Monday, December 22, 2008

SelangorChess News - December 2008

CAS completed its chess calendar last November with the conclusion of the 10th CAS-Octagon 4th Quarter Allegro 2008. Most of the CAS officials are now either on holiday or busy with year-end work. But there were still a flurry of chess activities in the country in December. In addition to the just completed chess tournament in Bukit Jalil and the still on-going chess championship in Trengganu, our fellow affiliates north of the border namely Penang Chess Association ('PCA') and Perak International Chess Association ('PICA') had also successfully completed their chess programs this month
PCA recently held its annual 'Pertandingan Catur Terbuka 2008' in conjunction with the Pesta Pulau Pinang on 13th to 14th Dec 2008 at Dewan Sri Pinang. (Dewan Sri Pinang is strategically located near a beach as seen above). It was a team event attracting a number of players from the Klang Valley this time. GM Bong Villamayor were at the scene to add glamour to the event won eventually by 'Old Frees Association A' team . Full results are available at the PCA web site

PICA is one other active affiliate having completed 5 tournaments this year. A major draw is that tournaments are held in various locations in the State. The Clearwater Sanctuary Chess Tournament is set in a beautiful country golf club outside Ipoh. For the record Sumant Subramaniam (in green shirt) won this year's tournament held last June.

Going further north to Taiping, PICA in collaboration with CRC held its 4th CRC Taiping Open Chess Tournament last Sunday. The Tournament again attracted a number of players from the Klang Valley, notably Selangor. It was a fine performance by Selangor although few in number made a strong presence in the competition. But it is more than mere competition, rather the bond seen amongst players of various States.

The organiser was gracious enough to print sufficient copies of the results for distribution to participants and observers

Finally we would like to wish our Christian friends 'Merry Christmas' and to all viewers ' Happy New Year'

Sunday, December 7, 2008

10th CAS-Octagon 4th Quarter Allegro 2008 - Results

The final leg of the CAS-Octagon Allegro for the year registered a strong pool of 76 players. The newly refurbished TheChessCentre hall on 4th Floor of Kompleks Wilayah adequately fulfilled the required playing space. IA Hamid Majid who is manning the place promised to further upgrade the area to include air-conditioning system. CAS President Shafruddin reiterated the Association completed the task it set out to do for the year and hoped his Committee would receive the continued support from the sponsors, members and chess players. Ideas and volunteers were welcome so as to bring chess to the next higher level in Selangor and the country in general. Hon Secretary IA Lim Tse Pin confirmed the 11th series of the CAS-Octagon First Quarter Allegro 2009 would start off at the same premises on 18th January 2009. Given the support from the sponsor Octagon Consolidated Berhad and favourable response from the players the prize monies would be further increased. Finally to all Muslims 'Selamat Hari Raya Eidil Adha'

Nicholas Chan (in black shirt) blazed his way with a straight 7 points win. He earlier stopped Ian Udani in the 6th Round who had to settle for a second place. Committee Member/Hon Treasurer Fariz Shafruddin with 6 points was placed 3rd.

Full results

The winners' list

1st - Nicholas Chan

2nd - Ian Udani

3rd - Fariz Sharuddin

4th - Mohd Kamal Abdullah

5th- Muhd Tariq Amru

6th-Sumant Subramaniam

7th-Zarul Shazwan Zullkafli

8th-Justin Ong Way

9th-Abdullah Che Hassan

10th-Cheah Eu Gene

(Another view of the playing hall. To the far right is another corner, which in total will comfortably accommodate 80 players at any one time)

Consolation Prize Winners

Heading the list of Consolation Prize winners is Veteran and CAS Commitee Member Mat Zaki Yeop

Friday, December 5, 2008

10th CAS-Octagon 4th Quarter Allegro 2008

CAS will be holding the final event for the year this Sunday at the newly refurbished ChessNetwork as indicated in this SSQuah's Star paper news clip.
We have not really finalised next year's schedule , so members may want to forward ideas and better still to volunteer in the running of next year's program for the betterment of chess in the State.


Tips from the experts

Secrets revealed - whether its the sicilians or the english you need to tickle it behind the ears

Keep your mouths shut,

...with both hands if need be

... and hold your head together

But whichever way you look at it, its a game to be enjoyed with friends

...oh what the heck, I'm having fun . See if I can keep this glorious crown in the years to come