Monday, 16 June 2014

KLCA to participate in the 8th Asian Dragons International Chess Tournament 2014

The Kuala Lumpur Chess Association will be sending a team to participate in the invitational 8th Asian Dragons International Chess Tournament 2014.

A long time developmental event eagerly looked forward to each year by players from Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and South Korea, there are two sections, Open and U-16, but players have to be rated under 2200. 

Traditionally Singapore is the only other country invited to join the four above and its representatives often win the bulk of prizes available.

Held in Taipei from 12-19 July 2014, and played over 9 rounds using the Swiss System with a time control of 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment from move one, this FIDE rated event is a wonderful opportunity to KLCA juniors to gain valuable exposure.

Members interested are to contact Peter Long immediately as limited places are available and will be on a first come first served basis.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Congratulations Masters Champion Tan Li Ting!

Photo courtesy of Andrew Ooi

The Kuala Lumpur Chess Association congratulates Tan Li Ting on winning the Malaysian Masters held from 30th April to 4 May 2014 with 6.5/9, one point clear of the rest of the field.

Our current national junior champion, Li Ting also qualifies for the coming Tromso Olympiad.  

Friday, 11 April 2014

It's Three Times in a Row for Tiviakov

(Group photo before final battle - some sadly absent without zero start enforced - and so still at breakfast)

Sergei Tiviakov and Aravindh Chithambaram drew their game after three hours of play, a result that confirmed that Tiviakov would successfully defend his title and in doing so become a three time winner of the KL Open.

But for young Chithambaram, it was also a fantastic result as with the draw the 14 year old IM elect remained unbeaten and also achieved his second GM title norm.

So in first place is Tiviakov with 7/9, and in second to eighth places on 6.5/9 are Chithambaram, the also unbeaten M.K. Venkatesh, Nguyen Duc Hoa, Dzhumaev Marat, Haridas Pascua, Nguyen Anh Dung and Andika Pitra.

For Pascua, this result was his third and final norm to complete the requirements of International Master while for Pitra it was his second International Master title norm.


Round 9 Board 1 Live

Thursday, 10 April 2014

It Promises to be an Exciting Last Round

(Tiviakov against the always dangerous Marat, the game was double edged but still only a draw)

The advantage is clearly with Sergei Tiviakov who on 6.5/8 has a half point lead and his favourite White pieces in the last round.

But it may not be over yet as his opponent is the highly rated 14 year old FM Aravindh Chithambaram who last year shot into prominence by winning the Chennai GM Tournament held concurrently with the Anand-Carlsen Match and has continued to impress with every tournament.

Chithambaram is sharing second-third places with M.R. Venkatesh on 6/8.

In a big group a further half point behind, 5.5/8 are Deepan Chakkravarthy, Nguyen Duc Hoa, Kirill Kuderinov, Nguyen Van Huy, Dzhumaev Marat, Haridas Pascua, Niaz Mursehd, Nguyen Anh Dung, Ramnath Bhuvanesh, Richard Bitoon, R. R. Laxman and Pitra Andika.

The leading Malaysian is still IM Jimmy Liew with 5/5 and he faces fellow IM Moulthon Ly with hopes of further turning back the clock.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tiviakov leads by one with two to go

A tense top board encounter ended with top seed and defending champion Sergei Tiviakov taking a one point lead with two rounds to go. The acknowledged master of the minimal advantage once again showed this special talent with the advantage of the white pieces.

For Moulthun Ly, a win, even a draw, would have all but ensured his maiden grandmaster title norm but he made his 2600 rated opponent work very hard indeed.

So Tiviakov has 6/7 to be alone in first place while on a large group sharing second to twelveth places on 5/7 are Ly, Richard Bitoon, John Paul Gomez, Nguyen Van Huy, M.R. Venkatesh, Nguyen And Dung, Niaz Murshed, Dhzumaev Marat, Pascua Haridas, Aravindh Chithambaram, and Kirril Kuderinov.

With his win over Fong Yit Ho, veteran IM Jimmy Liew is now the best of the Malaysians with 4.5/7, Yit Ho joining another loser in Yeoh Li Tian and a winner in younger brother Yit San on 3.5/7. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

We Have Two Leaders, Many Challengers

With his second successive win Mouthun Ly has joined Sergei Tiviakov on top of the leaderboard with 5/6 and is now also in contention for a GM title norm.

Ly beat fellow IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy while Tiviakov with the black pieces took a quick draw against John Paul Gomez. Both leaders will now meet in round seven.

Sharing third to eight places on 4.5/6 are Gomez, M.K. Venkatesh and Nguyen And Dung who drew each other, Niaz Murshed and Richard Bitoon who also drew each other, and Nguyen Van Huy who joins them after an easy win over Mari Joseph Turqueza.

Two young players who are impressing are 17 year old WGM Medina Warda Aulia (photo above) and 15 year old FM Aravindh Chithambaram (photo below) and are showing they easily belong amongst the group on 4/6. Both are unbeaten despite playing numerous grandmasters and are in contention for the International Master title norm. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Tiviakov Leads

(Photo by Kristianus Liem)

Top seeded Sergei Tiviakov is now the sole leader with 4.5/5 after beating a visibly disappointed R.R. Laxman.

Earlier Nguyen Anh Dung and John Paul Gomez decided to preserve energy and had a quick draw to share second to eighth places on 4/5 with Moulthun Ly who managed a win over Deepan Chakkravarthy in what looked like an equal ending, Richard Bitoon and M.K. Venkatesh who had a long hard fought game, Niaz Murshed who beat Irene Sukandar and Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy who crushed Nelson Mariano III.