26 April 2014, Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Chess Federation in collaboration with other NGOs co-organised a fund-raising dinner at Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC) in conjunction with Ex-World Chess Champion, GM Garry Kasparov’s visit to Malaysia. Malaysia’s Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin gave a welcoming speech and honoured Kasparov’s visit here to Malaysia during the dinner.
Garry Kasparov did a six match simul with chess enthusiasts and won 6-0 with 15 minutes time control.
Malaysia’s Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin (2nd from left, picture above) was on hand watching the brief chess exhibition by Garry Kasparov against six chess enthusiasts.
MCF President Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib (2nd from right picture above) and Deputy President, Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah Raja Hussin (3rd from right) were present during the dinner and chess simul by Garry Kasparov.
During the dinner, Datuk Tan Chin Nam, “Father of Malaysian Chess” was honoured by the Sports Minister for his many generous support of chess. He was the founding president of the Malaysian Chess Federation in the 1970s. Dato’ Tan has spent over 30 years of his life as benefactor and organizer of nearly every great chess event held in Malaysia. A generation of young chess masters developed to maturity thanks in significant part to his organisational efforts and financial generosity. Dato’ Tan describes chess as “ a game that forces one to think, it teaches discipline.”