Sunday, May 25, 2014

Another controversy over Tromso Olympiad selection

My previous post on the subject of selection. Read Sumant's open letter here.

Summary of the events leading up to this. Three players were qualified for the team, Ng Tze Han , Yeoh Li Tian and Aron Teh by virtual of finishing in the top three in the Malaysian Masters. A further four players, IM Lim Yee Weng, Fadzil, Sumant and Fong Yit San competed in another selection to pick the remaining two places. The qualifiers from this second selection were IM Lim Yee Weng and Fong Yit San.

The latest is that one of the qualifiers have opted not to play in the olympiad. MCF then hand picked Fadzil as the replacement without a playoff with Sumant who submitted an open letter pleading for a play-off.

MCF already indicated (from previous decisions and actions), that there will be no more hand-picking of an individual into the team and everyone has to qualify in some manner. Both Fadzil and Sumant tied in the second selection, so there should be a playoff.

Note: An source told me that when there was a tie between the two in the second selection, a playoff was to be scheduled but Fadzil refused to agree to a date. And now he is automatically in the team based on a letter he wrote?

Personally, I think this is bullshit and the whole thing stinks.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chess Camp by Intelligent Minds Academy

Intelligent Minds Academy announces their Chess Camp which will be held over five days from 28 May (Wednesday) until 1 June 2014 (Sunday).

The chess camp will be handled by IM Mok Tze Meng and IM Jimmy Liew (if more participants). Course will cover understanding and ideas in Chess Openings, Strategies and Planning, Assessment of positions in Middlegame and Practical Play in Endgame.

The fees for the camp are RM200 per day or RM900 for the full 5 days course.

The time is from 10am to 4pm and lunch will be provided.

The venue is A-1-20, Amandari, Jalan 30/38A Sri Sinar, 51200 Kuala Lumpur. GPS co-ordinates are
3°11'01.3"N 101°38'49.6"E
or refer to this Google map.

Registration and enquiry, please call : IM Mok 0162233536 or  Ginny 0162194128

Registration can also be done by emailing to and payment made to the Hong Leong Bank Account Number 28400028244.

All students are encouraged to bring their own chess set and clocks. Chess equipment and clocks are also available for sale during the camp.