Saturday, May 23, 2015

GiLoCatur Family & MSSM Chess Championship - Part 1

MSSM Chess Championship. What it is all about?

MSSM is a Bahasa Melayu acronym form Majlis Sukan Sekolah Malaysia. In English, it is Malaysian Schools Sports Council. There are 26 sports that includes Chess in the MSSM calendar. MSSM Chess Championship is a scholastic chess competition. 

MSSM Chess Championship is the final stage where representatives from all Malaysian states will compete for the honor of becoming the champions or being winners at the national level.

While GiLoCatur were at schools - SKST (primary), SMKU MH (junior high school) and KIK (senior high school), GiLoCatur did not have the chance to represent Selangor in any sports. GiLoCatur even never passed the district level. 

When Fikri picked up chess (after football ofcourse) in mid 2007, GiLoCatur began to realize that GiLoCatur needs to do something to provide the opportunity for GiLoCatur's children to represent Selangor in the MSSM championship. 

Fikri began his Road to MSSM in 2008. He managed to be among the Top 4 winners in the Petaling Perdana MSSD in chess competition in L12 (Boys Under 12)  category. At the MSS Selangor chess championship, Fikri managed to be among the Top 6 winners. Unfortunately, he was not in the MSS Selangor chess contingent in the 2008 MSSM chess championship after a slip up in the selection play-offs.

MSSM chess 

The MSSM chess championship 2015 edition is around the corner. It will be held in the second week of the mid term school holidays between 7th to 13th June. Pulau Pinang will be hosting the event.

Are the chess athletes who will represent their respective state ready for the championship?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Selangor Open - GiLoCatur Boys

The two GiLoCatur's boys - Fikri and Fahim, are taking part in the 42nd edition of the Selangor Chess Open. Fikri has played in three previous editions - 2008, 2009 amd 2010 and this year edition is his fourth. While his younger brother, Fahim, plays for the first time in the Selangor Open. 

So how their performance thus far?

Rank after Round 7 - GiLoCatur's boys (here full list)
With starting rank at 38th, Fikri has accumulated 4/7 points. He is ranked 30th at the moment. Fahim has collected half point less than his elder brother. He is among 3.5/7 pointers. Entering 8th round, Fahim is at 38th place, the third highest 3.5 pointers.


Fikri's results (here)
Fikri started his Selangor Open campaign on winning note defeated 1200-rated opponent playing black. Then he could not overcome the latest Malaysian chess prodigy, Lye Lik Zang in the second round. Fikri came back with a win on his third round against lower rated opponent. His fourth round opponent was his former MSSKL team mate, Shreyes. He managed to draw. In the fifth round, he won against this year MSSS Under 15 Boys champion, playing white. Fikri's 6th round opponent is his highest rated opponents thus far. He managed to draw with former Malaysian National Master. In the afternoon game yesterday, he could continue his winning against 2000 plus rated players. His opponent has recently gotten the Fide Master title.

Currently in the 8th round, Fikri is facing Mohd Ezmi who is famous with Grob Attack. Both Fikri and Ezmi are 1700-rated players.


Fahims'results (here)

 Like his elder brother, Fahim also started his campaign in the Selangor Open with a winning note against 1100-rated player. In the following round, he managed to draw with more than 300 ratings higher opponent. He continued to play well when managed to win against one of Malaysian WFMs who is also rated in the 1800 range. Unfortunately, the next two rounds Fahim could not continue his excellent performance. The two opponents who stop Fahim are the in-form Nor Ilhamuddin and Iranian Nader Haji Ghanbari (hopefully the name is right). Fahim got another point in the sixth round. 

Another 1800-rated opponent is too much to handle for Fahim in the seventh round. In the eight round, Fahim plays against 1400-rated player. 

GiLoCatur's boys - Fahim and Fikri

Hopefully, GiLoCatur's boys can manage to get good win for today's games. All the best to both Fikri and Fahim.

Selangor Open - Top 10 Rank After Round 7

The 42nd Selangor Chess Open is in its 8th round. It is currently being held at Kompleks Belia & Sukan Kampung Pandan. So, who is the current leader after Round 7? 

Filipino IM, Rolando Nolte, is leading the tournament with 6.5/7 points. In the sixth round he drew with IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia who is at the second place with 6/7 points. Four players share 5.5/7 points. Li Tian, the second seed, who just got his FM titleship recently is at the the third place. Yesterday, in the 6th round, Li Tian overcame the challenge from Nor Ilhamuddin Shaik Ali.

Of the six Malaysian players who are in the Top 10 list below, three of them are teenagers below 17 years old. They are Li Tian, Amir Ghaazi and Lik Zang. GiLoCatur hopes all of them will progress further and represent Malaysia in the Chess Olympiad.

Rank after Round 7 - Top 10 (click here for full list)

Round 8 - Li Tian plays against Sumant

Amir Ghaazi (right) plays against 8-time Selangor Open champion, IM Jimmy Liew

The final 9th round will be played one hour earlier today, which is at 2 o'clock. It is going to be a challenge indeed for all the participants for having just one hour rest especially for those who complete their game at one o'clock.

writing from Kompleks Belia & Sukan Kampung Pandan

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Selangor Open & Encik Hamid Majid

The Selangor Chess Open is on going at this moment. This year is its 42nd edition. GiLoCatur and family began to take part in the longest local chess tournament in its 35th edition in 2008. 

In the 2008 Selangor Open, GiLoCatur took part with Fikri and Anis. GiLoCatur still remember we rushed from Gombak after Fikri finished his MSSS chess championship debut to the tournament's venue at the Selangor Pewter building. 

In this entry, GiLoCatur would like to share with GiLoCatur's blog readers the photos of Encik Hamid Majid who was the arbiter in the 35th edition and is also the arbiter in the 42nd edition this year. 

One question in GiLoCatur's head right now, how many Selangor Open that En Majid has arbitered until today? Is there anyone besides him who can answer?

2008 - photo by Andrew Gilachess

2015 - photo by GiLoCatur

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sayonara MSS Selangor Chess Championship for Anis

The MSS Selangor chess championship had been held last week from 20th until 23rd of April 2015. For this year edition, PPD Hulu Selangor is the host. The venue for the championship is Kuala Kubu Baru sports complex hall.

GiLoCatur's only daughter, Anis Fariha, took part in the championship. It is the final MSSS chess championship for her. Anis had been taking part in the championship since 2009 representing PPD Petaling Perdana for two years (2009 - 2010) and PPD Kuala Selangor for five years (2011 - 2015) respectively. 

Alhamdulillah, Anis has won three (3) Gold medals, four (4) Silver medals and two (2) Bronze medals. As a father, surely GiLoCatur is very proud with Anis' achievement in the MSSS which GiLoCatur never achieve before. GiLoCatur had even never taken part in any MSSS championship during the school days.

Another feat for her is since her debut in the MSSS chess championship in Sepang 2009 edition until recently concluded Hulu Selangor 2015 edition, Anis is one of the MSS Selangor chess contingent in the MSSM chess championship.

Here are another interesting facts.  All the other three team mates in both 2013 Sepang (P15 Team Champion) and 2015 Hulu Selangor (P18 Team Champion) editions are her KUSESS school mates. KUSESS is Kuala Selangor Science School or its Malay name, Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuala Selangor.

Below are several photos of Anis in the MSSS chess championships.

MSSS 2012 - 1 Gold & 1 Silver medals (P15)

MSSS 2014 at UKM Bangi

MSSS 2015 - 1 Gold & 1 Silver medals (P18)

MSSS 2015 - P18 Team Champion

MSSS 2015 - Anis and her KUSESS team mates
MSSS 2013 - P15 Team Champion

Monday, April 27, 2015

Latest Chess Ratings

GiLoCatur believes many of us are familiar what KPI is. By the way, let's GiLoCatur copy paste here the definition of KPI that GiLoCatur gets from the internet. 

  1. Key Performance Indicator is a measurable value that demonstrates how effectively a company is achieving key business objectives. Organizations use KPIs at multiple levels to evaluate their success at reaching targets.
Why GiLoCatur is talking about KPI?

Actually, GiLoCatur wants to talk about the KPI of chess. What is the KPI of chess? What measurement to determine your chess performance has improved or otherwise. The answer is chess RATINGS. 

What is Chess Ratings?

Let's google. Below what GiLoCatur found.

  1. chess rating system is a system used in chess to calculate an estimate of the strength of the player, based on his or her performance versus other players. They are used by organizations such as FIDE, the US Chess Federation (USCF), International Correspondence Chess Federation, and the English Chess Federation.

For Malaysian chess players, the MCF Rating is being used. Unlike FIDE Rating that has different ratings for standard, rapid and blitz chess categories, MCF Rating includes all the three categories together.

The latest MCF Ratings has just been released about two weeks ago. For the Malaysian chess community that is new to MCF Ratings, it is released quarterly. In other words, it will be released in every three months. So, there would be FOUR MCF Ratings in a year.

Let's take a look at the MCF Ratings of GiLoCatur and children. 

Fikri, the eldest son

In October 2014 release, Fikri's MCF Rating was 1727. He gained 19 points for the January 2015 release to 1746. His MCF Rating has another increase in the latest April 2015 release by similar 19 points. Thus, the current Fikri's MCF Rating is 1765. The 2014 Chess Ratings Mission has successfully been achieved in 2015. Hopefully, Fikri will continue to gain more points taking part in national-rated chess tournaments.

Anis Fariha, the only daughter

In October 2014 release, Anis' MCF Rating was 1487. Not very active playing in local chess tournaments, she managed to increase her MCF Rating to 1513 for the January 2015 release. Unfortunately, Anis lost 52 points in the NAG 2015 making her latest MCF Rating decreases to 1461. Anis will not participate in chess tournaments this year except MSSM chess championship since she will sit for SPM examination in early December. 

Fahim, the youngest child

In October 2014 release, Fahim's MCF Rating was 1620. He lost 19 points for the January 2015 release to 1601. His MCF Rating has another decrease in the latest April 2015 release by 8 points. Thus, the current Fahim's MCF Rating is 1593. For Fahim, the 2014 Chess Ratings Mission has not been achieved. Hopefully, Fahim will improve his MCF Rating this year by gaining more points taking part in national-rated chess tournaments.

How about the MCF Rating for GiLoCatur? GiLoCatur took part in only one national-rated local chess tournament since October 2014 which is the UPSI Open. GiLoCatur lost 5 points in that tournament. The current GiLoCatur's MCF Rating is 1492, 8 points short from 1500.

Below is the MCF Rating change (the last three releases) for GiLoCatur and children.

MCF Rating change GiLoCatur and children

Friday, April 17, 2015

Finding The Chess Blitz King

**** Important Notice ****
GiLoCatur was informed that due to certain circumstance, this event is postponed to a later date to be informed later!

Are you King of Chess Blitz? Are you very good at playing Blitz chess? Do you dare to win TWO THOUSANDS RINGGIT MALAYSIA?


If you are, there is a chess tournament that you can participate. What is the chess tournament name? When and where the tournament will be held?

When? Where?

You do not believe the prize is 2K, do you? Check it out below prizes structure.

Two Thousands MYR? Really?

Register quickly. Limited to 100 participants only.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2015 Local Chess Tournaments - WOW, SO MANY!

Today is the second day of March 2015. How time flies.

Lots of Malaysian chess tournaments will be held in this month notably - the Malaysian National Closed and the National Age Group or simply known as NAG. Below are some of them.

1. Kolej Mara Seremban Chess Open

This tournament will be held on Saturday, 7th March 2015 at Kolej Mara Seremban which is located on Jalan Aminuddin Baki. There are three categories in the tournament, namely the Open, Under 18 and Under 12 or primary school children. GiLoCatur is not sure whether all the participants in all categories will play in one tournament or separate one. Basically, this tournament is organized by the students of the college including GiLoCatur's friend's son.

The entrance fee is RM 25 for the Open, RM 20 for the Under 18 and only RM 15 for the Under 12. So, GiLoCatur believes all the players near Seremban and Melaka will be there to test their chess improvements.

2. Perak Grand Prix Chess Championship - Kampar Leg

If you are too far in the northern part of the country to take part in the Kolej Mara Seremban chess open, you can take part in the Preak Grand Prix Chess Championhsip. 

Sponsored by Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, its 2015 third leg will be held on Sunday, 8th March 2015 at Grand Kampar Hotel. 

The closing date for registration on 5th March 2015. Go to Perak Chess Association blog here to download the entry form.

3. The National Closed

As per advertised in the Biro Catur Wanita MCF Blog, this year edition of National Closed (NC) will be a FIDE-rated event. But are you eligible to take part? To find out, check this link.

4. KL Junior Chess Open

On Sunday, 15th March 2015, KLCT with the assistance of Cheras Chess Academy will organize a six-round rapid chess tournament. The venue of the tournament is at SK Wangsa Maju Seksyen 10. The detail of the tournament is as per below flyer. 

KL junior chess players will surely not miss the event since most KL chess players will take part before the state chess championship that is scheduled in early April this year.

Info on KL Junior 2015 chess tournament

To download the entry form, please go to at this link.

5. The National Age Group

The 2015 NAG chess championship is basically for Malaysian junior chess players aged below 18 years old. Only Anis and Fahim of GiLoCatur's children that are qualified to take part in this year edition. 

GiLoCatur wonders how many each of GiLoCatur's children have taken part in the NAG, what is the best achievement and which edition that they have not taken part? GiLoCatur will try to write a specific entry on this. 

For 2015 edition, most probably only Fahim, the youngest child, will take part. Anis will most probably skip the championship making priority to her SPM examination preparation.

For Selangor juniors, go to CAS Blog to register under the Selangor flag.

For parents who want their kids to play under KLCA flag, go to its Secretary's blog here.

For Perakians, please go to PICA's Blog here to get all the needed information to register under Perak Chess Association.

Or you can visit Biro Catur Wanita MCF Blog to get the details for both National Closed and NAG chess championships.

6. SMK TBR 1 Chess Open

GiLoCatur received the flyer of SMK TBR 1 (Taman Bunga Raya) chess championship. The chess tournament will be held on Saturday, 28th March 2015. The time control is 25-minute per player in seven-Swiss-system-round format. Many MSS Selangor chess players are expected to take part since its Chess Technical Chairman, Puan Sufiah is the key person of the tournament.

Info on SMK TBR 1 chess tournament

So, enjoy the month of March 2015 in which there will be chess tournament on every weekends.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Syazwan Zulkifli Emerged Champion in UiITM Kelantan Chess Open

Congratulation to Syazwan Zulkifli (below picture) after emerged champion in the UiTM Kelantan Chess Open held yesterday ie Saturday, 28th February 2015. 

Syazwan Zulkifli
(photo from facebook, Empty Bench is believed to be the photographer)
Final Ranking - Top 10
(Click here for full ranking list)

Syazwan scored the perfect 6/6 points after winning all his games in the championship. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Syabas & Congratulation To Ng6 and His Son, Syukur

GiLoCatur would like to congratulate one of GiLoCatur's chess buddies, Razali Hamzah also known as Ng6. 

Today, his son, 12-year-old Muhammad Syukur, and his school chess team emerged as the First Runner Up in the MSSD Petaling Utama (PU) team scholastic chess competition in Under 12 Boys (L12) category. 

GiLoCatur was told that this year the individual and team event are held separately unlike in the previous years where for team event the points are accumulated from individual points. GiLoCatur hopes MSSD PU keeps this next year and in future years. It will be good for the Malaysian chess.

Even though the MSSM Chess event will be held in June this year, some districts and zones have started and completed their respective district-level scholastic chess competitions early. 

Below are several photos that GiLoCatur downloaded from Ng6's facebook.

A primary school boys team

A primary school boys team

Primary schools girls team

Secondary schools boys team

Razali Ng6 (in the middle) with his son's SKSS7 chess team
Syukur, Ng6's son, is wearing the yellow shirt

SKSS7 Boy chess team - the First Runner Up in Under 12 Boys (L12) Team Event
with their teacher (most left)