian 2497
86 Kyrgyzstan 3332 Tologontegin, Semetey 2398
89 Jordan 3000 Khader, Sami 2405
91 Syria 6478  Al-Tarbosh, Ward 2332
94 Tajikistan 243 Amonatov, Farrukh 2605
97 Japan 2680 Kojima, Shinya 2408
100 Lebanon 2736 Eid, Fadi 2328
101 Pakistan 5431 Lodhi, Mahmood 2350
106 South Korea 3173 Camacho Collados, Jose 2401
109 Sri Lanka 23688 Thilakarathne, G M H 2188
111 Thailand 19405 Kongsee, Uaychai 2245
116 Qatar 848 AL-Sayed, Mohammed 2511
120 Nepal 22297 Thing, Bibek 2210
121 Palestine 16671 Michel Yunis, Christian D. 2232

Malaysia Top 40 - FIDE Rating - June 2018