Friday, December 2, 2016

1st Kimma Chess Tournament announcement

The 1st Kimma Chess Tournament is scheduled for 5th February 2017. The champion will receive the YB Senator Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader Trophy. This event is managed by DAT Chess Centre.

Rounds: 7
Time control: 25 minutes to finish
Venue: Dewan Serbaguna Pusat Perdagangan PT 80 DBKL,  Lorong Bunus 4,
Masjid India, 50050 KUALA LUMPUR (Belakang Haniffa Departmental Store)
Contact: Abd Hamid Majid (019 3158098) / Siraj (010 5499916) / Fadli (014 2312370)
Prizes: There are prizes for Open, Under 18 and Under 12 with the winner of the Open receiving a generous RM1000.

For the prospectus go to or Click here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Penang wins 2016 Inter-state Championship

The 2016 Inter-State Chess Championship was held at M.S. Garden Hotel in Kuantan, Pahang from 25th-28th November. The Open tournament had 14 teams and played a six round Swiss while the Womens had only six teams and a round-robin replaced the Swiss.

This tournament has always been hotly contested between Selangor  (FM Nicholas Chan, FM Lim Zhuo Ren, IM Jimmy Liew, Marcus Chan and NM Kamal Abduallah) and Penang (Looi Xin Hao, FM Wong Yinn Loong, IM Ooi Zhi Yang, Tan Khai Boon and NM Ng Tze Han). This time, the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (Lye Lik Zang, IM Mas Hafizul, Zaidan  Zulkipli, CM Ng Jen Sheng and, WFM Tan Li Ting) secured the services of IM Mas Hafizul and they were seen as possible contenders. In a bizarre move, they put youngster Lye Lik Zang on board one instead of IM Mas and I believe this to be a mistake which eventually put them out of contention. If Lye Lik Zang was on third or fourth board, K.L. would have a fighting chance for the championship.

In round 3 , Kuala Lumpur lost narrowly to Selangor.

The match between Penang and Selangor was in round 4 and this was clearly going to decide the championship. Nicholas Chan lost a winning game to Looi Xin Hao while I was caught in the opening by new IM Ooi Zhi Yang. The other two boards were losing for Selangor as well but the Penang players surprised by offering draws to secure the match.

Kuala Lumpur was paired with Penang in the fifth round and they had to win to get back into contention for the championship. In order to move IM Mas to first board they had to rest Lye Lik Zang. IM Mas was held to a draw and they had to be satisfied with a 2-2 result.

In the womens event, it was also clear that Selangor and Penang will be competing for the championship. The two met in round four and the former beat the latter narrowly to decide the first place.

The final crosstable -

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

33rd National Age Group: Malaysians performance

The  33rd National Age Group Championships 2016 from 19th to 22th November organized by Singapore Chess Federation(SCF) saw a number of Malaysian participants. Below are the results of the players.

The best performer is Cheah Kah Hoe who came 2nd in the Under 12 Open. Soo Sheng Yin took 3rd placing in the Girls Under-10.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

33rd National Age Group in Singapore

455 players from 9 countries are pitting their wits in the 33rd National Age Group Championships 2016 from 19th to 22th November organized by Singapore Chess Federation(SCF).
The event takes place at Bartley Secondary School and sponsored by the QCD Group.
A total of 8 major age group titles are up for grabs ranging from the Under 8 to the Under 20 age categories.

The  33rd National Age Group Championships 2016 is now on-going from 19th to 22th November 2016. Organized by the  Singapore Chess Federation(SCF) and held at Bartley Secondary School. The QCD Group is sponsoring the event. A total of  8 major age group titles from the Under 8 to the Under 20 age categories are being contested.

I found it rather interesting that the championship is not limited to Singaporeans but open to all nationalities. There are reportedly 455 players from 9 countries. Malaysia has 20 players in all the categories. The best performers after three rounds are Emir Rasyid in the Under-10, Cheah Kah Hoe in Under 12 and Soo Sheng Yin in the Girls Under 10. All three have full points of 3/3.

Friday, November 18, 2016

2016 National Scholastics Announced

The 2016 National Scholastics will be held from 3-4 December 2016 at Putrajaya. More details below

VENUE: Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, presint 1, Putrajaya

ORGANISER: Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF)
Co-Organise : Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah Putrajaya ( SGE)
: Institut Kemajuan Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (IKIAM)
: Perbadanan Putrajaya
: Majlis Belia Kawasan Putrajaya

SPONSOR: Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Pekebun Kecil perusahaan Getah (RISDA)

FORMAT: 25 mins + 10s (9 Rounds)

Contact: En. Sophian 011 3950 5981 ( )

Entry Fees : RM 50

Payment: Persekutuan Catur Malaysia
CIMB PWTC Current Account: 8000649725

There are several age categories: Open U09, U11, U13, U15, U17 (+Best Girls). Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the 1st-10th placing and for Best Girl in each category.

Please note that the closing date is 29th November 2016. This is part of the Selection Policy for the Asian Schools or World Schools Championships for 2017.

To find out more, click here

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A lesson in attack

A training game against one of my students. The student gives the teacher a lesson in attacking.

I am playing black against this young boy.

16. a5

A positional move from a young student. I had only expected him to defend the d-pawn.

16...Nxd4 ?!

Already a mistake according to the computer. 16... Nxe3 17. Qxe3 was better
for white according to him but I begged to differ. 

17. Bxa6 Bxa6 18. Bxd4 O-O 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qd4+ f6

20... e5! 21. fxe5 Bxf1 22. Ng4 c5 (22... Be2 23. e6+ f6 24. exd7 Bxg4?  25. Nxf6 Rxf6 26. axb6 surprisingly leaves black helpless. 23. Qe3 g5 24. Kxf1 Black stands better although this was
difficult to evaluate over the board. 

21. Rd1 Rf7 22. Nd6

This looked attractive although I was more worried of (22. axb6 Qxb6 23. Qxb6 Nxb6 24.
Rda1 Bb7 25. Rxa8 Bxa8 26. Ra6 Rb7 27. Nc5 Rb8 28. Ra7+ winning

 22... Re7 23. Ng4 Rf8 24. Rg3

Very unpleasant position for black after this.

24... Kh7 25. f5! exf5 26. Nxh6 !! f4

26... Kxh6 27. Nxf5+Kh7 28. Qh4+ Kg8 29. Rxg6+ Kf7 30. Rg7+ Ke8 31. Rxe7+ Kd8 32. Qh7 Bc8 33. Qg7 is also hopeless. 

27. Nhf5 fxg3

27... Re5 28. Qxf4 Rxf5 29. Qxf5 ! pointed out by white afterwards.

28.Qh4+ Kg8 29. Nxe7+ Kg7 30. Qxg3 Ne5 31. Ndf5+

31. Nxg6 would have ended it too.

31... Kf7 32. Nxg6 1-0

Thursday, November 10, 2016

French Defence: Positional Understanding

IM Jimmy Liew is one of Malaysia's foremost expert on the French Defense. He will be talking about postional understanding, pawn structures, good/bad squares etcs. Seats are limited. Kindly confirm early.

Date: 13/11/2016
Time: 11am - 1pm
Venue: DATCC, F-3A-09 Starparc Point, Jalan Taman Ibu Kota, Taman Danau Kota, Setapak, K.L.
Fee: RM30 per person
Trainer: IM Jimmy Liew Topic: French Defense: Positional understanding.

Please bring your own chess set, notebook & chess clock (if available)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Chess Openings Master Class by WKCA

Opening Series

White Knight Chess Academy is pleased to present our Explore the Chess Openings series of master classes conducted by Malaysia’s first International Master Jimmy Liew and International Master Mok Tze Meng.

The structure of the class will be a lecture on a specific opening by an expert in that opening. Participants then take part in a clock simul followed by a discussion of selected games from the simul. This ensures that you learn specific lines to combat against white and get practical game experience against a strong player.

The French Defence

The first class will focus on the French Defence which is considered one of the more solid black defenses to the king pawn opening. The class is conducted by IM Jimmy Liew who has been using this defence from the beginning of his chess career. Participants will learn the most common white replies and Jimmy will demonstrate his lines of play against each one , refined with over 40 years of experience and 700 games in this opening.

Date and Venue

6th November 2016  (Sunday) 2 PM – 6 PM at Saujana Villa, Jalan Prima Saujana, Prima Saujana, Selangor. More details will be given on registeration.

Fee: RM300 per participant (first 10 participants will receive a complimentary autographed copy of Jimmy’s book The Veresov, Move by Move)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lim Zhuo Ren makes IM norm

FM Lim Zhuo Ren has made a IM norm (his second) at the Millionaire Chess in Atlantic City, USA. He scored 5/9 against strong opposition. Here are a selection of his games published with his permission. All notes are by Zhuo Ren.

In the second round LZR draws with a strong Indian GM.

LZR dismantles a 2420 rated opponent

Beating another 2400 player in the fourth round.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Chess Camp by Baku Olympians

The Malaysian Chess Federation announces the Malaysia Olympiad Chess Camp open to all. The dates are 26-28 August 2016 (Friday to Sunday).

Venue is at :

Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Hartamas,  
Taman Sri Hartamas,  
50480, Kuala Lumpur

The 3 days Camp is designed for chess players of all strengths and levels of experience, who want to improve their game and be trained by the Olympians. We will divide our campers into groups according to level and ability.

There are three levels and the costs are as follows:

CAMP I  is for Intermediate   (Prepare for Competition)         RM 240.00
CAMP II is  Developmental  (Excelling)           RM 240.00
CAMP III  is  SUPERCAMP     (Advanced Level)           RM 300.00  

For more information and registration download the form at