Sunday, December 30, 2012

Evan Capel, Fong Yit San Jointly Wins PACU Open 2012

Fong Yit San(left) and Evan Capel, joint winners of PACU Open 2012

30 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The PACU Chess Open 2012 held in Sg Petani, Kedah was jointly won by Even Timothy Capel of Penang and Fong Yit San of Perak when they both scored 6 points and identical tie-break points.

Third, Lim Chuin Kai, fourth, Amri Ibni Hajar, fifth, Lim Kian Hwa, sixth Wong Yinn Long and seventh, Lim Wei Sheng. All winners from 3rd-7th, all scored 5.5 poinths but separated by tie-break points.


All Winners of PACU Chess Open 2012, Sg Petani, Kedah-29 Dec 2012 

(Results and pictures from Syed Iskandar, PACU)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

IM Mas Successfully Defends Title in Kuantan Grand Finale

Winners of 2nd Kuantan Grand Finale Rapid Chess Championship 2012 Pahang

27 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – News of the 2nd Kuantan Grand Finale Rapid Chess Championship 2012 from the organisers of the tournament held at the Vistana Hotel, Kuantan, Pahang last Sunday, 23 December 2012.

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (Kelantan) emerged as the champion in the 2nd Kuantan Grand Finale. IM Mas successfully defended the title he won last year with 6.5 points. IM Mas had overcomed all his rivals except for Kamaluddin Yusof (Abang Bro) who managed to hold him to a draw. Second place went to our very own Pahang player – brother, Mohd Khair Wahidduddin with 5.5 points while third place goes to Kamaluddin Yusof (Abang Bro) from Johor with 5 points. Fourth place goes to Muhd Syazwan Zulkifli (Terengganu) with 5 points and Fifth rank went to Noor Ahmad Fadzillah (Kedah) with 5 points.

Without suffering any losses IM Mas Hafizul’s bounty of RM100 for each round has been brought forward to the next year’s Finale.

For full results, please visit or click here.


For more pictures, please visit

(News courtesy of Khairun Nissa’)

PACU Chess Open 2012

27 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The organisers of the upcoming PACU Chess Open 2012 in Sungai Petani, Kedah are recommending to players that have registered for the now postponed Kelantan Open 2012 to now opt or consider to join the Kedah’s PACU Chess Open 2012. It is a one-day tournament with 7 rapid rounds of play.

Reminders to all those interested or considering to enter PACU Chess Open 2012, the Closing date is today, 27 Disember 2012. The chess tournament will be held on the 29 December 2012 in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

For details, please click to the following link below:-

or please contact Syed Iskandar, hp:019-464 1001.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kelantan Open Postponed

26 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur - The Kelantan Chess Open has been postponed to 8-9 February 2013 as posted on Persatuan Catur Kelantan blog on Monday, 24 December 2012. Please visit for further details.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Two Events On

25 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – For chess enthusiasts looking for some chess events over the internet this Christmas Holidays, please visit the two events listed below from

Current Events:

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1. AAI Grandmasters Cup 2012, Web (4/10)
21 - 30 Dec 2012, New Dehli (India)
Wojtaszek, Korobov

The AICF AAI CUP takes place 21st to 30th December 2012. Round 4: Korobov 1-0 Wojtaszek, Gupta draw Negi, Sasikiran draw Alekseev. Korobov leads on 3/4 and the event continues on Christmas Day. also has a live video feed. Round 4 starts at 08:30 GMT Monday.

Standings After Round 5:

Standings After Round 5


2. World Cities Team Championship, Web (3/7)
22 - 28 Dec 2012, Al Ain (UAE)
Tomashevsky, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, Moiseenko, Fressinet

World Cities Championship day 3. Leading players: Tomashevsky, Giri, Vachier, Moiseenko, Fressinet, Wang Yue, Short, Edouard, Kryvoruchko, Ivan Sokolov, Tiviakov etc.

World Cities Standings Round 3

Two Chess Events 25 Dec 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Final Ranking 3C Complex Chess Open 2012

24 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here are the official final rankings of the 3C Complex Chess Open 2012 held at Komplex 3C MPSJ, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya on the 22 December 2012. The tournament went the full 8 rounds of rapid Swiss-System with 160 players participating.

Mohd Amin Mohd Noor won with 7.5 points and declared the champion.


Final Round 8 Results:


To see more results, please visit or click here.

Our prayers and doa of Al-Fathihah to the family of Mohd Sabirin Sulaiman, wife and two daughters, Siti Khadijah and Siti Aisyah, who perished in a car accident in the early hours of 23 Dec 2012 travelling to Dungun, Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur after the 3C Complex Chess competition on the 22 Dec 2012. News of their mishap appeared in newspapers and the TV Media as their car burnt upon collision with a bus. To read more, please click here.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mohd Amin wins 3C Complex Chess Open 2012

22 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur - latest news: at the 3C Complex Chess Open. 2012 held today, Mohd Amin emerged as the new chess champion. 160 players participated in an 8 Swiss System rapid rounds tournament. Tournament was sponsored by MPSJ.

Winners line-up:-
1. Mohd Amin (Kelantan);
2. Mohd Ali Chor;
3. Abd Rahim Ramli;
4. Mohd Hanif;
5. Rasoul (Iran);
6. Razali Hamzah;
7. Mohd AZRUL;
8. Seawal Aqmar;
9. Che Mohd Hafiz;
10.Zamri Abdullah.

( news courtesy of Zullghafari)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fong Yit San, Tan Jun Feng leads into Round 9, Nat Jr 2012

 Fong Yit San, Malaysia

21 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – After the completion of round 8, National Junior 2012 Boys category, Fong Yit San and Tan Jun Feng are on 6.5 points each. They played in contrasting styles in round 8.

Fong Yit San lost to Aron Teh Eu Wen on top board while Tan Jun Feng won against Lim Kim Siong on board 2. Meanwhile second seed, Mark Siew fell further behind when he lost to Rosli Ahmad Afiq Afyfy on board 3.

In round 9 tomorrow morning, Fong Yit San will meet Rosli Ahmad, the conqueror of Mark Siew, on top board. While Tan Jun Feng will meet Lim Chuin Kai on board 2 and Aron Teh will meet Low Jun Jian on board 3. Aron Teh has outside chance if both Yit San and Jun Feng fall tomorrow and Aron Teh wins. The top seed Yit San has the driving seat with slight superior tie-break over Jun Feng. The same with Rosli Ahmad. He has to beat Fong Yit San tomorrow to stand any chance of winning.


Results of Round 8 (Boys):


Round 9 pairings (Boys):


To see more results, please visit or click here.

RSC Open Junior Chess Tournament 2013

21 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is another new chess tournament in the new year of 2013. The tournament is called the RSC Open Junior Chess Tournament 2013. It will be held at the Royal Selangor Club, Bukit Kiara Sports Annex, Jalan Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur on the 20th January 2013, Sunday. Four age-categories involved comprising of U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-15. The organiser has assured that separate prizes are available for Group A and B. Please get clarifications if you are not sure from Jax Tham or


Closing Date: 18th January 2013. For further details and clarifications, please contact Jax Tham, hp: 013-3232280, emel: . Or further infomation email:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Teen Rapid Chess 2013

20 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a new upcoming chess tournament in Ipoh, Perak. It will be held on the 13th January 2013 (Sunday) at the Rapat Setia National Secondary School Hall, Jalan Tenaga, 31350 Ipoh, Perak. GPS coordinates are given in the flyer below. It will be a seven round Swiss tournament with 5 age-groups comprising of U-8, U-10, U-12, U-15 and U-18.


Registration Form:


For further details, please contact Classical Chess 012-9944135, email:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mark Siew Takes Lead, National Juniors 2012

Mark Siew, Malaysia

19 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – At the National Juniors Chess Championship 2012, Mark Siew Kit-Tze has won all four rounds and is alone on 4 points. Mark Siew is the current leader in the boys’ Natonal Junior Chess Championship 2012 at the Arthur Tan Chess Center, Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur.

On 3.5 points are three players comprising of Fong Yit San, Tan Jun Feng and CM Amier Hamzah b Mohd Zuhri.

Round 4 Results (Boys):


Rank After Round 4 (Boys):


In the girls section, three players are jointly in the lead with 3.5 points comprising of the WFM Nur Najiha bt Azman Hisham, Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan and Tan Li Ting. The top seed, WCM Nur Nabila bt Azman Hisham suffered defeat against WNM Tan Li Ting in the fourth round.

Round 4 Results (Girls):


Rank After Round 4 (Girls):


To see more results, please visit or click here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

National Juniors 2012

18 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – At the National Junior Chess Tournament 2012, two rounds of classical play completed today and the favourites won their early rounds. Fong Yit San, Mark Siew Kit-Tze, Aron Teh Eu Wen all won their first two rounds easily. A total of 56 players are participating in this year’s boys section of the National Junior 2012 held at Arthur Tan Chess Center, 4th Floor Car Park, Wilayah Complex, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur.
Round 2 Results (Boys):
Ranking After Two Rounds:
Meanwhile in the National Junior 2012 (Girls), a smaller group of 19 girls are participating. The top seed, WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham and second seed, WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham are playing to form by winning their first two rounds. Third seed, Tan Li Ting and fourth seed, Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan also won both their early rounds today.
Ranking After Round 2 (Girls):
To see more results, please visit or click here. Arbiters for this event are Najib Wahab, Nik Ahmad Farouqi and Haslindah bt Ruslan.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam wins Penang Open 2012

Nguyen Duc Hoa, Vietnam

15 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Georgetown, Penang, the 23 year old, IM Nguyen Duc Hoa (pix above) of Vietnam won the Penang Heritage City International Open 2012 with a score of 7.5 points and a superior tie-break.

Second, IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam, third, Ma Zhonghan of China, fourth FM Ronnie Lim Chuin Hoong of Malaysia and fourth, youngster, Yeoh Li Tian of Malaysia.

Nik Ahmad Farouqi and IM Mas Hafizulhelmi finished in 29 and 30th spots with 5.5 and 5.0 points respectively.


Round 9 Results:


To see more results, please visit or click here.

Game of round 9 between IM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam against WIIM Gong Qianyun of China.

[Event "4th Penang Heritage City International O"]
[Site "Red Rock Hotel, Penang"]
[Date "2012.12.15"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Nguyen, Van Huy"]
[Black "Gong, Qianyun"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2505"]
[BlackElo "2267"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "2012.12.11"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "MAS"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. d4 O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2 c6 8. c4 Qc7 9. Nbd2 Re8 10. Re1 e5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. e4 f4 13. c5 fxg3 14. hxg3 Nfd7 15. b4 Nf8 16. Nc4 Na6 17. Qb3 Be6 18. Ng5 Kh8 19. Nxe6 Nxe6 20. Bh3 Ng5 21. Bg4 h5 22. Bc1 Nf7 23. Bh3 Qe7 24. Be3 Nc7 25. Rad1 Nb5 26. Rd7 Qf6 27. Na3 Rf8 28. Nxb5 Ng5 29. Bg2 cxb5 30. Rd6 Nf3+ 31. Bxf3 Qxf3 32. Rxg6 Kh7 33. Rg5 h4 34. Qd1 hxg3 35. Rxg3 Qf7 36. Kg2 Rh8 37. Qg4 Rae8 38. Rd1 Re6 39. Qf5+ 1-0

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White played 39.Qf5+ and black resigned.

DATCC FIDE Rated Classical in January 2013

15 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Here is an annoucement of an upcoming FIDE-Rated chess tournament in January 2013.

Under its new management as of 1st January 2013, DATCC will organize its first DATCC FIDE Rated Classical event for 2013 from 24th January until 28th January 2013.

Dubbed the DATCC GOLDEN SPECIAL, the event will cover the long holiday weekend during Thaipusam and Prophet Muhammad's birthday starting on Thursday, 24th January and concluding on Monday, 28th January. Rounds are schedule either during the public holidays days, or after office hours on regular days as per the following schedule:



The FIDE Rated Classical event will use a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per player and will be played over 9 rounds using Swiss Pairing System (Swiss Manager).

This will be the first event in DATCC long list of activities planned for 2013. The GOLDEN SPECIAL offers a total prize fund of RM 2,000 with special prizes allocated for the best juniors (U12/U17), best female, best Veteran and best Unrated – subject to minimum 3 players playing in each category. 
Entry fees is set at RM30 for players with a FIDE Rating of above 2200, RM50 for players between FIDE Rating 2000 and 2200, RM100 for players with a FIDE Rating of below 2000 and RM150 for players without any FIDE Rating.

The event will also provide a platform for players to gain FIDE Rating points, or for those who do not have any rating points, to start getting one for themselves.

On the same note, DATCC is also planning to conduct its loyalty program starting from 1st January 2013 allowing DATCC members to win additional prizes set for its members on top of the usual prizes offered that they may have won. More news on the Loyalty program will be published in the website as 2013 draws closer. For those who sign up as DATCC member, the entry fees will provide a discount between RM10 and RM30 for each entry received.

Closing date for this event is 20th Jan 2013 and entries are limited to the first 100 paying players only. Entries received after closing date WILL incur a RM50 penalty provided seats are still available. And again, for those who sign up as DATCC Loayalty Member, no late fees will be added.

TO register or learn more about this event, please download the entry form HERE. Alternatively, you can call Najib Wahab at +6016.338.2542 or write to him at

Friday, December 14, 2012

PACU Chess Open 2012

14 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur –Latest News: the Pusat Akademi Catur Utara(PACU) is organising the PACU OPEN CHESS EVENT 2012 on 29/Dec/2012(Saturday). The tournament will be held at the Banquet Hall, Community College, Sungai Petani, Kedah.

PACU Open 2012


Please contact Syed Iskandar, 019-4641001

PACU’s website for registration and entry form can be downloaded from this link here -

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

17th GACC, 26-31 Jan 2013, University Malaya

12 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur - One big chess tournament coming up in January 2013 is the Grand Asian Chess Challenge (GACC) to be organised by University of Malaya and Rakan Muda GACC. The chess tournament will be held from 26 January 2013 to 31 January 2013 at University of Malaya.

It will be an International FIDE Rated chess tournament.
To know further details, please download this brochure at

To find out more details, please contact Lau Kah Ling, Delegation Director, h/p:013-784 2988, or, Beh Ming Jian, Director, h/p:012-490 4817, Khor Sik Wey, Treasurer, h/p: 017-470 9349, or email: Registration deadline: 30 Dec 2012.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Round 2 Results, Penang Heritage Open 2012

11 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Penang, the 4th Penang Heritage City International Open 2012 got underway. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi is playing, NM Tan Khai Boon is also playing. In round 2, NM Tan Khai Boon sprang a surprise win over GM Richard Bitoon of the Philippines as the round 2 results show below:


To see more results, please click here or go to

Rankings After Round 2:


Eighteen players have scored the perfect two points. Among them are IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam, IM Mas, NM Tan Khai Boon, Ian Udani, Yeoh Li Tian and Bagamasbad Efren. Recently crowned 2012 National Master Roshan Ajeet Singh is in 23rd position with 1.5 points from two rounds.

Insofar Scholarship Tournament, 30 Dec 2012

11 December 2012, Kuala Lumpur - The Insofar Chess Academy is organising an upcoming chess tournament in Shah Alam, Selangor called the Insofar Scholarship Tournament on the 30th December 2012, Sunday at AMPAC, 5th Floor, Section 9, Shah Alam, Selangor.

It will be a 7 rapid rounds of 25 mins per round per player. Tournament begins at 9 am and due to finish by 6 pm, the same day.
To get more details, please sms or call Raja Aiza, hp: 012-3415030.

Monday, December 10, 2012

LCC goes to the wire in round 9

image  Vladimir Kramnik

10 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – London Chess Classic 2012 goes into the final round 9 with a possibility that there might be a tie for the top spot should circumstances present itself.

The Week In Chess reported that Vladimir Kramnik beat Gawain Jones to keep alive his chances of retaining his London Chess Classic title. Kramnik will need to beat Michael Adams with black and hope that Carlsen can do no better than draw with Anand as white in the final round. If they tie then there will be a single game Armageddon blitz playoff.


If Magnus Carlsen draws in the round 9 and Kramnik wins, then there will be a tie in total points scored. If that happens, then please visit the tournament rules to see what will happen next, click here.

Round 9 pairings:



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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Carlsen Way Ahead, London Chess Classic 2012


9 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The seventh round of the London Chess Classic 2012 resulted in all drawn games with Kramnik given a rest. Rankings after round 7 show Carlsen leading with 17 points with 5+ points ahead of Kramnik at 12 points.

The Week In Chess reported that current leader Magnus Carlsen drew a Sicilian (a surprise) with black against Hikaru Nakamura (3.c3 a surprise prepared for Topalov in London earlier in the year). Carlsen sacrificed a piece for two pawns which may have given Carlsen the better chances but quite quickly he was playing just to draw. Carlsen now definitely will exceed Kasparov's 2851 rating record. Kasparov tweeted his congratulations to Carlsen on overtaking his 13 year record.


Pairings of Rounds 8-9:



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Kinta Rapid Open Chess

9 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The Kinta District Chess Club, Perak is organising an upcoming Kinta Rapid Open Chess on the 16th December 2012 at Taman Dr. Seenivasagam, Ipoh, Perak.


Registration Form:

Borang Kinta Rapid

To see more, please visit

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kinta Rapid Open, 16 Dec 2012

8 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur - Another upcoming tournament in Perak. Please visit Kinta Rapid Open  on the 16 December 2012,TAMAN DR., NATIONAL RATED.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Carlsen, Kramnik, Anand, Nakamura won 5th round, LCC2012

Chess pieces

7 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In London, the London Chess Classic 2012 has entered its 6th round tonight. Last night, 6th December 2012, the fifth round was played and four decisive games emerged. Carlsen, Kramnik, Anand and Nakamura all won their respective games. Aronian had a bye round in the fifth.



Watch Nakamura’s 5th round game against Judit Polgar. Nakamura had Judit in a mating net by move 47. The Week in Chess reported that Hikaru Nakamura surprised Judit Polgar with his opening choice, got an initiative and finally found a mating net.

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(Picture by Ray Morris-Hill)