Thursday, March 16, 2017

Syabas & Tahniah Yeoh Li Tian! You Make the Malaysian Chess Community Proud

GiLoCatur would like to congratulate Yeoh Li Tian for his feat and achievement winning the Zone 3.3 Chess Championship. Li Tian has emerged as the champion in the tournament's Open Section held in Tagatay, Philippines from 24th February until 6th March 2017.

It was a coincidence that GiLoCatur was at KLIA 2 flying to Kota Kinabalu when Li Tian arrived home from the championship. It was a great moment for GiLoCatur having the opportunity to welcome Li Tian home after winning the championship, the first ever by Malaysian chess player.

When GiLoCatur knew about Li Tian and his talent in chess?

MSSS 2008 L12 Individual winners

The above picture taken during the MSS Selangor chess championship in April 2008 provides the answer for the above question. Aged nine years old then, Li Tian emerged as the champion for MSSS L12 Individual. The chess championship is also the first MSSS editions that GiLoCatur attended.

GiLoCatur did write about Li Tian here in late April 2008 as one of the four under 12-years-old Players to Watch. Surely enough, nine years later Li Tian is getting closer and closer to become the Grandmaster (GM), most probably the first one for Malaysia. 

Another moment that GiLoCatur remembers about Li Tian is when GiLoCatur was crushed by him at one local chess tournaments in 2008 with Bishops.

Li Tian with the Zone 3.3 Chess Championship Champion Trophy
 at KLIA 2 Arrival Hall

GiLoCatur selfie in front of the Champion during the Interview with AI Chess

A Photo of GiLoCatur with the Champion, Li Tian

Harman of AI Chess Interviewing the Champion, Li Tian

In the championship, Li Tian has scored 7/9 points from five wins and four draws. He had played against three GMs from three different countries - GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son from Vietnam in the third Round, GM Antonio Rogelio Jr from Philippines and GM Susanto Megaranto from Indonesia. 

Full results at

source :

Put the great achievement of Li Tian aside, GiLoCatur is puzzled why Malaysia does not send at least one of its current Top Malaysian female players, the Malaysian 2016 Woman National Champion for example, to the Zone 3.3 Chess Championship in the Women's Section. Having achieved the best result thus far in the last World Chess Olympiad, one of the Malaysian Women 2016 World Chess Olympiad team members deserved to be given a chance to participate in the Zone 3.3 Chess Championship.

Three of the current Malaysian Top 5 Women players and 2016 Malaysian World Women Chess Olympiad team in the FIDE Ranking were in GiLoCatur's Players To Watch List (as per in below picture) nine years ago. They are Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (2031), Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (2013) and Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar (1954).

MSSS 2008 P12 Winners

SYABAS & TAHNIAH, LI TIAN! Not forgetting the key and main factor behind Li Tian's success, GiLoCatur congratulates his parents for sure. BRAVO and KUDOS to Mr Yeoh Chin Seng and his wife, Mrs Yeoh aka Ong Pek Yean. Well Done!

Shah Alam
Thursday, 16/3/2017, 9:08 AM

A Standard Chess Tournament at PICC

Have you been at PICC?

What is PICC? Sorry for not explaining what PICC is. PICC is the acronym for Putrajaya International Convention Center. 

As in its name, this convention center is located in Putrajaya. It was completely built in September 2003. PICC confines an area of 135,000 square meters, or approximately 1.3 million square feet. It can accommodate up to 10,000 people, with more than 57 halls and small rooms ready to be used. Please do not confuse with PWTC. PWTC is Putra World Trade Centre. To GiLoCatur's knowledge, PWTC had been the venue for chess tournament in 1980s. But PICC has never been a venue for a chess tournament. 

PICC - source:

This will change tomorrow. The PICC will be a venuie for a chess tournament starting tomorrow. The chess tournament is called The International Classical Chess Festival. It is organized by Asia Chess Academy and SG Education. 

ICCF flyer

Looking at the money prizes, GiLoCatur can say that the chess tournament offers the highest money prizes so far for a Malaysian chess tournament. It offers Malaysian Ringgit One Hundred Thousands worth of money prizes, trophies and medals.   

Money prize structure

There are two categories in the tournament - The Open and The Challengers. The former category is for chess players with 1900 Elo Ratings and above. Meanwhile, the latter category is for chess players with 1900 Elo Ratings and below. 

Below is the tournament's schedule.

The tournament schedule

GiLoCatur plans to go to PICC since GiLoCatur has never been at the grand convention center. It will be a great experience to do a coverage for the chess tournament. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NAG 2017

When GiLoCatur says NAG, do you know what it is? 

GiLoCatur was introduced to NAG in 2008 when Fikri began his chess journey a decade ago. NAG is an acronym for National Age Group. Most Malaysian chess parents are familiar when the Malaysian age-group chess tournament is being held. It is usually in the March school-break.

But for this year edition, NAG has changed name. If you ask GiLoCatur which name is preferred? The old name NAG or the new one which is NYJ20 which stands for National Youth and Junior U20 chess championship?  Honestly, GiLoCatur prefers NAG. Why? Keep the tradition going. Maintain the name. It has become a well known name. Why need to change? Oh, GiLoCatur just realized that there is another category which is U20 or Under 20. 


Only one of three GiLoCatur children is eligible to take part in the NAG 2017. Both Fikri and Anis are over 18 years old. The former will be 21 years old in November while the latter will be 19 years old in less than two months. Anis is eligible to participate in the U20 category, GiLoCatur believes.

GiLoCatur believes there are many questions among you regarding the NAG especially the winners of the past editions. Even, GiLoCatur has own questions regarding the championship that need to be checked in this blog if there are the answers.

For example,

Did GiLoCatur's children took part in all editions?
Which editions that none of GiLoCatur participated?
Where was each edition being held?
Who were the winners for each age-group category for each edition?

OK, GiLoCatur will try to provide the answers for the above questions. 

Click below entry to find out the champions or winners for the past NAG chess championship.

NAG 2010, NAG 2011, NAG 2012 - U8, U10

GiLoCatur would like to wish GOOD LUCK and ALL THE BEST to all the participants in the NAG 2017, oopps, NYJ20. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

GiLoCatur At 5th Edition of KUSESS Chess Open 2017

Monday, 13/3/2017

It is about six weeks that GiLoCatur had not updated this blog. GiLoCatur has been very busy and hectic at work. Prior to  the last weekend yesterday, GiLoCatur was in East Malaysia outstation. GiLoCatur went to KK on Monday, 6/3/2017, evening and arrived at KLIA 2 on Friday night at 10:30PM from Bintulu, Sarawak. On Saturday early morning, GiLoCatur with wife and eldest child, Fikri, drove to Kuala Selangor from home to be part of the 5th Edition KUSESS Chess Open.

GiLoCatur before the KUSESS Open began

Proud to be among the arbiters for the KUSESS Open 2017 

Go to KUSESS Open Blog at for the results and photos of the 5th Edition CATUR KUSESS 2017.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The 5th Edition of KUSESS Chess Open

Unlike last year edition, the 2017 Edition of the KUSESS Chess Championship will be held in March. As per in the championship flyer in its blog here, the Individual Rapid event is scheduled on Saturday, 11/3/2017. Meanwhile, the Team Rapid event will be held on Sunday, 12/3/2017. 


GiLoCatur believes this tournament can be a warm up tourney for the MSSD championships. Insya Allah, GiLoCatur's youngest child, Fahim, will take part in this tournament with several of his schoolmates.

the KUSESS School Principal, Tuan Haji Mohd Shahadan Abd Rahman in front of the full pack Prima Hall in last year KUSESS Chess Open

SKPP 16(2) Chess Tourney

There are more and more local chess tournaments nowadays for the Malayasian chess fraternity. The money prizes also become more lucrative. As an example, the money prize for Under 12 and Under 18 categories is now more than three hundreds. Few years back, it was merely one hundred only. 

One of the local chess tournaments to be held in April has lucrative money prizes in GiLoCatur's opinion. The tournament is SKPP 16(2) Chess Championship. It is a 25-minute-per player Rapid with 8 SWISS rounds. It will be held on 2nd April 2017. The venue is at Universiti Nilai Hall in Negeri Sembilan.

the tournament's partial flyer

The chess tournament is jointly organized by Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 16(2) and Classical Chess. GiLoCatur believes this tournament will attract the Malaysian chess players because it is only for the Malaysians. 

For GiLoCatur, the fact that the tournament is held in April, the month in which GiLoCatur was born nearly 49 years ago, it will be in GiLoCatur's calendar. For those who want to beat GiLoCatur on the chess board, please register for the tournament online at

For more info and detail like the money prizes structure, go to

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chess Blogger versus Chess Blogger in a Chess Tourney

Normally, the chess blogger seldom being photographed during a chess tournament unless there is another chess blogger in action. It is quite rare moment when a chess blogger had the chance to photograph two chess bloggers played against each other in a chess tourney. And I believe it will be very rare nowadays to see Andrew Ooi Boon Seng playing in a chess tourney.

Two Chess Bloggers in Action
[GiLoCatur's Nokia 2630 Photo Collection]

Attended The Wedding Reception of Cikgu Zull and Cikgu Sufiah's Daughter

Saturday, 28/1/2017

Few hours ago, GiLoCatur and the whole family attended a wedding reception at the Grand Bluewave Hotel. It is the wedding of Nur Shazwani, the 2007 Edition Malaysia's National Woman Master (NWM). She is the daughter of Cikgu Zullkafli and Cikgu Sufiah of the MSS Selangor chess.

Officially, GiLoCatur knew both of them during the MSSS chess championship in 2008 when GiLoCatur's eldest son took part in the tournament. Then in 2009, GiLoCatur's only daughter, Anis Fariha, made her maiden appearance in the MSSM chess championship representing the MSS Selangor team.

It is nearly four years already when GiLoCatur had attended the wedding reception of the couple's eldest child, Zarul Shafiq. How the time flies so quickly. Please click here to see the pictures. For sure, GiLoCatur's children have grown as well. Just see below photos.

GiLoCatur standing the most right with the bride's parent

The "Pengantin Raja Sehari" Dr Nur Shazwani and her husband, Ahmad Farhan Syarif

Anis Fariha (MSSS, 2009-2015 & her younger brother, Fahim Al-Faqeh (MSSS, 2013-2014)
Fikri (sitting right) (MSSS, 2010-2011) with his younger brother, Fahim

GiLoCatur would like to congratulate Tuan Haji Zullkafli and Puan Hajjah Sufiah for their first son-in-law. and their daughter's wedding reception held at the Grand Bluewave Hotel Shah Alam. SELAMAT PENGANTIN BARU to Nur Shazwani Binti Zullkafli!

Friday, January 20, 2017


Rasanya masuh belum terlambat untuk GiLoCatur mengucapkan SELAMAT TAHUN BARU 2017.

fAmIlY TrIp Dec 2016

Tahun 2016 bakal meninggalkan kita. Tahun 2017 bakal mendatang. Di kala usiaku sekarang, pertukaran tahun bakal kusambut dengan cara yang berbeza tidak seperti di kala usiaku dua dekad yang lalu. Kenapa? Kerana dek usiaku semakin banyak, aku semaking matang dan dewasa. Apa yg aku tak faham dahulu, kini aku sudah mengerti. Apa yg aku tidak pasti dahulu, kini aku sudah yakin. Apa yg sering aku lupa dahulu, kini aku sering ingat.
Selamat tinggal 2016. Banyak kenangan yg kau berikan. Banyak pengalaman yg ku tempuh. Banyak peristiwa yg ku lalui. Banyak kejayaan sudah ku cipta. Banyak kegagalan juga dirasa. Banyak kisah yg telah berlaku.
Selamat datang 2017. Semoga banyak kenangan indah. Semoga banyak kejayaan tercipta. Semoga banyak peristiwa manis. Semoga bertambah kematangan. Semoga bertambah keimanan dan amal ibadah. Semoga lebih berbahagia. Semoga impian jadi kenyataan.
SELAMAT TAHUN BARU 2017 dariku SALEH sekeluarga kepada kaum keluarga, sanak saudara, rakan taulan dan kenalan alam maya.

21st GACC - Day 1

Hari Pertama kejohanan catur GACC kali ke 21 baru sahaja selesai semalam, Khamis 19/1/2017. Seramai seratus peserta menyertai kejohanan ini yang akan berlansung selama lima hari. Para peserta akan bertarung sebanyak 9 pusingan SWISS dengan kawalan masa 90 minit + tambahan 30 saat.

GACC 2017

Berdasarkan senarai pemain yang menyertai kejohanan Edisi 2017 ini, pemain-pemain catur dari universiti tempatan bakal bersaing dengan pemain-pemain catur dari universiti negara India yang mendominasi Senarai 10 Pilihan Teratas. 

Anak sulung GiLoCatur iaitu Fikri merupakan salah seorang peserta. Edisi 2017 merupakan kali ketiga penyertaan Fikri. Bagi GiLoCatur, GACC tahun ini lebih bermakna kerana seorang lagi anak turut serta mengambil bahagian. Anis Fariha, satu-satunya anak perempuan GiLoCatur terpaksa mengorbankan beberapa hari kuliah untuk membantu pasukan UiTM di kejohanan GACC ini. 

Anis membuat penampilan sulung di Kejohanan Catur GACC
Pusingan Kedua
Foto dari koleksi album FB SHIN AZWAN

GiLoCatur mengucapkan GOOD LUCK dan ALL THE BEST kepada semua peserta GACC terutamanya kepada pasukan catur UiTM yang diwakili oleh dua orang anak GiLoCatur.

Edisi GACC kali ini boleh diikuti secara live kerana AI CHESS yang diterajui oleh SHIN AZWAN ada membuat liputan. AI CHESS telah menyediakan sebanyak enam papan DGT.

(The 21st Edition GACC can be followed live because AI CHESS is broadcasting six DGT boards. Download AI Chess application from Google Play)

Enam Papan DGT untuk live broadcast

SHIN AZWAN dan AI CHESS, merupakan salah seorang pelopor LIVE Chess Broadcast di Malaysia

Pusingan Pertama GACC boleh ditonton di capaian

Keputusan penuh kejohanan boleh diakses di capaian

Foto 1
Dari Album FB Shin Azwan

Foto 2 
Dari Album FB Shin Azwan