Monday, 22 October 2018

Dato' Tan Chin Nam is No More



The father of Malaysian chess, Dato' Tan Chin Nam, born 18 March 1926, has passed away on 21 October 2018 at 93 years of age in his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Since 1974 Dato' Tan had been at the helm of Malaysian chess - for many decades he the President of the Malaysian Chess Federation while also being its biggest patron - and from 1986 to 1990 also served as FIDE Deputy President for Asia and then from 1990-1994 as a member of the FIDE Executive Board.

Not many people today know that it was Dato' Tan who originated and introduced Rapid Chess to FIDE and to the chess world.

The FIDE and Asian events he brought to Malaysia are simply too many to list, and include a World Championship Match, Interzonals, World Youth U-16 Olympiad and numerous Zonals, the only one missing was perhaps the World Chess Olympiad, and even today it is because of his vision that we have the region leading Malaysian Chess Festival for 15 years now and still counting.

Dato' Tan was a man of many interests, or more accurately, passions, where chess perhaps just trumped horse racing, but more important was that in all that he did, he was a huge success.

A successful entrepreneur and businessman who rapidly became one of the top ten richest men in Malaysia, he was always a visionary and innovator, and was instrumental in bringing to and supporting chess in China - the Big Dragon Project - whose rise as both a global economy and chess powerhouse he long foresaw.

Dato' Tan's passing will leave a vacuum in Malaysian chess that will be impossible to fill and Asian chess will be very much poorer for it while FIDE has lost a good friend who embodied "Gens Una Sumus".

Yet, for those who knew him best, it was not his leadership, his generosity and patronage of the game with the endless sponsorship, or even the paradigm changing initiatives, but the many hours watching and playing chess with a man who came to chess late but whose love for it was second to none and who just wanted to be a better player than he was the day before.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Malaysia, Round by Round in Batumi

Malaysia is ranked 83rd in the World, and was seeded 107th at the Batumi Olympiad.

We finished 93rd (tied 82nd-101st with a group of 20 teams on 11 points, a 50 percent score).


R1: Loss: 0.5-3.5 vs Belarus, Europe/Ex-Soviet

R2: Draw: 2:2 vs Afghanistan, Asia/Middle East

R3: Win: 3-1 vs Kuwait, Asia/Middle East

R4: Loss: 1-3 vs Madagascar, Africa

R5: Win: 4-0 vs Saudi Arabia, Asia/Middle East

R6: Loss: 1-3 vs Mongolia, Asia

R7: Win: 3.5-0.5 vs Libya, Africa/Middle East

R8: Win: 3.5-0.5 vs Botswana. Africa

R9:  Loss: 1-3 vs Canada, Americas

R10: Loss: 0-4 vs Belgium. Europe

R11: Win: 3-1 vs Malawi, Africa

4th ASEAN Chess Championships (Open//Women) 2018











Regulations


1. Organization

Organized by the Myanmar Chess Federation under the auspices of the ASEAN Chess Confederation.


2. Eligibility

Only players from the ASEAN member Federations can participate.

ASEAN Open Champion will be awarded a 9-game GM norm, in case of tie, up to first three will be given IM Title; similarly, 9-game WGM norm and WIM titles for women will be awarded.


3. Schedule

Subject to the number of players, the system shall be between 9 rounds Swiss / Round-robin.


20th December: Arrival

  Technical Meeting at 20:00 hr.

21st December: Opening Ceremony - 09:00 hr.

  Round 1 - 10:00 hr.     

22nd December: Round 2 - 09:00 hr.; Round 3 - 16.00 hr.


24th December: Round 5 - 09:00 hr.; Round 6 - 16.00 hr.

25th December: Free Day

26th December: Round 7 - 14:00 hr.

27th December: Round 8 - 14:00 hr.

28th December: Round 9 - 09:00 hr.

                          Closing Ceremony - 16:00 hr.

29th December: Departure


4. Time Control and Format

Swiss System. FIDE-rated and FIDE-titled. Rate of play: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, all without time increment. Zero Start shall apply. 


5. Prize  

Trophies will be awarded to the Winners, 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up. There’ll be no prize money.  


6. Entry Fees


6.1. Registration must be made by National Chess Federations for the registering player.

6.2. Entry Fee for Open Championship (FIDE Rating above 2300)

GMs with FIDE Rating above 2500: Free (but a deposit of US$100 is required)

2401 to 2500 - US$150; 2301 to 2400 - US$200

Note: Each Federation may nominate one player below FIDE Rating 2300 for the Open Championship and it should not be lower than 2200. In case of odd number, the host country has the right to add another player.

6.3. Entry fee for Women’s Championship (FIDE Rating 2100 and above)

FIDE Rating above 2300: Free (but a deposit of US$100 is required)

2201 to 2300 - US$80; 2101 to 2200 - US$120.




After 7th December 2018, a late surcharge of US$50 will be imposed.





7. Accommodation:

7.1. For Open and Women, the organizer will provide twin-share room with 3 meals for 1 player (Open) and 1 player (Women) from CACDEC countries.

7.2. The players from the other countries shall have to pay for the rooms of their choice. 

Room rates (3 meals included)                       Single              Double/Twin

                                                                        US$ 90            US$ 60


8. Playing Venue: 

Oattara Thiri Hotel, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.


9. Entry Fees and accommodation are payable upon arrival.


        



4th ASEAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (OPEN/WOMEN) 2018


REGISTRATION FORM


                    


Family Name:                                            First Name: 

Federation:                                             Gender: M / F (circle one)

Age:                                                         Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):                                 

FIDE ID:                                              Rating:                                     Title:

Room Type: (Single / Double) 

Sharing with:


Email Address:

Office Telephone:

Mobile Telephone:                              


Arrival Date:                      Time:             Airline:                 Flight No.:             From:                                        
(DD/MM/YYYY)

Departure Date:                 Time:              Airline:                Flight No.:               To:
(DD/MM/YYYY)

                                                           



Endorsement of Federation: (Name of Responding Official, signature)



Please return this entry form by email to: mgmglwin25@gmail.com        




Tuesday, 2 October 2018

With Four Rounds To Go...

Men

With four rounds to go, Malaysia is in a large group of teams on 7 points and tied 79th to 104th.

Our actual current ranking of 86th outperforms our seeding of 107th with the team playing to their "real" ratings against opponents between 2100-2200, a level of competition we are used to.

The luck of the draw gives us Botswana next, a team seeded 116th which is even lower than we are.



Women

The Malaysian women came to the Olympiad ranked 68th and on 9 points, are now in a group 24th to 43rd.

Li Ting on top board and Nithya on last board are outperforming their ratings while the rest are playing to their normal level.

We play 76th ranked Tajikistan and with a win can break into the top group for the next round.



Monday, 1 October 2018

Top Malaysians - FIDE Rating List October 2018

Once again we have the monthly ranking of our players according to FIDE (World Chess Federation) and it is particularly relevant given it is coming out during the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.

Why? Well, because its as indicative as it can be of the current level of the teams we have sent to participate in this global event that takes place every two years. 



Starting with the men, we can see that two are in the top ten, one is in the top twenty (or top fifteen if you prefer to measure like that), another is just outside the top twenty, and one who is not shown because he is not 2000+ is ranked 90th.

  


With the women is much easier to understand, all five are in the top ten including the first, second and third ranked.