Thursday, June 07, 2018

Nifty chess app (scan to engine)

Posted by Andrew Ooi


Probably one of the coolest app discovered last year during the Malaysian Open was the Chessify.me app. It takes a picture of a chess diagram and converts it into FEN position. What this means for example, is that I can take a picture of the current position shown on the projector and it converts it into a real diagram on the phone ready to be analysed by chess engines. Useful during the Selangor Open for example when you just want to know who is better without using your own brain :)



The app is very useful when scanning diagrams from books. You don't need to re-enter the position manually on computer. Just scan and you have it in your phone to study!

You can find the app on Google Playstore. Search for Chessify.me.



P/S: please don't do this in the tournament hall as it's clearly against the tournament regulations to use a mobile device in the hall !
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Monday, May 28, 2018

Nur Najiha leads in Eastern Asia Juniors Chess Championships

Posted by Andrew Ooi
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Chess LAN party

Posted by Andrew Ooi
LAN party is a gathering of people with computers or compatible game consoles, where a local area network (LAN) connection is established between the devices using a router or switch, primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer video games together.
~ Wikipedia





I remember the good old days when my friends would connect our computers at the college and play a space game via our LAN. At first it was in the same room but when they expanded the LAN to cover two buildings we could play in different rooms/buildings. That was back in 1994!

However today LAN party is a thing of the past. No. Playing in a cyber cafe does not count as all of those games are connected to the Internet (making it global) and it's not considered LAN (Local Area Network). 

I like the idea of chess LAN party because it has that rebellious idea and goes against the strict rule of traditional competitive chess rules where no electronic device is allowed. It's refreshing to me as using computers is second nature for work or for play. I think it's the same for many of the younger generations.

Picture this. A chess competition where participants bring their on laptops and connect either wired or wirelessly to a local network (not internet because it is slightly slower) supported by a chess server like a local LICHESS or free ICC server. They all play in the same room. No real chess boards or expensive chess clocks needed! There may be arbiter(s) there just to make sure no one cheats using an engine. However an arbiter may be redundant as chess servers also have engine detection algorithms. 

The tournament can be friendly or competitive with prizes. There is something attractive about playing in the same room connected electronically that is hard to describe. LAN party has it's own culture. Also it's a bridge between traditional board games and the world of e-sports.

Also it can be no different from our traditional one day rapids but I think this can be a very interesting alternative to over the board face to face games.

What do you think?


P/S: 
one advantage is that organisers don't need DGT boards to broadcast the games to the public. The chess server does that allowing the public to view every single board being played. Also pairing arbiter as well as  software like Swiss Manager won't be needed as that too is built in the chess server. So, admin work is minimal.
The only technical problem I foresee is that chess server software is notoriously difficult to install. 

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

2018 Selangor Open won by IM Llaneza Vega Marcos

Posted by Andrew Ooi

The 45th Selangor Open saw a very closely fought tournament with a total of 87 participants taking part. The tournament leaders saw onstant change every round. In the end 3 players finished tied at 7 points : 



  • IM Llaneza Vega Marcos 
  • IM Pascua Haridas 
  • IM Dimakiling Oliver
However the spaniard IM Llaneza Vega Marcos had the better tie break and emerged as champion. He takes home RM 6000 cash prize.



IM Pascua Haridas, the tournament first seed had to settle for 2nd place taking the prize money of RM 4,000.






Last year's Selangor Open champion, IM Oliver Dimakiling took third place after the tie break and wins the cash prize of RM 2,000.


4th place - Roque Merben (RM1,500)

5th place: GM Fominyh Alexander(RM1000)

Final ranking:-


Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 TB2 TB3
1 IM Llaneza Vega
Marcos 
7 0 53 40.25
2 IM Pascua Haridas  7 0 52 40
3 IM Dimakiling
Oliver 
7 0 51 38
4 Roque Merben  6.5 0 53 37.25
5 GM Fominyh
Alexander 
6.5 0 51.5 36
6 Udani Ian  6.5 0 50.5 34.5
7 FM Miciano John
Marvin 
6.5 0 50 33.75
8 IM Senador Emmanuel  6.5 0 49.5 32.25
9 Chan Kim Yew  6.5 0 49 32.25
10 Lye Lik Zang  6.5 0 46 31.25
11 FM Andyka Pitra  6 0 52.5 32.25
12 GM Villamayor
Buenaventura 
6 0 51.5 32
13 Bagamasbad Efren  6 0 48.5 29
14 FM Nouri Alekhine  6 0 45.5 28.75
15 Sabri Mohd
Saprin 
6 0 37 25
16 GM Barsov Alexei  5.5 0 52 30.25
17 Cantin Loic  5.5 0 46 25.25
18 Ng Tze Han  5.5 0 45.5 26.5
19 Manaog Stewart  5.5 0 44 23
20 Cheah Kah Hoe  5.5 0 40 22.25
21 Sim Jia Ru  5.5 0 40 22
22 Kong Ren En  5.5 0 40 19.25
23 Nithyalakshmi
Sivanesan 
5.5 0 38 23
24 IM Nouri Hamed  5 0 51 25.5
25 FM Sonjaya Deni  5 0 49 24
26 FM Villanueva
Nelson 
5 0 45.5 22
27 Navaratnam Rohan Shan
Tze 
5 0 45 20.5
28 Tan Yong Hau  5 0 44 23.75
29 Pg Md Omar Ak
Hafizon 
5 0 43.5 21.75
30 Chan Sheng Yip  5 0 43.5 20.5
31 Ang Jing Xuan  5 0 43.5 19.5
32 Toh Joseph  5 0 43.5 18.5
33 Borigas Edgardo  5 0 43 20.5
34 Tan Yong Zhao  5 0 42.5 23.25
35 FM Ismail Ahmad  5 0 41.5 21.5
36 FM Wiwatanadate
Poompong 
5 0 41 18.5
37 AIM Chua Chee Sian
Sebastien 
5 0 37.5 17.5
38 Chong Chor Yuen  5 0 36.5 18
39 Tan Kok Liang  4.5 0 46 18.75
40 Ragu Ram
R.Nadarajan 
4.5 0 43 17.5
41 Khandhar Kaushal  4.5 0 41.5 17.25
42 WCM Chua Jia-Tien  4.5 0 39.5 14.25
43 Looi Xin Hao  4.5 0 38.5 16.5
44 Chan Yi Meng
Ryan 
4.5 0 37.5 18.5
45 AIM Muzzaffar Ahmad  4.5 0 37.5 14.75
46 Arya Nirag Shah  4.5 0 37 15.75
47 Low Chee Pang  4.5 0 36 13.5
48 Mohd Saprin Amir
Muqqri 
4 0 44 17.25
49 Ng Jun Fung
Isaac 
4 0 43 17
50 Abdul Razak Tariq
Ziad 
4 0 41 15
51 Lieu Chin Yung  4 0 40.5 14.75
52 Aminuddin Muhd
Faqih 
4 0 39 14.25
53 Lee Zhia Chen
Zachary 
4 0 38.5 13.25
54 Chembeti Shreesh
Amit 
4 0 38.5 12.5
55 Foo Jing Er
Claire 
4 0 38 14.5
56 Tarimo Didik
Widiarso 
4 0 38 13.75
57 FM Hj Azahari Md
Aliuddin 
4 0 37 15
58 Tham Tick Hong
Jax 
4 0 37 14.5
59 Sathaseelan
Dinish 
4 0 35 11.5
60 Abd Rahman
Syazrin 
3.5 0 40 12.75
61 Poh Yu Tian  3.5 0 38.5 12.75
62 Yeop Mat Zaki  3.5 0 38.5 12.75
63 Chia Yu Zhe
Ashton 
3.5 0 36 11.75
64 Kebbedies Frank  3.5 0 35.5 11
65 Shubh Kapur  3.5 0 35 10.25
66 Aziz Ziz Zam  3.5 0 34.5 10.5
67 Mahmood Mohd
Ezmi 
3.5 0 34.5 7.75
68 AFM Polavaram
Adhitya 
3.5 0 34 9.25
69 Kumar Sri Shiva  3.5 0 34 9
70 Lim Kian Hwa  3.5 0 33 9.5
71 Wong Zi Yue  3.5 0 32 10.75
72 Gunn Han Chong  3.5 0 32 8.75
73 Lee Peng Keong  3 0 41 13
74 Chin Yi Hao  3 0 37.5 12
75 Lee Ryan  3 0 37.5 9.5
76 Sivapragash
Maahendar 
3 0 36 10.25
77 Ong Weng Yan  3 0 28.5 4.5
78 Saw Lye Guan  2.5 0 38 11.5
79 Rahimie Mustafa  2.5 0 36.5 7.5
80 Chin Shun Yi  2.5 0 31 8
81 AIM Polavaram Harsha  2.5 0 28.5 6.25
82 Sharikhan Shawal  2.5 0 26 4.75
83 Abdul Rashid
Hasidin 
2 0 34 5.5
84 Wee Han Xia  2 0 31 4.5
85 Bhandari Neel  2 0 29 3.75
86 Nivashan Ram  1 0 32.5 0.5
87 Teh Wee Zhun  1 0 31 5








Pictures of  prize winners:-



6th place: Ian Udani (RM 700)





7th place: Miciano John Marvin (RM 700)



9th place: Chan Kim Yew (RM 700)





10th place: Lye Lik Zhang (RM 700)



























Best Veteran: Joseph Toh (RM300)



3rd best ladies : Claire Foo Jing Er   (RM 100)



Best Ladies : Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (RM 300)
























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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Selangor Open: Round 8 pairings

Posted by Andrew Ooi

Round 8 on 2018/05/01 at 09:00

Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
13IMLlaneza Vega Marcos24226Chan Kim Yew214817
21IMPascua Haridas2443IMDimakiling Oliver24124
39Roque Merben23185GMVillamayor Buenaventura24272
45GMBarsov Alexei241155Lye Lik Zang218315
516Cantin Loic218055GMFominyh Alexander23916
67IMNouri Hamed234955Bagamasbad Efren212019
711Udani Ian223455Borigas Edgardo176745
813FMSonjaya Deni220855FMAndyka Pitra221312
920Pg Md Omar Ak Hafizon2114IMSenador Emmanuel23238
1033Khandhar Kaushal1945FMMiciano John Marvin226010
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Selangor Open: Round 7 : IM Llaneza Vega Marcos leads

Posted by Andrew Ooi

The 4th day of play so the tournament leader role change from IM Oliver Dimakiling to IM Llaneza Vega Marcos after the forner was defeated in Round 7.

Top 10 board results


Bo.No.NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtgNo.
14IMDimakiling Oliver24120 - 15IMLlaneza Vega Marcos24223
217Chan Kim Yew21485½ - ½5Roque Merben23189
38IMSenador Emmanuel23230 - 1IMPascua Haridas24431
46GMFominyh Alexander2391½ - ½FMAndyka Pitra221312
515Lye Lik Zang2183½ - ½IMNouri Hamed23497
62GMVillamayor Buenaventura242741 - 04FMWiwatanadate Poompong205323
727Toh Joseph199440 - 14GMBarsov Alexei24115
822Manaog Stewart207240 - 14Udani Ian223411
930Tan Yong Zhao196340 - 14FMSonjaya Deni220813
1045Borigas Edgardo176741 - 04Ng Tze Han218414


Rank after Round 7

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13IMLlaneza Vega MarcosESP24226,00,032,527,50
24IMDimakiling OliverPHI24125,50,032,524,50
39Roque MerbenPHI23185,50,030,524,00
41IMPascua HaridasPHI24435,50,030,523,25
517Chan Kim YewMAS21485,50,028,020,75
612FMAndyka PitraINA22135,00,034,023,00
76GMFominyh AlexanderRUS23915,00,033,523,00
82GMVillamayor BuenaventuraSGP24275,00,031,521,00
95GMBarsov AlexeiUZB24115,00,029,019,75
1011Udani IanPHI22345,00,029,019,00
117IMNouri HamedPHI23495,00,029,018,50
1215Lye Lik ZangMAS21835,00,028,018,25
1313FMSonjaya DeniINA22085,00,028,018,00
1419Bagamasbad EfrenPHI21205,00,028,017,50
1516Cantin LoicFRA21805,00,026,016,00
1645Borigas EdgardoHKG17675,00,022,014,50
1710FMMiciano John MarvinPHI22604,50,032,519,00
188IMSenador EmmanuelPHI23234,50,032,018,00
1920Pg Md Omar Ak HafizonBRU21144,50,025,515,50
2033Khandhar KaushalMAS19454,50,022,013,25
2114Ng Tze HanMAS21844,00,029,514,50
2221FMVillanueva NelsonPHI20814,00,029,014,25
2336FMNouri AlekhinePHI18834,00,028,514,25
2429Navaratnam Rohan Shan TzeMAS19634,00,028,013,50
2544Tan Kok LiangMAS17704,00,028,013,00
2657Mohd Saprin Amir MuqqriMAS16304,00,027,515,25
2727Toh JosephMAS19944,00,027,511,50
2822Manaog StewartPHI20724,00,026,512,25
2935Chan Sheng YipMAS18884,00,025,011,50
3023FMWiwatanadate PoompongTHA20534,00,025,011,00
3140Kong Ren EnMAS18044,00,025,09,50
3230Tan Yong ZhaoMAS19634,00,024,011,75
3354Ragu Ram R.NadarajanMAS16634,00,022,510,00
3432Nithyalakshmi SivanesanMAS19484,00,022,011,50
3525Sabri Mohd SaprinMAS20324,00,020,010,00
3668Tan Yong HauMAS15283,50,028,513,25
3751Ang Jing XuanMAS16923,50,027,512,00
3849Cheah Kah HoeMAS17123,50,026,010,50
3943Lieu Chin YungMAS17733,50,025,59,25
4026FMIsmail AhmadMAS20253,50,024,511,00
4150Sim Jia RuMAS16993,50,024,510,25
4255Chembeti Shreesh AmitMAS16563,50,023,59,00
4318Looi Xin HaoMAS21223,50,023,58,75
4453Abdul Razak Tariq ZiadMAS16643,50,023,09,50
4547Tarimo Didik WidiarsoINA17303,50,022,57,75
4637AIMMuzzaffar AhmadMAS18583,50,021,58,00
4728Chan Yi Meng RyanMAS19883,50,020,59,75
4842Kebbedies FrankGER17753,50,020,08,75
4941Arya Nirag ShahIND17883,50,019,57,75
5056Low Chee PangMAS16563,50,019,55,75
5148Lim Kian HwaMAS17183,50,018,56,25
5270Lee Peng KeongSGP15013,00,025,09,00
5346WCMChua Jia-TienMAS17503,00,025,06,50
5434Chong Chor YuenHKG19373,00,024,58,50
5572Poh Yu TianMAS14643,00,024,09,00
5652Aminuddin Muhd FaqihMAS16673,00,023,58,75
5731Tham Tick Hong JaxMAS19513,00,023,08,75
5879Lee RyanMAS14183,00,023,08,00
5971Foo Jing Er ClaireMAS14793,00,022,58,50
6024FMHj Azahari Md AliuddinBRU20523,00,022,58,00
6162AIMChua Chee Sian SebastienMAS15953,00,022,56,50
6259Lee Zhia Chen ZacharyMAS16023,00,022,05,50
6378Sathaseelan DinishMAS14293,00,020,56,00
6486Gunn Han ChongMAS03,00,018,04,50
6561Ng Jun Fung IsaacMAS16022,50,027,58,75
6667Abd Rahman SyazrinMAS15282,50,026,07,50
6763Chia Yu Zhe AshtonSGP15812,50,023,06,75
6883Rahimie MustafaMAS13432,50,022,55,75
6976Sivapragash MaahendarMAS14362,50,021,56,25
7077Aziz Ziz ZamMAS14302,50,021,54,75
7174Shubh KapurIND14582,50,021,04,50
7273Kumar Sri ShivaMAS14612,50,021,03,75
7358Wong Zi YueMAS16272,50,019,54,75
7465Saw Lye GuanMAS15412,00,027,08,00
7569Chin Yi HaoMAS15142,00,026,57,50
7664Yeop Mat ZakiMAS15562,00,025,55,50
7785AFMPolavaram AdhityaSGP11192,00,022,03,00
7866Chin Shun YiMAS15342,00,017,03,00
7960Mahmood Mohd EzmiMAS16021,50,023,02,75
8082Abdul Rashid HasidinMAS13471,50,020,53,25
8181AIMPolavaram HarshaSGP13651,50,020,53,25
8238Sharikhan ShawalBRU18521,50,016,02,25
8339Teh Wee ZhunMAS18071,00,019,53,00
8487Wee Han XiaMAS01,00,019,02,00
8584Nivashan RamMAS12151,00,019,00,50
8680Ong Weng YanMAS13881,00,018,50,50
8775Bhandari Neel


Currently the best Malaysian performer is Chan Kim Yew who at 5.5 points is in joint second position with IM Dimakiling Oliver, Roque Merben and IM Pascua Haridas.







Today is the day of play and there are 2 more rounds to go!




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