Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gukesh - 12 year old Grandmaster

Posted by Andrew Ooi

He is 12.


He is Grandmaster!!


That's Gukesh D from India and he was here in Malaysia for the 2017 Selangor Open. The fact that he fell short on Sergei Karjakin record of being the youngest GM in the world losing by only 12 days is irrelevant. This achievement is still amazing !!

A lot has been written (and being written) on this so I won't repeat and just leave links to articles about Gukesh.

Interesting to add that this young talent has been in Malaysia before in 2015 winning prizes in the Junior events of the Malaysian Chess Festival. He was 8 years old then!



I wish I had interviewed him when he was here in 2017 but at least I got to talk to his father and wrote a short opinion piece based on it. Bacl then I observed he cried losing to a GM and that only showed how invested he was in the game. 2 years later he is now GM! There is sort of a strange coincidence as I've seen Yeoh Li Tian cry after losing a game when he was  9 or 10 and he now has 2 GM norms!
(so if you have a kid who cries after losing a game - I think that's a good sign :) )

 
I am glad I got in 2 selfies with the rising superstar when he was here.

Incidentally Gukesh got his first IM norm in Malaysia at the ICE First Friday tournament.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Malaysia's Top 100 (Jan 2019)

Posted by Andrew Ooi

#NameTitleFedRatingGB-Year
 1 Yeoh, Li Tian m MAS 2508 0 1999
 2 Chan, Nicholas m MAS 2387 0 1986
 3 Lye, Lik Zang f MAS 2377 9 2004
 4 Mas, Hafizulhelmi m MAS 2318 0 1981
 5 Wong, Yinn Long f MAS 2298 0 2002
 6 Lim, Chuin Hoong Ronnie f MAS 2277 8 1983
 7 Teh, Eu Wen Aron f MAS 2263 0 1998
 8 Chan, Kim Yew  MAS 2228 9 2002
 9 Ding, Tze How Dilwen f MAS 2222 0 1998
 10 Zulkipli, Zaidan c MAS 2191 7 1984
 10 Liew, Chee-Meng Jimmy m MAS 2191 0 1958
 10 Wong, Jianwen  MAS 2191 0 1995
 13 Chan, Marcus  MAS 2182 9 1984
 14 Lim, Zhuo Ren f MAS 2178 9 1992
 15 Ng, Tze Han  MAS 2152 9 1981
 16 Capel, Evan Timothy  MAS 2151 0  
 17 Wahiduddin, Kamalarifin  MAS 2141 0 1972
 18 Looi, Xin Hao  MAS 2138 8 1988
 19 Lau, Gregory  MAS 2126 0 1964
 20 Fong, Yit San c MAS 2125 0 1994
 20 Subramaniam, Sumant f MAS 2125 0 1993
 22 Tan, Khai Boon  MAS 2117 0 1982
 23 Ooi, Zhi Yang m MAS 2112 0 1999
 24 Tan, Jun Ying c MAS 2100 0 2003
 25 Ooi, Boon Hao  MAS 2096 0 1996
 25 Tan, Li Ting wf MAS 2096 0 1998
 27 Abdullah, Mohd Kamal c MAS 2095 8 1970
 28 Azhar, Muhd Syakir Shazmeer  MAS 2089 0 1994
 29 Kong, Ren En  MAS 2087 7 2004
 30 Nik, Nik Ahmad Farouqi  MAS 2080 0 1982
 31 Liong, Ing Kiat Anthony  MAS 2077 9 1977
 31 Navaratnam, Rohan Shan Tze  MAS 2077 8 2004
 33 Ng, Jen Sheng c MAS 2075 0 2001
 34 Yeap, Eng Chiam  MAS 2074 0 1995
 35 Yusof, Kamaluddin  MAS 2064 8 1967
 36 Chan, Yi Meng Ryan  MAS 2060 0 2003
 37 Ibrahim, Mohd Irman  MAS 2052 0 1976
 38 Lim, Chin Lee  MAS 2038 0 1977
 39 Che Hassan, Abdullah  MAS 2029 6 1984
 40 Othman, Tun Seri Lanang  MAS 2026 0 1975
 41 Eng, Jia Qian  MAS 2023 7 2002
 42 Yeoh, Chin Seng  MAS 2015 0 1964
 43 Sivanesan, Subramanian  MAS 2013 0 1998
 44 Bakri, Alia Anin Azwa wf MAS 2010 0 1994
 45 Lee, Soi-Hock  MAS 2006 0  
 46 Zakaria, Mohd Fadli c MAS 2001 0 1969
 47 Erowan, Masrin  MAS 2000 10 1980
 47 Chua, Kwang Meng Aaron  MAS 2000 0  
 49 Sabri, Mohd Saprin  MAS 1997 7 1972
 50 Fong, Yit Ho  MAS 1995 0 1993
 51 Ahmad Nazari, Emir Rusyaidi  MAS 1992 0 2001
 52 Mohd Saprin, Amir Ghaazi  MAS 1991 9 2001
 52 Tan, Eng Seong  MAS 1991 0 1967
 54 Azman Hisham, Nur Nabila wf MAS 1989 0 1997
 55 Subramaniam, Shreyes  MAS 1987 0 1998
 55 Yap, Egin Darrel  MAS 1987 0 1999
 57 Lup, Syamaizar  MAS 1986 0  
 58 Azman Hisham, Nur Najiha wf MAS 1985 0 1999
 59 Chin, F  MAS 1983 9  
 60 Di, Xu Wei  MAS 1981 16 2002
 61 Ong, Thian Loon  MAS 1974 0 1981
 62 Ibni Hajar, Amri  MAS 1970 0 1973
 63 Nithyalakshmi, Sivanesan wc MAS 1967 9 2000
 64 Cheah, Eric  MAS 1948 18  
 65 Tan, Yong Zhao  MAS 1935 0 2000
 65 Wising, Abdul Sahim  MAS 1935 0 1978
 67 Khandhar, Kaushal  MAS 1929 18 1990
 67 Azhar, Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa  MAS 1929 0 2001
 69 Toh, Joseph  MAS 1927 0 1959
 70 Koo, Wei Xin Rosamund  MAS 1918 0 1999
 71 Asan, Jeppy Tewelu  MAS 1915 0  
 71 Chek, Kin Keuw  MAS 1915 0 1990
 73 Chan, Sheng Yip  MAS 1909 0 1994
 74 Roslan, Mohd Faizal  MAS 1906 0 1998
 74 Tan, Soon Wei Dawson  MAS 1906 0 1999
 76 Mohd Nor, Noor Hafiz  MAS 1902 0 1984
 77 Cheah, Cheok Fung  MAS 1899 9 1982
 78 Noor Akbar, Muhd Aziz Farhan  MAS 1897 0 1999
 79 Sim, Jia Ru wc MAS 1890 9 2005
 80 Azhar, Puteri Rifqah Fahada wf MAS 1889 0 2000
 81 Ismail, Ahmad f MAS 1887 8 1963
 81 Mahmood Shah, Mukhriez Shah  MAS 1887 0 2005
 81 Tan, Wei Hong  MAS 1887 0 1974
 84 Julmiri, Muhammad Zulfaqar Bin Abu Bakar  MAS 1885 0 1991
 85 Tham, Tick Hong Jax  MAS 1882 8 1960
 86 Chor, Muhd Ali  MAS 1877 0 1987
 86 Othman, Mohd Noor  MAS 1877 0 1974
 88 Lim, Wei Sheng  MAS 1870 0 1990
 89 Jamaluddin, Mohd Haizal  MAS 1869 0  
 90 Tukiran, Taulani  MAS 1868 9 1965
 91 Kamal, Rizal Ahmad  MAS 1866 0 1973
 92 Wan Yusoff, Wan Mohd Adli  MAS 1864 0 1994
 93 Abdul Shukor, Abdul Aziz  MAS 1862 0 1970
 94 Azhar, Muhd Irfan Haqqim  MAS 1860 0 1997
 95 Poh, Yu Tian  MAS 1858 18 2009
 95 Francis, Jonathan Augustine  MAS 1858 15 1995
 97 Omar, Asrul Sharaff  MAS 1856 0 1971
 98 Lim, See Siang Fergus  MAS 1855 9 2003
 98 Syed Mohd, Syed Abdul Rahman  MAS 1855 0  
 100 Mohd Ismail, Gazalee  MAS 1854 0 1980
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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Triple event clash

Posted by Andrew Ooi

Happy New Year !!!
We celebrate 2019 with a happy 3 way clash of events. Happy because they cannot be further separated geographically (unless we have another in Sabah!).

Distance would mean each event will not affect the other allowing chess enthusiast nearby to not have to travel so far to get their weekly chess fix.

As been mentioned before, Malaysia Chess may be mediocre but it's a land full of mini chess events and weekly clashes like this will happen throughout all of 2019!!

The three events on the first week of 2019 (5th Jan 2019) are:





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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hong Kong LEAP 2018

Posted by Andrew Ooi

Malaysian Cheah Cheok Fung and Cheah Kah Hoe also took part in the recently concluded Hong Kong LEAP 2018.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Johor Open after 6 rounds

Posted by Andrew Ooi
The current joint leaders are:
  • GM Lorparizangeneh Shahin
  • WGM Muminova Nafisa
  • FM Dang Hoang Son
  • GM Barsov Alexei








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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    Johor Blitz 2018

    Posted by Andrew Ooi




    You can register online here
    or
    Look for GilaChess (Andrew Ooi) in the hall to register

    Note: if you register online, payment must be made at tournament hall before Saturday to get early bird discount (RM 30). Otherwise the entrance fee is RM 40.

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    Monday, December 10, 2018

    Johor Open - How to get to the tournament hall

    Posted by Andrew Ooi
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    Saturday, December 08, 2018

    Penang Open 2018 - going into the last round

    Posted by Andrew Ooi



    With the win against top seed GM 'Bong' Villamayeur in Round 7 and yesterday's Round 8 draw IM Anjas Novito sets himself a good position to win the 2018 Penang Open.

    Today is the last round.

    Follow me on http:/fb.com/gilachess for live updates and link to live feeds as well as live games.








    Pairing and Standings :-








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