Monday, December 5, 2016

8th Penang International Chess Open 2016 Has Just Begun


The first round of the 8th Penang Heritage City International Chess Open 2016 has just begun minutes ago. There are two categories - The Open and The Challenger for chess players with below 2000 Elo ratings. All the participants will play nine SWISS 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment format rounds. 

GiLoCatur's youngest child, Fahim, is taking part in the tournament in the Challenger category with his other five school mates. Fahim is ranked 23rd out of 231 total participants in the Challenger  category with Elo ratings of 1633. In the first round, he plays white on Board 23 against Muhd Zarif Aiman (the son of KedaiCatur's Muhammad Arshad GiLoCatur believes).

Masrin (left) and Fahim (right)
photo from Mohd Khairil Iqwan fb

Challenger - Round 1 pairings
Full pairings here

Meanwhile, one of GiLoCatur's chess buddies, Masrin, also takes part in the international chess tournament. In the first round, playing in the Open category he has an uphill battle against the sixth-ranked player with 2432 Elo ratings, GM Vahidov Tahir. For info, there are 112 participants in this category. 

The Open category Round 1 pairings 

To follow the results and pairing for the tournament, please go to following URLs.

The Open category, the URL is http://chess-results.com/tnr250930.aspx?lan=1

The Challenger category, the URL is http://chess-results.com/tnr250931.aspx?lan=1

There are three live broadcasts of the Top 3 boards of the tournament which can be followed.
The URL is http://broadcast.kedaicatur.com/

Round 1 Live Broadcast


ALL THE BEST to both Fahim and Masrin as well as to all the participants in the tournament.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Local Chess Tournaments - 2017


The year 2017 will come in less than one month. How the time flies so quickly these days. There are so many local chess tournaments this year where GiLoCatur can not keep up. A very positive sign for the Malaysian chess community. GiLoCatur believes no one can provide the complete list of the local chess tournaments this year.

Therefore, for the year of 2017, GiLoCatur will try to compile a complete list of local chess tournaments. 

  1. 19th to 24th Jan - 21ST GACC INTERNATIONAL INTER-VARSITY CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP (FIDE-Rated) (FB link)
  2. 15th Jan - GACC OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 (National-Rated)
  3. 15th Jan - GACC OPEN AGE-GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 (National-Rated)
  4. 22nd Jan - GACC OPEN-TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 (National-Rated)
  5. 5th Feb - 1st KIMMA Chess Tournament (URL)



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SABAK BERNAM Chess Closed 2016


Sabak Bernam Chess Closed 2016

Kepada para pemain catur yg berasal dari Daerah SABAK BERNAM, termasuk yang menetap, bersekolah dan berkerja di daerah ini adalah dijemput untuk menyertai Kejohanan Catur Tertutup Sabak Bernam yg akan berlansung pada hari SABTU, 17/12/2016 di Perpustakaan Awam Sungai Besar.
Sila daftar secara online di URL - http://catur-psis.blogspot.com

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The FIFA PUSKAS AWARD - Best Goal


It is very rare that Malaysia in the spotlight of football news. Mohd Faiz Subri, a Malaysian footballer from Pulau Pinang has made Malaysia proud by being in the final Top Ten list for the FIFA Best Goal Puskas Award

Bravo and Kudos to Faiz Subri. GiLoCatur hopes you will be in the final Top 3 list.

URL - http://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/puskas-award/video=2852517/index.html


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Malaysian Inter State Chess Championship 2016 - Part 1


Dari bumi Kuantan Pahang pada hari ini akan bermula pertarungan catur menentukan Negeri mana yang akan menjuarai Kejohanan Catur Antara Negeri Malaysia 2016. Kejohanan selama tiga hari ini, akan berlansung di Hotel MS Garden. Kategori Terbuka akan bermain sebanyak enam pusingan manakala pasukan Wanita akan bermain sebanyak lima pusingan.

MISCC 2016
Terdapat dua kategori yang dipertandingkan iaitu Terbuka dan Wanita. 14 pasukan akan bertanding dalam kategori Terbuka manakala hanya 6 pasukan akan bertanding dalam kategori Wanita. 

GiLoCatur tiada info dan maklumat bila kejohanan ini bermula dan siapa para pemenangnya. Melalui internet research, GiLoCatur mendapat tahu Negeri Pulau Pinang menjuarai kejohanan ini pada tahun 2009. 

Sila ke pautan berikut untuk mengetahui secara detail setiap pasukan dan keputusan kejohanan. 

Kategori Terbuka

Kategori Wanita


Berikut adalah beberapa keping gambar para pemain yang akan bertanding di kejohanan ini dari koleksi foto GiLoCatur sewaktu Kejohanan UTP MRBCC dan Kejohanan Raja Catur Sabak baru-baru ini. 

Foto 1
Kamaludin Yusof (kiri) 

Foto 2
NM Ng Tze Han (kiri)

Foto 3
Tan Khai Boon (kiri) dan IM Mas Hafizul Helmi (kanan)

Foto 4
Ilhan Mansiz (kanan)

SELAMAT BERTANDING KEPADA SEMUA PARA PEMAIN CATUR YANG TERLIBAT. KITA TUNGGU DAN LIHAT PASUKAN MANA YANG BAKAL DINOBATKAN SEBAGAI JUARA.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

5th Ole Ole Chess Open


Last night, GiLoCatur was contacted by Abdul Haq via facebook, a chess buddy. He shared the detail on the 5th Edition of Ole Ole Shah Alam Chess Open or its acronym OSACO which will be held on 27th November 2016. 

The OSACO tournament is one of GiLoCatur's favourite ones. One simple reason is because the venue is in Shah Alam, the capital city of Selangor in which GiLoCatur have been staying since August 1997. In fact, GiLoCatur had been staying in Shah Alam from Jun 1986 until December 1988 as a college student. 

GiLoCatur, on behalf of the organizer, would like to invite all the Malaysian chess community to come to Shah Alam to take part in the 5th OSACA tournament.

Below is the media release from Abdul Haq.

SIARAN MEDIA 5th-OSACO:  
Assalamualaikum wbth &
Selamat Pagi kepada yang bukan beragama Islam.
Penganjur 5th OSACO 2016 berkongsi berita baik untuk penduduk Shah Alam dan peminat catur di luar kawasan untuk bersama2 menyertai kejohanan catur domestik bersifat terbuka Shah Alam.
Acara: 5th OLE OLE SHAH ALAM CHESS OPEN 2016 (5th-OSACO)
Tarikh: 27 NOVEMBER 2016 (Masa: 9 pagi - 6 petang)
Lokasi: Seksyen 18, Shah Alam SELANGOR DE
Laman Rasmi: http://whitenaval.wixsite.com/5th-osaco-2016
Pelbagai hadiah untuk kategori bawah 12, Novis dan Terbuka, yang telah disumbangkan oleh Ole Ole Shopping Centre, Seksyen 18 Shah Alam. Semoga acara ini menjadi persinggahan terbaik untuk pemain catur berkumpul, bermain dan tidak lupa untuk berbelanja di Ole Ole Shah Alam.
Terima-kasih kepada sumbangan Ole Ole Shopping Centre, kerjasama Pintar Bestari Enterprise dan Kelab Catur & Dam Shah Alam yang memberikan sokongan moral dalam menjayakan acara ini.
Jumpa anda di sana.
Sekian, terima-kasih.
Abdul Haq Mohamed
Wakil Penganjur 5th OSACO 2016

Let's GiLoCatur share some of the info and updates on the past OSACO.

First Edition - 2009

As far as GiLoCatur remembers, GiLoCatur and the children just missed the fourth edition last year. The first edition was held on June 13th, 2009 and it was known as Ole Ole Shah Alam Chess Championship (OSACC). Unfortunately, GiLoCatur are missing most of the photos of the first three editions of the tournament. Below are several photos of the first edition.

GiLoCatur's youngest son is obviously took part in the tournament. He was seven years old then. 

1st OSACC - photo 1

1st OSACC - photo 2

1st OSACC - photo 3
Who were the champions in the first edition?

NM Zarul Shazwan Zulkafli won the Open section, while the champion for the Under 12 category is Subramaniam Sivanesan.


Second Edition - 2010

The second edition of OSACC was held on July 10th, 2010. Ofcourse, the venue was at Ole Ole Shah Alam shopping mall situated in Section 18 of Shah Alam. Below are the photos of the tournament. Who became the champions in rescpective Open and Under 12 section? Let's the photos do the talking.

Under 12 Section

U12 category Champion - Ng Jen Shen

Open category Champion - Kamaluddin Yusof

In this edition, GiLoCatur's eldest son, Fikri, won second place Best Under 18.


Third Edition - 2011

the Bunting

the promo

Obviously, GiLoCatur took part in the third edition as well as Fahim which was held on November 12th. We both had national ratings of 1400 during this time. Let's GiLoCatur share some story in this tournament through the photos from GiLoCatur's Photo Collection.

3rd OSACC - photo 1
GiLoCatur believes not many Malaysian chess community know the old man wearing kopiah in the above photo. Actually, the old man is Haji Salim from Pahang. He came all the way to the tournament from Pahang with his chess buddies. GiLoCatur salutes his love of chess. GiLoCatur had the chance to play against him a couple of times.

3rd OSACC - photo 2
The above games was one of GiLoCatur's in the tournament. GiLoCatur loves to take pictures during tournaments since normally GiLoCatur does not record the games of the rapid tournaments. From the angle of the picture taking, GiLoCatur played white for the game. Noticed the time on the chess clock? Ha ha ha .. Obviously, GiLoCatur thought too long for each move during the game.  

3rd OSACC - photo 3
If not mistaken, FM Johan Iskandar Foudzi, the elder brother of WIM Siti Zulaikha was in the above photo. He took part in this tournament. He was the First Runner Up. IM Mas Hafizul Helmi was also seen in the above photo. He eventually emerged as the champion in the Open section.

3rd OSACC - photo 4
In the above photo was Mohamed Ismail (in black t-shirt) or popularly known as Max among the 17ChessClub members. Mas is the president of the 17ChessClub.

3rd OSACC - photo 5

Fahim, GiLoCatur's youngest son, was challenging Nithya, the eventual Under 12 champion, in the Under 12 category. He was nine years old at that time. Fahim managed to win the Best U12 Shah Alam.


The OSACA (prevously OSACC) tournament was not held from 2012 until 2014. Had the tournaments not skipped in these three years, it would be the eight edition this year.


Fourth Edition - 2015

GiLoCatur believes the pairings and results of this tournament was published for the first time on chess-results.com.

Below are the links for the fourth edition to find out who became the champions and winners.

Open category

Under 12 category


DARE TO TAKE PART IN THE 5TH OSACO? COME ENJOY PLAYING CHESS IN SHAH ALAM.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fikri and Anis In KARISMA 2016


KARISMA 2016 will end tomorrow. For those who don't know, KARISMA is a sports carnival among UiTM students. GiLoCatur's eldest son, Fikri, and GiLoCatur's only daughter, Anis Fariha, take part in the KARISMA 2016 hosted by UiTM Machang Kelantan. 

Fikri and Anis

It is the third time for Fikri to take part in KARISMA and it is the first time for his younger sister, Anis. Fikri represents his UiTM Johor while Anis plays for her UiTM Perak.

Praise to Allah, the Most Merciful and the Most Gracious, both Fikri and Anis managed to be on the winners podium.

Fikri with UiTM Johor chess team

Go to Fikri's blog to find out who are the winners in the Men's event.

Below are the results for UiTM Johor's chess team in the past three KARISMA editions.
Past 3 KARISMA editions Results



Anis with UiTM Perak chess team

Go to Anis' blog to find out who are the winners in the Women's event.

Below are the results for UiTM Perak's chess team in the past three KARISMA editions.

Past 3 KARISMA editions Results

Sunday, October 30, 2016

EN MAD BELANJE GAMBO FINAL ROUND ACARA CATUR KARISMA 2016


Terima Kasih banyok-banyok GiLoCatur ucapkan kepada Encik Muhammad Arshad dari kedaicatur.com yang telah belanje gambor final round Kejohanan Catur KARISMA 2016 yang diadakan di UiTM Machang Kelantan.

En Mad
Tel : 012 928 2811

Wajah-Wajah Peserta Acara CATUR di KARISMA 2016

Anis Fariha Saleh (UiTM Perak)

Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (UiTM Shah Alam)

(berkacamata) Nur Liyana Zulkifli (UiTM Shah Alam)

Alia Farhana Yusof (UiTM Kelantan)

Foto 5

Foto 6

Foto 7

Ali Chor (UiTM Shah Alam)

Foto 9

Foto 10

Fikri Saleh (UiTM Johor) lawan Muhd Hakimi (UiTM Selangor)

Wan Mohd Adli (UiTM Selangor)

Top Board - Tariq Ziad (UiTM Kelantan) vs Wan Mohd Azmie (UiTM Shah Alam)

[nota : Terima kasih kepada admin MUICC fb (Dr Atiya) yang tolong GiLoCatur dengan nama pemain untuk sebahagian foto di atas.]

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Chess Live Broadcast


It is Saturday today. The date is 29/10/2016. The month of October 2016 is just several days to go. That means two more months to go for the year 2016. How time flies. 

It is a long weekend since next Monday is a public holiday. The public holiday is due to Deepavali (Diwali) which falls today. GiLoCatur wishes HAPPINESS to all the Hindus who celebrate Deepavali. 

Today, at least there are three chess tournaments are on going. 

First Tournament
In Kuala Lumpur, KLCA which is the KL Chess Association holds its Chess Closed at Kompleks Rakan Muda Bukit Kiara. It is a one-day chess tournament with time format of 30 minute per player without increment. It is a six-round championship. 

Second Tournament
In Sungai Petani Kedah, there is a chess tournament called MPSPK Chess Open. Not much GiLoCatur knows about the tournament except there are two categories namely Under 12 or Primary School and Under 18 or Secondary School.

the logo


Third  Tournament
At UiTM Machang, a chess tournament inter-UiTM is being held. Chess is one of the competing sport in the KARISMA Sports Festival. The KARISMA 2016 chess competition began on Thursday, 27/10/2016. It will end tomorrow. GiLoCatur's eldest son, Fikri, and only daughter, Anis Fariha, are taking part in the event. Fikri represents UiTM Johor for the third time with other seven chess players. Meanwhile, Anis Fariha is making her debut appearance representing her UiTM Perak. 


Notice that the title of this entry is Chess Live Broadcast?

There are more and more Chess Live Broadcast for local chess tournaments. It is very good because it can popularize CHESS in Malaysia. Nowadays there are so many local chess tournaments. Even there are more than three big chess tournaments being held during same weekend. 

For instance today, two of the tournaments that GiLoCatur mentioned above are being broadcast live. KARISMA 2016 broadcasts the top two boards for each Men and Women category. GiLoCatur can follow both Fikri and Anis games live from Shah Alam. The man who is responsible for this broadcast is Muhammad Arshad of KedaiCatur. The broadcast can be followed via this URL link.

Round 5 Top 2 Boards - Men & Women

For KL Closed 2016, the top four boards can be followed online. The broadcast is made possible by AI Chess, AB Chess Putrajaya and Young Chess Masters (YCM).    

Top 4 Boards KL Closed 2016
Please go to http://live.abchess.org/ to follow the live chess matches

The Malaysian chess community should take advantage of this broadcast to boost up and improve chess in Malaysia.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Klang Valley Chess Open 2016


Berita baik buat pemain-pemain catur yang mempunyai national rating 1700 dan ke bawah.

GiLoCatur memohon maaf kerana ada kesilapan tentang kejohanan catur ini. Dek salah faham oleh GiLoCatur berlaku misunderstanding. 

Sebenarnya chess tournament yang bakal berlansung pada hari Ahad, 9 hb Oktober 2016 ini adalah open; bukan hanya kepada pemain2 catur yang memiliki national rating 1700 dan ke bawah sahaja. 


Mari .. mari .. mari ..

Detail kejohanan
Untuk makluman, 8 Oktober merupakan HARI SUKAN NEGARA.