|Yeoh Li Tian, Nf6 Champion!|
(source: Najib Wahab, DATCC)
|Yeoh Li Tian, Nf6 Champion!|
29 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – During the month of July 2011, my chess blog was a little quiet as I was away visiting my son in the United Kingdom. As he was due to graduate on the 20th July 2011, the whole family decided to join him there. Even then, my son had bought me a sim card for a 1 GB data plan for my iPad for 10 Sterling Pounds and had one or two posts made while on the move in the U.K.
None of my family members had been to the U.K. and my wife in particular who had been planning to visit the U.K. for the past 30 years, finally got her golden chance. She did get a few chances to do some training in the U.K. but due to various reasons such as the outbreak of SARS disease and office problems, she never got her wish fulfilled.
So when our son won the opportunity to study in Coventry at Warwick University in 2007/2008, we decided to plan and save for that golden event – his graduation ceremony.
Pix 1. By Brighton Pier on first day out, 17 July 2011.
Pix 2. A view of the Brighton beach from the pier.
Pix 3. Stonehenge, somewhere north of Southampton. It was blustery and cold to the bone.
Pix 4. Our accommodation for five nights, Wychnor Park Country Club in Staffordshire (just north of Birmingham city).
Pix 5. Managed to visit one full day in London and visited Trafalgar Square where the National Gallery is located.
Pix 6. Just across Trafalgar Square was Whitehall and 10 Downing Street. We took some pictures by the front gate of Downing Street.
Pix 7. Big Ben (clock tower in background) and daughter pretending to capture it by her hands thro’ another camera on hand. A red London double decker bus passing by.
Pix 8. The Eye of London was in the background with my family in the foreground.
Pix 9. The whole family with Syukri in black robe on graduation day.
Pix 10. Syukri with other Malaysians in their black robe.
Pix 11. We had a whole day to travel north to Leeds to visit my old university, University of Leeds, to walk down memory lane with the family.
Pix 12. Down to Manchester City and the boys wanted to see the Red Devils football stadium and we went there to buy some souvenirs of the Manchester United team.
Pix 13. On the last day before leaving Wychnor Park Country Club, a farewell family photo by the signature signpost.
29 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – At the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, Kramnik won his seventh round game against Meier and currently leads way ahead of the others. In second place is Le Quang Liem of Vietnam with four points.
Susan Polgar’s website reported that after 7 rounds, Kramnik has 6 points, a full 2 points ahead of Le Quang Liem, with just 3 rounds to go. Le Quang Liem is in 2nd with just 4 points.
Round 7, 28 July, 2011
4-6 Nakamura 1/2 Le
3-5 Giri 1-0 Ponomariov
2-1 Kramnik 1-0 Meier
Crosstable after 7 rounds
To read more, please visit this link here.
28 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Latest news: Excel Chess Academy in association with some corporate sponsors have teamed up to afford the chess community another venue for playing chess.
The place is at G Tower (besides Tabung Haji Complex, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuala Lumpur) and will be held on Saturdays which had begun last week, 23 July 2011. The venue is in the food court Lower Ground floor of G Tower, 199, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Kuala Lumpur (map below). The time between 11 am – 5 pm. Bernard Ng will be on site from 11 am with the chess sets. From 1 pm – 5 pm, Jax Tham will be around with the chess clocks.
What will be happen depends on the crowd that appears on that day. If chess lectures is wanted, then either Bernard Ng or Jax Tham will do a lecture and if chess play is wanted, then chess sets and clocks will be made available.
The event is made free to the chess community and no charges imposed. In fact, free food coupons will be awarded to those that come. So let’s come and have some fun playing and learning chess!
If you don’t remember where G Tower is but you came for Karpov’s presentation when he was in Malaysia last year, then that is the place to go. G Tower is a building enhanced with GREEN-technology, one of the government’s National Key Results Area (NKRA). (gtower.com.my)
Please contact Jax Tham, hp: 013-3232280 or email: email@example.com for details.
28 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Team Armenia won the World Team Championship 2011 in Ningbo, China edging out team China to second place. Armenia represented by Aronian, Akopian, Movsesian and Sargissian, scored 5 wins and 4 draws, ending with 14 points. Armenia drew their last match 2-2 against Ukraine and China won against Hungary, 2.5 – 1.5.
(tables courtesy of chessvibes.com)
27th July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a picture message from FIDE’s official blog which announced changes to rating regulations effective 1st July 2011.
I can only hazard a guess from the above, that it would be easier to obtain an official FIDE Rating as games against rated players can now be accumulated. Previously you need to get three games in one tournament against rated players.
You may visit fide.com to read the same, or click here.
(spotted by Muhd Zullghafari Saparmin/ source: fide.com)
16 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a new tournament being organised jointly by Cerdek Catur Enterprise and in collaboration with Petaling Jaya Community Library called the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Chess Championship 2011, which be held on 23-24th July 2011 local Petaling Jaya Community Library in Section 3, Petaling Jaya.
Details of the tournament are as shown below:-
To get a copy of the registration form, please visit stonemaster.info or click here.
12 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – GM Howell of England (pix below) leads after four rounds with four full points. There are a total 97 players participating in this year’s 5th Leiden Chess Tournament 2011 being held in the city of Leiden, Netherlands.
Chess base reports that the 5th Leiden Chess Tournament 2011 is a nine-round open taking place from July 7th to 17th, 2011. The top seeds – GMs over 2600 – are Predrag Nikolic (2629, BIH), David Howell (2625, ENG) and Sergey Tiviakov (2623). At the start of the event there was a two-game rapid chess match between Jan Timman and Anish Giri.
To read more, please visit this link here.
12 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the latest list of the top 20 of the Most Improved chess players for the month of July 2011 released by Mr. Lim Tse Pin, Malaysia’s Rating Officer.
Top of the list is Kughan Ravindran (pix above) with a massive 205 points jumping from a National Rating of 1263 to 1468. Second is Ling Zhan Yang from National Rating (NR) 1327 to 1527. Third is Jackie Chan Sheng from NR 1243 to 1427.
Another notable name is Khairul Azam Mastuki (pix above) from NR 1460 to 1635. Another is Hemant Sathish from India who improved from NR 1395 to 1530. Here is the summary of the top 20 most improved chess players.
Well done to all top 20 most improved chess players! Great effort and keep up the momentum. To see more details, please click one of the links below.
6 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – The Excel Chess Academy is organising its last tournament Excel Senior FIDE-Rated Tournament July / August 2011, 15th July-14 August 2011, at its current location in Overseas Union Garden, Kuala Lumpur. Jax Tham, the owner of Excel Chess Academy, announced that the current place of Excel Chess Academy will close shop after this Excel Senior tournament is completed before the end of this month.
A new set of veteran chess players have decided to join the fray to gain precious FIDE-Rated points by playing in this swan song tournament at the current location of Excel Chess Academy in OUG. Among them are Dato’ Tan Chin Nam, Mr. Subramaniam, En. Sirajuddin, En. Abdul Hamid Majid, Mr. Eddy Kwan of Johor Baharu, Mr Greg Lau (to lend a hand to the tournament), En. Wahid Karim and others as shown in the table above.
6 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Excel Chess Academy has just released the official new FIDE Ratings of players that participated in the May/June Excel FIDE Rating Chess Tournament held in May/June 2011 in OUG, Kuala Lumpur.
As seven players started with no ratings and end with new FIDE ratings as shown above, resulting in the creation of about 12000+ new FIDE Rating points. While three other FIDE-Rated players gained points and two lost a few points. However, the sacrifice of two players has given new life and hope to ten other players.
(source: Jax Tham, Excel Chess Academy)
4 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Here is an official announcement from INSOFAR Chess Academy on its postponement of its 10th July 2011 chess events to 18th September 2011.
Players are encouraged to participate in the upcoming HillCrest Chess Championship or in the Perak Grand Prix Chess Final 2011.
(source: email Mat Zaki Yeop, Insofar Chess Academy, hp 017-2032051)
GM Joel Benjamin's "Game of the Week"
3 July 2011, Kuala Lumpur - Here is a free video on the Kings Indian Defence from the Internet Chess Club. This weekend is a traditional holiday weekend in the US, as the country celebrates Independence Day on the 4th of July. And what better way can we celebrate than by bringing you all (members and non-members alike) a free edition of Game of the Week from the American Grandmaster himself, Joel Benjamin!
The three-time US champion's ever-popular GOTW (which comes out every Friday here on ICC) brings you the best analysis from a current ongoing tournaments. This week, in his inimitable style, Joel expertly breaks down all the action from a key encounter from the recent Ukraine Championship, as Ruslan Ponomariov beats Yuri Volk in a game that helped him to clinch the title.
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Players: GM Ruslan Ponomariov vs. GM Yuri Vovk
Description: Ukraine Chess Championship
ECO: E81: King's Indian
Run Time: 00:38:26
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