Monday, April 30, 2012

Yeoh Li Tian – Hamdani Rudin last round game, Melaka International 2012

image Yeoh Li Tian 2 - MAS
30 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is Yeoh Li Tian’s last round game against Indonesian FM Hamdani Rudin of the Historical Melaka Open International Chess 2012 held at the Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel, Malacca.
Li Tian ended with two black queens on e3 and d1 with one move for checkmate 45….Qh1# mate!
At this rate of play, Yeoh Li Tian will be looking at GM status pretty soon if he plays regularly in FIDE-Rated Tournaments. He has a natural flair at finding the check mate patterns on the board.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Czebe Continues His Winning Ways, Melaka International 2012

GM Attila Czebe 2 - Hungary Pix 1. GM Attila Czebe, Hungary – Solo Leader

29 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – As GM Czebe Attila continues his winning ways by beating GM Arun Prasad of India on top board of round 8, Historical Melaka International Open Championship 2012 as part of the Melaka Chess Festival 2012 this afternoon. Czebe scores 7.0 points after 8 rounds of play.

Yeoh Li Tian - Malaysia

Pix 2. Yeoh Li Tian, Malaysia – Continue To Amaze.

Meanwhile local dynamo, Yeoh Li Tian creates another surprise win against GM Horvath Adam of Hungary on board 6. IM Mas drew against IM Nolte of Philippines and Zulkipli Zaidan drew against Asian Master, Ahmad Fadzil Nayan. While Ismail Ahmad, WFM Alia Bakri lost their respective games. Lim Kim Hwa won his board game against Hendrik. Syazrin had a forfeit win in round 8.



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Caruana’s Round 3 Game In Italian Team Chess 2012


29 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Arvier, Aosta Valley, Italy, reports that the Master Group of the Italian Team Championship starts on Friday, 27th April in Arvier, Aosta Valley. 14 teams will compete for the title in the 7-round Swiss tournament. The Championship concludes on 1st May.

The Italian Women Team Championship starts from Saturday, 28th April.

About 20 Grandmasters will take participation, among them being Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Kiril Georgiev, Gawain Jones and David Alberto.


  (Photo from

The teams and the main players:
Cavolini-Datagest, Pesaro (Champions in 2011, GM Emil Sutovsky, GM Sabino Brunello, GM Mihail Marin)

Obiettivo Risarcimento, Padova (2nd in 2011, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Kiril Georgiev, GM Michele Godena)
Libertas, Nereto (3rd in 2011, GM Rafal Antoniewsky),
Chieti (GM Gawain Jones, GM Marie Sebag)
Milanese, Milano (GM Alberto David, WIM Marina Brunello)
Trieste (GM Luka Lenic and GM Jure Skoberne)
Arrocco, Roma (GM Csaba Horvath),
Torveca Caffè, Vigevano (GM Roland Salvador)
Banca Nuova, Palermo (GM Mladen Palac)
Pizzato Elettrica, Marostica
Accademia, Bologna
Centro Studi, Palermo
Eporediese, Ivrea

To read more, please visit or click here.

 Hikaru Nakamura

Here is a round 2 game between David Alberto and Hikaru Nakamura (pix above) of the USA during the Italian Team Chess Championship 2012 in which Nakamura won with the black pieces.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gatot Leads In Melaka Challengers 2012

Rahim Ramli - MAS Pix 1. Ramli Abdul Rahim, Malaysia in Historical Melaka Challengers 2012. (Photo by Najib Wahab)

28 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In the Melaka Challengers 2012, Gatot Suyono of Indonesia is sole leader with 6.5 points after round 7. In second place is Endang Andrian of Indonesia with 6.0 points. Meanwhile Wakoko Enos of Uganda is in third place with 5.5 points.

Malaysia’s highest ranked challenger is sixth ranked Ramli Abdul Rahim (1944) with 5.0 points.


Gatot Suyono - Indonesia

Pix 2. Gatot Suyono, Indonesia – Current Leader, Historical Melaka Challengers 2012. (Photo by Najib Wahab)

Here are two games of the current leader, Gatot Suyono of Indonesia. One is against Malaysia’s Ramli Abdul Rahim and the other against second ranked, Endang Andrian of Indonesia.


To download more games of the Historical Melaka Challengers 2012, please click here.

Kramnik – Aronian, Zurich Chess Challenge 2012

Standings After Round 5: Aronian 2.5, Kramnik 2.5.




Pix 1. Kramnik-Aronian, Round 5, Zurich Chess Challenge 2012. (Photo from official website,

28 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – At the Zurich Chess Challenge 2012, the final sixth round is being played between GM Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and GM Levon Aronian of Armenia.

(source: Susan Polgar’s Daily Chess News Blog)

Pertandingan Catur Terbuka PACU 2012

28 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur - satu Pertandingan Catur Terbuka PACU 2012 akan diadakan pada Sabtu 19 Mei 2012 di Sekolah Menengah Syed Hassan, Kangar, Perlis.

Pertandingan ini adalah National Rated. Sila hubungi saudara Syed Iskandar, 019-4641001.

Atau layari Link:

Some Games Of Round 7, Melaka International Open 2012

 GM Arun Prasad - INDIA   GM Alfonso Romero Holmes - SPAIN
Pix 1. GM Arun Prasad, India.                 Pix 2. GM Alfonso Romero Holmes, Spain.
( Photos by Najib Wahab)
28 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – It is a free day for the Melaka Chess Festival 2012 players. However, let us look at a few games of round 7 of the Melaka International Open 2012 held yesterday in Melaka.
Here are two games of round 7, the first game is between Arun Prasad of India with the white pieces against GM Alfonso Romero Holmes of Spain. GM Arun Prasad won.
White has the slight edge with an extra pawn. Both have a bishop and a rook. But white’s pawns comprised of three connected pawns against black’s two connected pawns.
Yeoh Li Tian 2 - MAS     WGM Nadig Kruttika 2 - India
  Pix 3. Yeoh Li Tian, MAS.                 Pix 4. WGM Nadig Kruttika, INDIA.
  (Photos by Najib Wahab)
Yeoh Li Tian (pix left above) caused a stir yesterday by winning against the beautiful WGM Nadig Kruttika of India. The game of round 7 is shown below:-
Yeoh sacrificed his queen at b8, 24.Qb8+, then if black plays 24…Nxb8, then 25.Rc8 # mate!

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Event schedule:


To read more please visit chessconnections’ blog or click here.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Czebe Dominates Melaka International Open 2012!

GM Attila Czebe - Hungary 27 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – GM Czebe Attila of Hungary continue to dominate after the completion of round 7 in the Melaka International Open 2012. He drew his game with GM Bitoon Richard of Philippines on top board today.


The Chessconnections blog reported that after all the games have ended, GM Czebe cemented and continue his lead in the International section after a hard fought draw again GM Richard Bitoon of Philippines. Following the loss of GM Alfonso Romero Holmes to Indian GM Arun Prasad (pix below) on Table 2, GM Czebe now maintained his one point lead at the top of the pack with GM Richard Bitoon, GM Alexander Fominyh and GM Arun Prasad hot on his trail with a single point behind.

 GM Arun Prasad - INDIA
On Table 3, GM Adam Horvath was not able to narrow the gap with that of his countryman Czebe after losing to GM Fominyh in a game that lasted 32 moves.

WGM Nadig Kruttika-India

Notable Malaysians in the event still within reach of the top 10 spots are Ismail Ahmad and Yeoh Li Tian, both with 4 points - Ismail Ahmad after drawing his game against Repelita and Yeoh Li Tian, after his sensational win against WGM Kruttika Nadig (pix above). Li Tian's game was very interesting and worth noting as he sacrificed his knight for Nadig's "e" and "f" pawns to gain initiative by keeping the Black King in the center of the board and with disconnected Rooks.

Round 7 Results:


(All photos by Najib Wahab)

Kramnik vs Aronian, Round 5 Live!


27 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a round 5 game between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian during the Zurich Chess Challenge. It is now 2-2 in Aronian’s favour where after the fourth game, a rapid game was held and ended with a win for Aronian and the lead as well.


Standings after four rounds:



The Zurich Chess Challenge (Kramnik v Aronian) is the most prestigious training match ever held.

The official website reported that the average rating of the players, Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Levon Aronian (Armenia), is 2810, which means that the forthcoming Zurich Chess Challenge may be considered the strongest chess event of the year. Nominally, it even surpasses the world championship match which will be held in Moscow in May. The six-round match between Kramnik and Aronian will take place from 21 to 28 April 2012, with rest days on 23 and 26 April. The time-control will be the same as for the Candidates tournament in the next world championship cycle, for which the two players wish to prepare in Zurich: 40 moves in 120 minutes, 20 moves in 60 minutes and, for the remainder of the game, 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move. As a bonus for the audience, Kramnik and Aronian will play an additional rapid game if the main game on any given day is drawn in under three hours. All games are being played in the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville in Zurich. Rounds 1-5 start at 15:00 CET, and Round 6 begins at 13:00 CET. Admission for spectators is free of charge. Each round will be broadcast live on the Internet, with commentary by GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug of the Zurich Chess Club, which is organizing the match.

To read more, please visit official website:


(Source: Susan Polgar’s Daily Chess News blog)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Czebe’s game against Fominyh, Historical Melaka International 2012

26 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a round 5 game between Czebe Attila and Fominyh Alexander of the Historical Melaka International Open 2012. Czebe played the white pieces and won.

See or click here for more games of the Historical Melaka International Open 2012.

image (Photos from Najib Wahab)

After round 6 today, Czebe Attila is the sole leader with 5.5 points. He beat IM Rathnakaran K of India on top board today. Trailing by a full point behind are GM Richard Bitoon of Philippines and GM Romero Holmes Alfonso of Spain with 4.5 points. Both Bitoon and Romero won their respective round 6 games.

Round 5 Results:


Round 6 Results:


Ranking After Round 6:


To see more reviews of the Melaka Chess Festival 2012, please visit the chessconnections blog or click here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Tarikh : 02 JUN 2012 (SABTU) Masa : 8.00 am – 6.00pm Tempat : Dewan Politeknik Tuanku Sultanah Bahiyah, Kulim Kedah
Format : Swiss System 7/8 Pusingan
(20-30 minit individual time control)
Yuran Penyertaan : AHLI PERCAK TERBUKA RM 17
Tie-break : Solkoff , SB& PS
RM 22 U18 RM13 RM18 U12 RM8 RM13
Yuran Tahunan Ahli PERCAK = RM 30
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Dimakiling Meets Alexander, Melaka Open

25 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur - In Melaka, the chess connections blog reported that it was an interesting fight to the end although the results of the top 6 tables indicated otherwise - with all players agreeing to a draw.

The first draw was registered between GM Laxman and GM Deepan, both of India followed by GM Arun Prasad of India and FM Hamdani Rudin of Indonesia. The match on Table 1 between GM Richard Bitoon and GM Alexander was the last game to finish a draw on the top board after a grueling 56 move game.

Other notable games were Manaog Stewart win against Kruttika Nadig on Table 11, Tan Li Ting triumphant against Syazrin Abdul Rahman and Yeoh Li Tian convincing win against Ismail Ahmad on Table 12.

For Round 4, six co leaders with 2 1/2 points will battle it out on the top 3 tables - GM Forminyh against IM Dimakiling on Table 1, GM Czebe and GM Laxman on Table 2 and GM Bitoon against GM Deepan on Table 3. Malaysian youngster Yeoh Li Tian will be playing the black pieces against IM Nolte of the Philippines and Tan Li Ting will go against WGM Kruttika Nadig of India on Table 11 also with the black pieces.

Please visit the for more updates of the Melaka Chess Festival 2012.

(All pictures by Najib Wahab)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Romero Among Leaders Melaka International Open

24 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur - In Melaka, the first round of the Melaka International Open Chess Championship 2012 had taken place yesterday with 36 players participating. Most of the favorites won.

None of the Malaysians won except for two. IM MAS Hafizulhelmi and Yeoh Li Tian.

Yeoh Li Tian will meet IM Dimakiling Oliver of the Philippines in round two. Meanwhile IM MAS will meet GM Deepan Chakkarvarthy of India. We wish them luck as these are opportunities for them to gain norms and make progress up the ladder of success.

Team JTR Declared Winning Chess Team MCF2012

23 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur - JTR won the five round rapid team event held on Sunday 22 April 2012 during Melaka Chess Festival 2012. JTR scored 5 team wins with Cheah Cheok Fung, Ong Thian Loon on the team.

Second was ROSNEFT with 4 wins. Team Rosneft had two FMs, Ignatius Leong and Greg Lau on the team. Third place was Samarinda Chess. Eighteen teams participated in this event.

To see more results, please visit

Monday, April 23, 2012

Road map to Tasik Damai Tournament

23 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur - For those intending to go to Tasik Damai Chess Tournament on the 1st May 2012, a road map is provided by the organisers, Classical Chess, as shown below:-


Date : 1st May 2012

Time : 8.00am

Venue : SK Tasik Damai

Category : Open / U18 / U12


39th Selangor Open 2012

18th March 2012, Kuala Lumpur (REPOST) – The Chess Association of Selangor and Malaysian Chess blogger have put up posters of the upcoming 39th Selangor Open 2012 from 1st May 2012 until 6th May 2012 at DATCC, Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur on their blogsites.

The closing date is set at 23rd April 2012 (Monday).


The unique feature of this year’s tournament will be to cater to working adults with some rounds to start in the evening at 7 pm.

To read more, please visit Malaysian Chess blog or click here or the Chess Association of Selangor’s blog or click here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Aronian vs Kramnik, Game 2, Live!

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22 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Levon Aronian plays Vladimir Kramnik in a 6 game match in Zuerich from 21st-28th April 2012. Kramnik had announced in Wijk aan Zee Tournament and organised this chess event himself. This chess event was organised in part to help fill the gap in the chess calendar for these players created by the absence of the Linares and Amber tournaments. It will provide the players as additional training for the upcoming Candidates tournament in London now to be held in 2013.

Game 1 was won by Aronian with the black pieces.

Official website:

(source: Susan Polgar’s Daily Chess News and The Week In Chess plus Internet Chess Club)

Latvia’s GM Normunds Miezis Has Solo Lead


22 April 2012, Kuala Lumpur – News from the Middle East has the 14th Dubai Open Chess Championship being played from the 14th – 24th April 2012 in Dubai in conjunction with the Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup.

GM Normunds Miezis of Latvia is leading after beating GM Viorel Iordachescu of Moldova on board 4 of round 7 with a 6.0 points.


Round 7 Results:



Here is the round 7 game between Miezis Normunds and Iordachescu Viorel during the Dubai Open Chess Championship 2012, Dubai.

Ranking after Round 7 (Top 25):

(source: email from Casto Abundo at Dubai Open 2012)