Friday, May 17, 2019

TAR UC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 (6/7/2019)

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To all chess players out there, join us in our very first TARUC Chess Championship 2019 ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž Feel free to showcase your skills and passion for chess in our upcoming tournament!!

๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†PRIZES๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐCash + Medals ๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–
[ ๐Ÿฅ‡Champion ]
[ ๐ŸฅˆFirst runner up ]
[ ๐Ÿฅ‰Second runner up ]
[ 4th - 8th place ]

๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ Hampers + Medal ๐ŸŽ–๐ŸŽ–
[ Best female ]

⏰Time: 8:30am - 5pm
๐Ÿ“…Date: 6th July 2019
๐ŸฃVenue: TAR UC, Room UA113

๐Ÿ’ฅ Limited to 80 Participant only

๐Ÿ’ฅ HURRY UP!!
๐ŸฃOur early bird ends at 9th June 2019๐Ÿฃ

๐Ÿ‘‡Click the link below for Online Registration๐Ÿ‘‡

https://docs.google.com/…/1Zn6tjZcNBYP7yDWQFgysGY…/viewform
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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Chess Media - slow improvements

Posted by GilaChess
In 2016 when I was still very enthusiastic about chess and the World Championship was about to begin, so I applied for the World Chess Championship Affiliate Program. The intention was just to get a code to embed the game to view it live on my websites.

I submitted all the major chess websites that I maintain which is numerous to be at least representative of the viewership for Malaysia. However I got a negative response :-


So apparently I don't represent a media outlet with "substantial daily audience". This is totally baffling as I thought they would want the maximum exposure to promote the World Championship and even if the websites are small or insignificant.

Fast forward to 2019. I get this random email from the same people in my inbox:

So now they are just mass emailing to anyone on their list to add in these widgets. This is funny as now, my websites have less traffic compared to 2016 making me even more insignificant where online presence is concerned.

It's definitely an improvement from 2016 being snobbishly selective and denying small websites media access. Now it's  "everybody can now help broadcast our content".

E-sports have always been generous and making multiple media outlet accessible by the masses. Chess is so far behind but better late than never I guess.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Cheating in Chess

Posted by GilaChess
Article 11.1 of the FIDE law of chess states: ""The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute."

When cheating does occur, it really brings down the whole game into disrepute because cheating is so easy and not that easy to detect. Not to mention a person's hard work in training and acquiring skills  is made a joke by the cheater.

What are the measures to prevent cheating in chess?

Sure, the common ones are control over toilet privileges. Arbiter being more vigilant on player's behaviour. Metal detectors! In the previous Chess Olympiads, measures were so stringent that you can't even wear a watch or even bring your own pen into the playing hall!! In the recent Batumi 2018 Olympiad, players and captains are required to walk through X-ray frames.

Take the ongoing Selangor Open 2019. None of the measures above are implemented except for no mobile phone or watches allowed (toilet logs was practiced in a few local tourneys). Not to blame the organisers as this is not the Olympiads and to follow the same measures is definitely extreme, not to mention cost and time prohibitive.

As a tech person, I admit I have cheated a few times online just to test the anti cheating features. Have never got my account blocked or banned but I did get caught by one player. He knew I was cheating because my moves matched his engine moves and he angrily told me so! I won because my engine was better than his I guess. 

In another incident, I have beaten my over 2000 FIDE Elo rated friend and later told him. He admitted he didn't even suspect an engine was used. The system didn't flag my game even though it was engine moves because I didn't choose the best engine move. Instead I randomly chose the top 4 moves recommended and usually that was good enough to win games. Unethical for sure but understand that this is only done because I was curious and I don't condone cheating and don't do it today.

This is online. Can cheating be done over the board?

Using Tech to Cheat

Bone Conduction Audio Sunglasses


Of course. It's easy with tech. In our top local tourneys like the Malaysian Open, Penang Open, Johor Open or even the Selangor Open - it is not difficult. For example it can be common accessories like a spectacle. It can be a hidden jaw bone conducting headset without any ear piece visible. It just looks like some funky sunglasses. Someone can relay engines moves to me within bluetooth range. 

Of course this is just an example and there are many other tech devices that are virtually invisible to any arbiter. That's why the metal detector is so important at the Olympiads.

Cheating without tech

You can also go the non-tech way. Someone in the crowd - the way the hands are folded, touching ears, hidden sign language etc.

My proposal is to catch and prevent cheating using tech too.

For example, the choosing top 4 or 5 moves instead of the best engine moves today can be spotted easily by the online chess system and flagged.

But how? In the Selangor Open for example, only 2-4 boards are connected live. The solution is for maybe top 20 boards to be recorded live but the cost DGT boards may be prohibitive. I suggest something like the ChessVision project that uses webcams and AI tech to record the games. The cost? 10% of a DGT board system.

The other possibility is using vision recognition by AI system. Sounds science fiction and far from being a reality but it is already here. One system uses AI and webcams to determine if a person is going to shoplift or not! 


For a chess tournament, the system will instead record suspicious activity by logging when a person goes to the toilet, how frequent, at what time etc. If moves are recorded, the time stamp is invaluable to determine the type of moves made.

Also, more games online is good as even viewers can get suspicious when moves made are the top engine moves made. But alas, online game viewing numbers (the boards and viewers) is too low at the moment.

Cheating in chess is as old as the game. Anti-cheating measures are coming into play but implementation is sadly lacking especially in tournaments not in the league of the Olympiads.

DGT boards or Chess Vision systems may be impractical where cost is a concern. There is a solution. Record video of the game - not just the moves but when the players are gone for toilet breaks etc using cheap webcams like this:-
Video footage can be reviewed later and games rebuilt and matched with engine calculations. They may not be immediate fixes but at least may act as deterrent.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

No Chess in Paris Olympics 2024

Posted by GilaChess
The Organizing Committee put breakdancing, surfing, climbing and skateboarding on the shortlist. The IOC will consider the proposal and must reach a decision by December 2020.
~ (FIDE on Twitter)
  • An olympic sport should be accessible to viewers that are not necessarily previously familiar with that sport. 
  • It should also have results that can be easily measured against future olympic games.

Chess definitely does not fit either of those criterias.

I'd probably be excited if chess had any chance of being a sports event in the Olympics probably 19 years ago when it was a demo sport in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. At least it still got into the SEA games. Also with eSports quickly monopolising interest, chess will have even slimmer chances to be considered  in future Olympics. 

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Ervan to win GACC 2019

Posted by GilaChess
With an unassailable lead of 2 points FM Mohamad Ervan is set to take first place in the GACC InterVarsity Individual prize.

His closest rivals are WFM Nur Najiha and Shreyes Subramaniam at 6 points each.

The final round will be played this morning at 9am,

Rk. Name Rtg FED Pts. TB2 TB3
1 FM Ervan Mohamad 2362 INA 8 40 36
2 WFM Azman Hisham Nur Najiha 1985 MAS 6 37.5 27.5
3 Subramaniam Shreyes 1987 MAS 6 35.5 26
4 Muhammad Supriyadi 2139 INA 5.5 43.5 28
5 FM Wiwatanadate Poompong 2005 THA 5.5 41.5 28
6 Koo Wei Wei Melanie 1787 MAS 5.5 39.5 28
7 Chan Sheng Yip 1909 MAS 5.5 39 26
8 WFM Tan Li Ting 2096 MAS 5.5 39 25.5
9 Anggraini Mukim Nadya 1939 INA 5.5 38.5 27
10 WFM Premanath Dinushki 1839 SRI 5.5 38.5 26
11 WFM Azman Hisham Nur Nabila 1989 MAS 5.5 38 26.5
12 WFM Azhar Puteri Rifqah Fahada 1889 MAS 5.5 37.5 27
13 Mohd Saprin Amir Qayyim 1755 MAS 5.5 36.5 25.5
14 Lesmana Singgih Satria 0 INA 5.5 36 24
15 Azhar Muhd Irfan Haqqim 1860 MAS 5.5 33.5 25.5
16 Saurabh Lokhande 1674 IND 5 43.5 26
17 Subasinghe K R V R 2035 SRI 5 42 25
18 Saleh Fikri 1769 MAS 5 38.5 23
19 Ibnu Iwan Schani 1539 MAS 5 38 23.5
20 Ariyawansa K A P M 1792 SRI 5 37.5 24
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

THE RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS` DAY OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT(16 Feb)

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THE RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS` DAY
OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT
Organized by
the Russian Centre of Science
and
Culture in Kuala Lumpur (RCSC)
Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF)
Event Manager: DAT Chess Centre (DATCC)

Venue: 205, Lorong Ampang 2, Off Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Telephone: 03-2144 4001)

To commemorate The Russian Diplomats` Day, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) & the Malaysian Chess Federation will organize a friendly Chess Tournament in the RCSC on Saturday, 16 Feb 2019.

The event is Open to all with priority given to Foreign Diplomats. Due to space constraints, only the first 100 people will be accepted. Time Control: 15 mins per player (30 mins per game). The schedule is as follows:



SCHEDULE
16 Feb 2019 (Saturday)
14:00
Opening ceremony

14:15 – 16:15
Round 1 - 3

Break


16:30 – 18:30
Round 4 - 6

18:45
Closing Ceremony/High Tea
PRIZES (All Prize Winners will receive certificate of participation)
Open Section
1 – 5th (Medals/Certificate)
Diplomats
1 – 5th (Medals/Certificate)
Children (Under 12)
1 – 5th (Medals/Certificate)
Best 3 Ladies
1 – 3rd (Medals/Certificate)
Youngest & Oldest Participant
1 + 1 (Medal/Certificate)


ENTRY FORM (CLOSING DATE: 14 February 2019)
Name:

Country:

Status: If Diplomat please tick:

Date & Year of Birth:

Mobile Contact:



Please send all Entries to:
Alena Belozertseva, Russian Centre of Science & Culture, WhatsApp: 016 6951329 / Email: rcsckl@gmail.com
Abd Hamid Majid, Malaysian Chess Federation, WhatsApp: 019 3158098 / Email: aham@pc.jaring.asia

Shireen Ding, DAT Chess Centre, WhatsApp: 012 3803103 / Email: shireending@hotmail.com

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top 100 Women - Malaysia

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# Name Title Rating B-Year
 1  Tan, Li Ting  wf  2096  1998
 2  Bakri, Alia Anin Azwa  wf  2010  1994
 3  Azman Hisham, Nur Nabila  wf  1989  1997
 4  Azman Hisham, Nur Najiha  wf  1985  1999
 5  Nithyalakshmi, Sivanesan  wc  1967  2000
 6  Azhar, Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa  1929  2001
 7  Koo, Wei Xin Rosamund  1918  1999
 8  Sim, Jia Ru  wc  1890  2005
 9  Azhar, Puteri Rifqah Fahada  wf  1889  2000
 10  Chua, Jia-Tien  wc  1845  2003
 11  Koo, Wei Wei Melanie  1787  2001
 12  Chuah, Yi Ning  wf  1774  1998
 13  Ho, Chen Ee  1744  2001
 14  Tang, En Xin Esther  1738  2003
 15  Goh, Jie Yi  wc  1715  2004
 16  Kwan, Tszee Yeung Ruby  1712  1993
 17  Fong, Mi Yen  wc  1687  1991
 18  Ahmad Fuad, Fairuz Hamizah  1661   
 19  Mohd Irman, Nur Irdina Humaira  1655  2003
 20  Rosli, Nurfarhana  1649  1998
 21  Teh, De Zen  wc  1643  2001
 22  Tan, Jia Yun  1631  1999
 23  Ding, Dao En  wc  1619  2005
 24  Chong, Kai Ni Agnes  1581  2007
 25  Ong, Weng Yan  1569  2005
 26  Mohd Saufi, Najihah  1565  1997
 27  Foo, Jing Er Claire  1558  2005
 28  Mohd Noo, Zainoor Ikmal Maisarah  1551  2002
 29  Rasidan, Ainur Natasha  1543  2005
 30  Saleh, Anis Fariha  1527  1998
 31  Chin, Shun Yi  1523  1998
 32  Sophian, Nur Farah Hasanah  1520  2006
 33  Aminuddin, Nur Faiqah  1511  2004
 34  Rasidan, Ainin Sofiya  1487  2006
 35  Jossly, Jennica Fay  1486  1999
 36  Salihin, Nur Anisah  1484  2000
 37  Ong, Zhiwei  1464  2005
 38  Siow, Allaida  1458  2003
 39  Dennia Daniel, Vianna  1449  2001
 40  Zulkippli, Yasmin Irdina  1448  2003
 40  Rajman Zareqh, Amanda Ramonna  1448  2009
 42  Ahmad Nazari, Ellie Emira Syamimi  1446  2000
 42  Fahimi, Damia Qaisara  1446  2007
 44  Lahalim, Umi Munirah  1436  1995
 45  Jayakumar, Divyasree  1435  2005
 46  Adinur, Hanis Nasreen  1427  2005
 47  Tan, Eng Thong Evelyn  1422  2004
 47  Abdul Razak, Aida Suriana  1422  1996
 49  Ng, Jia Shyen  1413  2007
 50  Eng, Jia Wei  1405  2000
 50  Mohd Noor, Zainoor Ikmal Munirah  1405  2005
 50  Sairam, Sharveena  1405  2010
 53  Kwan, Penz Penz Pearl  1404  1990
 54  Soo, Sheng Yin  1401  2006
 55  Hairul, Balqis Batrisyia  1394  2005
 56  Aminuddin, Nur Faqihah  1386  2000
 57  Mok, Shu Zing  1381   
 58  Ismyth, Fatimah Zahra  1372  2001
 59  Chin, Mei Qi  1360  2004
 60  Tan, Jia Xuan  1358  2002
 61  Yaakub, Nov Genevia Pslam  1356  2005
 62  Rasidan, Fadhlin Sakina  1350  2008
 63  Ong, Zhiqian  1346  2003
 64  Syaman,Sendy Yanty  1341  1982
 65  Muzamil, Mirza Irdina  1338  2007
 66  Ismail, Nur Annies Syakirah  1337  2002
 67  Crystal Lupi, Claribel  1333  2000
 68  Lee, Jia Yi  1324  2007
 68  Mohamed Halil, Nur Feiqha Maulad  1324  1994
 70  Wong, Shu Rui  1323  2002
 71  Ruslan, Haslindah  1320  1970
 72  Loo, Qing Wei  1317  2002
 73  Salihin, Hannah Farisah  1316  2005
 74  Azman, Norhidayah  1309  1985
 75  Ngieng, Vivian  1305   
 76  Mohd Farijal, Nadia Alhana  1304  1987
 76  Loganathan, Divyadarrshini  1304  2005
 78  Thamil Manni, Swetha  1301  2007
 79  Roszaman, Nurkamilia Batrisya  1300  2004
 80  Mohd Azman, Iman Sofea  1296   
 81  Lim, Yi Hui  1295  2004
 82  Hng, Hui Xuan  1293  2001
 83  Sophia Yek Yu Han  1291  2004
 84  Hamdan, Ashley Sara  1281  2004
 85  Tee, An Qi  1278  2004
 86  Yeoh, Hooi Ying  1273  1993
 87  Siti Safura Jaafar  1272  1983
 88  Lim, Zhi Ting  1270  2007
 89  Rizal, Haibatul Hannan  1266  2005
 90  Pereira, Desirra  1261  2006
 91  Muhd Rozali, Nur Arfah Irdina  1260  2006
 92  Ruhaizal, Sarah Asiela  1255  2009
 92  Sivakumar, Keerthana  1255  2007
 94  Chin, Siew Mei  1248  2001
 94  Zamri, Syafaaa Mawaddah  1248  2004
 96  Mahindran, Vidhya  1239  2005
 97  Zulkefli, Nur Irdina Batrrisya  1238  2004
 98  Kok, Fang Lin  1236  2005
 99  Mat Zin, Mizan Izzati  1235  1995
 100  Nazri, Nur Aina Syamimi  1233  1996
as of 28/01/2019
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