Showing posts from May, 2009

I will be representing Susan Polgar in Asia

  With the Polgar Chess University (PCU) up and running via a partnership with ICC, an infrastructure for affordable and on demand general chess courses delivered on video via the Internet is now in place. ICC is also providing PCU subscribers with the World Chess Live platform for practice and training games, and in the near future, organise special tournaments for kids as well. In Asia, I hope to be able to set up Polgar Chess Centres throughout the region so that kids in every country (and perhaps every city!) will have a place to go to meet to have fun chess activity weekends and during school holidays. We hope in this way to be able to better demonstrate the benefits of chess for young children to their parents and other stakeholders such as teachers. At the same time perhaps also being in a position to facilitate the development of young talent that would certainly emerge and I invite those who wish to participate in this initiative in any way to contact me ( peterlong64

Kalimantan - Indonesia Borneo

A month ago the organisers of the Telkom Open to be held in Bandung from 10-16 May 2009 asked if I could play. It seems they were looking to upgrade an already highly successful local FIDE rated event to become an international title tournament next year and so I agreed to check it out. But obviously they are not ready because they postponed it at very short notice to 21 May. Well, I could no longer play at Telkom or even visit Bandung due to other commitments but I had a ticket already purchased to Jakarta for the earlier dates and on Facebook, Noraysa Verdiana, a young participant whom I met at the Intchess Mixed in Singapore last year and who was also a successful FIDE Instructor candidate at the FIDE Seminar for Coaches held in Bali after the Dresden Olympiad invited me to her home in Banjarmasin to take a look at her chess school. Earlier this year I had been to the much smaller town of Sampit nearby and also in South Kalimantan where my friend Joni Naik was a wonderful h

Some Blasts from the Past (Taken from the now defunct

KLCA applies for MCF membership – Why bother? (Wednesday 14 May 2008) The Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) recently enquired about Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) membership. Simple enough? Well perhaps, but there have been some parallel developments. The first is that a Wilayah Persekutuan Chess Association was recently registered with the Registrar of Societies and with indecent haste (despite no activities or membership) accepted as a member by MCF with the expectation that KLCA would be forced to become it's affiliate! And that in essence guided the answer of the MCF Honorary Secretary. Well there is a problem is the KLCA is the legitimate organisation registered with and duly recognised by the Sports Commission whereas MCF and all its affiliates are not! There is also a second related problem in that the Malaysian Malays Chess Association (PCMM) has been found to have been illegal for many years and yet it seems that several PCMM representatives at MCF Annual General Me

I am not sure at all that KLCA decided... but Go Figure!

Well we tried to help. The fact is that the Commonwealth Chess Association is essentially defunct and has been propped up for years by India with token support from some UK based players. I really tried to help make this event relevant and prestigious again by offering an alternative venue and in doing so to also bring some recognition to Malaysia. When I spoke to Nigel Short in Thailand he agreed to come and we were pulling out all stops to get participation. Lots have been said but the fact is I have two SMS confirming support to hold the event and there was even agreement to attend kick-off meetings but then excuses for no shows. But at the end of the day, it was about others taking over an event awarded, developed, and funded by us and even if some would have agreed to this, I have to be happier that KLCA also agreed that we could not put the sponsor in such a position where we just hand over to others. So, the event now will apparently be a minor part of the Singapore C

Off to Iraq soon... and staying in Kurd territory (which is not supposed to be a war zone!).

FIDE International Seminar for Coaches Sulaymaniyah, Iraq 27 May – 1 June 2009 The Iraqi Chess Federation (ICF), supported by the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), and under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), invites participants to the FIDE International Seminar for Trainers in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. In this program, four Titles can be achieved; FIDE Trainer, FIDE Instructor, National Instructor and Developmental Instructor, depending on the results of the examination and also the applicant’s stature as a player, trainer etc. The FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG), is pleased to nominate Mr. Peter Long (MAS) and Mr. Hassan Khaled (EGY), FIDE Trainers, to conduct the course and the examination in English and Arabic... Schedule & Program May 27 (Day 1) 1100-1400: Introduction: FIDE & Trainers’ Commission (TRG), Regional Academies, FIDE Trainer System, Roles & Types of Trainers, Introductions by Participants, Seminar Program