Sunday, August 2, 2015

MASUM 2015 CHESS Team Winners


MASUM 2015 Chess tournament had concluded yesterday. Universiti Teknologi Mara or its acronym UiTM dominated the event. The university emerged as the champion in all the four categories - Individual both Men and Women and Team both Men and Women.

Men's Team Category

In the Men's Team category, Mohd Hazzafri Mohd Hazani, Fikri Saleh, Muhammad Ali Chor and Abdul Rahman M Sapuan have accumulated 21.5 points to grab the Gold medal. Universiti Putra Malaysia  (UPM) and Universiti Malaya (UM) are declared the Silver and Bronze medalists respectively.

MASUM 2015 Men's Team Winners
photo credit to Nass Siro FB

Full list here


Women's Team Category

Meanwhile, in the Women's Team category, Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, Najiha Mohd Saufi, Nur Diyana Sakinah Muhd Rusdi and Nur Farihah Aminuddin have accumulated 20 points to grab the Gold medal. The Silver medal went to Universiti Malaya (UM) while the Bronze went to Universiti Malaysia Pahang  (UMP).

MASUM 2015 Women's Team Winners 
photo credit to Nass Siro FB

Full list here

Syabas & Tahniah to all the winners!

Friday, July 31, 2015

MASUM 2015 Chess - Team Ranking After Round 4


Friday, 31/7/2015

Four rounds have completed in the MASUM 2015 Chess Competition, three more rounds to go. The fifth round has just started. So, let's see the team ranking in both categories - Men and Women, after Round 4. To GiLoCatur's knowledge based on "Peraturan Permainan Sukan MASUM" for chess, there are two events - Individual and Team, for each category. For the team event, the points are accumulated from all the four players in the Individual event from the same team which is university. 

The Men Category

In the Men category, there are 15 teams taking part. All the teams except Universiti Malaysia Sabah send the maximum four players. University Teknologi Mara team or UiTM which includes Fikri, GiLoCatur's eldest child, is leading the pack having 13 points. Trailing with 2 points is Universiti Malaya (UM) team. In the third spot is Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) team which includes Hairul Abdul Hamid, a Malaysian chess blogger with 10 points. 

Top 5 Men's Team - full list here

The Women Category

In the Women category, there are 12 teams taking part. All the teams except both Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) send the maximum four players. GiLoCatur is surprised with this fact. Both universities which have three players only taking part are strong contenders in MASUM chess competition.

University Teknologi Mara team or UiTM which includes Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, a senior national women player, is leading the pack having 12 points. Nabila is leading her team with full 4/4 points. Trailing with 1 point is Universiti Malaya (UM) team which includes Alia Anin Azwa Bakri, a Women Fide Master and a senior national women player as well. In the third spot is Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) team with 10 points. 

Top 5 Women's Team - full list here

Can UiTM maintain its lead in both categories? We have to wait until all the last three rounds to complete.

Below are the photos of some of UiTM players. The photos are from Nass Siro FB. Thank you to Dr Nasrul for sharing the photos of the MASUM 2015 Chess in the Facebook.

WCM Nur Nabila

Fikri Saleh

Muhammad Ali Chor

Abdul Rahman

Najihah Mohd Saufi

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UiTM Chess Team in MASUM 2015


All the Best to MASUM 2015 UiTM chess team. Hopefully, they can emerge as the champions and medallists!

UiTM chess team in MASUM 2015

UiTM Men team

UiTM Women team

In the Men's category, three of the UiTM men players are among the Top 10 in the Starting rank. They are ranked second, third and fourth.

Full list - here

In the Women's category, two of the UiTM women players are among the Top 10 in the Starting rank. They are ranked first and third.

Full list - here

MASUM 2015


Wednesday, 29/7/2015

Today will be the first day for MASUM 2015. What is MASUM. In English, MASUM is Malaysian Universities Sports Council. In Bahasa Malaysia, MASUM stands for Majlis Sukan Universiti Malaysia. 

A bit history on MASUM. It began in 1975 after the first sports carnival among the staffs of Malaysian Universities was held a year earlier. In early years, the sports inter universities were held ad hoc. In 1981, GUM was created. The name changed to MASUIPTIM two years later when finally it became MASUM in 1985. Today, there are 20 local universities which are the members of MASUM.

source : MASUM official website

This year, MASUM is hosted by UTM, Johor Baharu.

GiLoCatur is very glad since chess is one of the sports in the competition. The first round will kick off in about one hour from now. GiLoCatur will follow MASUM 2015 especially chess because GiLoCatur's eldest son, Fikri, will be participating. Fikri will represent UiTM. 

Below are the photos of the venue for the chess tournament, courtesy of Nass Siro FB.

source : Nass Siro FB

source : Nass Siro FB

Let's the game begin!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MCF Official Website


GiLoCatur just found this morning about the official website of Persekutuan Catur Malaysia or its acronym Malaysian Chess Federation. GiLoCatur would like to share the link - http://bm.malaysiachess.com/ especially to all Malaysian chess community.

MCF Official Website


Syabas & Tahniah CM Fadli aka Stonemaster!


GiLoCatur would like to congratulate CM Fadli (below photo) on his appointment as an EXCO with the KLCA ie Kuala Lumpur Chess Association. GiLoCatur notices that the chess association has new website / blog link - http://www.klcachess.blogspot.com/. GiLoCatur has to update the new link in GiLoCatur's Blog since the old website link is no more active.

Wish CM Fadli as well as KLCA for great future for Malaysian chess.

source : CM Fadli FB

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SMK Datuk Bahaman Lanchang Chess Championship - 29th August 2015


Dear All Malaysian junior chess players aged below 18 years old,

On behalf of SMK Datuk Bahaman Lanchang, GiLoCatur would like to invite you all to take part in a chess championship to be held on Saturday during the Malaysian Independence weekend.

Posted in SBK Blog
Click here to download the entry form and championship flyer.

the tournament banner
Date, Venue & tournament format
The prize structure
the info

credit to the school's blog

Dear Malaysian junior chess players & parents, hurry, hurry, register now!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

GiLoCatur Family & MSSM Chess Championship - Part 3 (The Result for 2015 Edition)


Alhamdulillah, both GiLoCatur's children Anis Fariha and Fahim Al-Faqeh, are among the medal recipients in the MSSM chess championship that had just completed on last Thursday.

Playing her final MSSM representing MSS Selangor, Anis managed to win four games and drew the other two in her P18 Individual event. Thus, her score is 5/6 points. With that score, Anis had been declared as the first Runner Up. In other words, Anis had won the Silver medal. 

Meanwhile, Fahim who this year represent the WP Kuala Lumpur team just managed to grab the 10th placing in the L15 Individual category. He won 3 games, drew one and lost two.

The photo gallery.

Fahim & Anis with medal and certificate of achievement

Anis - P18 Individual

Fahim - L15 Individual category

Anis before her final game in the MSSM

Syabas and Tahniah to both GiLoCatur's lovely children.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MSSM Chess Championship 2015 - Part 4 (Final Ranking Under 12 Categories)


Thursday, 11/6/2015

The final round of the MSSM chess championship for 2015 Edition had completed this morning. Lots of surprises, joys, tears, victories and defeats had happened. 

Below are the final ranking for the Under 12 categories.

The Team Event

Both WP Kuala Lumpur and Pulau Pinang have won the Under 12 Team events each. The former won the Girls section while the latter won the Boys section. Selangor has emerged as the 1st Runner Up in both sections. 

In the Girls section, the WP KL P12 team has won five rounds and drew one. The team scored 11 match points and 19.5 out of 24 game points. WP KL - Gold, Selangor - Silver and Pulau Pinang - Bronze.

In the Boys section, the Pulau Pinang L12 team has won all the six rounds. The team scored the maximum 12 match points and 21.5 out of 24 game points. Pulau Pinang - Gold, Selangor - Silver and Johor - Bronze.

P12 category

L12 category

The Individual Event

Pulau Pinang has grabbed both Gold medals of the Individual events. GiLoCatur cannot believe the fact that no Selangor and WP Kuala Lumpur players in the Top 3 in this Under 12 Individual event. It is surprising. Can anyone provide the answer for this?   

Below are the final ranking for the Under 12 Individual event from chess-results.com

L12 category


P12 category

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MSSM Chess Championship 2015 - Part 3 (Battle of the Giants in Boys Team Event)


Wednesday, 10th June 2015

The MSSM chess championship is halfway now. The Battle of Giants has finally arrived. Let's take a look at the Boys Team Event.

The home team, Pulau Pinang, is among the Top 2 for all the three sections in the Boys Team event. In the L12 section, Pulau Pinang will be challenged by Selangor. Both teams score the maximum 6 match points. Ratings wise, both teams are about equal. Which ever team wins, GiLoCatur believes will cruise through to become the champion.

L12 section
L12 category

The home team, Pulau Pinang, is currently leading with full 6 match points in the L15 category followed by Selangor. Clearly, the former has the upper edge ratings wise. Can Selangor stop Pulau Pinang to grab the Gold medal in this category?

 L15 section

L15 category
In the L18 category, both WP Kuala Lumpur and Pulau Pinang are the leaders after Round 3. Both have scored full 6 points. But based on second tie break ie game points, the former has 1 1/2 point more than the latter. This match up is balance to GiLoCatur and would be intensifying. 

 L18 section

L18 category

It is clearly, Pulau Pinang has very strong teams in all the Boys sections. Will the state win Gold medal in each Boys Team category?


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