Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Train with the Olympians (26-28 August)

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:

For more information and registration download the form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BygkqsNsEJmdN1FaVkVPQVB5dGM/view?usp=sharing

The trainers are:-

1. IM Jimmy Liew (FIDE Trainer, FT)

2. IM Mok Tze Meng (FIDE Trainer, FT)

3. NM Kamal Abdullah

4. NM Ng Tze Han

5. Sumant Subramaniam

6. WFM Alia Anin Azwa Bakri

7. WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham

8. WFM Tan Li Ting

9. WFM Puteri Rifqah Fahada

10. WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Train with the Olympians?

Saw this post on Facebook.

Please do take advantage of it if you want to get a taste of training with the National team.


Monday, August 08, 2016

Problems in Sri Lanka


It seems the participants had to pay a SECOND time after they arrived in Sri Lanka.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Good riddance to JohorChessAssociation.com

Yeah you heard me right. I hate JohorChessAssociation.com.

Of course,I have no problems with the association itself but their long domain name. From last year itself I adviced that they shorten their domain name to something easy to remember like JohorChess.com and finally they actually did it.

So it is now 


Easier to type and remember right?

Of course the old domain is still there and working (both domain names go to the same website). I guess it's still there for official purpose and for those who love to type a lot. :)

Looking around the local websites, there is another long domain name I don't like. It's http://datcchesscenter.com. This is even worse because I often get it wrong and type datcchesscentre.com. It's compounded by the fact that DATCC is officially  spelled the british way with "centre".

I am waiting for DATCC to shorten their URL too. :)

So my advice to anyone starting a new website..

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Big traffic spikes in MY rating so..

Was surprised to see a traffic spike coming from MY rating website. Since I promised to update the rest of the online local rating checking system (MY Rating) if there was any interest shown, I had to complete what I can and it's a jump from a total of 17 rating entries to 22 !!

A little time consuming because of the unexplained funny characters that goes into Excel and had to be cleaned up manually before it can be exported into MySQL database. That forced me to take some time writing some automated macros for the clean up which speeded the conversion process tremendously.

Another improvement is the change of graph. Previously it was using Flash so many handphones and tablets cannot see the rating graph. It is now replaced with a more "modern" HTML5 graph so it can be viewed with almost any device.

Anyway that's all done and you can check your own rating at:


There are still a few  missing entries because I only received PDF instead of the Excel file from our rating officer. Will email him later for the missing files.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My rating flat lined

Finally got around to updating the "MY Rating" page (MY =Malaysia) based on IA Lim Tse Pin latest published Excel sheets. Thanks to him for the latest update. He has been updating the list consistently whereas I was too lazy and my last update was last year October!

You can also check your rating at MCF website but I think they have not updated their list since last year too. I expect they will be updating it soon?

Anyway my rating seemed to have flatlined for about 3 years now - indicating that I have not been active in the local chess tournaments for that long. 3 years?? Really ? I guess it's accurate as the last tournament I can remember taking part in was the Malaysian Chess Festival Rapid 3 years ago.

Starcraft is the main reason I have been inactive in chess because I view Starcraft  superior to chess in every way. Also. it's also more fun to play :)

Starcraft too has a ranking/rating system as well as a titles like in chess. However, I would have lost both my rating as well as title (if I had any) if I was inactive for 3 years. For example if I had the title Grandmaster in Starcraft and did not participate in ranked tournament for 3 weeks, I would automatically lose my title!

Good thing our rating system is nothing like Starcraft's.

You can check out your own rating from http://catur.org/myrating

P/S: I know I have left out lots of other rating published by Lim Tse Pin because I am plain lazy. However, if I see an interest in people using the MYRATING page, I will get off my lazy butt and update the missing rating list too.

Sunday, July 24, 2016