Showing posts from September, 2013

Medina Warda Aulia is Indonesia's Youngest WGM!

Medina Warda Aulia is Indonesia's youngest ever Women Grandmaster, achieving her third and final norm at the ongoing World Junior Championship. Last time around she almost won the championship, ultimately finishing fourth on tie-break and in fact was the leader in Turkey after six rounds till back to back losses pushed her back and essentially end her challenge. But Medina has shown great strength of character to bounce right back to make the WGM title with one round to go! I remember first seeing her as a 10 year old winning the World School Championship in Singapore and was privileged to be present as Chief Arbiter to watch her demolish the entire French team and carry her country to victory at the MAKITA Indonesia-France Match last year! At that time the Indonesia coach, a former Georgian super GM, told me that she was now clearly the best woman player in her country. Yes Medina is a super talent with the only reservation being she is growing up and sometimes that ma

Big deal indeed: After 15 Years, an Inter State Team Championship!

The Malaysian Inter State Team Championship returned, after 15 long years, and fittingly, to Kota Kinabalu, capital of beautiful Sabah which is celebrating its 50th birthday! Organised as part of the Sabah Chess Festival which saw numerous supporting events - Sabah Junior Championships, National Arbiter Seminar, Sabah King Blitz and the first ever FIDE Rated Rapid in the Sabah Grande which is ongoing, having started on 15 September. While the majority of teams arrived on 11 September, a few came a day earlier to have a bit of a holiday and although I managed to beat all of them by coming on the evening of 8 September, it was to conduct the National Arbiter Seminar from 9-10 September, an activity that turned into a three day training program helping prepare the many enthusiastic locals attending to help run the Inter State Team Championships. On the final day of the Inter State Teams, numerous officials from the Malaysian Chess Federation joined a well represented leadership f

At the 9th Asian Schools Championships...

The obligatory Malaysian group photo Goh Jie Yi was the standout performer amongst Malaysian's participating at the 9th Asian Schools Championships with one gold and two silver medals (which with a little luck could easily have been two golds and one silver). The rest contributed two more medals, both bronze. But all this is really nothing to be too carried away about (or even be too disappointed about) as several months ago, recognising where this event really stood in the hierarchy of official international youth competition, I had asked the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) to make this a developmental event where our young players could get their first exposure to or training for international competition but as can be seen the implementation of my proposal has been rather mixed but to be fair the timing of the event was a little difficult for too many to participate. Kudos for the organisers led by Sri Lanka Chess Federation Hon. Secretary, Zome President and