Sunday, March 08, 2020

Still dreaming: Local Internet Chess Server

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If someone described me a procrastinator and dreamer, they are so right!

Talked about "wanting" to do this - setting up a local (Malaysian or at least Asia based) chess playing webserver for many years now. Wrote about the Holy Grail of Installing Chess Servers in 2016. Nothing has happened since then.

The obvious questions is why on earth would anyone want to compete with the already established chess webservers like Lichess, Playchess, Chess.com, ICC and FICC?

Here are the reasons why:

1. It's possible
Just like Nike's slogan "Just Do It", it can and should be attempted just because it's possible!
LICHESS, one of the most popular online playing platform is open source. The games played just surpassed 1 billion the beginning of this year. Anyone with motivation and knowledge can take the source code and build their own version of LICHESS. The installation process is documented at github.





2. Local equals fast
LICHESS itself is hosted in France in 3 separate servers. Distance matters. For Malaysians, the ping rate is higher because of the distance. What this means is that there is a slight delay for moves to be transmitted and played on the game server. The delay is relatively small but serious chess players will notice it particularly if they are playing fast chess like bullet chess. If there is a LICHESS installation in Malaysia, the ping rate will be fast and the experience of almost instantaneous response in the game play will definitely make it a more enjoyable experience.






3. Open source equals modifiable

Programmers can modify and add new features to the server. Eg: interactive rooms for chess coaching, custom local tournaments etc. The possibilities are endless.

Please don't wait for me to do this (for obvious reasons). Anyone out there want to take this challenge and implement a local chess server?


Also with the current COVID19 crisis, it emphasises the importantce of online facilities like a chess server.




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Saturday, March 07, 2020

Postponed: 3rd Johor Bahru International Chess Championship 2020

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3rd Johor Bahru International Chess Championship is postponed due to the covid19 virus.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

50 first dates with GACC

Posted by GilaChess
I love this romantic comedy movie and it's about Drew Barrymore who plays an amnesiac whose short term memory can only retain the last 24 hours and forgets everything the very next day. It's a beautiful and creative story which I really liked.

It's perfect to illustrate GilaChess relationship with GACC. For example, I've helped them in the early days when blogs and website were a thing and there were not many other than GilaChess and a few other blogs. So much so that GilaChess was chosen as "Web sponsor" and covered the event reporting on the many editions of GACC. But they (GACC) do forget the role the websites and blog play for publicity and left us out for some years. Who can blame GACC as they comprise university students who change every year and "memory loss" such as benefits and things that work previously is forgotten when the new batch of GACC takes over.

Last year I decided to remind them, and they did appoint GilaChess the old post of "web sponsor" so the event was covered in my blog and websites in 2019. As web sponsor the official website GACC.tv was created to post daily updates on the tournament.
     
As expected, without reminder this year, it was forgotten again. And I did not remind them and as such did not cover the event this year. There is no malice or ill feelings towards GACC but I just want to point out the weaknesses of not remembering. Not that blog coverage is important or anything. In fact I am relieved they did not invite me to cover the event this year. It's both expensive (in terms of time and effort) and without any monetary compensation (not that I was expecting it). I even let the website GACC.tv expire (too expensive to maintain).

This "amnesia" costs GACC. For example if they remembered to invite me, they would have free coverage and publicity without any cost (because I would do the grunt work for free). But that's not the only thing.

What I want to point out is that GACC managed to attract better sponsors in the past. For example, the closing ceremony dinner was sponsored by the Legend hotel and playing conditions were good to attract strong players. Because of this GACC bigger and far more successful. For example, they had top Russian GMs taking part in the inter-varsities event. I remember one was top 10 junior in the world. Even Wang Hao took part in one of the years. There was this successful formula in attracting top talents but sadly what worked then was forgotten or lost. They cannot replicate it in the later years which is a shame.


The formula today is not bad. It's sort of like a mini Malaysian Open. We have the age group, blitz, inter-varsities and the team event is especially popular based on the successful Merdeka Team event which many love. But if you, like me remember the past, it was more exclusive and bigger then. Ah .. those were the days..

Just to reiterate, I bear no grudge against GACC not inviting me this year. Like I said, I appreciate the rest this year. Also, I wish GACC success for future editions! Probably one advice is to maybe remember what worked and what didn't and make future GACC better.

Also, watch the movie! Who knows. The solution at the end of the movie may apply and fix GACC current amnesia problem. I won't mention it here. I don't like to spoil!
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Monday, December 16, 2019

Penang Open 2019 results

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Friday, December 13, 2019

PENANG OPEN ROUND 7 PAIRINGS

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Bo.   Name Pts. Pts.   Name
1 FM Wong Yinn Long  5 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 
2 IM Setyaki Azarya Jodi  5 5 GM Mirzoev Azer 
3 GM Sivuk Vitaly  5 IM Novita Anjas 
4 GM Villamayor Buenaventura  GM Korneev Oleg 
5 FM Turqueza Mari Joseph  IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus 
6   Sammed Jaykumar Shete  IM Firman Syah Farid 
7 IM Nouri Hamed  4 FM Sonjaya Deni 
8   Li Guohao  4 4 IM Li Bo 
9 IM Sadikin The Irwanto  4 4 FM Castellano Christopher 
10 CM Tan Jun Ying  4 4 FM Andyka Pitra 
11   Hari Madhavan N B  4 4   Aris T.L.S. 
12 IM Bancod Ronald  4 4 CM Arfan Aditya Bagus 
13   Prasannaa.S   4 4   Chen Kailin 
14 FM Navaratnam Rohan Shan Tze  4 4 FM Nouri Alekhine 
15 AGM Suelo Roberto Jr.  4 4   Poh Yu Tian 
16 IM Pascua Haridas    Looi Xin Hao 
17 WGM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz    Li Shanglin 
18   Hakim Nuh    Mohd Saprin Amir Ghaazi 
19 AGM Lakshmi Narayanan M V    Cai Youyang 
20   Adarsh Tripathi    Wolf Walter 
21   Sun Chao    Ang Ern Jie Anderson 
22   Mushini Ajay  WFM Singgih Diajeng Theresa 
23 AGM Arellano Robert    Garv Rai 
24   Chan Sheng Yip    Liong Ing Kiat Anthony 
25 IM Wahono Awam  3 3 CM Xie Kaifan 
26 FM Lim Chuin Hoong Ronnie  3 3   Chia Yu Zhe Ashton 
27 WGM Gevorgyan Irina  3 3   Baga Marojahan Sagala 
28   Chan Marcus  3 3   Zhou Yibo 
29   Ng Sheng Feng  3 3   Aravind P V S 
30   Barath Kalyan M  3 3   Sow Miaogeng Malcolm 
31   Lim Chin Lee  3 3   Chen Zhiyuan 
32   Wu Yixing  3 3   Abinandhan R 
33   Teh Hui Lam  3 3   Khandhar Kaushal 
34   Teh Rui Gen  3 3 FM Ismail Ahmad 
35   Jamal Hendry    Hng Mei-Xian Eunice 
36   Eng Jia Qian  AIM Wong Shyun Fwu Aldrin 
37   Cheah Eric    Ang Jing Xuan 
38 WCM Sim Jia Ru    Koay Yu Zhe 
39   Lian Kai En Gerard  CM Nisban Cyrus 
40   Teh Wee Zhun    Hasnul Hashim 
41   Morcella Franklin R.    Yeoh Yuan Hui 
42   Heng Cho Yaw  2   Eggers Paul S 
43   Kunnavakkam Sudarshanagopal Vin  2 2   Teo Hong Ming 
44   Koelbl Wolfgang  2 2   Lee Khai Wei 
45   Muthu P  2 2   Gao Oscar 
46   Lim Cheng Lun  2 2 AIM Kapoor Satvik 
47   Liu Meng  2 2 AFM Tang Ngai Juan Dixon 
48   Liew Mark  2 2   Revinthran Darshan 
49   Saravanan Durga  2 2   Frost Peter 
50   Geng Tiankai  2   Lim Kian Hwa 
51   Jackson John Marvin    Camhi David 
52   Loo Pin Xie  1   Greenwood Martin C 
53   Narayanan Sri Shiva Kumar  1 1   Heng Cho Fai 
54   Chin Mei Qi  1 1   Eswaran Tarendra Vinayagar 
55   Navaratnam Ishaan Quan Tze  1     bye
56 WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung  0     not paired
57 WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung  0     not paired
58   Tin Shan Wen  3     not paired
59   Pang Khai Jie Ryan  0     not paired
60 AIM Chua Chee Sian Sebastien      not paired
61   Tin Shan Ze      not paired
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Wong Yinn Long leads Penang Open

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After a win against Penang Open top seed and recent Johor Open Champion, GM Vitaly Sivuk, 17 year old Wong Yinn Long takes over as lead for the 11th Penang Heritage Open after 6 rounds of play. He now has 5½ points out of 6.
He is followed closely just half a point behind by
  • IM Setyaki Azarya Jodi
  • GM Mirzoev Azer
  • IM Chakravarthi Reddy M
  • IM Novita Anjas


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Penang Open:4 joint leaders after 5 rounds

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After 5 rounds, there are 4 joint leaders in the 11th Penang Heritage Open 2019.

IM Chakravarthi Reddy M, IM Setyaki Azarya Jodi, GM Sivuk Vitaly and FM Wong Yinn Long are all on 4 ½ out of 5 points.

This year's edition of the Penang Open sees a total of 115 participants playing in the 5 day event.

Below is the interactive crosstable:-


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Penang Open Round 3: 10 joint leaders after 3 rounds

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1 GM Sivuk Vitaly  2588 UKR 3
2 IM Pascua Haridas  2441 PHI 3
3 GM Mirzoev Azer  2457 AZE 3
4   Sammed Jaykumar Shete  2380 IND 3
5 GM Villamayor Buenaventura  2372 SGP 3
6 IM Setyaki Azarya Jodi  2388 INA 3
7 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M  2366 IND 3
8 IM Li Bo  2308 CHN 3
9 FM Wong Yinn Long  2298 MAS 3
10 GM Korneev Oleg  2524 ESP 3
11 IM Firman Syah Farid  2393 INA 2.5
12 WGM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz  2210 UZB 2.5
13 FM Turqueza Mari Joseph  2290 PHI 2.5
14   Hari Madhavan N B  2280 IND 2.5
15 IM Novita Anjas  2381 INA 2.5
16   Prasannaa.S   2213 IND 2
17   Hakim Nuh  2181 INA 2
18 AGM Suelo Roberto Jr.  2140 PHI 2
19 FM Lim Chuin Hoong Ronnie  2277 MAS 2
20 IM Bancod Ronald  2266 PHI 2
21 CM Tan Jun Ying  2121 MAS 2
22   Lim Chin Lee  2023 MAS 2
23   Chan Sheng Yip  1931 MAS 2
24   Ng Sheng Feng  2065 SGP 2
25 IM Nouri Hamed  2323 PHI 2
26 FM Castellano Christopher  2133 PHI 2
27   Wolf Walter  2107 GER 2
28 WFM Singgih Diajeng Theresa  2089 INA 2
29 AGM Arellano Robert  2087 PHI 2
30   Chen Kailin  1928 CHN 2
31   Chan Marcus  2166 MAS 2
32 IM Sadikin The Irwanto  2301 INA 2
33 AGM Lakshmi Narayanan M V  2160 IND 2
34   Li Shanglin  2020 CHN 2
35 FM Sonjaya Deni  2165 INA 2
36   Cheah Eric  1948 MAS 2
37   Barath Kalyan M  2063 IND 2
38 CM Nisban Cyrus  1923 SGP 2
39 CM Arfan Aditya Bagus  2072 INA 2
40 FM Andyka Pitra  2286 INA 2
41   Adarsh Tripathi  1954 IND 2
42   Mohd Saprin Amir Ghaazi  1953 MAS 2
43   Li Guohao  2131 CHN 2
44   Looi Xin Hao  2075 MAS 2
45   Mushini Ajay  1933 IND 2
46   Sun Chao  2106 CHN 2
47   Poh Yu Tian  1925 MAS 2
48   Khandhar Kaushal  1957 MAS 2
49   Liong Ing Kiat Anthony  2077 MAS 2
50 FM Navaratnam Rohan Shan Tze  2118 MAS 1.5
51   Zhou Yibo  1894 CHN 1.5
52 IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus  2469 INA 1.5
53 WGM Gevorgyan Irina  2271 UZB 1.5
54   Abinandhan R  2011 IND 1.5
55   Cai Youyang  1920 CHN 1.5
56   Ang Ern Jie Anderson  1852 MAS 1.5
57   Chia Yu Zhe Ashton  1902 SGP 1.5
58   Eng Jia Qian  1987 MAS 1.5
59 WCM Sim Jia Ru  1940 MAS 1.5
60   Aris T.L.S.  2062 INA 1.5
61   Teh Wee Zhun  1898 MAS 1.5
62 FM Nouri Alekhine  2212 PHI 1.5
63   Lian Kai En Gerard  1543 SGP 1.5
64 IM Wahono Awam  2313 INA 1.5
65   Frost Peter  1704 AUS 1.5
66   Sow Miaogeng Malcolm  1681 SGP 1.5
67   Aravind P V S  1688 IND 1.5
68 CM Xie Kaifan  1905 CHN 1
69   Koelbl Wolfgang  1846 GER 1
70   Chen Zhiyuan  1571 CHN 1
71   Kunnavakkam Sudarshanagopal Vin  1896 USA 1
72   Yeoh Yuan Hui  1738 MAS 1
73   Hng Mei-Xian Eunice  1709 SGP 1
74   Tin Shan Ze  1610 MAS 1
75   Heng Cho Yaw  1479 SGP 1
76   Morcella Franklin R.  0 PHI 1
77   Tin Shan Wen  1907 MAS 1
78   Baga Marojahan Sagala  1898 INA 1
79   Muthu P  1823 IND 1
80   Liew Mark  1708 SGP 1
81   Geng Tiankai  1543 CHN 1
82   Revinthran Darshan  1401 MAS 1
83   Eswaran Tarendra Vinayagar  1276 MAS 1
84   Lim Kian Hwa  1718 MAS 1
85 AIM Chua Chee Sian Sebastien  1772 MAS 1
86   Teh Hui Lam  1715 MAS 1
87   Teo Hong Ming  1653 SGP 1
88   Gao Oscar  1595 AUS 1
89   Jamal Hendry  2076 INA 1
90 AFM Tang Ngai Juan Dixon  1445 SGP 1
91   Camhi David  1519 TPE 1
92   Heng Cho Fai  1184 SGP 1
93   Ang Jing Xuan  1610 MAS 1
94   Jackson John Marvin  1595 USA 1
95   Hasnul Hashim  1398 BRU 1
96 FM Ismail Ahmad  1926 MAS 1
97 AIM Kapoor Satvik  1771 IND 1
98   Navaratnam Ishaan Quan Tze  1458 MAS 1
99   Koay Yu Zhe  1589 MAS 0.5
100   Garv Rai  1774 IND 0.5
101   Wu Yixing  1767 CHN 0.5
102   Loo Pin Xie  1500 MAS 0.5
103   Liu Meng  1738 CHN 0.5
104   Eggers Paul S  1928 USA 0
105   Pang Khai Jie Ryan  1861 SGP 0
106 AIM Wong Shyun Fwu Aldrin  1647 SGP 0
107 WGM Vo Thi Kim Phung  2344 VIE 0
108 WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung  2254 VIE 0
109   Lee Khai Wei  1604 MAS 0
110   Saravanan Durga  1547 IND 0
111   Teh Rui Gen  1498 MAS 0
112   Narayanan Sri Shiva Kumar  1408 MAS 0
113   Chin Mei Qi  1354 MAS 0
114   Lim Cheng Lun  1255 MAS 0
115   Greenwood Martin C  1502 ENG 0
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