Wednesday, April 25, 2012

39th Selangor Open: Latest Enrollment (Part 2)

CAS has been informed by our Filipinos chess friend, Jose Efren, that GM Richard Bitoon, IM Oliver Dimaking, IM Rolando Nolte, and Steward Manaog will partake in the upcoming 39th Selangor Open. We welcome them to this edition of Selangor Open.

39th Selangor Open: Update#3 - Registered Players

The registration with payment received by the Organiser for 39th Selangor Open as of 29th April 2012 (10pm):
1.         Koh, Sian Kuan Bausch
2.         Lim, Ming Kang
3.         Lim, Ming Xian
4.         Zulkipli, Zaidan
5.         Ng, Wei Kiang
6.         Abdul Shukor, Abdul Aziz
7.         Liew, Chee-Meng-Jimmy (IM)
8.         Maarof, Aid Farhan
9.         Muhd Nadzri, Muhd Zulhairi
10.       Ramos, Ernesto
11.       Mohd Taib, Khairul Faizi
12.       Ramsit, Masrul
13.       Badrol Hisham, Syazwan Fikri
14.       Abdul Rahman, Muhd Ridzuan
15.       Lim, Wong Cheng Daryl
16.       Subramaniam, Sumant
17.       Ding, Tze How Dilwen
18.       Jahadi, Ashkan
19.       Hamzah, Razali
20.       Yusof, Kamaluddin
21.       Wahiduddin, Kamalarifin
22.       Ajeet Singh, Roshan
23.       Ajeet Singh, Kabir Singh
24.       Fong, Yit San
25.       Sabri, Mohd Saprin
26.       Mohd Saprin, Amir Ghaazi
27.       Mohd Saprin, Amir Qayyim
28.       Yahaya, Nor Zaiasron
29.       Udani, Ian
30.       Haniff, Harlieff
31.       Lim, Kian Hwa
32.       Mas, Hafizulhelmi (IM)
33.       Fong, Yit Ho
34.       Darrel Yap Egin
35.       Ooi, Zhi Jian Sean
36.       Ting, Shih Chieh Alfred
37.       Wan Razali, Wan Aizuddin
38.       Othman, Khairunnisa Izzati
39.       Shah, Mohd Irwan
40.       Abdul Hamid, Hamidah
41.       Viajantheran, Viknesh
42.       Bitoon, Richard (GM)
43.       Dimakiling, Oliver (IM)
44.       Nolte, Rolando (IM)
45.       Mat Zaki Yeop
46.       Abd Rahman, Syazrin
47.       Tham, Tick Hong Jax
48.       Ruslan, Haslindah
49.       Harun, Bustaman
50.      Fong, Choong Ee 
51.      Liew, Ken Yew
52.       Abdul Rashid, Hasidin
53.       Lum, Zhun Hoong
54.       Yahaya, Nor Zaiasron
As for those who wish to take part in the event but have yet to register your name. You may send your details to by this Sunday, 29th April 2012 and make your payment on tournament day, 1st May BEFORE 1PM (No RM 30 discount will be given).  

A list of players who have pre-registered their names with the Organiser as follows:

1)        Azhar, Muhd Syakir Shazmeer
2)        Lai, Swee Chin Alan
3)        Latif, Saleh
4)        Low, Zhen Yu Cyrus
5)        Mappa, Saharuddin
6)        Shamsuddin, Shahrizal
7)        Sim, Chung Seng
8)        Mokhtar, Harris
9)        Manaog, Stewart
10)      Azman Hisham, Nur Nabila
11)      Azman Hisham, Nur Najiha
12)      Azman Hisham, Muhd Nabil
13)       Tan, Yong Zhao
14)       Ho, Chen Ee
15)       Tan, Qian Hui
16)       Lim, Jun Hong
17)       Tan, Jun Hong

Monday, April 23, 2012

39th Selangor Open: Latest Enrollment

CAS is pleased to announce that our nation de facto No.1 player, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi, has agreed to take part in this edition of Selangor Open. As of 23rd April enrollment list, he is the highest in elo rating among all players who have registered to play in this event.

39th Selangor Open: Update#2

Notification: For those who have pre-registered yourself for the event but yet to make payment for RM30 discount, you are been reminded to bank-in the amount by tomorrow 11.59pm (24th Apr). There after, you are no longer entitle to the discount structure. If you are playing in Malacca, you may make the payment to one of our representatives (their names are listed in the entry form).

As for those who wish to take part in the event but have yet to register your name. You may send your details to by this Sunday, 29th April 2012 and make your payment on tournament day, 1st May BEFORE 1PM (No RM 30 discount will be given). For the discount entitlement, sms Mr. Lim @ 012-2984922 for bank account information and payment must be made by tomorrow 11.59pm (24th Apr)

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Spirit of Selangor Open Tournament

Here comes again another milestone celebrating Selangor Open Chess Tournament for 39 consecutive years in running which also known as "Royal Selangor Open Chess Tournament" since 1983 until 2008. This tournament may not be able to last until today if not for the strong corporate support from Royal Selangor in sponsoring this event.

Selangor Open has been accorded the longest running tournament in Malaysia by The Malaysia Book of Records in 2000. Since its inception in 1974, this event has attracted foreign participations from countries like Russia, India, England, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, New Zealand, and many others.

Foreign players continue their total domination in this event by winning the first six editions with Indonesian IM Dr. Max Wotulo winning thrice. The foreign domination only came to an end when IM-to-be Jimmy Liew won the 7th edition. As a result from Jimmy win, the year 1980 was marked as a significant year to be remembered for our local players and signal the beginning of a new era of chess development in Malaysia. Nevertheless, Ajai Choudhry continued back foreign domination when he won the 8th edition. However, Jimmy again came to the rescue of local players when he wrested back the title in the following year before losing it to Englishmen IM David Goodman in the 10th edition.

Jimmy began his supremacy by virtue of his IM strength by then to win for 4 consecutive years from the 12th to 15th edition before lost back the title into foreign hand. This time it is IM F. Mirabeau who won the 16th edition. Nevertheless, Jimmy won another two times i.e. 19th and 26th edition to become the "best of the best" among the winners by winning a record of 8 times in 38 editions.

In the 1990s, we saw the emerging of Mok Tze Meng who won in the 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 30th edition to become the next best player after Jimmy with a record of 5 wins so far. Other local winners are Nicholas Chan (31st, 36th, 37th, 38th edition), Lim Yee Weng (25th & 35th edition) Peter Long (20th edition), Nor Azmi (21st edition), Mohd. Kamal Abdullah (22nd edition), Anas Nazreen Bakri (32nd edition) and Lim Chuin Hoong (34th edition).

In the year 2000 when CAS is celebrating its 27th Selangor Open, again we saw another set of total foreign domination. This time was the Philippines led by GM Eugene Torre, GM Antonio Rogelio, Ronaldo Nolte, and IM Rico Mascarinas. Meawhile, our local representatives are four-time winner Mok Tze Meng and one-time winner Lim Yee Weng together with a string of national players.

With the participation from the four Filipinos in the 27th Selangor Open, once and again it has shown that the Selangor Open event has never failed to capture the attention of foreign chess players. No wonder the Selangor Open has been dubbed as the de facto Malaysia Open over the years that are without the Malaysia Open being organise. Lets Selangor Open to continue its spirit and tradition into the future generations.

While, the 28th edition saw participation came from both local and Singaporean players only. Mohd Saprin Sabri emerged winner for the first time. Next, the 29th edition won by Fikrul Saifuddin, an Indonesian whom many local players regarded him as the strongest non-FIDE rated chess player in the country at that time.

The 31st edition saw participation from Brunei National Champion AK Hira, Selangor Open winner Mok Tze Meng (5 championships) and Saprin, National Champions Siti Zulaikha and Nicholas Chan, and many other top national players. After a gruelling 9-round, CAS is very please to see the moment of waiting for a home-grown youngster, FM Nicholas Chan, to become the Selangor Open champion has finally arrived. He left the country shortly after that to pursue his study in medicine. Upon returning back to Malaysia, he went on to win the title three years in-a-row from 2009 to 2011.

The achievement of Chan is a best way to show the success of CAS Chess Training Excellent Programme which started as a brainchild of two people i.e. Mrs. Jackie Wong and former top-ranked National player Peter Long. While, Lim Tse Pin is assigned as the chief engineer to carry out this project in 1996 as part of his maiden assignment since joining the Association Council. By 2006, this programme had completed 10 editions successfully and churned out many national champions and age-group champions. Nevertheless, this programme will never exist in the first place if not for strong corporate support from Royal Selangor. A big thank you to Royal Selangor for 26 years support.

CAS has continued to organise the 36th and 37th edition with her own funds at a cost of using one-quarter of available fund that was built since 1983. At the going rate, CAS funds will be wiped out completely by 2015.

In 2011, CAS has made a pledge to the chess community to seek for donations. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has stepped forward to rescue the 38th edition by donating RM 10,000/=. As for this year edition, the same donor has pledged to underwrite any shortfall from the on-going fundraising exercise for this event. We at CAS are thankful to all donors who have contributed towards continuity of this event as the longest running tournament in Malaysia.

39th Selangor Open: Update#1

Good News! IM Jimmy Liew, our country first International Master, has confirmed his participation in the 39th Selangor Open.

Jimmy has won the most number of times in Selangor Open history. He first won the title on the 7th edition in the year 1980, and his second title on the 9th edition. 3 yrs later, he won it again, by then has also added an IM title under his belt. He continues to win the title for the next 3 years.

This make him the first person to win the Selangor Open for 4 years in-a-row, a New Championship Record (that still standing until today) was set that surpasses the record of 3 years in-a-row set by IM Dr. Max Wotulo in 1977.

4 years later, Jimmy once again added the 19th edition to his collection of glittering silverware oops .... should be called pewterware since Royal Selangor is THE Sponsor from 10th edition to 35th edition. In 1999, Jimmy once again had captured the 26th Selangor Open and has extended his own winning record to 8 times.

This could well be a National Record for The Most Number of Wins ever recorded in a Single Chess Championship.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

34th CAS AGM Notification

CAS will be conducting her AGM on 5th May 2012 @ 1pm, DATCC, 4th floor, Wilayah Complex, KL.

or click here for a copy of the AGM notification.

Monday, April 16, 2012

39th Selangor Open: Registered Players (updated 23rd Apr 2012)

The registration with payment received by the Organiser for 39th Selangor Open as of 23rd April 2012 (10am):

1. Koh, Sian Kuan Bausch
2. Lim, Ming Kang
3. Lim, Ming Xian
4. Zulkipli, Zaidan
5. Ng, Wei Kiang
6. Abdul Shukor, Abdul Aziz
7. Liew, Chee-Meng-Jimmy
8. Maarof, Aid Farhan
9. Muhd Nadzri, Muhd Zulhairi
10. Ramos, Ernesto
11. Mohd Taib, Khairul Faizi
12. Ramsit, Masrul
13. Badrol Hisham, Syazwan Fikri
14. Abdul Rahman, Muhd Ridzuan
15. Lim, Wong Cheng Daryl
16. Subramaniam, Sumant
17. Ding, Tze How Dilwen
18. Jahadi, Ashkan
19. Hamzah, Razali
20. Yusof, Kamaluddin
21. Wahiduddin, Kamalarifin
22. Ajeet Singh, Roshan
23. Ajeet Singh, Kabir Singh
24. Fong, Yit San
25. Sabri, Mohd Saprin
26. Mohd Saprin, Amir Ghaazi
27. Mohd Saprin, Amir Qayyim
28. Yahaya, Nor Zaiasron
29. Udani, Ian

Reminder: For those who wish to take part in this event, registration with payment made by 23 April 2012 will entitle you to a RM 30 discount. Please email your details as per entry form to We will advise you on the mode of payment. Thank you.

You may click here to get a copy of infosheet in pdf format.

A list of players who have pre-registered their names with the Organiser as follows:

1)         Abd Rahman, Syazrin
2)         Abdul Hamid, Hamidah
3)         Azhar, Muhd Syakir Shazmeer
4)         Harun, Bustaman
5)         Lai, Swee Chin Alan
6)         Latif, Saleh
7)         Lim, Kian Hwa
8)         Low, Zhen Yu Cyrus
9)         Mappa, Saharuddin
10)       Othman, Khairunnisa Izzati
11)       Shah, Mohd Irwan
12)       Shamsuddin, Shahrizal
13)       Sim, Chung Seng
14)       Ting, Shih Chieh Alfred
15)       Wan Razali, Wan Aizuddin