Friday, September 5, 2008

Malaysia GM Tournament 2008 - Final Results

GM Sermek Drazen ( pic right) topped the table with 7 points in the recently concluded double round-robin GM Tournament. Malaysia's IM Mas Hafizulhelmi missed the GM Norm but scored a commendable 5 1/2 points of 3 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Chess Olympiad Selection 2008 - The Malaysian Team

The Malaysian Chess Federation has concluded the Olympiad Selection play-off held at The Chess Network recently. The successful candidates are NM Edward Lee, IM Jimmy Liew and FM Mok Tze Meng and they will join IM Mas Hafizulhelmi and FM Lim Yee Weng in the Men's Team to the Chess Olympiad 2008 Dresden, Germany

Letters will be issued to these successful candidates shortly together with training schedule and other relevant details


Gregory Lau
Hon Secretary, Malaysian Chess Federation

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Malaysia GM Tournament 2008

(A panorama of the playing hall in CitiTel Express Hotel with Chief Arbiter IA Maung Maung Lwin overseeing the Tournament)

The GM Tournament has just completed the 8th Round, with two more rounds to go tomorrow and the following last day on Thursday 4th September 2008. Tournament leader is GM Sermek Drazen with 6 points. The others are GM Saidali Iuldachev and GM Ziaur Rahman sharing 5 points, followed by IM Mas Hafizulhelmi with 4 points, WIM Zhang Xiaowen with 3 points and FM Myo Zaw Min with 1 point.

Mas is down with fever for the past few days and with the onset of the Ramadhan will pose a further challenge to him. Today however he gained the upper hand against WIM Zhang Xiaowen. With this win and possibly another win at the very least for the remaining matches against FM Myo ZawMin and GM Saidali Iuldachev he should be able to regain his FIDE rating points he lost in the recent DATMO

Monday, September 1, 2008

Malaysian Chess Festival 2008 - 28th Astro Merdeka Standard Team Chess Championship 2008 - Individual performances

(In his Closing Speech yesterday Tan Sri Ramli informed the audience that this would be the last event to be held at the Wilayah Complex hall as the space would be taken over by a third party. MCF had in the meantime finalised arrangements to rent a small office space at the OCM building where future tournaments could also be held there.)

Records on the individual performances as follows:

Open Category

Ian Udani and FM Nicholas Chan are joint First Board winners , both sharing 85.7% or 6 out of 7 points

Junior Category

Sumant won the First Board Prize in the Junior Category with 92.9% score or 6 1/2 out of the maximum 7 points