Monday, May 30, 2016

The Champion of Under 12 Team Event in KUSESS Open 2016

SJKC (P) Pulau Pinang team emerges champion in the Pimary School category of the fourth KUSESS Chess Open 2016. The team event of the championship was participated in by 30 school teams. The team which is the fourth seed comprises of  Sim Jia Ru on Board 1, Lim Joe Shawn on Board 2, Alden Goh Kai Ray on Board 3 and Ryan Lee on Board 4. 

SJKC (P) Pulau Pinang
The Champion for Primary School category in the
KUSESS Open 2016 Team Event

The team had won six rounds and drew one accumulating 13 match points.

Top 15 Final Ranking - click here for full list
U12 Team Event

Well Done, SJKC (P) Pulau Pinang! CONGRATULATION!

Top 15 Winners Under 18 Team Event in the KUSESS 2016 Open

One of the events in the two-day KUSESS Chess Open 2016 is the Team event. There are two categories namely Under 18 or Secondary School and Under 12 or Primary School for this event which was held on 22/5/2016 ie the second day. One hundred thirty teams took part in the former category. All the teams had to play seven rounds of 20-minute-per-player game. 

Below are the Final Top 15 Ranking.

Top 15 Final Ranking - Under 18 Team Event
click here for full result

Round 4, Top Board

Please visit the KUSESS Chess Open blog for the photos of the winning teams. Congratulation to all the winners. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

KUSESS BERLIAN Team Emerges Champion Again

Sunday, 22/5/2016

KUSESS Berlian team emerges champion again in Secondary School category of the fourth KUSESS Chess Open 2016. The team event of the championship was participated in by 132 school teams. The team which comprises of  Nur Najiha Azman Hisham on Board 1, Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar on Board 2, Muhd Ikhmal Hisham Md Ismail on Board 3 and Muhd Noor Azam Mohd Noor on Board 4. 

The Champion for Secondary School category in the
KUSESS Open 2016 Team Event
The team had won six rounds and drew one accumulating 13 match points.

Top 15 Final Ranking - click here for full list
U18 Team Event


Sunday, May 15, 2016

One More Week To Go ... 4th KUSESS Chess Open 2016

More than one hundred twenty teams have registered for the 4th Edition of KUSESS Chess Open 2016. The two-day chess tournament will be held at Dewan Prima, Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuala Selangor or famously known as KUSESS. 

Below are the important info regarding the chess tournament.

The Individual Event

The Team Event

Below are two pictures of last year edition of the KUSESS Open Team Event.

3rd Edition KUSESS Open 2015
Secondary School Category Team Event Champion  - KUSESS BERLIAN
The defending champion for the Secondary School (U18) category, KUSESS BERLIAN, is ready to accept the challenge from other teams.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

GiLoCatur' Blog .. Entering 8th Anniversary

Hello to all GiLoCatur's Blog visitors,

Today is Saturday, 14th May 2016. It is about one week short of the 8th anniversary of this blog. GiLoCatur created this blog in May 2008, on 22nd exactly. The first entry is not about chess but about Chelsea and Moscow. 

Chelsea is the EPL club that GiLoCatur likes and supports. Does GiLoCatur still like and support Chelsea. The answer is yes, but it is not the same level as used to be. What GiLoCatur likes the most about Chelsea? The first time GiLoCatur likes Chelsea is during the era of Giafranco Zola as a player. He is one of GiLoCatur's most favourite football players. He is small physically or diminutive but very skillful and lethal forward. He had won Chelsea's Player of the Year twice - 1999 and 2003.

Another factor is Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba. The former is the head coach for Chelsea twice - 2004 - 2007 and 2013 - 2015. Several championships have been won when Mourinho was Chelsea's head coach especially during his first term. While the latter is one of Chelsea's greatest players where he won the club's Player of the Year once in 2010.  

Enough with Chelsea.

Regarding Moscow. Moscow is the capital city of Russia. And Chess is a national pastime in Russia since long time ago. GiLoCatur had a chance of visiting Moscow more than a decade ago. Unfortunately, GiLoCatur has yet active in chess during the visit. Had GiLoCatur active in chess during then, for sure GiLoCatur would visit chess book shops and stores looking for interesting chess books and items to buy.

GiLoCatur at Red Square Moscow

Enough with Moscow.

Let's take a look at the number of entries GiLoCatur wrote for this blog.

Number of Blog Entries Statistic

During the period of nearly eight years (22/5/2008 - 14/5/2016), the number of entries for this blog is 1,276. Obviously as in the above statistic tabular, GiLoCatur wrote the most blog entries in year 2010 with 357 entries. Obviously also, GiLoCatur is a very active blogger from year 2009 until 2011.

Many factors have contributed to the less active blogging for GiLoCatur. One of them is the change of job. Hopefully, GiLoCatur will continue blogging because GiLoCatur loves writing. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy 18th Birthday My Dearest Daughter, ANIS FARIHA

Today is the fifth day of May 2015 or 5.5.2016. In Mexican language it is Cinco de Mayo. It is a special day. Why? 18 years go my lovely daughter was born in Shah Alam. I named her ANIS FARIHA. 

I was 30 years old back then. 18 years has gone by so fast. 

"To our beloved daughter ANIS FARIHA, today we are celebrating the best gift that we have ever received and that is your birth. Thank you for being a blessing into our life. Happy Birthday!" - Ibu & Ayah
Below are several pictures of Anis that capture the important moments of her 18-years life journey thus far.  

Anis was born at a hospital in Shah Alam in 1998. She had her early childhood living in Jaya Apartment situated in TTDI Jaya, Shah Alam.  

Anis in 1998

In 2004, Anis had her pre-school in TTDI Jaya. Below picture of Anis was taken during her pre-school graduation day.

Anis in 2004

In 2005, GiLoCatur went to Jeddah for work. GiLoCatur brought wife as well to perform umrah. Anis and his two brothers had been staying with her grandparents at kampung during this period.  Below is the picture of Anis wearing the gift bought in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Anis in 2005
Below picture is taken in 2007 while Anis was 9 years old. It was the first year both Fikri and Anis took part in chess tournaments. The green t-shirts are not for our chess activities. In fact, the shirts are for GiLoCatur's office family day. 

Anis & Dady in 2007 

Anis had her MSSM debut in 2009. Coincidently, Selangor hosted the event in Klang. It was a golden moment for her when she won Gold in P12 Team event with three other teammates.

MSSM 2009
Anis had her primary school at SK Bukit Jelutong from 2005 to 2010. She was a Library Prefect at school. The year 2009 is very special for Anis in terms of co curricular achievements. She became champion in the MSSD chess championship for both Individual and Team events for P12 (Under 12 Girls) category. 

SKBJ 2010
Below is the picture of Anis in MSSM Chess Championship 2010 Edition. This edition is very meaningful to Anis and GiLoCatur's family because his elder brother ie Fikri managed to be in the MSS Selangor chess contingent for the first time. 

MSSM 2010
Anis had enrolled at SM Sains Kuala Selangor or better known as KUSESS in January 2011. She had studied for five years at the boarding school from 2011 to 2015. She took PMR in 2013 and SPM in 2015. 
Registration Day at KUSESS in 2011

PMR 2013

SPM 2015

The year 2015 is the final MSSS and MSSM chess championships for Anis. She had taken part in both championships for seven consecutive years from 2009 to 2015. Another interesting moment for Anis in MSSM 2015 is that she and her younger brother, Fahim, had represented different state. 

MSSM 2015 with Fahim

MSSS 2015 with GiLoCatur


Monday, March 14, 2016

The Story of NAG2016 - Part 2

Monday, 14/3/2016

Today is the last day of the NAG2016 chess championship. Waiting Anis and Fahim playing against their respective opponents in the tournament hall, GiLoCatur enters the UTP's library located opposite the hall to write in this blog.

Entering the final two rounds is very crucial to all the participating players especially on the top boards. Winning these two rounds will provide better ranking and give better chance for being on the podium in the prize giving ceremony. 

The results for Boys U6, Boys U8, Girls U6 and Girls U8 categories have been out. Let's look at them.

Under 6 age group category

Boys category

Girls category

The total of five players take part in each Under 6 age group category. Thus, it is a round robin for this group category. In the Boys section, Megat Musa is the leader. He has won all his matches thus far. GiLoCatur believes Megat Musa shall emerge as the champion since he is leading 1.5 point with one more round to play.

In the Girls section, two players have same 3/4 points. They are Afiqah Zahra and Aghalya Tiaana. The former is leading for having better tie-break which is direct encounter. 

Under 8 age group category

Boys category

Girls category

Forty players take part in the Boys section. Up to Round 7, no one has the full point. Leading the pack after Round 7 is the 16th seed, Syed Firdaus Asyraaf. Trailing half-point are three players from Penang. Can Syed Firdaus win his final game and emerge as the champion? Or can Ferris Lim stop Syed Fidaus from winning the championship? 

What a final round game for both of them.

As typical it is the boys age group outnumber the girls age group, only eleven participants in the Girls section for U8 age group category. Farah Liana won all her games accumulating full point ie 7/7. She is leading by two points. Entering her final round, Farah Liana has a huge advantage to win the Girls Under 8 age group title.

Writing in 
Perpustakaan UTP

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Story of NAG 2016 - Part 1

Saturday, 12/3/2016

This morning around quarter to 8:00 AM, my family and I started our journey from home in Shah Alam to University Teknologi Petronas or its acronym UTP. The reason of going to UTP is two of my children - Anis and Fahim, are taking part in the National Age Group (NAG) chess championship.

The first round kicked of at 10:10 AM, ten minutes late that schedule. Due to many vehicles on the PLUS highway, we were a bit late to arrive at UTP. Luckily, we arrived before the 30-minute dateline for a forfeit game. 

Fikri (12-year-old) & Anis (10-year-old) in NAG 2008

How many times each of my children have taken part in the NAG? Mmmmm sorry, GiLoCatur cannot answer straight away. Which edition was the first time GiLoCatur's children took part? This question GiLoCatur can answer after checking on the photo album archive. GiLoCatur would also check the archive of this blog to recall the NAG editions that the three of GiLoCatur's children - Fikri, Anis & Fahim, have participated. This is one of the reasons why GiLoCatur create and write this blog. 

Fikri in Boys U12 age group category

In 2008 NAG edition, only Fikri and Anis were taking part. Aged 12-years old, Fikri was playing in Boys Under 12 age category with national ratings of 1460. He was seeded 8th out of 57 players.

Anis in Girls U10 age group category

Meanwhile, Anis was playing in Girls Under 10 age category. She was nine 10 years old and was seeded 21st out of total 26 players with national ratings of 887.  

How both fared in the NAG chess championship?

Both were not among the winners. In the NAG, the winners are only the Top 10. With 5/8 points, Fikri was ranked 17th. Several players have become Fikri's team mates in later years. Two of them were Fikri's team mates in 2011 MSSM chess championship. Three others were Fikri's team mates in 2013 MSSM chess championship. One other is Fikri's team mate in KARISMA last year.

While Anis was placed 16th. She scored 3.5/8 points. Two of the winners in Girls Under 10 age group category are the Top 3 seeded players this year. This year edition of NAG will be the last participation for Anis.

Who were the champions for each age group category in NAG 2008 edition?

Puteri Rifqah Fahada Mohd Azhar (Girls U8)
Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (Girls U10)
Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (Girls U12)
Renitha Narayanan  (Girls U16)

Tan Yong Zhao (Boys U8)
Yeoh Li Tian (Boys U10)
Tan Wei Hao (Boys U12)
Edward Lee Kim Han (Boys U16)

Surprisingly, GiLoCatur does not have the results for U14 age group categories.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3rd SUKIPT 2016 - Male Section After Round 7

Wednesday, 3/2/2015

SUKIPT 2016 Chess Round 7 has just completed. Below are the results for Top 15 Boards for the Male category. Interesting results? Sure.

On Third Board, 31st seeded Tze Hong of UPM managed to win against his higher seeded opponent, Abdul Rahman of UiTM. Tze Hong only defeat is to Nabil, the top seed, in Round 2. He won all his last three rounds against higher seeded opponents. He is ranked second after Round 7. 

On Fourth Board, Preshant of UMP managed to draw with the third seed, Jun Feng of UKM. Jun Feng is very familiar to GiLoCatur. Firstly, he is the elder brother of WFM Li Ting. He was a member of MSSMKL contingent where he was a team mate of Fikri in MSSM L18 Team event in 2012 and 2013. In fact, their other team mate is also taking part in this SUKIPT. He is Ken Yew  of HELP playing on 8th Board.  

Several players are familiar to GiLoCatur from MSSM. Both Nabil of UiTM and Jun Jian of SUNWAY were members of MSSS chess contingent. Their final MSSM championship was in 2011 held in Penang.

Besides Jun Feng and Ken Yew, other MSSMKL players are Muhd Izz and Wei Hao. The former is the most senior of all while the latter is the most junior. In Round 7, both of them won their respective games.  

R7 Male Section Top 15 Boards Results
Click here for full results

After Round 7, Nabil is leading the pack with 6.5/7 points. Trailing half point is Tze Hong. There are six players with 5.5/7 points. 

Top 20 Ranking after Round 7
click here for full listing

Can Nabil continue his fine performance and win the championship? Let's wait and see after two more rounds.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

20th GACC 2016 - A Malaysian Player Emerges as the Champion

Tuesday, 26/1/2016

This afternoon, the final round of the 20th edition of GACC has ended. For this year edition, a Malaysian has won the championship. 

Click here for full list

Who is the Malaysian who has emerged as the champion in the 20th GACC? As in the above Top 20 Final Ranking, the Malaysia player is Tan Wei Hao who represents HELP university. In fact, Wei Hao just made his debut in the championship. He is two years junior of both Fikri and Ken Yew, who becomes the First Runner Up. The three of them are members of MSSWPKL chess team for 2012 and 2013.

Wei Hao
photo courtesy of GACC facebook

Seeded 9thin the championship, Wei Hao cruised through his first five rounds by winning all of them. Then in the sixth round, he drew with the top seed, Perera from Sri Lanka. He won the next round against the sole participant from India. In the final two rounds, he drew with Malaysian Female Olympiad chess players - Nabila (UiTM) and Alia (UM). Therefore, Wei Hao scores 7.5/9 points from 6 wins and 3 draws.

Let's take a look at UiTM chess team in the championship.

UiTM chess team

GiLoCatur would like to correct the earlier entry. Actually, UiTM sends two teams of six players meaning there should be twelve UiTM players in the championship. One female player could not make it while one male player had bye in the first day because he had something to attend to. 

Well done to UiTM chess players in the championship. Two of its players - Ali Chor and Nabil, are in the Top 10. Some of UiTM players as in the above list will take part in the SUKIPT which will be held in four days. GiLoCatur hopes UiTM will continue sending its chess team in the next GACC championship. GiLoCatur also hopes UiTM chess players to learn from this championship and improve in future editions. Be proud to represent the University and make it proud by achieving the best results.