Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Middle-game Strategy II

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Middlegame-Strategy II

White Knight Chess Academy in co-operation with Noble Minds Academy are pleased to present our Middlegame Strategy series of chess classes conducted by Malaysia’s first International Master and FIDE Trainer Jimmy Liew.

The structure of the class will be a lecture on typical middle-game structures. In each class, IM Jimmy Liew will present two types of middle-games and show the ideas for each side. Students will learn how to play these middle-games using well researched games. The first session concentrated on two well-known structures , Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP) and Hanging Pawns.

The second session continues on to Doubled bishop pawns and the Caro-kann structure The date and time for Middle-game Strategy 2 is now announced to be conducted on 24th September 2017 starting 2-5 pm. Registration is now open. Send an email to or SMS/Whatsapp 019-6571628


F3A-09 Starpac Point, 
Jlnn Tmn Ibu Kota, 
Kuala Lumpur 
Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday) Time: 2-5 PM

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Penang is 4th in Asian Cities

The Penang team did very well to finish in 4th position in the Asian Cities Team Championship in India just last month.

Their final score of 5 wins 2 draws and 2 losses puts them just behind Dhaka, thus missing a podium finish. The team was in third position after seven rounds. A round eight loss to final third placed Dhaka, denied them the bronze medal.


The team performance is commendable especially as several members of the team won board prizes. They are

Board 1 (Silver) for Looi Xin Hao

Board 2 (Bronze) for Wong Yinn Loong

Board 4 (Bronze) for Tan Jun Ying

Photo from FIDE website

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Middlegame Strategy

I remember starting out in chess a long time ago. I had no opening and I was primarily a tactical player. I had no problem as long as there were some tactical possibilities in the middlegame. I got better and started studying openings and my results improved. Then I noticed something, there were some players that I always had difficulties with. I could never get the type of positions I liked with them.

I knew something was missing from my game. Then I found Ludek Pachman's books called "Modern Chess Strategy" which is a three volume set and I found the gap in my chess understanding. These books took a lot of effort to understand but it helped me to increase my playing strength.

The link between openings and middlegame - the former determines the latter's pawn structure. By studying the games of masters based on this structures, you will come to a better grasp of how to play these type of structures which occur again and again even from different openings.

The basic middlegame structures can be grouped as follows

1. Isolated Queen Pawn aka IQP
2. Hanging Pawns
3. Doubled pawns
4. Caro-kann formation
5. Slav formation
6. Carlsbad center
7. Stonewall center
8. Closed King's Indian
9. Open King's Indian
10. Grunfeld center
11. French center
12. Benoni Center
13. Benko formation
14. Sicilian Centers
15. Miscellaneous others

 So one way of studying the middlegame is to take positions from the above and thoroughly understand how to play them. For this purpose, I am starting a series of classes on Middlegame Strategy. There will be 4-5 sessions cost at RM50 per session. The first session will be on Sunday 20th August 2017.

  More details here
  Registration form here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summit Subang Juniors

Dr. Cafe Rapid Tournament

The 1st Dr. Cafe Leisure Rapid Tournament will be held on 29th July (Agong's Birthday). There are Open, Under-18 and Under-12 categories. Lunch will be provided for participants. For the full prospectus click link below.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Discount for Malaysian Chess Festival 2017


There will be a 20% discount for all paid entry registration until 15th May for the following events:

28th Aug – 03rd Sep

Exchange Rate for the US $ is 4.3.

Bank Account: DAT Chess Centre  
Maybank Current A/C No: 5145  9822  0396,
Jalan Bunus,  50100 K L, Malaysia - SWIFT : MBBEMYKL

Download Entry Forms here:

Friday, March 31, 2017

44th Selangor Open

The 44th Selangor Open is announced for 27th April to 1st May 2017. The venue is the same as for last year, the Grand Ballroom of the Cititel Hotel.

There is the usual Open event and also the Challengers, the latter is only open to those with FIDE rating below 1900. The closing date is 24th April 2017 so hurry and register yourself today.

Below are the prospectus.

Selangor Open 2017 Challenger Entry Form rEF

Selangor Open 2017 Entry Form rEF

Thursday, March 23, 2017

14th Malaysian Chess Festival announced


Friday, March 3, 2017

Zone 3.3 blunders

In many ways I was puzzled at what happened at the Zone 3.3 Championship. The top two seed, GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son was held to early draws while Filipino GM Julio Catalino Sadorra lost two consecutive games, one of them to a sub 2000 player.

Malaysian FM Yeoh Li Tian is in the lead with 6/7 drawing two games. His success was probably due to the low number of inaccuracies in his games while many others were struck by some really bad blunders.

Look at the following diagrams.

FM Liu Xiangyi - GM Megaranto
 White is just winning after 39. b7 Rb8 40 Rc1 and 41 Rc8 is unstoppable. Instead he played 39. Be4?? Rd8+ 40 Ke2 g4, black exchanged pawns and sacrificed his knight for the white b-pawn to reach a drawn R+B vs R ending.

IM Goh Wei Ming - Novendra Priasmoro

After sacrificing an exchange, White has started mopping up black pawns. In this position, his b5 pawn is almost unstoppable. Now 40 Kh2 getting his king of the back rank and attacking the black rook is winning. However he played 40 b6?? Rxf3 41 b7 Rxd1+ 42 Kh2 Rb3 allows black to stop the pawn and eventually draw.

FM Liu XiangYi - GM Sadorra

Even the 2nd seed was not immune to blunders. In the above diagram,  white has just checked on f3. What should black play, how should he get out of check? 42....Qf7?? The worst possible move as 43 c6 and the pawn just cannot be stopped.