Saturday, November 7, 2009

SelangorChess News - November 2009 Update

Sarawak Chess Association is co-organising the Malaysia Inter StateChess Championship to be held in Sibu from 25th to 27th December 2009. Spearheading the Selangor challenge will be our Fide-rated Mohd Fairin Zakaria. He will be accompanied by three other leading Selangor players who have not only donned the Selangor colours in the past but brought honours to the State and CAS as well.

In the news today is our SelangorChess veteran youngster Yeoh Li Tian who succeeded in carving his name on the Roll of Honour in The Milo-MSSM Sports Awards 2008. Tahniah!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

SelangorChess News - Chess development and a Notification

CAS has been long established since around the mid-1970's and over the years took pains to abide by the requirements of the authorities notably the Registrar of Societies which included inter-alia aspects on membership and financial reporting. The Association has also been in the forefront in the areas of chess development having conducted numerous short training courses for the junior players for instance. CAS also seems to be the sole voice in official meetings calling for greater transparency in the running of chess bodies. In addition CAS is one of the leading pioneers to introduce international level chess competition in the Malaysian calendar, namely the Selangor Open now in its 36th year, a tradition the Association has been able and obliged to maintain over the years

Chess has since been widely accepted as sports at international levels and to some extent by the Olympic Council of Malaysia. Following the legislation of the Sports Development Act 1997 the Commisioner of Sports ('COS') was soon established, and chess was later included in the list.

In addition to the normal compliances, COS also seeks the development and promotion of the sports. To this end COS proposes a formal broad-based pyramid infrastructure. In short, all chess bodies must be registered with COS be it at club (school,university, work-place, residentials, social group, etc), district or State levels, with a National body at the apex. While non-funded activities may not be under strict scrutiny the soliciting and disbursements of funds from sponsors, participants and/or parents may face the full weight of the law which if convicted is not mere let-off with penalty fine but a jailable offence.

Taking cognisance the above matters CAS urges all relevant bodies to register with COS and to work closely with the Association on chess activities in the State. To reiterate CAS has been active but probably slowed down over the past two years initially to avoid duplication given the spurt of activities and especially the lack of man-power. It is thus timely for all responsible to come forward and play active role in the development of chess as envisioned by the authorities

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SelangorChess News - August 2009: Official results update

29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009 - Official Results

The Indonesian teams INA-RTCC and Bhayangkara Police R.I. upstaged the Filipinos with a 1-2 finish this year.

'Selangor Generasi 10' all-girl team were winners alongside 'Indonesian Dream Girls' for the 'Best Under-12' and 'Best Ladies' categories respectively


Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009

This was the main event of The Malaysian Chess Festival held earlier on. India's GM Negi, Parimarjan was top thus denying GM Li Chao b's quest for a three straight-win record

CAS Vice President FM Mok Tze Meng collected his 3rd norm and likely to surpass the 2400 mark as well for his IM title. Well Done!


The AmBank Malaysian Chess Challenge 2009

This event was also part of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 and held concurrently with the Malaysian Open or DATMO

The Filipinos grabbed the top three spots with 7 points between them.


# ....And The Other Happenings

The organiser took the opportunity to present the winning team SMS Gold in a recently concluded local chess league competition. The DATCC Chess league which stretched over some 4 months held every Wednesday evening ended in time before the start of the Malaysian Chess Festival.


Monday, August 31, 2009

29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009 - Final Results


SelangorChess took the Best Under-12 title through the all-girl 'Selangor Generasi 10' team . The team collected 17 1/2 points. It was quite an achievement given that they had to play in only one Open category more so with many of the top foreign teams especially studded with their GMs and IMs.

Meanwhile Selangor senior team rebounded in Round 8 only to set up a final encounter with a Filipino team with 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 points. The aggregate 21 points were insufficient to secure the Best State prize - a near miss by a mere 1/2 point margin. It was a galant fight nonetheless

Likewise 'Selangor Generasi 10' gunning for the Best Under-16 prize clashed head-on with another Penang Under-16 team in the final round but also faltered enabling the latter to take the title.

All in all the SelangorChess contingent had invaluable experience and had in-built fighting spirit to overcome minor hitches here and there and will surely emerge ever stronger.

Overall the event was eventually won by Indonesian team INA-RTCC (right pic) headed by IM Tirto on Board 1 setting aside the Filipino teams who in the past had been dominating the top tables.

Finally to fellow Members and Malaysians we celebrate "Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!" and to our Muslim brothers ' Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadhan Al Mubarak' and "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri". To our foreign guests enjoy your stay here and have a safe journey home!


(Final Team results - subject to verification)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009 - Day1 & 2

The SelangorChess Teams for the first time in recent years struggled to stamp their presence in the Merdeka Chess Championship. There will be 2 more rounds in the third and final day tomorrow and we hope notwithstanding the challenges and maneuvers faced to rise to the occasion.

29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Team Championship 2009 - List of participating Teams

66 teams have registered participation in this year's 29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Championship 2009 . The Opening Ceremony held on the 29th Aug 2009 was graced by YB Dato' Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia's Minister of Youth and Sports pictured above receiving a memento from our MCF President Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib. He showed talent in a chess encounter with our Dato Tan Chin Nam and hopefully will provide impetus in the development of chess to the next higher level

Friday, August 28, 2009

29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009 - SelangorChess Team line-up

We congratulate the players who don the Selangor colours in this year's 29th Merdeka Rapid Team event. Through combined individual efforts and team spirit the SelangorChess will again endeavour to bring honours to the State and CAS

Senior Team

  1. Ian udani
  2. Zarul Shazwan Zullkafli
  3. Kamaluddin Yusof
  4. Nur Shazwani Zullkaffi
Selangor Generasi 9 (U-16)
  1. Yeoh Li Tian
  2. Low Jun Jian
  3. Amira Syahmina Zullkafli
  4. Mohd Faizal Roslan
  5. Low Jun Keat
Selangor Generasi 10 (U-12/Ladies)
  1. Nur Nabila Azman Hisham
  2. Nur Najiha Azman Hisham
  3. Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar
  4. Ee Sun Xin
  5. Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar

Players are requested to assemble at the Ballroom, 5th Floor Cititel MidValley Hotel at 08:00 hr 29th Aug 2009(Saturday) for a short briefing by the CAS President En Shafruddin


Monday, August 10, 2009

SelangorChess Team - The road to the 29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009 (29th Aug to 31st Aug 2009)

This year's possible line-up will not include our regular player HonTreasurer Fariz Shafruddin as he has just left overseas for further studies. We congratulate and wish him all the best in his undertaking

The team will however remain as formidable with the recruitment of another capable and regular campaigner Kamaluddin Yusof

The first junior to have come forward for the State call-up is our golden boy Yeoh Li Tian. We note unfortunately, given the possible limited budget, time constraint and handling of the event by a third party there will be no State medal for the junior category at stake this year. (On the other hand as member affiliate we really hope the 'royalty or revenue sharing' from this and all other outsourcing arrangements will be sufficient to cover whatever deficit and more, and with a cleaner structure better benefits for members in future)

After due consideration we propose to put up two junior teams to give youngsters the recognition and exposure which are important prerequisites in chess development

The SelangorChess juniors will feature a number of fresh faces this year to include amongst others newly crowned WCN Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (top), Faisal Roslan (bottom pic.) and Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar (right pic showing the three-finger V sign, with her sister Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar on her left).

A complete line-up and board ranking will be finalised in due course

For information the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 will start off earlier with the main 9-Round IGB-6th Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open - 21st Aug to 28th Aug 2009 at Bintang Ballroom, Cititel MidValley the same venue as the above Rapid Open Team event. Details can be found at

Friday, July 31, 2009

Selangor Selection - 29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009

(Pictured with the CAS officials are members of the elite SelangorChess 2008 squad representing Selangor. In collaboration with Majlis Sukan Negeri Selangor it was another successful outing with all the teams achieving the target of winning the top prizes in the categories that they participated in. Well Done!)

Players are invited to register your interest with CAS to represent Selangor in the upcoming Merdeka Rapid Team to be held at CitiTel MidValley from 28th August to 31st Aug 2009