Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ice Challenger (Series-5) Live Games

Posted by Andrew Ooi

Read More is back!!

Malaysian Chess Portal is relaunched!! Check it out here

Friday, July 20, 2018

ICE FIDE Rated U1600 (Series #5) - 21 to 22 July 2018

Posted by Andrew Ooi

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MetroPoint Complex Kajang Open (22/07/2018)

Posted by Andrew Ooi

MetroPoint Complex Kajang Open July 2018


Kajang, Selangor

MetroPoint Complex Kajang Open July 2018
Date : 22 July 2018
Time : 9:00am - 6:30pm
Venue : Kompleks Metro Point 1/2 Jalan Jelok 6, Kajang, Selangor

Category: Open & U12
(Note: Paid Registration for U12 have reached 50. Fee for U12 is now RM25. While Open still available slot for RM30 at the moment)

i) Submit the following form
ii) Make payment before dateline to RHB  26258600003642  CMC EMPIRE
iii) Whatsapp to proof of payment to 0183889900 together with participant(s) names before dateline.
Note: For internet banking. Please enter your phone no in the detail in the fund transfer

Dateline: 20 July 2018

Online  Registration Page here
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sim Jia Ru - Silver & Bronze medal 2018 Asian Schools U13 Girls

Posted by Andrew Ooi
Sim Jia Ru won Silver for the main classical U13 Girls Asian Schools (Sri Lanka) event as well as Bronze for blitz event under the same age category.

She brings home a WCM title for her efforts.

Overall Malaysia medal tally :-
1x Gold,
2x Silvers
1x Bronze

The 14th Asian Schools Chess Championship was held in Kaluthara, Sri Lanka.

Blitz Crosstable (click here if you cannot see it)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

2 Reasons Why Chess is bad for your health

Posted by Andrew Ooi

One of the reason I've stopped playing chess is because of health. For someone who calls himself "GilaChess" that is a pretty significant. It's not like I have a serious heart condition which forces me to give up chess  but I've seen too many chess friends suffer and many even passed away.

Just like cigarrettes it is a silent killer and many afflicted will not acknowledge that chess is bad for them.

I tried to bait some chess friends with a FB post above. You can read the comments to decide for yourself if the "defence" that chess is not unhealthy is convincing or not.

Here are the reasons why I feel chess is bad for health:

Sedentary Game
You sit for hours staring at the chess board. Unlike other game or sports there is no physical activity involved except thinking. Thus, it does not encourage its practioners to be moving about. For the really serious, they can sit for hours without getting up. Sure there are the nervous ones that get up after every move. But that's just walking in a crowded hall that is filled with breathing chess players. Hardly healthy. E-sports gives the image of someone sitting at the computer for hours without a break and extreme cases have reported people dying from it. Though less extreme, Chess shares some of these features too.

Competitive Anxiety
I played against a friend in a tournament over 10 years ago and was surprised when I shook his hands, they were trembling. He won. But the stress of pushing for the win must have been enormous even though it was just a one day weekend tournament. This friend suffered heart failure years later. I cannot attribute that chess is the cause but my feeling is that if you have heart problems, competitive chess does not positively contribute to your health. Again, I admit this depends on the person. The exception is one who  take the game lightly and see it as a relaxing activity. Then again, personally I don't know such happy-go-lucky chess friends.

My observations during 2014 Malaysian Chess Festival:
(picture above depicts two former World Champions so engrossed in the game playing on a hospital bed)

Okay I won't deny the benefits of chess is numerous and will not discourage any kids from taking up the game. In fact I would encourage them to do so! 

My advice is if you are over 40, please don't take part in competitive chess. Or at least take it easy and play casually.  Even for those over 30, caution must be taken. At least know the negative effects of chess and take precautions such as more exercise, constant monitoring of health indicators like blood pressure etc.

So will I ever play chess again?
Of course I will. But casual or friendly chess. You won't see me entering tournaments with prizes though.

Also it was not my intention to paint a big black cloud around chess. Just to highlight the potential health disadvantage. The main reasons I am still blogging about chess is to meet my chess friends at chess events.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Why I "quit" chess

Posted by Andrew Ooi
I know I sound like a broken record saying this.

Chess used to be rewarding in terms of the said mental health benefits, pleasure of playing and money. So the simple reason for giving it up is all the factors mention is now gone or reduced substantially. used to bring in revenue that made blogging for chess pretty doable as it covered basic stuff like my travel expenses, food and then some. That all went away when Exabytes blew up my website.

Then there is health. Playing chess is super stressful and at my age, it is definitely does not help with my blood pressure and other issues.

So both playing and blogging about chess take a hit.

The latest blow is my Youtube  Partner status has been revoked. Being a Youtube partner means I made money from the chess videos I posted on Youtube. Granted it wasn't much as my viewership is not high but it was encouraging as the more videos I made the more pennies (literally it is pennies!) I get. So there was incentive to make more interesting videos.

Google has since changed their requirements to be a partner which is unfair considering I already qualified before.

From Google FAQ:

It's 1000 subscribers AND 4000 hours of watch time which I do not have. And achieving that number is pretty hard considering chess viewership is in Malaysia.

So am I retired from chess? Again - the answer is not quite yet. I am semi-retired but that will be changed to fully retired if my last source of income Google Adsense (revenue from people reading my blog - meaning you!) is also revoked. At least the good news is that I'm already exploring other non-chess subjects which has more eyeballs compared to chess.

Still all is not doom and gloom for my blog. Will try more video blogging (vlog) as I have not given up yet to be partner again in Youtube. I will still go to chess tournaments when invited. Also I am still interested in the programming aspect of chess like writing scripts from chess-results, installing lichess in Malaysia and a DGT system replacement/alternative.
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Where chess players go for their online chess fix

Posted by Andrew Ooi
survey service

P/S: Choose only one lah. If you have multiple places to play, just choose your favourite or the one most often you go to.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Simul with Li Tian @ Summit (14/07/2018)

Posted by Andrew Ooi

Play simultaneous chess against IM Li Tian Yeoh ! Malaysia's highest rated player and international master Yeoh Li Tian at Summit USJ this Saturday 14th July 2018.


Where: Summit at USJ, Concourse area
Time: 2:00 PM
Date: 14th July 2018 (Saturday)

Participants: Free to all registered players for the 7th Summit Junior. For others, a nominal fee will be charged.
Register with IM Jimmy Liew at 019-6571628 or email to to book a place!
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