Monday, August 13, 2018

Reply (sort of) from the appointed captain of Men's Team


Bismillahirrahmanirrahim..

Apa khabar IM Jimmy yang dihormati,

Berdasarkan open letter dari IM Jimmy Liew, saya nak ucapkan terima kasih kepada MCF kerana beri peluang kepada saya sebagai kapten Malaysia ke Olympiad kali ini. 

Perlantikan sebagai kapten sebenarnya mengejutkan kerana saya sendiri tidak menawarkan diri tetapi apabila ditawarkan, saya menerima dengan penuh tanggungjawab dan berjanji akan memberikan yang terbaik. 

Secara peribadi, saya berpengalaman ke Olympiad di Norway sebagai kapten negara dan pada edisi tersebut Malaysia mendapat kedudukan yang agak baik berbanding starting ranking. Untuk pemilihan pemain kali ini juga kita mempunyai line up yang stabil dan juga mengambilkira jangka masa panjang untuk pendedahan kepada pemain2 muda catur negara. Saya percaya pasukan negara akan dapat menunjukkan prestasi yang membanggakan di Kejohanan Olympiad akan datang kerana akan memberikan komitmen terhadap persediaan sebelum kejohanan ini.

Saya tidak ingin mengulas mengenai keputusan pasukan negara pada edisi lalu dan bagaimana pemain2 tersebut terpilih mewakili negara walaupun ada yang tidak menyertai kejohanan kebangsaan pada tahun tersebut. Apa yang saya harapkan adalah sokongan peminat2 catur di negara Malaysia supaya kami dapat memberi aksi terbaik. 

Janganlah tanam sifat bermusuhan memandangkan komuniti catur kita ini kecil sahaja.. bukan kita tidak beri peluang pada pemain2 yang kuat di masa lalu tetapi result agak mengecewakan. Jadi kalau peminat memandang pasukan kali ini sebagai tidak hebat, mungkin ianya lebih baik kerana dengan kurang tekanan, kami mungkin beraksi dengan lebih baik!

Pesanan dan harapan saya kepada peminat catur Malaysia, kalau tiada apa yang baik untuk diperkatakan, lebih baik diam kerana takut mengganggu persediaan pemain. Nama pemain telah didaftar dan kami fokus dan memerlukan sokongan semua. Saya harap pemain2 saya tidak diganggu dengan isu2 sebegini lagi.

Sekian , terima kasih!
“Maju Sukan Untuk Negara”

Nik Farouqi
Sent from my iPhone

For the benefit of foreign readers, I translate as best I can.


Bismillahirrahmanirrahim ..

,

Based on open letter from IM Jimmy Liew, I would like to thank MCF for giving me the opportunity to be Malaysian captain to this Olympiad.


I was surprised to be appointed as captain  because I did not offer myself but when offered, I accept with full responsibility and promise to give the best.

Personally, I have experience in the Olympiad in Norway as a captain and in that edition Malaysia got a pretty good position compared to starting ranking. For the selection of players this time we also have a stable line-up and also takes a long time to expose the players of the young chess country. I believe the national team will be able to perform well in the upcoming Olympiad Championship as it will give commitment to preparations before the tournament.

I did not want to comment on the decision of the national team in the last edition and how the players were selected to represent the country despite some who did not participate in the national championship that year. What I'm hoping is the support of chess fans in Malaysia so we can do the best.

Do not plant hostility as our chess community is small .. it is not we did not give a chance to past strong players but the results are a bit disappointing. So if fans look at the team this time as not great, maybe it's better because with less pressure, we might even do better!

My message and hopes to Malaysian chess fans, if there is nothing good to say, it's better to be silent for fear of disturbing players' preparation. The player's name have been registered and we are focused and need all support. I hope my players are not bothered with these issues anymore.



My reply below.


Nik,

Your reply is misleading and does not address the real issue. 

1. The question was how the choice of Zaidan and Mukhriez was made. I presume the President did not pick their names out of a hat and he has his valid reasons. It should not be too difficult to state them.

2. How strong or weak the previous team was and their results are totally irrelevant to this issue.

3. It is not my intention to do any damage to the team. I do wish any Malaysian team the best in the competition.

4. FYI, I have received many praises, publicly and privately, for having the courage to bring up this matter, which nobody dared to do for fear of repercussions.

IM Jimmy Liew


Readers can draw their own conclusions. On the point of not lobbying, I believe the posts of captain, head of delegation and FIDE Delegate have always being lobbied. But when they start inserting themselves into the players area, the line is crossed.





Sunday, August 12, 2018

Open letter to President of Malaysian Chess Federation


Open letter to the President of Malaysian Chess Federation

Dear YB Dato’ Zahidi Bin Zainul Abidin,

I am writing this letter on the selection of the Malaysian team to the 43rd Batumi Open Chess Olympiad, the premier team event, due to take place in September 2018.

The team composition are:

 

1
CM
Fong Yit San
2108
MAS
0,0
2
FM
Lim Zhuo Ren
2166
MAS
0,0
3
Lye Lik Zang
2345
MAS
0,0
4
Mahmood Shah Mukhriez Shah
1821
MAS
0,0
5
CM
Zulkipli Zaidan
2203
MAS
0,0

 

The first three are the qualifiers from the Malaysian Championship. I presume the next two players are your choice, probably with input from others. The selection of Mukhriez Shah and Zulkipli Zaidan raises questions.

I think Zaidan is a competent player as reflected in his FIDE rating of 2203 even though he is not very active over the chess board. However, your choice of your Vice-President of the MCF into the team needs to be based on very strong credentials over the chess board.

The signal that is sent is that MCF committee have good chances of being sent abroad as team officials as a reward for their “hard work”. This will encourage the wrong people to start vying for positions in the chess federation. I note that MCF Treasurer, Haslindah Ruslan is the women’ team captain and Nik Ahmad Farouqi, a committee member, is the men’s captain which seem to prove my point.

The choice of Mukhriez Shah is even more questionable. He finished in 18th place in the Malaysian Championship. His current FIDE rating is 1821 which puts him outside the top 100 Malaysian rated players. A player who is not even ranked in the top 100 is representing us at the most prestigious team event in the world! I hope to get your reply on how this is remotely possible. Were there no other suitable candidates?

I look forward to your reply. I can be contacted below.

Note: This letter has been emailed to all the MCF members as listed in the website of the Malaysian Chess Federation.

Sincerely,

IM Jimmy Liew Chee Meng

Mobile: 019-6571628

Email: cmliew@gmail.com

Cc:

YM. Mej (K) Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Bin Raja Hussin,Deputy President MCF

CM Dr. Zaidan Bin Zulkipli,Vice-President

IA Lim Tse Pin, Vice-President

FI Muammar Julkarnain, Vice-President

FA,FI Sophian Bin A.Yusuf, General Secretary

FI Haslindah Binti Ruslan, Treasurer

Zuraihah Binti Wazir, Committee Member

FI Muhammad Firdaus Bin Ismail, Committee Member

AGM,FI Nik Ahmad Farouqi Bin Nik Abdul Aziz, Committee Member

FA,FI Yeap Joo Hock, Committee Member

IA Steven Cheong, Committee Member



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Simul with IM Yeoh Li Tian

Play simultaneous chess against IM Li Tian Yeoh ! Malaysia's highest rated player and international master Yeoh Li Tian will be at Summit USJ this Saturday 14th July 2018.

Where: Summit at USJ, Concourse area
Time: 2:00 PM
Date: 14th July 2018 (Saturday)
Participants: Free to all registered players for the 7th Summit Junior. For others, a nominal fee will be charged.

Register with IM Jimmy Liew at 019-6571628 or email to cmliew@gmail.com to book a place!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Skyworld International Chess Competition 2018

Skyworld International Chess Competition 2018

Date : 23rd June 2018
Time : 9am to 6pm
Entry fees : RM 30, lunch provided
Category : U7/U8/U9/U10/U11/U12/U15

Registration form

Venue: Skyworld Gallery @ Sentul, Jalan 1/48A, Bandar Baru Sentul, 51000 KL.

Bank Detail:
Public Bank
Mega Chess Academy
3155813022

15th Malaysian Chess Festival Announcement

15TH MALAYSIAN CHESS FESTIVAL 2018 (17TH – 27TH AUGUST 2018)

DATO’ ARTHUR TAN CHESS CENTRE (DAT CHESS CENTRE)

We are pleased to inform you that the Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Centre (DAT Chess Centre) with endorsement from the Malaysian Chess Federation will be organizing the MALAYSIAN CHESS FESTIVAL 2018 at Cititel Midvalley Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Details of the said event are as follows :

1) ASTRO MERDEKA TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
2) 3RD DATIN YEE WAI FONG MERDEKA JUNIOR TEAM (U-12) CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
3) 9TH DATCC / DATIN YEE WAI FONG AGE-GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
4) 15TH IGB DATO’ ARTHUR TAN MALAYSIAN OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
5) 9TH IGB SENIORS OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
6) 14TH IGB BERHAD MALAYSIA CHESS CHALLENGE
7)   MERDEKA DAY INDIVIDUAL RAPID OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN / UNDER 18 / UNDER 12)
8)   MERDEKA BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP – (16:45 – Saturday, 18th August 2018)
9)   MALAYSIA FESTIVAL BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (1pm –  Sunday, 26th August 2018)
10) FIDE Arbiter Seminar (FIDE Lecturer -  IA Nikolopoulos Panagiotis) 20th - 24th August

Please refer to website for those event.

Should you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact via :

Email : aham@pc.jaring.asia , ahamchess@yahoo.com , datcc@outlook.com

Tel : +(60)193158098

Or visit website

Monday, March 5, 2018

Eugene Torre FischerRandom Tournament

A Fisher Random tournament will be held tomorrow 6th of March 2018 at ICE, Bandar Puteri in Puchong at 8:00 PM. Entry fee is RM20.

The living legend, GM Eugene Torre will be present, and the winner will receive an autographed book from him. Do not miss the chance to meet the legend in the flesh!

Eugene Torre showed that he is still a top class player when at the Baku Olympiad in 2016 he scored a performance rating of 2836 and at the age of 64!