Monday, August 21, 2017

It's only the initial list and judging from past Malaysian Opens there will be some withdrawals. Even so, the current list is pretty impressive.

The titled player's tally includes 22 GMs :

GM 22
IM 26
FM 18
WFM 10
CM 9

Nr. Name Elo
1 GM Ma Qun  2637
2 GM Zhou Jianchao  2594
3 GM Heberla Bartlomiej  2577
4 IM Tran Tuan Minh  2547
5 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V  2538
6 GM Zeng Chongsheng  2536
7 GM Rahman Ziaur  2526
8 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade  2517
9 GM Yu Ruiyuan  2510
10 GM Illingworth Max  2501
11 GM Nguyen Duc Hoa  2499
12 IM Karthikeyan P.  2497
13 GM Lei Tingjie  2488
14 GM Wan Yunguo  2482
15 GM Fang Yuxiang  2482
16 IM Abdusattorov Nodirbek  2470
17 GM Dao Thien Hai  2463
18 GM Lin Chen  2455
19 IM Nguyen Van Huy  2449
20 IM Tan Justin  2448
21 IM Shyaamnikhil P  2447
22 IM Nguyen Anh Khoi  2444
23 IM Low Zhen Yu Cyrus  2440
24 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr  2438
25 GM Neelotpal Das  2438
26 IM Pascua Haridas  2438
27 IM Wegerle Joerg  2436
28 IM Dimakiling Oliver  2435
29 IM Nitin S.  2421
30 GM Barsov Alexei  2420
31 IM Dableo Ronald  2419
32 IM Cuhendi Sean Winshand  2417
33 Mu Ke  2416
34 GM Laxman R.R.  2415
35 GM Schebler Gerhard  2410
36 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram  2408
37 GM Venkatesh M.R.  2400
38 IM Iniyan P  2392
39 FM Ervan Mohamad  2389
40 IM Ravi Teja S.  2383
41 IM Krishna C R G  2382
42 GM Gonzales Jayson  2378
43 FM Taher Yoseph Theolifus  2371
44 FM Chan Nicholas  2366
45 IM Li Ruofan  2365
46 WGM Wang Jue  2361
47 Saravana Krishnan P.  2350
48 FM Sonjaya Deni  2346
49 Kunal M.  2338
50 FM Andyka Pitra  2335
51 CM Gukesh D  2332
53 FM Setyaki Azarya Jodi  2331
52 WGM Gomes Mary Ann  2331
54 IM Sangma Rahul  2327
55 IM Yu Lie  2326
56 FM Srinath Rao S.V.  2321
57 WGM Zhai Mo  2319
58 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi  2318
59 IM Navin Kanna T.U.  2317
60 IM Shen Siyuan  2312
61 IM Rajesh V A V  2304
62 IM Nguyen Van Hai  2300
63 WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim  2300
64 FM Dang Hoang Son  2288
65 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H.  2287
66 FM Teh Eu Wen Aron  2276
67 FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman  2275
68 Balasubramaniam H  2267
69 Deshpande Aniruddha  2265
70 FM Carlos Leonardo  2263
71 Udani Ian  2255
72 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M  2254
73 AGM Fenil Shah  2252
74 Zhu Yilun  2250
75 WGM Frayna Janelle Mae  2248
76 Patil Pratik  2246
77 Sahil Tickoo  2234
78 WIM Qiu Mengjie  2215
79 Miciano John Marvin  2212
80 CM Aditya Mittal  2203
81 Ajay Karthikeyan  2202
82 Grafil Franz Robert  2200
83 FM Lim Zhuo Ren  2197
84 Yuan Ye  2197
85 Luong Phuong Hanh  2193
86 Lye Lik Zang  2191
87 Moksh Amit Doshi  2188
88 Chan Marcus  2185
89 FM Kurniawan Muhamad Agus  2180
90 FM Wong Yinn Long  2169
91 Aris T.L.S.  2159
92 CM Jacutina John Merill  2151
93 Zhu Yanshen  2146
94 WFM Wisniowska Klaudia  2142
95 FM Subramaniam Sumant  2139
96 Morado Jeth Romy  2132
97 WIM San Diego Marie Antoinette  2130
98 Kavinda Akila  2124
99 Zhang Jiabao  2124
100 WFM Tan Li Ting  2117
101 FM Phadke Sohan  2111
102 Mi Qian  2106
103 Dahale Atul  2096
104 Tan Soon Wei Dawson  2094
105 CM Fong Yit San  2076
106 WIM Gagare Shalmali  2067
107 Bernardo Dale  2067
108 WFM Mendoza Shania Mae  2066
109 Deepthamsh Reddy. M  2052
110 WFM Azman Hisham Nur Nabila  2041
111 Vinay Raj Bhatt  2040
112 CM Zuo Yifan  2031
113 Winkelman Albert  2028
114 Ma Lin  2025
115 FM Nouri Alekhine  2018
116 Rilloraza Istraelito  2015
117 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara  2007
118 Soham Das  2007
119 Supriya Joshi  1995
120 WFM Salonika Saina  1994
121 CM Ng Jen Sheng  1984
122 WFM Azman Hisham Nur Najiha  1970
123 Anusha N L V  1967
124 Siddharth Sabharishankar  1967
125 WFM Bach Ngoc Thuy Duong  1965
126 Nguyen Truong Bao Tran  1952
127 Panesar Vedant  1942
128 WFM Bakri Alia Anin Azwa  1937
129 Alhabsyi Muhamad  1933
130 Chan Yi Meng Ryan  1930
131 Sachin Malik  1930
132 Ahmad Nazari Emir Rusyaidi  1914
133 CM Bennett Hilton  1900
134 Zhang Yifan(a)  1894
135 Kakumanu Kautil  1886
136 WFM Putri Regita Desyari  1862
137 Goh Sean Christian  1859
138 Lu Juncheng  1846
139 Guo Weibao  1838
140 Jaeel Atharva  1833
141 Rohit S  1827
142 Koo Wei Xin Rosamund  1822
143 Mangubat Mark  1799
144 Lieu Chin Yung  1788
145 Mustafa Albakri Suhaimi  1775
146 Kong Ren En  1774
147 Luanchen Yuantai  1748
148 Goh Ethan  1743
149 WCM Chua Jia-Tien  1740
150 WCM Fong Mi Yen  1721
151 Win Tun Htwe  1714
152 Koo Wei Wei Melanie  1708
153 CM Nisban Cyrus  1695
154 AGM Siddharth Jagadeesh  1686
155 Yang Bokai  1686
156 Ang Jing Xuan  1668
157 Sun Yuepeng  1666
158 Cheong Tze Wen Jarell  1648
159 Navaratnam Rohan Shan Tze  1645
160 WCM Goh Jie Yi  1634
161 Jiang Tiantian  1624
162 Chembeti Shreesh Amit  1590
163 Cheah Kah Hoe  1580
164 Low Chee Pang  1566
165 Kumaresan Nhavin  1544
166 Gu Xiaoyun  1539
167 CM Loh Shao Kai Dylan  1528
168 Chetan Sharma  1461
169 Wegerle Kai  0
Please check out the latest list from Chess-Results here.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

With the Malaysian Chess Festival in Mid Valley just around the corner, my pet peeve with the place is the nightmare parking situation in the mall.

I've always avoided driving out of the mall after parking there as it is very hard to get a place (usually) after coming back.

Now there is a nifty online tool you can use:-
Follow this link to check the availability of parking bays before going. Now you can time your arrival  so as to avoid the headache of wasting time searching for parking space in peak hours.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I know it's easier now more than even to travel light especially when we have  Chess Apps for the Chess Warrior but sometimes the serious chess warrior still needs a full blown PC. In cases like these the Chess Warrior can still be mobile by using a computer on a stick.

Yes, it's a full functional PC!

I have blogged about this before but that was the first generation of this device which understandably had teething problems like having horrendous WiFi connection and crippled by only having one USB port. The current new 2nd generation however has fixed all that that meaning it is now very feasible to be used as a proper chess computer.

That means you can have the full blown version of Chessbase, Fritz, Stockfish, Houdini etc running on it. For local tourneys like the Malaysian Open, Penang Open and Johor Open I have managed to use the various hotel TVs as monitor as all of them have HDMI ports which this PC on a stick uses. Coupled with wireless keyboard and mouse you can be up and about preparing like a real Chess Warrior without lugging along a heavy laptop.

So is it really adequate? Let's check out the specs:

  • * Intel® Atom x5 Z8300 Processor 1.44GHz~1.84GHz Quad-Core
  • * Intel® HD Graphics and HD Audio
  • * 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • * 32GB eMMC Storage Drive
  • * Wireless-AC + Bluetooth
  • * GENUINE Microsoft Windows 10 Preloaded

That's just one of the typical PC on a stick that's available on sale at Lazada (price RM 608).

But please, shop around. You may find a better bargain or better model elsewhere.

One big question: Is the processor (CPU) good enough?

The Intel X5 came out in 2015 and is certainly no speed demon but it's definitely faster than your phone or tablet. And it's more than adequate to run any chess apps on it.

One thing I am not happy with is the tiny 32Gb where 20Gb can be used. But most of it is already taken up by the OS so your are left with only a few Gb to play around with. Still there is the Micro SD card slot making it possible to use up to 128Gb of external storage if you need it.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Knowing our famous Malaysian habit of registering last minute I thought this post is timely.

Well maybe not last call since you can still register after today (1st August 2017). So hurry up register and pay up now if you want to save the RM 100 'fine' for being late. ( for details).

Advice from Mr Hamid is to register the team first and worry about who are your team members later.

P/S: Thanks to Ng6 for reminding this procrastinator about this too.

Monday, July 31, 2017

There is so many weekend tourneys in Malaysia I don't visit any except if I am invited or if it's near my place. (This tourney happened to be 10minutes away from IKEA where I was having breakfast). This tourney in Dr Cafe is special because it is held in a cafe and there is free lunch provided.

From the prize money and entrance fee (RM 40) it can be quickly deduced the cost is mostly covered by the main sponsor - Dr Cafe. Certainly a change with many other weekend tournaments that try to break even or profit from the entrance fee.

First thing I noticed is the nice atmosphere where the tourney was taking place. It was like playing chess in Starbucks!

I've never heard of Dr Cafe before but a quick check with FourSquares shows it is rated highly by locals. Few cafes are highly rated and Malaysian Foodies are a spoilt lot. Wished I got a chance to try any of Dr Cafe beverage but didn't so can
't write a review on that. Next time!

The event advertised the maximum of 100 participants but only 77 were present. That is a repectable number as this event clashed with another tournament taking place in Klang Valley at the same time.

41 were playing in the junior (Under 12) section  and a total of 36 players played under the combined Under 18 and Open section.

To show you how busy the junior section was here is a time-lapse video:

The Chief Arbiter

The cafe was certainly not big enough to cater for both chess participants AND their parents as well as their own customers so some tents were set up outside. That's good planning by DR Cafe otherwise it would have been pretty uncomfortable.

All participants got free lunch which was nice. (again since I didn't take part I didn't get to taste their lunch :( )

Arbiter! Arbiter!

The Open/Under-18 was won by Aron Teh with a score of a perfect 6/6!

Razali Hamzah (Ng6) won 2nd prize.

Dawson Tan took 3rd prize.

Esther Tan - U18 champion.

More pictures from the event:-

Full results in


Sponsorship from Dr Cafe also meant loss of normal customers for the day as can be seen we chess players totally monopolised the cafe space! :)

P/S: Would have love to have captured some top board games (especially those games from Aron Teh!)but the cafe tables were too small to place a big ass DGT board on top of it. I could have another camera capture the action live but I don't have enough spare cams yet. Next time!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Watch out for her!

Here are some pictures of Samantha in action at the Selangor Open 2017.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

The show was definitely entertaining and I think is the best of all the Spiderman movie iterations. Particularly for that one lesson it brings. I was particularly surprised how high tech they made Spiderman suit and of course, it was natural the Spidey grew rather too dependant on it.

It's like chess player's over reliance on databases, engines and ratings to make them feel confident in a competition.

For me, my weakness was the fear of getting into an official rated FIDE game or online rated game. At least not until I improved my game to a decent level. This procrastinating and lack of self confidence behaviour even stopped me from joining rated games in Starcraft for fear I don't get a decent starting ranking/rating (not until I improved my game a little). Of course I know this becomes a perpetual cycle of excuse for inaction.

I liked how Spidey learnt the hard way and quickly relied on the little that he has to make the best of things. The finale shows him fighting without his high tech suit.

Work with what little you have, recognize your strengths and make the most out of it.

Overall I give this movie an 8/10.

So how did you find the movie?



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