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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Time To Move On.....

Call it sabbatical leave, annual leave, taking a break - whatever that fits the bill, and that is what I had decided to do since the Merdeka Event. It has been a topsy turvy year for me, and for chess in Malaysia - the AGM, the accusations, the petitions, the enforcers, the new partnership, the lost partnership, etc. Everything and anything that makes a roller coaster ride a really tame experience compared to the local chess scene that the chess community had endured in the last 10 months.

A friend of mine told me that if I had concentrated on DATCC since the start of the year, it would have been flying by now. Perhaps he was right.... But with certain rules and policies that MCF have put up, including being targeted by certain sector who would like to see the venture "close down", it would have been a herculean challenge to even get it moving. And I was right. For me, getting a job (after 4 years of unemployment) was a blessing in disguise. What more, with the uncertainties of what lies ahead for chess in Malaysia, it seems that "someone up there" took pity on me and provided "an optional way out" by providing me an open gateway to freedom. Alhamdulillah....

At the end of it all, it was still a choice - between something that may happen (with an excellent ending), and something that have a better chance of happening (with a mediocre result). I chose the so-so ending - certain although unimpressive.

Doing a chess business was something that I had dreamed of since 1990's. An opportunity came but, the conditions were not right. I learned one thing - you have to have the right group of people, that shares the same goal and objective, and the same vision. The same friend of mine had said, perhaps you should have just kept it within a small group of people. And I asked "How small?". He responded with "2 is the right number - one investor, and you as the executioner. Too many cooks spoil the broth!"

I still do chess but not as aggressive as before. If there are enthusiast who would like my help, I will help them. I still run chess classes - albeit on a personal basis, and still provide advice to those who wants to conduct chess events. Perhaps next year, when my current working contract ends, I have a better idea of what needs to be done, and who to pick as my partner(s). Perhaps a simpler set up but a more focused one i.e. classes and events management only. And perhaps, on a smaller scale - a small shop corner that house some books, a couple of desk, and abundance of e-book softcopy and software for chess learning and improvement.

The DAT Chess Connections blogsite has been taken down and perhaps, later, so will this one. I will keep my Chess-Malaysia Facebook page (for now) and will re edit my chess-Malaysia web page to reflect the simple route that I have/will be taking.

But, I am still with chess - for fun, and for those who still wants advice (not that I am good at giving any...) or for a chat, and for a game of "friendly chess", you can always contact me.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Of Going Into The Last Round

The curtain is set to close for the IGB Malaysia Open, AMBANK Chess Challenges and the KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open. But not the action nor the nail biting finish that is about to happen.

In the Open Section, the top 2 leaders separated by half point, are slugging it out on Table 1 to be the outright winner of the Open Section. GM Zhou Jianchao of China with 6.5 points - handling the white pieces, is trailing compatriot GM Xiu Deshun who is in front with 7 points. Whilst GM Xiu needs a draw to be in the lead and claim the event's title, GM Zhou Jianchao needs a win to overtake his opponent and earn himself the title.

On Table 2, another Chinese pair WGM Ding Yixin and GM Lu Shanglei - both with 6 points, are vying to close the gap and earn the top 3 spots for this year's edition. 2 other players with 6 points are paired on Table 3 between Vietnamese IM Nguyen Duc Hoa against Australia's IM Max Illingworth. The other player with 6 points, GM Ma Qun floated down to meet 5.5 pointer GM Laylo Darwin of the Philippines.

For the Malaysian players, Ng Tze Han continued his fine performance and currently faces IM Oliver Dimakiling of the Philippines on Table 13 with both players having secured 5 points after 8 rounds. A win by Tze Han should catapult him within the top 20 players in the championship. Similarly, young Yeoh Li Tian also can achieve the same feat if he were to win his final round game against Indian IM Siddharth Ravichandran with both having the same 5 points out of 8 rounds.

Another Malaysian player with 5 points is Jonathan Chuah Jin Hai who is playing against FM Carlos Leonardo on Table 16.

Other notable Malaysians playing the event are Fong Yit San, Evan Timothy Capel, (Dr) FM Ronnie Lim Chuin Hoong and Sumant Subramaniam all with 4.5 points after 8 rounds. FM Ronnie Lim did well in the first few rounds before the mid tournament break day but suffered a slight performance setback as the event continued

For the Malaysian ladies, former National Champion Tan Li Ting leads the pack with 4 points, playing on Table 32 against Philippines James Bitoon and half a point behind her are WCM Fong Mi Yen, WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham and Camilia Johari

In the AMBANK Chess Challenger section, a similar situation with both the top 2 players facing one another to determine the ouright title for the coveted title. Pinoys' Lorena Carlo with 7 points faces compatriot Largo Bengt with 7.5 points on Table 1 to decide the champion. On Table 2, locals Tan Eng Seong of Penang (who is currently running in 3rd place) faces Perakian Fong Yit Ho and the winner will have a chance to secure either the 3rd or 4th placing in the Amateur category.

For the Seniors Section, it is a runaway title for GM Dmitry Kayumov of Uzbekistan having secured 7 points out of 8 rounds with only one more round to go. GM Kayumov suffered a defeat at the hands of Malaysia's IM Jimmy Liew in Round 3 but managed to come back on top after IM Jimmy Liew surprising lost to Philippines Efren Bagamasbad in the 5th round. From then on, there was no turning back for the veteran GM Kayumov with IM Jimmy Liew hot on his trail. IM Jimmy Liew with 6 points is currently second and he is expected to maintain his position as the Seniors event draws to a close. Currently in 3rd place with 5.5 points is Efren Bagamasbad and in 4th placing, Singapore veteren IM Chen Peng Kong with 5 points

Full results of the event can be viewed at www.chess-results.com

Penangite Tan Eng Seong (in yellow) against Perakian Fong Yit Ho (right) on Table 2 in the AMBANK Chess Challenge Section
The top 2 boards in the Open Section in the last Round 9

Malaysia's IM Jimmy Liew - currently running in 2nd place for the KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors event
GM Dmitry Kayumov looks to secure his 3rd consecutive title as the Seniors Champion

WGM Ding Yixin (left) playing against compatriot GM Lu Shanglei (right)
GM Zhou Jianchao pondering for his next move

White screen displaying the games happening on Table 1 and Table 2

Of Running Another Festival Blitz Event

Its that time of the Festival where we do the Malaysia Open Blitz Chess Championship and for this year, the Blitz event shall be held on Friday, 16th August 2013 starting at 3:00pm. Entry fees are RM35 with the Top 16 players to win prizes at the end of the 9 rounds event. The top 8 players will then fight it out in a Knock Out Championship style play where the winner will earn RM500 for his/her effort. In the 2012 edition of the Festival Blitz, all the top 8 qualifiers were from Philippines and the best ever Malaysian to make it to the top 8 was FM Nicholas Chan who achieve the feat a few years back.

For more information and/or to sign up for the event, please approach the Arbiter's table at the Festival tournament hall. Unfortunately, as seats are limited, registrations through phone or SMS (and without any payment) will not be accepted. Only limited seats are available!

Running concurrently at the same venue will be the Malaysian Chess Federation Blitz Selection Event to select the top 2 Men and Women players to represent Malaysia at the SEA Games Blitz Championship to be held later in the year. The Nation Top 6 Men players and 7 Women players have qualified for the event which included FM Ronnie Lim, NM Lim Zhuo Ren, NJM Fong Yit San, WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham, WCM Fong Mi Yen and NWM Tan Li Ting.

Be there for the excitement!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Of Another SWENSEN Age Group Event - Announcement

The response to the SWENSEN Age Group event has been so encouraging that ALL of the vouchers offered to the first 200 participants have been taken up. Whilst registration are still open for young talented kids of all age groups to participate in the event, there will be no additional vouchers given out to those who registered to play from today onwards.

Last year, the event attracted as many as 420 players from all over the country including children from as far Iran, Australia, Hong Kong, India and our southern neighbor Singapore.

The SWENSEN Age Group event is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 13th August starting at 8:00am with prize giving ceremony to be held around 6:00pm. 

Those who would like to inquire more about the event, please contact Abd Hamid Majid at +6019.315.8098 or email him at aham@pc.jaring.my.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Of Running Another Chess Festival

It has been a long time since I last wrote and what a way to reenter the chess scene - with the 10th Malaysian Chess Festival 2013. Yup.... There were quite months - I did not even show up for the Lim Chong, Ketoyong and CAS event although there were all held at DATCC. My blog site has been relatively quite and there was not much activity at DATCC in the last 2 months - almost. Fasting month just makes the situation worse but.... I guess I am back!!! Or should I stay away???

I will touch on my absence later on separately for this is not the time to dwell on what had happened, about to happen or, is very very likely to happen. But to sum it all up in a very Malaysian way - "Kadavaleee.... Sungguh dramatik!!! Loller koster lide all the way....!!!" If colors were to describe our Malaysian Chess scene, the Stabilo pencil color box that we use to have as kids, just ain't gonna do it. You need all the colors you can get your hands on. And splash it all over.... Not paint, but splash!

Back to the main matter at hand, append below are the tentative list of players that have registered for the 10th IGB Malaysia Open, AMBANK Amateur Chess Challenges, and KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open which will start from 9th August (with players meeting at 9:00pm) and Round 1 to clock off at 9:00am the next day, Saturday, 10th August 2013. The final Round 9 to be played on Friday, 16th August 2013 with Blitz to follow after Friday prayers starting at 3:00pm and prize giving ceremony for the main categories a bit later in the evening.

Take note that these are tentative listings and you can expect the numbers to increase/decrease as the event day approaches. So far, there are 115 players for the Malaysia Open (the highest we had was 133 in 2010 or was it 2011?), 85 players for Amateur (the highest number of players in the Festival 10 year history) and 20 players for the Seniors.

If you have registered but your name has been left out, or your name has been included but you are not playing - or playing in a different category/event, please contact Abd Hamid Majid at +6019.315.8098 or email him at aham@pc.jaring.my to rectify the error.

See you at the 10th IGB Malaysian Chess Festival 2013. Be safe and to all Muslims, and Malaysians in general - SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI!

(You can click on the image to get a better view)
10th IGB Malaysian Open 2013

AMBANK Amateur Chess Challenge
KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Of Getting A Jump Start - A New Director, A Busy Month and Chess Classes at DATCC

Nik Ahmad Farouqi (left) with Dato Tan Chin Nam
As of late May 2013, DATCC Management welcomes Nik Ahmad Farouqi Nik Abdul Aziz as its new Chess Center Manager and Director who will be in charge of the daily operations and chess training programs. DATCC is proud to have Nik Ahmad Farouqi as part of the family and look forward for his contribution to take DATCC to another level. Nik currently holds the post of Vice President for the Persatuan Catur Negeri Kelantan (PCNK) and was recently voted into MCF as one of its Committee member. Nik is well known for his active association with the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) Mustangs Chess Team, working as their Head Coach and in terms of his chess prowess, Nik ranks as the top 25 active player in Malaysia.

For more news on our events at DATCC:

CHESS Blitz Event - 2nd June 2013
As for our activities in June, DATCC will be organizing and hosting several Blitz, Rapid and Classical events starting with this weekends Speedy Gonzalez Chess Blitz Event (Part 4) dubbed the School Holiday Crazy Fun Blitz to be held on Sunday, 2nd June 2013. The 13 rounds event will start at 10:00am with registration and Round 1 to clock off at 11:00am. Entry fees are RM15 for non members and RM5 for members. To get more information on the event and to download the entry form, please click HERE

FABULOUS Rapid Event - 9th June 2013
The event galore in DATCC continues a week later with the FABULOUS RAPID CHESS WEEKEND to be held on Sunday, 9th June 2013. This is the monthly DATCC Rapid held over 7 rounds starting with player's registration at 9:00am and Round 1 to start at 10:00am. Time control for the event is 25 minutes to finish. For more information and to download the entry form, please click HERE.

3rd Lim Chong Memorial Event - 16th June 2013
This will be the third year that DATCC will be hosting the Lim Chong Memorial Event, to commemorate Malaysia's most celebrated chess player, columnist and writer Lim Chong who passed away on November 2010. DATCC together with Jan Lim - Lim Chong's widow, have worked together for the past 2 years to make this an annual event to honor Lim Chong, for his contribution to our chess community with his writings and comments. Those who take part in the event are invited to a hi-tea at the end of the event and a chance to mingle with friends and relatives of the late Lim Chong, to learn more about the man, and forge new friendships with individuals from the newsprint community. To download the forms for the Lim Chong event, please click HERE

1st Ketoyong Classical Chess Event - 22nd and 23rd June 2013
This will be the 1st edition of a classical event sponsored by Ketoyong played over 2 days with a time control of 45 minutes + 30 seconds increment. Registration starts at 8:00am until 9:00am on Saturday, 22nd June 2012 with the first 2 rounds to be played before lunch, and Round 3 and 4 to be payed after lunch between 2:00pm and 6:00pm. The event continues on Sunday with 3 more rounds to complete the 7 rounds event.

The event offers a prize fund of more than RM2,500 with the winner to earn RM1,500 for his/her effort. Top 10 prizes including additional prizes for the Best Lady, Best Veteran and Best U16 awaits the top performers.

Please download the entry forms for this event HERE

Chess Classes for Beginners and Intermediate Talents
With Nik Ahmad Farouqi on board, DATCC is taking another major steps in providing chess learning program for Beginners (including Absolute Beginners) and Intermediate level to children (and adult) of all ages. The first class is set to start from Saturday, 15th June 2013 and will continue for eight (8) consecutive Saturdays until 3rd August 2013 - just before the Hari Raya and Mid Year School break. 
Course fees is RM400 per student per term of 8 classes (at RM50 per class) but for those who confirmed enrollment before 9th June will earn a 20% discount for entries at RM320 per student per term (at RM40 per class). DATCC members are charged only RM300 for the two months sessions.

DATCC will organize the classes at 2 separate sites - one in DATCC Kuala Lumpur, and the other in Setia Alam, Klang. Two (2) sessions are held starting at 9:30am for Session 1 and 11:00am for Session 2. Classes are scheduled for 1 hour and 30 minutes and each class will have no more than 10 students to ensure focus and minimize distraction.

For more information on the chess classes, please click HERE to download the information brochure

There are more events to come in July with CAS, Insofar and DATCC July Rapid event to be held before the center closes to observe Hari Raya and help to organize the 10th Malaysian Chess Festival to be held from 9th until 19th August 2013.

Come and join us in June!!! And more fun to come in July.....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Of Organizing An Amateur Event - 19th May 2013

After weeks of organizing Open event where players of all strength are able to play, it is time to open up the opportunities for the mere amateurs to try their skills amongst players of the same strength - without having to deal with the likes of IM Jimmy and IM Mas whom both took part in DATCC weekend event last Sunday.

For this weekend event, only Unrated players and players who are rated below 1600 in the April National Rating list are allowed to play in this event. Event will be held over 7 round Swiss using a time control of 25 minutes to finish. Registration starts at 9:00am with Round 1 to start at 10:00am.

Prizes are allocated for the top 3 finishers, the top 3 players with a rating of below 1400, the Best Veteran, the Best Lady and the Best Unrated including the Best and 2nd Best DATCC members playing in the event.

For best performer in the U16, U12 and U8 age group category, each winner will earn a medal and a certificate for their performance. Except for the Best DATCC member prizes, all other prizes must have at least 3 participants eligible for each category in order for the best player to earn the category prizes.

Entry fees are RM 20 for non members and RM 15 for U12, and for DATCC members, the entry fees are RM 10 and RM 8 for the U12.

Please download the entry forms for the events at the following URL: http://www.chess-malaysia.com/Amateur.pdf.

Come and join us for the fun!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Of Playing in Our AWESOME Weekend - 12th May 2013

Come and join us for our monthly rapid event with the DATCC  AWESOME RAPID CHESS WEEKEND to be held this Sunday, 12th May 2013. Event will start at 9:00am with player’s registration followed by Round 1 to start at 10:00am. Event will be held over 7 rounds with a time control of 25 minutes to finish and is expected to complete by 6:00pm

Six(6) top winners will earn prizes with special prizes allocated for Best Lady, Best Veteran, Best Unrated, Best U12, Best U17, Best Player below National Rating 1600, Best below National Rating 1400 (provided there are at least 3 players vying for each category) and 2 additional prizes for Best and 2nd Best DATCC members prize (regardless of number of members playing)

Fees are RM25 for non-members and RM 15 for members, and for those Under 12, fees are RM20 for non-members and RM10 for members.
For more information, please visit our blog site at http://datchessconnections.blogspot.com or download the forms at www.chess-malaysia.com/Awesome.pdf

OUR NEXT EVENT IS DATCC AMATEUR EVENT for players below National Rating of 1600 (and players without rating) to be held on Sunday, 19th May 2013 – a week after the AWESOME Rapid Weekend.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Of Another Successful Selangor Open - A Dramatic Finish

The 40th Selangor Open offers one of the more intense and nail biting finish in the event history - at least as far back as I can remember which was since the turn of the century. The usual scenario is that by the 7th or 8th round, the winner of the championship is almost a sealed deal but for this year's edition, it goes right down to the wire, almost a photo finish!

When leader Wong Jianwen lost to Nelson Villanueva in the 8th round, the word around the floor was that GM Alexander Forminyh would definitely over take Jianwen to regain the top spot going into the last round but.... that was not to be. The party came crashing on Grandmaster Alexander Forminyh as Fong Yit San played well to hold the more experience Forminyh to a drawn game. And with that, 3 players - Jianwen, Nelson and Alexander, had 6.5 points going into the last round with Nelson going head on against Alexander on Table 1 and Jianwen having to face Sumant Subramaniam on Table 2. With Personal Encounter being the first level tie break, different results in each of the game will yield different winners for the event. For Jianwen, a win against Sumant will favor him as he had beaten Forminyh in the earlier rounds and the safe bet would be that the GM should triumph over Nelson but of course, Sumant is no easy meat for Jianwen.

When Jianwen and Sumant agreed to a draw, all eyes are now focused on Table 1. The only thing that Nelson had to do was to hold the GM to a draw and with that, he would have become the 40th Selangor Open Champion repeating the feat for a Philippines player as IM Rolando Nolte did it last year - with a perfect score but, it was not to be. Alexander played really well to secure his advantage and with that, squeezing the win out of Nelson to earn the title of the 40th Selangor Open Champion 2013. 

The most surprising performance from the event came from Bausch Koh who came out of nowhere to finish in the top 8 bracket - earning 6.5 points out of 9 rounds. Seeded 42 for the event, Bausch performed well in the very last day to secure a draw with Mark Siew in the 8th round and to everyone's surprise, beat 7th seeded Zaidan Zulkipli in the last round to catapult him into the top 7 finishers, sharing the 3rd spot with the likes of Sumant, Fadzil Nayan, Nelson Villanueve and Mark Siew. 

For more pictorial report on the event, please visit our FACEBOOK page at www.facebook.com/ChessMalaysia 

Prize giving and closing ceremony was officiated by CAS President, Ahmad Shafruddin and the prizes for the winners were given away by Daniel Yong Chen-I, Yeoh Chin Seng and Ahmad Shafruddin.

Final Winners Standings

WFM Nur Najiha won the U18 category - Prize given away by Daniel Yong
Amir Ghaazi Mohd Saprin earn the 17th spot overall - Prize given away by Yeoh Chin Seng
IM Jimmy Liew secured the 9th place - Prize given away by Ahmad Shafruddin
The surprise of the event - 42nd seed Bausch Koh secured the 7th spot. Prize given away by Ahmad Shafruddin
One for the album - 40th Selangor Open Prize Winners
GM Alexander Forminyh - Selangor Open Champion 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Of A Busy Month of May - Events All Weekends

A short break in the middle of April with no event scheduled but from next week onwards, CAS, DATCC and INSOFAR have their events lined up in our chess center for all the weekends in May 2013. 

Up next weekend - starting from Friday, 26th April 2013, Chess Association of Selangor will be organizing its annual Selangor Open, the 40th edition in one of the country's longest uninterrupted event streak. The 6 days event will be played over 9 rounds with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move per player. For more information about this event, please click HERE (CAS Website). To download the entry form, please click HERE (Entry Form)

  For the weekend after, DATCC will organize its monthly Blitz Event on Saturday, 4th May 2013. This will be a PRE GE13 ELECTION FEVER BLITZ EVENT as DATCC will be closing its doors on 5th May to support players to "VOTE for OUR NATION's FUTURE" in our country's 13th General Election. The event will be played over 13 rounds with 8 rounds to be played before lunch and theremaining 5 rounds to be played after lunch. The event is expected to finish at 4:00pm, allowing plenty of time for players to take the trip home for election day on the next day. A day of FUN before we decide the future of our country - which will be a serious affair to us Malaysians. To download the Blitz entry form, please click HERE (Blitz)

The following weekend, DATCC will be running its usual monthly rapid event with the DATCC AWESOME RAPID WEEKEND to be held on Sunday, 12th May 2013. Using the normal 7 Rounds Swiss and a time control of 25 minutes to finish, the event will start with registration at 9:00am followed by Round 1 at 10:00am. A slight change to the Prize Structure with new prizes announced for Best U1600 and Best U1400 players. To download the AWESOME Rapid entry form, please click HERE (Awesome)

Following the Rapid Event, KPCMB (Koperasi Pemain Catur Malaysia Berhad) and DATCC will be organizing KPCMB inaugural event to be held in Putrajaya on 18th May 2013. The 7 rounds Swiss event offers a prize fund of more than RM3,500 with the winner set to win RM 1,000 for his/her effort. For more information, go to the KPCMB blog site at http://kpcmbrapid2013.wordpress.com/ or contact protem secretary, Mr Abdul Haq Mohamed at +6013.320.8532 or email him at mychessclassic@gmail.com

On the same weekend, following the KPCMB event, DATCC will organize its first AMATEUR WEEKEND on the very next day, Sunday, 19th May 2013 for Unrated or players with a National Rating of Below 1600. The event offers top three prizes for the Best U1600 and Best U1400, Best Lady and Veteran Prizes including medals and certificates for Best Boys and Girls in the U16, U12 and U8 age categories. Amateurs who are interested to play in the event, kindly download the form by clicking HERE (Amateur)

On the last Sunday of the month, DATCC will be hosting the INSOFAR May edition event on 26th May 2013 starting at 9:00am. Details of this event has not been made known by the organizer, Insofar Chess Academy, but according to En Mat Zaki Yeop of Insofar Management, DATCC has been booked for the event on the said date. DATCC will publish the information on the event as and when it becomes available. 

Come and join us at DATCC for WEEKEND CHESS FUN!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Of Our Ongoing Rapid Series - Magnificent Weekend on 14th April 2013

Come and join us for our Monthly Rapid Series with the MAGNIFICENT RAPID CHESS WEEKEND at DATCC on 14th April 2013. 

As usual, the event will be played over 7 rounds Swiss with a time control of 25 minutes to finish. Registration starts at 9:00am with Round 1 to clock off at 10:00am.

The monthly rapid event provides a similar prize structure as per the previous monthly series with a total prize fund of RM 1,100 up for grabs. The winner is expected to earn RM300 for his/her effort with the runner up to earn RM200. Top 8 places will win cash prizes with additional prizes set for Best Lady, Best Veteran, Best Junior U12, Best Junior U17, Best Unrated and 2 prizes for Best DATCC Members. The tie breaker used for this event will be in the following order: Bucholz, Sonneborn Berger and Progressive Scores

Entry fees are RM15 for DATCC members and RM25 for non-members and total number of entries are limited to 80 players. Entries received on event day WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED at organizer’s discretion, depending on seats availability. To download the entry form, please click HERE

For payment via online/transfer/checks, please credit it to our ALLIANCE BANK account 1418-50-010037-152 under the name DAT CHESS CONNECTIONS SDN BHD. Kindly scan the transaction slip and send the scanned copy to datcc@chess-malaysia.com. Please keep the transaction slip and bring it to the playing hall on the event day for confirmation purposes.

For further information and inquiries, please contact Program Director, Najib Wahab at +6016.338.2542 or write to him at najib.wahab@chess-malaysia.com

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Of Promoting Another Age Group Event - U12

DATCC will continue with its Age Group event with the U12 Boys/Open and Girls to be held on 7th April 2013. The event is open to all children below 12 years or those born after 1st January 2001. 

The 6 round Swiss event will use a time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move. Registration opens at 9:00am with the first round to clock off at 10:00am. Three(3) rounds to be played in the morning before lunch and the remaining three(3) rounds to be played in the afternoon starting at 2:00pm.

The eventual winners for each Boys/Open and Girls category will receive a trophy, a medal and a Certificate of Achievement. 2nd and 3rd place winners will each earn a medal and a Certificate of Achievement as well. The 4th to 8th place winners in the Boys/Open category and the 4th place winner in the Girls category will each receive a Certificate of Achievement for their effort. 

Entry fees is set at RM8 for DATCC members and RM15 for non-members. For those who would like to register for the event, you can download the forms for this event by clicking HERE. For more information, please contact Najib Wahab at +6016.338.2542 or write to him at najib.wahab@chess-malaysia.com
Come and join us for the fun!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Of Another Blitz and U12 Age Group Event

Come and join us for FUN BLITZ event this weekend at DATCC on 30th March 2013 starting with Registration at 10:00am and Round 1 at 11:00am. The 13 Rounds Swiss offers cash prizes to the top 8 main winners with special prizes for U12/U17/Lady/Veteran winners and 2 special prizes for the best DATCC members
Entry fees is RM5 for DATCC members and RM15 for outsiders. For more information and to download the registration form, please CLICK HERE.

On the following week, DATCC will continue with its Age Group event with the DATCC U12 Age Group Chess Championship which is open only to players below the age of 12 i.e. born on or after 1st January 2001. 

The top 3 players for the Boys and Girls Section will each earn a medal and a certificates with an additional trophy given to the Champions. From then on, the top Boys placed 4th to 8th and Girls placed 4th, will each get a Certificate of Achievement for their effort. 

As per the previous DATCC Age Group event, the tournament will be played over 6 rounds using a time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move per player. Entry fees is RM8 for DATCC members and RM15 for others.

For more information and to download the registration for for the U12 event, please CLICK HERE 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Of Busy Weekends Ahead - A Galore of Events

It will be endless activities for the next few weeks until early May 2013 with activities being held almost every weekend - including one that is as far as Sungai Petani, Kedah on 6th and 7th April 2013 for the 1st KEDAH FIDE RATED RAPID and BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.

Click on the Banner to download the entry forms and information for the event

For tomorrow, CAS will be holding its first Quarterly Allegro for 2013 at DATCC starting at 8:00am with registration and Round 1 to start at 9:00am. The 7 round Swiss event uses a time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment. 

From Monday 25th to 27th March, DATCC will be organizing its first School Break Chess Camp with Nik Ahmad Faruoqi at the helm as the head coach and Ahmad Fadzil Nayan as the assistant. Students can still sign up for the camp at a fee of RM210 per student but DATCC Members are given a fee of RM160 per person. Registration forms can be downloaded HERE.

On 30th March, DATCC will be organizing its 2nd Blitz event - 13 round Swiss system with an entry fee of RM5 for DATCC members and RM15 for others. The event  starts with registration at 10:00am with the first round to start at 11:00am. The first 7 rounds will be held before lunch and remaining 6 rounds to start at 2:00pm. Prize giving and closing is expected to start at 4:30pm.

Insofar Chess Academy will be organizing its March Scholarship tournament on 31st of March at DATCC starting at 9:00am. The 6 round event uses a time control of 25 minutes to finish, offering prizes for Open and Scholarship sections. Depending on the entry fees paid, players may qualify to win 2 prizes as both Open and Scholarship categories are being played simultaneously. For more information on the Insofar event, please call Puan Raja Aiza at +6012.341.5030 of download the form by clicking HERE 

DATCC will continue with its Age Group event for U12 on 7th April 2013 starting at 9:00am with Registration and Round 1 to start at 10:00am. The 6 round Swiss event uses a time control of 20 minutes plus 10 seconds increment and is open to all players below the age of 12 years old - those born after January 2001. Similar to the earlier Age Group event held in March, the entry fees is set at RM8 for DATCC members and RM15 for others. The Champion for each Boys/Open and Girls categories will each earn a Trophy, Gold medal and Certificate. The runner up and third placed winners will earn a medal and certificate each and the 5th to 8th placing in the Boys/Open section and the 4th finisher in the Girls section will each earn a Certificate of Achievement. Click HERE to download the entry forms to learn more about the DATCC Age Group Series for U12.

Be on the lookout for DATCC Magnificent Rapid Weekend to be held on 14th April 2013 - continuing from the earlier Fantastic Rapid Weekend which was held on 17th March 2013. The DATCC Magnificent Rapid Weekend is a monthly rapid weekend series organized and hosted by DATCC at its center. Using a similar event format as before, the event offers a prize fund of RM1,100 with RM300 to be given to the top winner. The 7 round events uses a time control of 25 minutes and offers 8 main prizes and additional prizes for Junior players, Veteran, Best Lady, Unrated and prizes for the top 2 DATCC members. Entry fees are RM15 for DATCC members and RM25 for others. For more information about the event, and to submit entries for the event, please click HERE to download the entry fortms.