Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Merdeka Team Results

31 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - DATCC has just published the full Merdeka Team Results held on 27-28 August2011on or you may visit the link below:-

Round 9 team results of the ASTRO Merdeka Team Open Rapid 2011

Round 9 results, Merdeka Team Results 2011 for top 8 boards:-

2nd National Rapid Chess Championship 2011

31 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - the 2nd National Rapid Chess Championship 2011 will be held at University Technology Petronas, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak on 1-2nd October 2011. It will be a National rated event played over 8 rounds Swiss System, time control 25 mins plus 10 secs increment.

Please contact Ariana: 019-5051813; Nabilah: 014-9045157 for further details. Or visit

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chessdom Reports Malaysian Open, too!

30 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Found another website that reported on the Malaysian Open 2011 on their website.

Thank you to Chessdom for reporting the Malaysian Open 2011 in their website chess news.



To read more, please visit this link here.

Final Ranking Excel Senior

30 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the Final Ranking list of the Excel Senior FIDE Rated Tournament held in July/August 2011

First and champion of the tournament went to Jax Tham who scored 9 points and a superior tie-break point. Second position fell to Gregory Lau with 9 points each. Third went to Choo Min Wang with 7.5 points, fourth to Eddy Kwan Nam Seng, also 7.5 points and fifth, early favourite, Wahid Karim with 7 points.

The rest is as shown below from 6th – 12th placing.


Cross-table of results for Excel Senior FIDE-Rated Tournament July-August 2011.


(source: Jax Tham, ECA)

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Week In Chess Highlights Malaysian Open 2011

29 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Found: The Week In Chess reported on the recently concluded Malaysian Open 2011 won by GM Li Shilong from China.


Thank you to The Week In Chess for highlighting the Malaysian Open in their chess news.

To read more, please click the link here.

Team Chesskidz Wins ASTRO Merdeka Team Open 2011


Pix 1. Chesskidz Team won First Prize for the best ASTRO Merdeka Team Open 2011. (Photo by Andrew Ooi@ Gilachess blogger)


Pix 2. Best family team won by the Aminuddin Family. (Photo by Khairun Nisaa’@ Kelab Catur Setia Kuantan blogger)

29 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Team Chesskidz of Singapore won the ASTRO Merdeka Team Open Rapid 2011 with 26.5 points. Second place went to PNOY Expats with 26 points. Third place was won by Chesskidz Shock Troopers with 25.5 points.

Final Ranking for Top 33 Teams:-


Winners Of 31st ASTRO Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2011:-


(results courtesy of Kelab Catur Setia Kuantan’s blog)

With the completion of the 31st ASTRO Merdeka Team Rapid Open 2011, the Malaysian Chess Festival 2011 comes to a close.

Next up is the Raja Nazrin Shah Masters and International Open 2011 (originally Kuala Lumpur Open) to be held 4-10 September 2011 at Swiss Garden Hotel & Residence, Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kejohanan Catur Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris 2011

28 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Kelab Catur UPSI akan menganjurkan pertandingan catur terbuka pada 15-16 Oktober 2011 akan datang Di Tanjung Malim Perak. Butir -butir nya adalah seperti berikut:-

Borang pendaftaran:

Team Melaka

28 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Team Melaka (Azirul) with IM Giam (centre). Team Melaka scored 9 pts after five rounds during the Merdeka Team Rapid yesterday. Another four rounds will be played today to complete the 9 rounds of Swiss System.

Arbiters were strict on placement of team players. Melaka were penalized due to this infringement.

(courtesy of Muhd Azirul b Zulkafli's Facebook photos.)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Astro Ladies

27 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Roslina Marmono and Tan Li Ting representing Astro Ladies chess team in the Merdeka Team Rapid Open 2011 during the third round. The top five board teams play in a separate more exclusive and comfortable room.


Pix 1. Roslina Marmono and Tan Li Ting.

Camilia Johari and Latifah round up the third and fourth boards of ASTRO Ladies chess team.


Pix 2. Camilia Johari and Latifah.

Roslina was facing off against IM Barbosa Oliver (pix 3) of the Philippines, hence Roslina’s serious concentration and respect for her opponent during the third round.


Pix 3. IM Barbosa Oliver, PHI vs Roslina Marmono, MAS.

Mamak Team In Action

27 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The infamous Mamak Chess Team in action this morning during the third round of the Merdeka Team Rapid Open 2011.

From left to right facing the camera are Fairul, Sapirin and Zaidan (yellow t-shirt).



The stand at CitiTel Hotel lobby informing the events of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2011.

Petronas Team In Merdeka Team Rapid

27 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Team playing St.Paul’s KL during the third round of the Merdeka Team Rapid 2011 earlier this morning.


Valentine Gunina Leads In Russian Superfinal!

Valentine Gunina, Russia
Pix 1. Valentine Gunina, Russia
(Photo by Anna Burtasovoy)
27 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Valentine Gunina (pix 1) is leading at the ongoing Superfinal 61st Russian Championship 2011 with 6.0 points after 7 rounds of play. In second place is Baira Kovanova with 4.5 points and Natalia Pogonina in third place with 4.0 points.

The Superfinal 61st Russian Championship among women is being held from 18 to 28 August 2011 at MM Botvinnik, Moscow, Russia. The tournament is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of MM Botvinnik. This year's Women's Super Final is held with ten leading Russian women chess players.

The tournament involved: the current Russian champion Alisa Galliamova (2492), former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (2497), the leading female chess players of Russia include Gunina Valentine (2487),Natalia Pogonina (2442), Anastasia Bodnaruk (2431), Helen Hare (2419) , Tatiana Shadrina (2373), Olga kettlebell (2371), Bair Kovanova (2354), Daria Charochkina (2310).

Competition format is held on a round robin, 9 rounds. Time control: 90 minutes on the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes of the game with 30 seconds per move starting from the first, each member state of Russia. Game Days: 19-23, 25-28 August Bank Holiday: August 24 Game Start Time : 15-00 daily, last tour beginning at 12-00



Here is the round 7 game between Pogonina and Kosteniuk which gave Pogonina an important win with white.
[Event "Superfinal 61st Russian Women Champions"] [Site "Moscow/Russia"] [Date "2011.08.26"] [Round "7"] [White "Pogonina, Natalija"] [Black "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2442"] [BlackElo "2497"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2011.08.26"] [TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nd7 8. Qd2 Nf6 9. O-O-O O-O 10. Kb1 c5 11. h4 b5 12. h5 Rb8 13. h6 g6 14. Ng5 Rb6 15. Be2 Bd7 16. Bf3 Bf5 17. Rhe1 d5 18. Qe2 Qd7 19. Bc1 Re8 20. Qd2 Rd6 21. Qf4 Ra6 22. g4 Ra4 23. Qg3 Bxg4 24. Bxg4 Rxg4 25. Qf3 Ra4 26. Re5 Rf8 27. Rde1 Bd8 28. Qe2 Rh4 29. f3 b4 30. Qf2 Rc4 31. cxb4 cxb4 32. b3 Rc3 33. Qd4 a5 34. Bb2 Rc6 35. Qd2 d4 36. Qxd4 Rd6 37. Qg1 Bb6 38. Qf1 Bd4 39. Bxd4 Rxd4 40. Ne4 Nxe4 41. fxe4 Rc8 42. Rd5 Qc6 43. Qe2 Qc3 44. Qf2 Rd8 45. Rf1 f5 46. Rxd8+ Rxd8 47. Qb6 Re8 48. Rd1 Qf3 49. Qd4 Re7 50. Qc4+ Kf8 51. Rd8+ Re8 52. Qc5+ Kf7 53. Qd5+ Kf8 54. Qd6+ Kf7 55. Rd7+ 1-0
Diagram 1. White played 55.  Rd7+ with a checkmate imminent, black resigned.

Here is a third round game between Gunina and Kosteniuk giving Gunina a black win.
[Event "Russian Championship Super Final women 2"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "2011.08.21"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"] [Black "Gunina, Valentina"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2011.08.21"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 c5 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Na4 Qa5+ 9. c3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Ne7 12. Nc5 Qc7 13. b4 Nc6 14. f4 Be7 15. O-O O-O 16. Rc1 Rac8 17. Qd2 b6 18. Nb3 a5 19. Qe3 Qb7 20. bxa5 bxa5 21. g4 Be4 22. Nc5 Qb2 23. Nxe4 dxe4 24. Bb6 Rb8 25. Bc7 Bd8 26. Bxd8 Rfxd8 27. Rfd1 Ne7 28. c4 Qxa2 29. Qxe4 Qa3 30. Kf2 h5 31. Qe3 Qb2 32. h3 a4 33. f5 exf5 34. e6 Rf8 35. gxh5 f4 36. Qe4 f3 37. Kxf3 fxe6+ 38. Kg2 Nf5 39. Kh2 Nd4 40. Rxd4 Rf2+ 41. Kg3 Rxe2 42. Qf3 Qxc1 0-1

Diagram 2. Black played 42…Qxc1, white resigned.

Link: Official website

Wang Rui Wins Merdeka Individual Rapid

Pix 1. GM Wang Rui (left) receiving his prize. (Picture by Khairun Nissa')
27 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - GM Wang Rui of China won the 7 round Swiss-System Merdeka Individual Rapid 2011 by scoring 6.0points and a superior tie-break pts. Three others scored 6.0 pts comprising of GM Sanchez Joseph, PHI, IM Barbosa Oliver, PHI, IM Yu Lie of China.

Notably, NM Lim Zhuo Ren of Malaysia scored 5.5 pts with respectable 8th placing.

Round 7 Results

Merdeka Team Rapid is up next. 85 teams have registered.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sanchez, Wang Rui, Nolte, Yu Jointly Leads In Individual Rapid 2011


26 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The Merdeka Individual Rapid is currently being held at the Malaysia Chess Festival and after the fourth round, GM Sanchez Joseph, GM Wang Rui (pix above), IM Nolte Rolando and IM Yu Lie are jointly first with 4 points each.

A total 118 participants are participating in today’s one-day Merdeka Individual Rapid 2011. Here are the round 4 results up to table 36 :-


Rank After Round 4, Individual Rapid


The Star On Chess Festival

26 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – In today’s The Star Online, SS Quah discusses about the highlights of the ongoing Malaysia Chess Festival 2011 at the CitiTel MidValley Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

It had begun from the 17th August 2011 and will run until the 28th August 2011. Four chess events had just ended yesterday with the crowning of the winners late afternoon. The Blitz, 8th Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2011, 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011 and 2nd KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open 2011 all came to an end yesterday afternoon.

He also discusses about the one day Swensen Age-Group Chess held last Sunday, 21 August 2011 which had a group of Iranian students as part of their package tour of Malaysia. The one day rapid is ongoing today and the Merdeka Team Rapid over Saturday and Sunday.

The numbers are already swelling beyond the capacity of the existing hall. Come join in the fun and the finale over this weekend! See you all there!


To read more, please visit this link here.

Two Games From DAT Malaysia Open 2011

 IM Lim Yee Weng, Malaysia

26 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here are two games from the 8th Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2011. One was between IM Lim Yee Weng (pix above) of Malaysia against Karunanayake Mayuri during round 1 and the other between GM Li Shilong of China and IM Barbosa Oliver in the fifth round of the tournament.

IM Lim Yee Weng played the Reti Opening in the King’s Indian Attack, Yugoslav Variation. Lim, playing white, manages to outsmart his opponent in the endgame where his last pawn is about to queen.

[Event "Malaysian Open"] [Site "Kuala Lumpur MAS"] [Date "2011.08.18"] [Round "1.37"] [White "Lim, Yee-Weng"] [Black "Karunanayake, Mayuri"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A05"] [PlyCount "139"] [EventDate "2011.08.18"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. Ne5 Bh5 6. b3 Nbd7 7. Bb2 Nxe5 8. Bxe5 e6 9. d3 Bd6 10. Bb2 O-O 11. c4 Re8 12. Re1 Be7 13. Nd2 Nd7 14. Rb1 Bf6 15. b4 Qb6 16. b5 Qa5 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Qc2 Rab8 19. Nb3 Qc7 20. Rbc1 cxb5 21. cxb5 Qxc2 22. Rxc2 Rec8 23. Rec1 Rxc2 24. Rxc2 Kf8 25. Kf1 Ke8 26. Ke1 Kd8 27. Na5 Kd7 28. Kd2 Ng4 29. Bf3 Nf6 30. Bxh5 Nxh5 31. e4 dxe4 32. dxe4 Nf6 33. f3 e5 34. Ke3 Ng8 35. f4 exf4+ 36. gxf4 Ne7 37. Rd2+ Kc7 38. Rc2+ Kd7 39. e5 b6 40. Nc6 Nxc6 41. Rxc6 Re8 42. Kd4 Re6 43. Kd5 g6 44. Rc3 Re7 45. Rh3 h5 46. f5 Ke8 47. fxg6 Rd7+ 48. Kc6 fxg6 49. Ra3 Re7 50. Kd6 Rd7+ 51. Ke6 g5 52. h3 g4 53. hxg4 hxg4 54. Kf5 Rg7 55. Rg3 Ke7 56. Rxg4 Rf7+ 57. Ke4 Rf2 58. a4 Re2+ 59. Kd5 Rd2+ 60. Kc6 Ke6 61. Rg7 Rc2+ 62. Kb7 Rc4 63. Kxa7 Rxa4+ 64. Kxb6 Kxe5 65. Kc5 Ke6 66. b6 Ra2 67. b7 Rb2 68. Rg6+ Kd7 69. Rb6 Rxb6 70. Kxb6 1-0



In this game between GM Li Shilong and IM Barbosa Oliver of the Philippines, the Queen’s Gambit Decline Slav opening transpired with the Krause attack variation. Shilong with white won this game in 80 moves.

[Event "Malaysian Open"] [Site "Kuala Lumpur MAS"] [Date "2011.08.20"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Li, Shilong"] [Black "Barbosa, Oliver"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "159"] [EventDate "2011.08.20"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Nb6 8. Ne5 a5 9. f3 Nbd7 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. e4 Bg6 12. Be2 e6 13. O-O Bb4 14. Be3 O-O 15. Qb3 Qc7 16. Rac1 Rfe8 17. Bd3 Rad8 18. Bb1 Qb8 19. Ne2 f6 20. f4 Bf7 21. Qc2 Kh8 22. Nc3 Bg6 23. Qf2 f5 24. e5 Nb6 25. Ba2 Qa8 26. Qe2 Rd7 27. Bb3 Qd8 28. h3 Nc8 29. Kh2 Rf7 30. Na2 Bf8 31. Qe1 Rd7 32. Bc4 Bh5 33. Rf2 h6 34. Nc3 Bb4 35. Bb3 Qe7 36. Qf1 Qf7 37. g3 Be7 38. Qc4 Bd8 39. Rg1 Qe7 40. Kh1 Nb6 41. Qf1 Qb4 42. Ba2 Nxa4 43. g4 Bg6 44. Nxa4 Qxa4 45. Bb1 Qb3 46. gxf5 Bxf5 47. Bxf5 exf5 48. Qe2 Qg8 49. Rfg2 Re6 50. d5 cxd5 51. Bd4 Qe8 52. Rg3 Kh7 53. Qc2 g6 54. Re3 Qe7 55. Qb3 Qh4 56. Qb5 Rc6 57. Rf3 Qe7 58. Rfg3 Qb4 59. Qd3 Bb6 60. e6 Rg7 61. Bxg7 Bxg1 62. Bc3 Qxf4 63. Qxd5 Qe4+ 64. Qxe4 fxe4 65. Kxg1 Rxe6 66. Bxa5 g5 67. Rb3 Re7 68. Rb6 Rf7 69. Bc3 Re7 70. Kf2 Rf7+ 71. Ke2 Rf3 72. Rxb7+ Kg6 73. Rb6+ Kh7 74. h4 gxh4 75. Bd2 Rh3 76. Rxh6+ Kg7 77. Re6 Rh1 78. Rxe4 h3 79. Rh4 Kf7 80. Kf3 1-0



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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Li Shilong Declared DAT Malaysian Open Champion 2011!

 GM Li Shilong4-China

25 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Congratulations to GM Li Shilong (pix above) of China for scoring 7.5 points from 9 rounds and declared the new champion of the 8th Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2011 held at the CitiTel MidValley Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. He beat 97 other participants to win the DAT Malaysian Open title. Shilong drew his last 9th round against Wan Yunguo of China.

Positions 2-6 were all won by Chinese players beginning with IM Lu Shanglei (2nd, 7.0 points), GM Wen Yang (3rd, 7.0 points), Wan Yunguo (4th, 6.5 pts), GM Wang Rui (5th, 6.5 pts), WGM Wu Wenjun (6th, 6.5 pts).

Positions 7-9 were all won by Vietnamese players beginning with GM San Chez Joseph (7th, 6.5 pts), IM Dimakiling Oliver (8th, 6.0 pts) and GM Salvador Roland (9th, 6.0 pts).

In tenth position, IM Nguyen Duc Hoa from Vietnam with 6.0 pts. Last year’s defending champion GM Cao Sang from Vietnam landed in 20th position with 5.5 pts.



Round 8 Rankings - DATMO-AmBank-Senior

IM Lim Yee Weng, Malaysia.

25 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here are the round 8 rankings before the start of round 9 this morning for the top 41 players for 8th DAT Malaysian Open, 2nd KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open 2011 and 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011.

For the top five of the Malaysian Open, all of the candidates are from China with GM Li Shilong at the top with 7.0 points. The next two are from Vietnam including the defending champion, GM Cao Sang. Followed by two from Philippines - Roland Salvador and Nolte Rolando. No Malaysians inside the top 40 this year. At 41 is Cheah Cheok Fung of Malaysia with 4.5 points.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Round 9 Pairings, AmBank-Senior-DATMO

24 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here are the 9th Round pairings for the Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open, 6th AmBank Chess Challenge and 2nd KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open respectively.

GM Li Shilong of China leads in DATMO with 7 points, S M Sharon of Bangladesh in AmBank with 6.5 points and GM Kayumov Dmitry of Uzbekistan in Seniors Open with 7 points.

Today is another rest day for the participants before they come back tomorrow to complete the final 9th round beginning at 9 am.

Table 1. DATO' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2011, 9th Round pairings, 25 August 2011.

Table 2. 2nd KLK Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open 2011, 9th Round, 25 August 2011.

Table 3. 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011, 9th Round pairings, 25th August 2011.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Zaidan Leads AmBank Challenge 2011

Zaidan Zulkipli, Malaysia (courtesy of

Pix 1. Zaidan Zulkipli, Malaysia (courtesy of

23 August 2011, Kuala Lumpur – In yesterday’s round 6 of the 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011 between Zaidan Zulkipli, Malaysia and Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva of Uzbekistan resulted in a win for Zaidan Zulkipli on top board. Zaidan made waves last year when he participated in the European Chess Club Cup 2010 event in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where he represented a mixed Irish chess team.

The 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge is one of three concurrent chess tournaments running at the same time during the Malaysian Chess Festival 2011 at CitiTel MidValley Kuala Lumpur.

This win gives unheralded Zaidan Zulkipli a five point score and currently co-leads with S.M. Sharon of Bangladesh. Both Zaidan and Sharon will meet on top board round 7 held this morning, 9 am, 23 August 2011.

Round 7 Pairings, 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011.


 Results of Round 6 held on 22 August 2011, 3 pm.Ambank1-2011

Ranking After Round 6, 6th AmBank Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011.