Thursday, December 08, 2016

GilaChess Monopoly

I know it sounds egotistical but for Malaysian Chess niche, Gilachess owns the web traffic.

It's not only this blog that has the highest traffic (although during events such as the Malaysian Chess Festival and Penang Open - it certainly has) but the chess portal which serves as reference to chess updates for other chess events and news.

The other reason is of course, having no competition from other chess blogs, getting a monopoly on web traffic is automatic. Instead of being pleased, I am very sad because it means the "glory" years of Malaysia having 30+ active chess blogs is now gone :(

Blogs are dead some say. And it is true in most parts having been replaced with social media, whatsapp etc.

I rarely check my websites' traffic nowadays. My metric of measurement for traffic and public following is strangely Facebook notifications.
That's the highest I've got within just a couple of hours.

It's not about me and my postings but rather the tremendous interest in Malaysian Chess and the limited sources where news and updates can be found!

I am mostly inactive from chess now except for the Malaysian Open, Penang Open and the odd sponsored chess event, so I am looking forward for new blood like AIChess, ABChess etc to fill this huge vacuum.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Round 4 Featured Game (2)

Another game played by the current joint leader (after round 4)

Round 4 featured game

2 Hot FMs leading round 4

Among 7 GMs taking part, none are the leaders after 4 rounds. Instead 2 FMs have perfect 4/4 points.

They are FM Ervan Mohamad and FM Dang Hoang Son.

Following closely half a point behind are:

  • IM Nolte Rolando 
  • IM Paciencia Enrique 
  • FM Pitra Andika 
  • GM Neelotpal Das 
  • GM Cao Sang 
  • IM Vo THanh Ninh

Follow the live games at:

Kalau nak datang lewat ...

Those who work with IA Encik Hamid Majid will have heard this phrase by now.

It is meant to be a jokingly way to mock those who arrive late for the meeting among the tournament helpers/arbiters..

"Kalau nak datang lewat lebih baik jangan datang"

The list below with circle symbols are those who came late for their round 4 game but luckily it's not zero start. There is a 30 minute waiting time. You can imagine what the Chief Arbiter would like to tell those late players now :)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016