Showing posts from May, 2012

14 Year Old (Not yet 15!) Roshan Ajeet Singh is Malaysia’s 2012 National Champion

Roshan Ajeet Singh with 8/8 has won the National Closed Championship with one round to go. He will play second placed Muhd Syazwan Zulkifli in the last round but as his score is 1.5 points more the result does not matter. Last year Roshan won the U-14 National Age Groups Championship and towards the end of the year had improved sufficiently to win the Bronze medal on reserve board for the Malaysian team playing in the World U-16 Olympiad. This year he moved up to win the U-16 National Age Group Championship and now, just two months later, he is has become our youngest ever National Champion! In this period he has gained 200+ rating points fighting in every game and learning from every tournament. Well done!

The MCF Membership

Before anyone reads on, please be advised this is not about telling MCF what to do, or presume to recommend changes, much let alone registering my interest in direct participation in its affairs! In fact it is quite the opposite as while I of course like everyone thinks that MCF could be better (and that is always going to be the case no matter how good it might be), I am also fully aware that it is so much earlier to talk than to do and I also have a great deal of sympathy as I have in the past also somewhat foolishly taken on all sorts of official roles in many capacities and at all levels and for sure none have been easy! For sure I am writing as someone relatively uninformed as I really do not have the time to be an active part of the local chess scene and so stand corrected (and sincerely apologise) if any of my assumptions as follows are wrong but I would argue that MCF’s biggest challenge today is not money, organisation, or leadership but membership and by this what do I m

Doubleroo Chess Academy

It had been in the works for quite some time and many of his close friends never thought it would happen but yes, my very good friend International Master Alex Wohl has now got his chess academy up and running! I am really happy that Alex finally decided to do it and walked the talk and I know it is not easy to get such a venture up practically by yourself (friends can only do so much)! The former Australian Champion and many times (and current!) Munich Open Champion has also been selected to the Australian team for the World Chess Olympiad so it has been a good last month for him. More importantly, the word is out, students are showing up and the Gold Coast is already benefiting from the quality chess training long missing from those parts. Polgar Chess Asia is also honoured to become a sister academy with Doubleroo Chess Academy and I am looking forward to exciting and mutually beneficial student and trainer exchanges in the years to come!

Statement of Handjojo Limono

DISCLAIMER: This is posted at the request of an old and good friend Handjojo Limono and I have no personal or professional interest in the matter, in 2009 having severed all ties with Ignatius Leong together with all associations with the bodies he holds position in. I have long ago moved on but this clarification is necessary as many well wishers have called me after misunderstanding the intention as they wrongly assumed I am still bitter and am choosing to waste my time in some quarrel. Let me assure my friends that there is no need to put one plus one together to reach three and so sorry to disappoint some others with my indifference but at this point in my life I have other priorities now and really everyone needs to look after themselves in their own way!

The Brunei Rule!

One of the rules introduced by FIDE that many chessplayers have big problems with is ‘Zero Start” where if a player is not present and seated at his place at the official start of the game, he or she is forfeited! I saw the rationale for this develop at first hand during the superbly organised Asian Indoor Games in Macau 2007 as to why officials and organisers of sporting events would want such a rule. The reality is that most National Chess Federations are affiliated to their respective Sports Ministries which provide the key recognition for the game and often also the critical funding needed to keep the game alive. At that time FIDE was all about chess becoming an Olympic sport, a wonderful even if not at all realistic aspiration, and a lot of things was being done then to try get chess in line with ‘other sports’. One of the horror stories repeated time and time again in Macau was for chess officials managing to get their national sports leaders (often big wigs from their Nati