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

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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Monday, June 8, 2015

MSSM Chess Championship 2015 - Part 2 (Gold Medals Tally)

Monday, 8th June 2015

Which MSS state has won the most Gold medals in the MSSM chess championships?

GiLoCatur can provide the statistics only from 2010 editions as per below. 

Gold Medal Tally for Selangor, Pulau Pinang & WP KL
in the MSSM chess championship
 There are three states which really dominate the MSSM chess championship especially in winning the Gold medal. Since 2010, these states have won 53 out of total 60 Gold medals in the 12 categories. In fact, in the past two years the Gold medal are only won by these three states.

WP KL wins the most number of Gold medals in the past five years winning 19 of them. Whereas both Selangor and Pulau Pinang have won 18 and 16 Gold medals respectively. Last year, WP KL won six (6) Gold medals, its best in the past five years. 

So, for 2015 Edition which state will win the most Gold medals? Can WP KL maintain its best record last year? Or would Pulau Pinang win the most number playing in the home turf? Can Selangor win three or four Gold medals as usual?

Let's wait and see!

MSSM Chess Championship 2015 - Part 1 (Analysis on L18 Team Event)

Monday, 8th June 2015

Finally, the MSSM Chess Championship 2015 Edition has come!

Today at 3.00 PM the first round of the much awaited championship will kick off. Since GiLoCatur's children participation in the championship started in 2009 Edition, GiLoCatur has been to all editions except last year in Kuching, Sarawak.

In this entry, GiLoCatur would like to focus in Under 18 Boys ie L18 Team category. Do you know which state team has won the most in this category? Fortunately, GiLoCatur has the photos of the champions for each Edition since 2009. GiLoCatur will share the photos.

It is a very true fact that Selangor, the state in which GiLoCatur was born, has never won the Gold medal in this category since 2009. On a happy note, GiLoCatur's eldest child, Fikri, had won the Gold medal twice playing for WP Kuala Lumpur (KL).

MSSM L18 Team Medal Winners since 2010 Edition
Legend : KL = WP Kuala Lumpur, PP = Pulau Pinang, KEL = Kelantan, SEL = Selangor, PRK = Perak, JHR = Johor. 

WP Kuala Lumpur has dominated this category for the past three years - 2012, 2013 and 2014.  In fact, since 2009 Editions WP KL has won four (4) out of total six (6) times for the L18 Team event. Fikri was part of the champion team in both 2012 and 2013 Editions. Pulau Pinang and Perak were the champions in 2011 and 2010 respectively.

Below are the L18 Team category champions of the MSSM Chess Championship since 2009 Editions.

2014 Edition - WP KL
2013 Edition - WP KL with its PT, Cikgu Suhairi
2012 Edition - WP KL
2011 Edition - Pulau Pinang
2010 Edition - Perak
2009 Edition - WP KL
Among the four WP KL L18 teams who became the champion, which one is the best? GiLoCatur could only provide the complete chess-results statistics for the past two years only. Personally, GiLoCatur believes the WP KL 2012 team that includes Yeap Eng Chiam (1st Board), Tan Jun Feng (2nd Board),  Liew Ken Yew (3rd Board) and Fikri Saleh (4th Board) is the best team. The team won all their six (6) rounds scoring the full 12 match points and at least 22 out of total 24 game points.

Below are the chess-results statistics for the WP KL L18 teams for 2014 and 2013 respectively.


source : chess-results

source : chess-results
The 2013 WP KL L18 team won all the six rounds and scored 21.5/24 game points. Playing the third Board, Faizal won all his six games.


source : chess-results

source : chess-results
The 2013 WP KL L18 team won all the six rounds and scored 20.5/24 game points. Playing the fourth Board, Albert Ang won all his six games.

So, which team will emerge as the champion for this year edition? Can WP KL continue its winning tradition by defending the Gold medal in this event? Let's wait for the 2015 MSSM chess championship to finish. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

GiLoCatur Family & MSSM Chess Championship - Part 2

MSSM Chess Championsip Edition 2015 is three days more to go.

This morning, GiLoCatur's only daughter, Anis Fariha, with her MSS Selangor team mates has begun her journey to Pulau Pinang. The first round  will kick off on Monday, 8th June 2015.

This year MSSM will be the final for Anis since she is in Form 5 and take SPM in November. This year MSSM is Anis' the seventh since her debut in 2009. Good luck and All the best from Ayah, Ibu, Abang & Adik to my lovely daughter, Kakak, and her team mates. 

2015 MSSM Chess Championship banner - credit: cikgu zull

Anis Fariha

MSSS Flag Giving Ceremony at JPN Selangor
credit : cikgu idris

Anis and her 2015 MSSS chess contingent
credit : cikgu idris

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