Sunday, September 25, 2016

FIDE Online Titles and Rating



Lately I have been seeing some interest on Facebook focused on online  FIDE titles offered on Arena Chess playing site.

The attraction of course is that it is recognized by FIDE itself and you can use the title as prefix to your name like the traditional FIDE titles. For example if you meet the criteria of earning an online rating of 2000 and consistently keep playing 50 games at the level you will achieve the title of Arena Grandmaster or AGM. For example, one strong local player AGM Nik Ahmad Farouqi has obtained an Arena title last year which is just about right seeing his online rating and OTB rating is 2000+.




It also addresses the problem that FIDE rating is not accurate if compared to say Malaysian National Rating simply because the local rating can dig into more number of local games played as well as getting the latest game results. However if online games are taken into account this may well overcome the problem of low number of games to rate.

All this come at a price of course.
Once you qualify for the title you do not automatically receive it. The server will notify that you achieved a certain title and you have the option of paying the fees (see below) to obtain it.
One good thing is, like the traditional FIDE titles, once earned, you have it for life even if you submarine your rating below the minimum requirement.

So, how about it? Worth paying the online membership for FIDE Arena and the title fees? What do you think?

So far it hasn't taken off in a big way. I know of only 2 Malaysians who have obtained the Arena titles. If you check among the top 50 Malaysian players, only 3 currently have Arena online rating.

Personally, I think I may try getting the ACM title :)







Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Malaysian Chess Festival 2016 - it's over

It's over. Will be packing and heading back home today. GM Dhopade ended up being the 2016 Malaysian Open Champion with a final round draw against IM Le Tuan Minh. Dhopade lead most of the tournament and the final round was thankfully not a quick 7 move draw unlike one of the games in the Open. Board one played till they had only Kings left!

It's over but my work is not done. One and a half round of Malaysian Open scoresheet to transcribe to PGN. In this age of electronic PGN game replays, I was hoping no one would be interested in buying the hardcopy printed bulletin so I could take my time finishing it. Unfortunately, there are already a number of people ordering it so I will have to complete it in a day or two.

Also pending is the picture report on the Astro team, DATCC age group tourneys. That will be posted later today when I get home :)

Overall, it's been a very good chess festival with over 1600 people being part of it! The organisation was stellar as usual. The only complaint I got was of course the tight placing of the boards because of the bigger number of players catered for this year. There was even a special disabled section which is unique and never before seen in Malaysian tourneys. It was definitely an experience.


My regrets include not having posted more on the events and getting better pictures. My DSLR camera was broke and wasn't repaired in time. Fortunately the event had an excellent cameraman in Mr Khong Wai Cheong whose photo will be used in a 2 part Chessbase article later on the festival.

After all this, this blog will probably go into deep hibernation until next year again. Will probably not be going for the Penang, Johor Open or any other tourneys unless specifically invited/sponsored to by the organisers.

Malaysian Chess Festival 2016 - it's over

It's over. Will be packing and heading back home today. GM Dhopade ended up being the 2016 Malaysian Open Champion with a final round draw against IM Le Tuan Minh. Dhopade lead most of the tournament and the final round was thankfully not a quick 7 move draw unlike one of the games in the Open. Board one played till they had only Kings left!

It's over but my work is not done. One and a half round of Malaysian Open scoresheet to transcribe to PGN. In this age of electronic PGN game replays, I was hoping no one would be interested in buying the hardcopy printed bulletin so I could take my time finishing it. Unfortunately, there are already a number of people ordering it so I will have to complete it in a day or two.

Also pending is the picture report on the Astro team, DATCC age group tourneys. That will be posted later today when I get home :)

Overall, it's been a good chess festival with over 1600 people being part of it! The organisation was stellar as usual. The only complaint I got was of course the tight placing of the boards because of the bigger number of players catered for this year. There was even a special disabled section which is unique and never before seen in Malaysian tourneys. It was definitely an experience.



After all this, this blog will probably go into deep hibernation until next year again. Will probably not be going for the Penang, Johor Open or any other tourneys unless specifically invited/sponsored to by the organisers.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Best Malaysians so far

IM Lim Yee Weng and FM Lim Zhuo Ren are currently the best Malaysians in the Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open so far. Each has 4 points and sitting at 15 and 19 place respectively.



Thursday, September 15, 2016