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ICE FIDE 1600 Rated Goes From Strength to Strength

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Malaysian Team to the Batumi Olympiad - The Stage of Acceptance?

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So, where are we now with national team selection to the Batumi Olympiad which in my mind was always a non issue? 
There was quite an outpouring of anger by some in public, both in open and private letters on top of what appeared in social media, so most certainly stage two... and I think those who felt they had personally missed out would have been at least a little in a state of depression but really hoping for bargaining but it seems if so and at stage four, that never happened!
Given the usual selfishness of the local chess community and the inability of the vast majority to take principled positions consistently and then following up, we should soon be, if not already in the final stage, that of acceptance and moving on until it repeats itself!

When will we grow up?

IA, IO, then FM and FT Bunawan - Who says Age is a Factor?

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Tributes to IM Giam Choo Kwee

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Photo: Two Legends of Singapore Chess: IM Giam with the younger IM Tan Lian Ann

https://www.obituaries.sg/online-obituaries/569-giam-choo-kwee

Deepest condolences to Mr Giam Choo Kwee’s family. Rest in Peace. A lost to Johor Chess too, he had done a lot for us by promoting chess in Johor for a long time.  Many Johor players will remember him. - Steven Cheong

He would come on Fridays to the Johor Chess Club meets and play games with us.. I was only 14 years old then. We would then go for dinner where he shared stories of his chess journey.  An affable person. - NM Mohd. Kamal Abdullah

Just chatting with him last week about organising chess events in Singapore. He volunteered to find venue and sponsors. - Philip Chan

Sorry to hear about that... one of the legends to inspire us when we were young players. - IM Terry Toh

A good friend has departed. May he rest in peace !! - Watson Tay

I remember all twelve clocks ticking in the sports house when he ran equal time clock simultaneous for th…

Not Empty Handed in Standard Chess!

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Congratulations to Agnes Chong Kai Ni for winning Gold in the Girls U-12 category at the East Asian Youth Championships.

Unfortunately top seeded Anderson Ang Ern Jie in Open U-8 category, despite being unbeaten, had to settle for Silver.

Well done to Cheah Kah Hoe for a nice finish by beating Singapore's top seed Cyrus Nisban in the Open U-14 category to finish fourth.

The New ICE Future Stars Program

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Weekly Group Lessons on Methods, Playing Typical Middlegames & Endgame TechniquePlus Weekly Individual Face-To-Face & Online Game Analysis together with Guidance on Opening PreparationA Monthly Flat Affordable Fee! 
http://instituteforchessexcellence.org/revamped-future-stars-program/

Malaysian Teams for Batumi Olympiad

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Ranked 82nd but the team we enter will be seeded 105th. No pressure!

Ranked 61st and the team we enter will be seeded 65th. Close enough!

Last Round Battle

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Who will prevail. Victory will mean a medal, a draw could mean both go home empty handed.

Day Seven in Shanghai

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Very much in medal contention are Anderson, Agnes, and Clarance... and also Kah Hoe

Korea Gets It's First IM, Filipinos Emerge Champions at East Asian Junior Championships

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Ignatius Leong has provided full coverage of this event including the final report which can be found at: http://asianchess.com/news/final-day-at-east-asian-juniors/

Day Six in Korea

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What remained of Rosamund's chance is over. Now young Indonesian has a must win final encounter against the Filipina leader.

No Luck in Rapid

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What can one say? Rapid is not Blitz?

ACP Supports Dvorkovich

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Day Five in Korea

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The Filipina is now in the driving seat after Rosamund took down Irene's talented 14 year old sister

Blitz Success for Malaysians

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Gold for Cheah Kah Hoe and Silver for Ferris Lim Feng Wei and Ang Jing Xuan!

Our usual consolation medals that we will certainly hype up as a huge success since we almost always are unable to replicate this in the main standard chess event where titles and ratings matter.

But congratulations and well done! Winning is never easy.

The field may be weak but that is not the fault of the players and give credit where it is due if indeed one decided to take full advantage.

Day Four in Korea and Shanghai

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Rosamund has recovered with back to back wins and if she can keep this up it will come down to her results against the two players above her she has yet to meet.


Very nice to see that we so many young players in medal contention just after the halfway mark!

Day Three in Shanghai

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Two in early medal contention and most are with plus scores

Day Two in Korea and Shanghai

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Rosamund is on 1/2, recovering after a first round upset. Looks like her main challengers  for the title will be the players from Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. 


Early days yet and not a lot to add except this is a clearly a weak tournament from all reports and so there is every chance for our young Malaysians to shine.

How Often is a Malaysian the Top Seed?

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Well, Anderson Ang is the top seed at the 3rd East Asian Youth Championships being held in Shanghai, China.

Rosamund Koo is in Korea, Playing for the WIM Title

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Poor Turnout at East Asian Juniors & Youth

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The East Asian Youth Championships in Shanghai, China from 1-10 August and East Asian Junior Championships in Jeongson, South Korea from 1-9 August are being held concurrently.

I wrote about what I felt was a possible saturation thanks to too many of the same targeting much the same audience in an earlier post: "Too Many International Youth Championships" http://www.thefidetrainer.com/2018/08/too-many-international-youth.html and from the participation numbers which has never really been high even in the past, it seems I am right!

Shanghai with categories from U-8 to U-18 seems to be having only 215 participants while Jeongson with just the category for U-20 has 22 participants.



One problem with insufficient players in a particular category means that it no longer qualifies for direct titles and norms are impossible but in some cases it is not even possible to have a meaningful competition. As a result, the organisers will then combine sections and while this is allowed, I h…

Malaysians in the August FIDE Rating List and going to the World Chess Olympiad

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According to the most recent (August 2018) FIDE Rating List, Malaysia is ranked 82nd in the world, pretty much where we normally are even if it is again our No. 1 Yeoh Li Tian's rating that has dragged us up a few places.
The biggest change really is Lye Lik Zang moving past 2300 and in fact is at 2345.
Lik Zang at No. 3 will be the highest rated player in the Malaysian team for the coming World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia and he is joined by No. 9 Zaidan Zulkipli 2203, No. 12 Lim Zhou Ren,  2166, current National Champion and No. 20 Fong Yit San 2108, and No. 102 Mukhriez Shah Mahmood Shah.

National Teams in Kota Kinabalu

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The National State Championships is being held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 1-3 August 2018, and although there are ten teams taking part, just six states are represented.

Host Sabah has four teams and defending champions Penang has two.

Missing are Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan, KL, Putrajaya and Perak, a total of nine state affiliates of the Malaysian Chess Federation.

Looks like either bad choice of dates or just too many state affiliates having problems.

(The women's championships has four teams, Penang, KL, Johor and Sabah, so actually it can be said that seven states are present).