Monday, April 25, 2016

Malaysian Masters and National Squad 2016: The Results

The Malaysian Masters for the Open section had concluded this morning while the Women will ends tomorrow.

For the Open section, Sumant Subramaniam (KL) has emerged as Champion with 7 points from 9 games, followed by IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (KLT) and IM Jimmy Liew (SGR) who tied on 6.5 points. IM Mas won on tie-break. The 4th and 5th place goes to NM Ng Tze Han (PNG) and CM Ng Jen Sheng (KL) respectively. 

They will be accompanied by already qualified into National Squad 2016 i.e. FM Yeoh Li Tian (SGR) who gave this event a missed to concentrate on the 43rd Selangor Open after his IM-norm performance from Bangkok Open last week. The other 2 who already qualified into National Squad 2016 are CM Fong Yit San (PRK) and Kabir Singh (SGR) by finishing top 2 during the Malaysian Chess Championship play-off that took place a week ago.

The Malaysian Masters (Open) result as follows:-

Both the Sabahans who did not make it into the National Squad must have gained tremendous insight from this Malaysian Masters. The journey from Malaysian Chess Championship in Kota Kinabalu to Malaysian Chess Championship Play-off in KL followed by the Malaysian Masters is a very significant experience to enjoy and savour. While, 12 y.o. Lye who is also the youngest member of National Squad 2015 will have something to cherish back when he grows up. I'll be looking forward for 3 of them to come back much stronger in next year edition.  

The National Squad 2016 for Men:-
1. Sumant Subramaniam (KL) [Malaysian Masters 2016 Champion]
2. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (KLT)
3. IM Jimmy Liew (SGR)
4. NM Ng Tze Han (PNG)
5. CM Ng Jen Sheng (KL)
6. CM Fong Yit San (PRK)
7. Kabir Singh (SGR)
8. FM Yeoh Li Tian (SGR) [Malaysian Chess Championship 2016 Champion]

For the Women section, there were 3-way tie for first place with identical 6 game points. After applying 1st tie-break count, WFM Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar (SGR) is declared as Champion followed by WFM Tan Li Ting (KL) and WFM Alia Anin Azwa Bakri (MAL). While, WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (SGR), Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (NS) and WCM Fong Mi Yen (PRK) had finished at 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively. For the record, Puteri Rifqah lost to Tan at the Malaysian Chess Championship play-off that determine a direct qualification into National Squad.

These 6 ladies will be accompanied by already qualified into National Squad 2016 i.e. WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (SGR) and Rosamund Koo (KL) who had finished top 2 during the Malaysian Chess Championship that took place 5 weeks ago.

The Malaysian Masters (Women) result as follows:-

The National Squad 2016 for Women:-

1. WFM Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar (SGR) [Malaysian Masters 2016 Champion]
2. WFM Tan Li Ting (KL)
3. WFM Alia Anin Azwa Bakri (MAL)
4. WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (SGR)
5. Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (NS)
6. WCM Fong Mi Yen (PRK)
7. WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (SGR) [Malaysian Chess Championship 2016 Champion]

8. Rosamund Koo (KL) 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

2nd MBPS Juniors Open Chess Tournament (29/5): Registration is Closed

The registration for this national-rated event is closed with more than 180 children have registered. The name list shall be published on 3rd May (Tuesday) after I complete with the whole organisation of 43rd Selangor Open. 

There is one parent by the name of Yong Seow Huei, please send your child entry form to by 26th April. Else, your child (No name) entry will not be entertained and a refund will be made upon your request. Please take note that I don't have your contact number. 

An advise to all parents for future transaction, please add your child name to the Recipient Reference when you do an Online Transfer, the Organiser is not dealing with 1 online transaction but few dozens up to hundred transactions within a short span of 2 weeks.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Malaysian Masters and National Squad 2016

The National Squad 2016 Automatic Slots playoff has concluded a moment ago. Five men and three women who had tied on points from 2nd to 6th position and 3rd to 5th position respectively in Malaysian Chess Championship 2016 were called for a play-off in Kuala Lumpur from 15th to 17th April.

In the Men category, both Kabir Singh (Selangor) and Fong Yit San (Perak) have secured the two remaining automatic slots alongside with FM Yeoh Li Tian (Selangor) to be included into National Men Squad 2016. While, Tan Li Ting (KL) has secured an automatic slot alongside with Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  (Selangor) and Rosamund Koo (KL) who have qualified earlier from Malaysian Chess Championship into the National Women Squad 2016.

These players will play in the upcoming Malaysian Masters with other qualifiers. Regardless of result in Masters, 6 of them are in the new cycle of National Squad starting 1st May 2016. 

As for the upcoming 10-player Masters, the players list as follows:-

1. Kabir Singh (Nat Squad 2016)
2. CM Fong Yit San (Nat Squad 2016)
3. IM Jimmy Liew (Nat Squad 2015)
4. Lye Lik Zang (Nat Squad 2015)
5. Sumant Subramaniam (Nat Squad 2014)
6. NM Ng Tze Han (Nat Squad 2014)
7. CM Ng Jen Sheng (Top 10 FIDE Active list)
8. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (IM above elo 2300) 
9. Faizal Andin (Selected from NS 2016 AS playoff to make up 10-player RR)
10. Awang Syafie (Selected from NS 2016 AS playoff to make up 10-player RR)

1. WCM Nur Nabila (Nat Squad 2016)
2. Rosamund Koo (Nat Squad 2016)
3. WFM Tan Li Ting (Nat Squad 2016)
4. WFM Nur Najiha (Nat Squad 2015)
5. WFM Puteri Rifqah (Nat Squad 2015)
6. WFM Alia Anin Azwa (Nat Squad 2015)
7. WFM Camilia Johari (Nat Squad 2015)
8. Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (Nat Squad 2015)
9. Melanie Koo (Nat Squad 2015)
10. WCM Fong Mi Yen (Top 10 FIDE Active List)

The best 5 results among non National Squad 2016 players after Malaysian Masters will be included into National Squad 2016 to form a 8 pax National Squad in both Men and Women.

The Pairing for Malaysian Masters given by IA Abdul Hamid Majid as follows:-

Friday, April 15, 2016

MCF Chess Rating: APR 2016 Official Release

In April 2016 release, there are 24,890 chess players. This represent an increased of 4% from 23,917 chess players in Jan 2016. Of which there is more than 23,200 Malaysians in our chess rating database. A unique MCF Chess Rating ID contains 9-Alphanumeric ID was introduced in the October 2013 edition. Please refer to here for more info.
Please remember your MCF Chess Rating ID to facilitate registration process of National-rated Events and INSIST on the Event Organisers to key-in your MCF Chess Rating ID into IDNo column of the Swiss Manager file to avoid any rating discrepancies.

Click here to download the complete list of MCF Chess Rating List (APR 2016).

Click here to download the MCF Chess Rating List of 17,008 Malaysian Male Players that represents an additional 644 players (+3.9%) if compared with 3 months ago.

Click here to download the MCF Chess Rating List of 6,253 Malaysian Female Players. An additional of 311 players (+5.2%) if compared with 3 months ago.

For update on specific player's rating changes in the last 3 months, click here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MCF Chess Rating: April 2016 [Pre-release]

This is the pre-release document containing a copy of the rating changes for 2,511 unique players in Q1 2016 can be downloaded from here.

While, a copy of the Top 20 Most Improved chess players in Q1 2016 can be downloaded from here too.

The events that were included in the April 2016 release are listed as follows:-

1.        Shah Alam Masters (FIDE)    
2.        Shah Alam Challengers (FIDE)            
3.        Sabah Masters (FIDE)            
4.        GACC Open (FIDE)             
5.        Cheras Age-Group Jan          
6.        Sabah Age-Group   
7.        7th TSLLS KLK Sg Siput          
8.        7th TSLLS KLK Bangan Serai 
9.        7th TSLLS KLK Kampar          
10.     GACC Age-Group    
11.     Universiti Malaysia Terengganu        
12.     Perlis Open 2016     
13.     PACU – UUM Open
14.     SMK Khir Johari Open 2016 
15.     DATCC Open Feb    
16.     Sarawak Masters Open        
17.     National Age-Group              
18.     Cheras Age-Group Mar        
19.     Chung Hwa (Penang) Open  
20.     SUKIPT       
21.     Malaysian Championship Men (FIDE)
22.     Malaysian Championship Women (FIDE)
23.     JB Masters Open
24.     SKBJ Open  
25. SBPI Kubang Pasu Age Group

Monday, April 11, 2016

5th Summit Subang USJ Juniors Open: The Results (Individual)

This event was conducted successfully yesterday with more than 260 children taking part in this 1-day National Rated Event. The seeding of the players are based on yet to release National Rating April List that is scheduled to be released on 15th April. At the point of writing, the whole rating calculation of more than 2,500 players who took part in National-rated Events organised during the First Quarter 2016 is 95% complete.

I've received a few compliments and 'complaints' with regards to the National Ratings posted yesterday during the event. I'm happy because some parents have recognized the rating published is going to be their children new rating in April list, while I'm sad because some parents angry with me because 'wrong' rating are associated with their children. Other parents are puzzled without voicing to me because their children ratings are different from the one they know (i get to know via feedback from know-why parents).

Nevertheless, I'm happy based on parents reaction because it shows parents do care about their children rating very much. Due to sleepless night in rating calculation for the past few weeks, I finally lost my voice yesterday morning before the event start. This is the 1st time it happens to me on event day. Usually, it happens just after the event over e.g. The longest one I remembered was I lost my voice for 2 weeks after I finished with World Youth Olympiad in 2002. I must be counting my lucky star that it happened yesterday and not a day earlier, else the Chess Workshop for the 80 Early Bird Registrations has to be called off. Also, I thanked my Deputy, S. Balen, for the the speeches he gave on my behalf and special thanks to parents who presented me with few bottles of Chinese herbal tea for speedy recovery. Yesterday event went very smoothly, here, I thanked all my hardworking arbiters for a great job done!

Now, lets get back to the individual results.

The U-8 Result:-

The U-10 Result:-

The U-12 Result:-

The U-16 Result:-

Sunday, April 10, 2016

43rd Selangor Open (28/4 - 2/5): Prospectus

Source: Chess Association of Selangor

Updated [10th April]

To encourage more participation from school children, the Registration with payment for School (min 4 pax) by 13th April, shall be entitled to Early Bird Rebate.  

CAS will be organizing the Oldest Chess Tournament in the country from 28th April to 2nd May. This year we will be celebrating 43 continuous years of our event that has a very colorful history since its first inception in 1974.

This year prize fund has doubled to RM30,600/=. This event will be divided into 2 Categories i.e. an Open Section and a Challenger Section. CAS last organized the Challenger Section was during the 22nd edition in the year 1995.

This 9-round Open Section with the time control 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment from move 1 will have a prize fund of RM 25,000/= that comprises of RM 21,000/= in cash for the Top 20 winners (Champion RM 6,000), RM 3,000/= in cash awaiting 15 winners in Special Prizes, and 15 Trophies for the Best Schools / IPT in Malaysia. This Open section is open to all. Free entry shall be given to any WGM/IM/GM and past Selangor Open Champions who sign-up. On top of that, the first 6 Grandmasters (GM) who confirm their participation shall be provided with 5 nights accommodation @ Cititel Hotel (on twin-sharing basis).

While, the Challenger Section with the same number of rounds and time control will share the remaining prize fund of RM 5,600/= i.e. RM 3,900/= in cash for Top 10 winners, RM 1,000/= in cash awaiting 9 top winners from 3 National Rating Ceiling categories and 3 best Ladies, and 15 Trophies for Best Primary Schools in Malaysia. This event is open to participant with FIDE Standard Elo below 1900 rating (April 2016 release). For those who didn't have FIDE Standard Elo Rating, the participant must have MCF National Rating below 1750 (Jan 2016 release) in order to take part.  Click here for a copy of National Rating Jan 2016 list.  

The venue for this event is at Grand Ballroom, 5th floor, Cititel Mid Valley Hotel, KL. Any outstation participants who need accommodation at Cititel Hotel, please alias with En. Hamid Majid ( for a special rate. Alternatively, you can book the room via one of the online web portals.

[Updated 22/3: One night twin sharing with breakfast @ RM281 nett. Please contact Mr Hamid, DAT Chess Centre]

CAS has appointed DAT Chess Centre as Event Manager for this event. DAT Chess Centre will be handling the Registration and Payment processes. All payments shall be paid into DAT Chess Centre Maybank account: 5145-9822-0396.

Malaysian who is born / residing / studying / working in Selangor enjoys a lower entrance fee privilege. While, OKU participant who take part in the Open Section is entitled to lowest rate in entrance fee.

You may download a copy of the Open Section Prospectus or the Challenger Section Prospectus.

The Open Section Infosheet:-

The Open Section Entry Form:-

The Challenger Section Infosheet:-

The Challenger Section Entry Form:-

Saturday, April 9, 2016

5th Summit Subang USJ Juniors Open (10/4): Arrive at Venue before 10.30AM

On behalf of the Organiser, The Summit Subang USJ, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all parents / teachers / coaches who had registered children for this event. This event has growth in strength since it first started with 166 children in 2012, followed by 211 children in 2013, then we had 254 and 256 children in 2014 and 2015 respectively. This year we have attracted 266 children with the registration closed on 12th Feb 2016.

Due to space limitation at the point of planning stage, the event has to be capped at around 250 pax. The Organiser is unable to free-up more space to allow more participants - All in all, there are more than 50 other players whom entries can't be accepted due to space limitation. For the 2017 edition, the Organiser has the intention to hold this event at low season in Q1 to cater for 300 pax at the very least.

On this Sunday, all players must arrive at the tournament venue BEFORE 10.30AM. The shopping mall is open to public at 10AM Sharp. For those who arrive earlier than 10AM, you may use the basement Car Park entrance (locates at the back of the mall) and take the lift (on the left side) nearest to the Car Park Entrance in order to access into the Shopping Mall. For those who take taxi / bus, please enter via entrance besides Summit Hotel (a side entrance) because the main entrance to the shopping mall was closed for exterior renovation. Venue: Ground Floor of the Mall (opposite of Information Counter).

There is no need for Confirmation of Players Registration as all players who had payment made shall be paired for Rd 1. A briefing on some important points in Laws of Chess shall take place from 10.30AM until 10.50AM. Round 1 starts at 10.50AM.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2nd MBPS Juniors Open Chess Tournament on 29th May 2016

The school will be organising a national-rated Juniors Open Chess tournament this coming school holiday. The School hopes to attract school-going children around the country to take part in this one-day event. 

The event shall be divided into 3 categories i.e. U-8, U-10 and U-12. These 3 categories shall have an accumulated cash prize of RM 1,260 to be distributed among top 5 prizewinners and medals to the top 10 prizewinners of each category . The Champion in each Category shall be receiving RM 150 Cash + Medal + Certificate of Achievement. On top of the main prizes, the Organiser has prepared Best School Prizes (Gold Silver, Bronze) for each category. Eligibility for Best School: A minimum of 4 players per school in same category

The entry fee for each person is RM 40 only. The closing date is 17th April (Sunday). However, it may close earlier once all 180 seats are taken up.

Due to space constrain, so you need to register yourself as quickly as possible by sending an email with the entry form attached to Payment instruction will be given in the replied email. All entries will be accepted based on "first comes first serve basis with payment received" followed by "first comes first serve basis on pre-registration"

Click here to download the entry form in PDF format