Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 - The Opening

At the Opening

Players' briefing

62 players registered to join the event. Among them are some 33 FIDE rated players which means that players without FIDE rating can easily earn a provisional rating from this event.

Some of the top players who registered earlier in the tournament are as listed below:

1. Chan, Nicholas 5701120 2380 f MAS

2. Lim, Yee-Weng 5700590 2349 f MAS

3. Lim, Chuin Hoong Ronnie 5700736 2276 MAS

4. Tedy, Sukirman 7100175 2254 f INA

5. Leong, Mun Wan 5701520 2232 MAS

6. Tamin, Upi Darmayana 7100353 2211 wm INA

7. Abdullah, Mohd Kamal 5700086 2205 MAS

8. Yeoh, Chin Seng 5700418 2195 MAS

9. Jamals, Hendry 7101031 2185 INA

10.Yusof, Kamaluddin 5701171 2172 MAS

11.Lumongdong, Lisa Karlina 7100400 2147 wm INA

12.Che Hassan, Abdullah 5701104 2133 MAS

13.Lindiawati, Evi 7101449 2125 INA

14.Tham, Tick Hong Jax 5701279 2113 MAS

15.Wahiduddin, Kamalarifin 5700523 2090 MAS

16.Erowan, Masrin 5701775 2038 MAS

17.Zullkafli, Nur Shazwani 5701538 2034 wc MAS

18.Lim, Kian Hwa 5700744 1992 MAS

Other names are Mohd Saprin Sabri, Haslindah Ruslan, Roslina Marmono, Marcus Yeoh, Khairunnisa' W, Alia Anin and many more. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi was also at the scene but could not participate as he would be going off for his GM quest in the Philippines this weekend.

IA Hamid Majid is the Chief Arbiter with En Kamarul Zaman as Assistant Arbiter for the Tournament.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008

In the press today is an article on Audrey Wong, Malaysia's first Woman International Master ('WIM'). She is also the daughter of our longest serving and current Persatuan Catur Selangor or Chess Association of Selangor ('CAS') official, Puan Jackie Wong. Jackie who sat on the CAS Committee since 1985 (the year when Audrey shot to prominence to earn her WIM title in Adelaide) was one of the key figures in CAS that helped shape what the association is today. An NGO and a non-profit institution CAS remains professionally run by a team of dedicated and experienced personnel drawn from various discipline. As an independent body CAS do receive support from various sponsors but one that stands out, since 1983 is Royal Selangor. The policy and decision-making process of CAS however remains solely in the hands of the biennially-elected committee and members.

The Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 scheduled this coming 30th April to 4th May is expected to attract a strong pool of local and foreign players. CAS would like to urge more local players to join this internationally recognized Fide-rated Tournament.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SelangorChess - An Aspiration

(Close bond of a family friend)

To join the challenge long overdue, a Malaysian Grandmaster in our midst,
and to add.... an Olympiad ranking amongst the best to our name,
a possible dream

Down Under for an answer...


Passing on the baton make a difference, wishfully.

(En Basri in white receiving a plaque)

A mind game creating beauty out of imbalance ... and to reach out above board


In search of the elusive gold...

(Joe and the kids)

Seeking the path toh success. We have a role, and to involve all.
Seeking a formula sustainable, and
to Do It Better

(Team CAS)

The best, but a fry in the forest flame.
To measure the important and not distracted by traps and noise from without.

(Team Selangor)

We are at centre board but the frontier's impenetrable.
Listen intensely but worry not the detractors as rules are not their game

(Turkey 2003)

Sharing ideas with the best but yearn for progress at the backyard.To thrive on chaos and to decentralize?

(A young player)

Age and gender should not matter. But the many islands that form only to disunite
Bersatu Teguh Bercerai Roboh

(MCF Officials)

Breakthrough ideas and inspirational thoughts are never confined to the few.
Change and integrity are both inevitable and prerequisites for success

Age is but a number... another Nick, Marc, Siti, Wan and Wani will emerge like the morning dew.
To think as one - to inspire a common passion. To overcome whatever the obstacles

(33rd Selangor Open)

We strive for the best.
To seek the tempo, to feign a threat and to build a structure so formidable

(At the Olympiad)

(The Ukrainians and The Trophy)

To vision a common Dream - the players, organizers and cheerleaders as one.
A building block for an opening and the middle, with an end in mind.

By Shafruddin,

Friday, April 18, 2008

Royal Selangor International Chess Tournament 2008 - In The News

CAS event highlight of the year the Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 set on 30th April to 4th May 2008 received a favourable coverage in the Star newspaper today.Players are urged to register early and better still check if they can join as members, to be eligible for special entry fees and prizes.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 - Early Bird Invitation

In response to feedbacks and appeals from members and the public we are pleased, after due consideration, to revise the Entrance Fee structure to RM60.00 for members and RM90.00 for non-members. The Prize structure and all other terms as contained in the above brochure shall remain unchanged. To be eligible for this 'Early Bird Invitation' kindly preregister at our email by 25th April 2008. Those who have already made payments shall be refunded the difference accordingly.

Ekoran maklumbalas dan permintaan dari ahli Persatuan dan pemain catur am nya, kami berbesar hati, setelah membuat penelitian sewajarnya, menyusun semula Yuran Kemasukan kepada RM60.00 untuk ahli dan RM90.00 untuk bukan ahli. Struktur hadiah dan terma sepertimana yang tertera di dalam surat jemputan ini di kekalkan. Untuk mendapat 'Tawaran Istimewa' ini sila buat pendaftaran awal ke email kami selewat-lewatnya pada 25hb April 2008. Kepada sesiapa yang telah membuat pembayaran beza wang tersebut akan dikembalikan.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 - The Past Winners

The first 'Selangor Open' was launched soon after the establishment of The Chess Association of Selangor ('CAS') in 1974. The tournament soon gained strength attracting both local and foreign players and is now well entrenched as a premier event in the Malaysian chess calendar. It has in fact been awarded as the longest running chess tournament in the country by the Malaysia Book of Records some time ago, and is still trotting strongly into its 35th year.

Royal Selangor came into the picture in 1983 and has not looked back since as the main sponsor of the tournament. It would not be an easy task for CAS to maintain this tradition without the unwavering support of this corporation.

On the local winners, Woo Beng Keong made a comeback in the local allegro circuit recently after a long absence. An 8-time winner including a 4 consecutive dominance in 1985-1988 IM Jimmy Liew could still be seen in selected local tournaments. FM Mok Tze Meng with 5 titles under his name is still active and a strong contender should he choose to play this time round. He is coincidently the Vice-President of CAS. Current title holder Lim Chuin Hoong may want to defend his title before his career as a doctor demands more of his time. Youngster FM Anas Nazreen is in college but should he be able to take time-off will definitely add colour to this tournament. Other names such as FM Lim Yee Weng, Mohd Saprin, Mohd Kamal,and even Nor Azmi who appears occasionally, FM Christi Hon ("chess is a waste of time' but he did play and win) or FM Peter Long (yes, his recent foray in Singapore proved he could still sting) could deny any new entry into the winners' list. FM Nicholas Chan is back somewhere in Malacca now and could also sneak in to wrestle the title for the second time. And of course there will always be the challenge from the visitors be it the Indonesians, the Filipinos, Singaporeans or even from those further afield.

Fortunately in chess this tournament is not about the winners only. Players can benchmark their achievements through the internationally recognized FIDE ratings. To those players venturing overseas where standard-time or Fischer time control are the norm, this tournament would serve as a useful training ground and experience.

This year's tournament is scheduled from 30th April to 4th May 2008. With the venue at the Royal Selangor showroom complex in Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur this should provide a conducive environment for the players.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 - The Invitation

The Chess Association of Selangor invites local and international chess players to participate in the 35th Selangor Open, the longest running chess tournament in Malaysia. Due to space constraint we may have to just accomodate up to 80 players only.Please preregister at our email address or submit your application to our sponsor Royal Selangor, Petaling Jaya office.

Persatuan Catur Selangor menjemput pemain catur tempatan dan luar negara mengambil bahagian di Catur Terbuka Selangor ke35, pertandingan catur bertaraf antarabangsa paling lama diadakan di Malaysia hingga kini. Oleh kerana tempat yang terhad kepada tidak melebehi 80 peserta diharap membuat pendaftaran awal melalui email atau menghantar terus borang penyertaan kepada penganjur, Royal Selangor cawangan Petaling Jaya.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

10th CAS 2nd Quarter Chess Allegro 2008 (Category 1)

Kamaluddin Yusuf a regular campaigner in the local chess circuit won the Championship this evening despite his setback in Round 4 against Fariz Shafruddin. His win over Sumant Subramaniam in the Final Round propelled him to the top while the latter who only needed a draw had to settle at 4th Position. Sharing 6 points with 16th seeded Zaidan Zulkipli, the winner was decided by the stipulated 5th tie-break of 'won game', probably the first time in the country or at least in CAS events to decide on the eventual winner.

In the picture is Zaidan making his move which ended with a draw against Sumant Subramaniam. He also drew another game with Fariz Shafruddin (seated in green T-shirt) in the 6th Round, to be the only unbeaten player in this Category 1 tournament. It was a a fruitful outing for this medical student taking a short break from his studies in Ireland when he earlier stopped another favourite Filipino player Ian Udani in the 5th Round. Looking on is tournament top seeded Ronnie Lim (in black T-shirt) who squeezed into 10th place with 4 points.

Junior National player Yeoh Li Tian grabbed the top Under-15 Best Prize, a commendable feat considering he was placed a respectable 15th overall in a field comprising a number of established senior players.

Overall the Championship series organized by the Chess Association of Selangor or CAS was a success with a strong albeit smaller than expected turnout. Hopefully with better dissemination of information and coordination of chess activities amongst organizers will benefit the chess fraternity in the Klang Valley.

10th CAS 2nd Quarter Chess Allegro 2008 (Category 2 )

Shreyes Subramaniam made a perfect score to emerge Champion in the above Category 2 chess championship organized by The Chess Association of Selangor or CAS, this evening. Second-placed Mohd Izzaldin also did well to beat first ranked Ng Hong Khai in Round 4. He was only stopped by Shreyes in the subsequent round. In 3rd Place was Adrain Yeoh when he set aside 3rd-ranked Derek Poon. The latter however collected 4 1/2 points to secure the 8th Position on tie-break.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Royal Selangor International Open Chess Tournament 2008 - Brief update

The Champion for this 9-round FIDE rated event will receive RM 2,200 cash plus Royal Selangor Pewterware. The event also known as The 35th Selangor International Open Chess Tournament commences: 30th April to 4th May 2008 @ Royal Selangor HQ, Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. (Note: Round 1 is scheduled to start at 1800 hrs)

Entrance Fee for CAS Members >> RM 70, while Others >> RM 110.

For pre-registration, please send an email to