Tuesday, July 20, 2021

This is NOT chess!

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Sad Outcome for Indonesia in the FIDE World Cup 2021

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On her FB page for friends and fans:

At least Irene is putting up positive front from her social media page:

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Who are you waiting for Nordibek?

Posted by GilaChess
Who is his opponent?? His absentee opponent mentioned in my Facebook comments section.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Losing to a kid

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Howler of a Blunder

Posted by GilaChess

GM Yasser Seriawan coined the term "Howler" to refect a very bad move made in chess. In chess the usual term used for a bad move is a blunder. So a Howler is a BAD blunder.

I made the biggest howler when I lost all my website content because I missed payments for the website a few months back. That's years of content from the Catur portal, chess calendar, pictures and various other blogs lost! 

What's worse is that all that could have been avoided if I was not stingy and save on the optional 1$ per month payment for automantic backup.

Well, I have set up from scratch all my websites on Digital Ocean based on Singapore server and this time I will not skim on that $1/month.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Queen's Gambit vs The Coldest War

Posted by GilaChess

  One is a movie and the other a mini series. But both are about chess or at least centres around the game.

The depiction of Chess from The Coldest Game was silly to say the least. For one thing, in The Coldest Game, the person who overseeing the game is called "arbiter", not a "judge". Also, when a player wants a draw, there is no need to pass the offer via the arbiter, they just ask the other player.  Of course there are many tiny inaccuracies in the movie that would make a tournament player cringe.

The other aspects of the show is acceptable and I only watched because I like Bill Pullman's acting.

The new mini series "The Queen's Gambit" starring Anya Taylor-Joy is way better in terms of chess accuracy. All the chess openings are right, like the Sicilian Najdorf, Levenfish variation, how a simul event is conducted are all correct. I just appreciate it when film makers take the trouble for small details like that and not be creatively"inventive" when it comes to chess facts. Overall, I think The Queen's Gambit will be a worthwhile watch especially when IMDB rates this at 8.7 out of 10.

I only watched the first episode and so far it looks good. Have you seen it yet? Tell me what you think in the comments..

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Friday, July 31, 2020

AISS Chess Championship

Posted by GilaChess
Aspiration International Secondary School brings the Malaysian chess enthusiasts its first-ever AISS Chess Championship! Register NOW and join the online chess competition and stand to win cash prizes:
  • Under-16 Category RM 500 (total prizes) 
  • Under-13 Category RM 450 (total prizes)


Sunday 2nd of August 2020
Under-13 years old @ 1.30 – 3.30pm
Under-16 years old @ 4.00 – 6.00pm

Where to register?

Online Chess Platform: lichess.org
lichess.org U-16 link: https://bit.ly/accUnder-16
lichess.org U-13 link: https://bit.ly/accUnder-13

Registration Dates and Fees

Register before 24th July to get the early bird entry fee of RM 8 (normal is RM 10)
Register for AISS Chess Championship #ACC now!
For enquiries, please call or WhatsApp our hotline +6 012 677 5777 or email us at ACC@aspirasiedujourney.com

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Chess Masks!

Posted by GilaChess

Malaysia is doing well at least better than most countries in this covid pandemic times. I feel we are wasting a lot of resources with disposable masks and washable/reusable masks is more sensible.

A chess friend got the idea and came up with a chess-motif mask! I think it's a great idea. He sent me one but I am in Cameron Highlands for holiday at the moment but I will post a review when I try it in a few days.




You can get the mask from this link to  Shopee 
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