Showing posts from April, 2014

FIDE X-Files

Image Today Ignatius Leong has quietly started his blog - clearly a platform of his own to address the many ridiculous allegations, even outright lies, made against him by certain of his misguided salaried and appointed colleagues (as opposed to being actually elected) in FIDE. I have probably said it before but Kirsan Ilyumzhinov openly admitting to be mixing up FIDE and campaign work is not acceptable and clearly using the organisations funds is another no no. It really is nauseating when everything is now given free for possible votes and his henchmen are running around on FIDE salaries and stipends to win support.  But perhaps that pales in comparison to a head of an International Sports body having the use of Russia's assets in each country he visits (the Ambassador in attendance no less) together with promises of largesse from same and that is on top of letters informing National Chess Federations he is visiting without warning and agen

14th Thailand & Bangkok Chess Club Open Begins

The Napalai Ballroom at the Dusit Thani Bangkok being set up before Round 1... with the trophies for both the Open and Challengers also on display. It will be held from 12-19 April 2014 and the pairings and results are being published at

End of an Era?

The DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah KL International Open 2014 has come to a successful end... and while probably forever, its was certainly on a high note. Due to limitations of space there were room for just 88 players from 19 countries, a record 46 of them being titled players including 12 grandmasters, 5 woman grandmasters, 13 international masters, 3 woman international masters, 8 FIDE masters and 3 woman FIDE masters. Clearly there are few events with the depth of field that is the KL Open as our event is popularly known and over the years so many players have achieved international title norms and even international titles outright. Our roll of winners are all great champions in their own right and we are proud they have graced our closing ceremonies holding aloft the DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Challenge Trophy and they are Anton Filipov (Uzbekistan), Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vietnam), Hou Yifan (China), Oliver Barbosa (Philippines), and Sergei Tivikov (Nederlands). For seven y

Managing Tournament Stress

Photos by Kristianus Liem

Capital TV

Together with Chessdom, the Official Media Partner of the DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Kuala Lumpur International Open Chess Championship 2014. See

A Very Busy Month

April 2014 is going to be a very busy month indeed! First up of course is the KL Open from 4-11 April and that is followed by both the National Age Groups Championships from 12-16 April and the Bangkok Open from 12-19 April. Unfortunately and despite the Bangkok Open being a long standing and well respected event now for fourteen years and organised at the same time every year, the powers that be in Asian chess sitting in Al Ain (including its Deputy President Toti Abundo who hails from the Philippines), have with hardly any notice and quite suddenly, decided to hold the Asian Continental in Sharjah from 16-26 April and so ensured that several top players had to withdraw. Sometimes one would imagine that in chess that there are two completely difference places called Asia. In contrast, another long standing event, JAPFA Chess Festival in Jakarta from 20-25 April, is clearly a case where federations and organisers talk to each other (and work together) to ensure everyone is