Wednesday, June 8, 2016

17th AAG in Pattaya, Thailand

The 17th edition of ASEAN+ Age Group Open Chess Championship or popularly known as AAG had just ended yesterday. For this year edition seven ASEAN countries have participated as well as other seven non ASEAN countries. According to ASEAN Chess facebook, a total of 340 chess players from 14 countries take part in the championship which is held in Pattaya, Thailand. There are three formats of play in the championship namely Standard, Rapid and Blitz. 

For Standard Chess, each player is accorded with 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment (starting from move 1). Meanwhile for Rapid Chess and Blitz, each player is accorded with 25 minutes and 5 minutes respectively to complete the game.

photo credit to : ASEAN Chess facebook

It is undeniable that Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia are the dominant countries in chess in the ASEAN region. Let's take a look at the following. (Note : Seniors categories and ASEAN Chess are not included in this analysis. The analysis is based on the Top 3 Individual Final Ranking of


There are 133 players representing Vietnam in 13 different Age Group categories. In Standard Chess, eight (8) Vietnamese players have emerged on the Top spot, other seven (7) achieved Second place while the other nine (9) got Third place. In total, twenty four (24) Vietnam players are among the Top 3 in the Final Ranking. 

In Rapid Chess, in total of twenty eight (28) players from Vietnam are among the Top 3 Final Ranking. Seven (7) of them won the First place, another nine (9) got the Second place and other twelve (12) are in the Third place.

In Blitz Chess, Vietnam has the least number in the Top 3 Final Ranking which is twenty two (22), less two in Standard Chess and less six in Rapid Chess. Nine (9) players are First place, Ten (10) are Second place and three (3) are Third place.  

Among the Vietnamese players to watch is Dang Anh Minh. He has emerged on the Top for all the three formats of play in Open U8 age group category.

Vietnamese players in the Top 3 Final Ranking - Standard Chess

Vietnamese players in the Top 3 Final Ranking - Rapid Chess

Vietnamese players in the Top 3 Final Ranking - Blitz Chess


There are 51 participants playing for Philippines in 13 different Age Group categories. In Standard Chess, Philippines has eight (8) players winning the Top 3 in the Final Ranking. One of them got First place, while five (5) others got Second place whereas the other two (2) earned the Third spot.

In Rapid Chess, Philippines has the lowest number of players in the Top 3 Final Ranking among the three formats of play. Only five (5) Filipino players are among the Top 3 Final Ranking with three (3) of them win the First place and the other two win the Second place. None wins the Third place.

In Blitz Chess, twelve (12) of the total 51 young Filipino chess players are among the Top 3 Final Ranking. Three (3) won the First place, Two (2) got the Second place and the other seven (7) earn the Third spot.

Among the young players from Philippines to watch in the eyes of GiLoCatur are Quizon Daniel and Canino Ruelle. The former who plays in the Open 10 age group category wins Second place in Standard Chess, First place in Rapid Chess and Third place in Blitz Chess. Actually, Quizon has the same 6.5/9 points with the First place winner from Vietnam, FM Ngi Duc Tri, just losing due to tie break. Meanwhile the latter ie Canino Ruelle who plays in Girls U8 age group category wins both Standard Chess and Blitz Chess.

CM Pangilinan Stephen Rome is a bit familiar to GiLoCatur. He also took part in the 15th AAG in Macau two years ago in Open 12 age group category. He was Fourth (in the chess-results Final Ranking) in Standard Chess which won by Malaysian Wong Yinn Loong, as well as in Rapid Chess. He was Second in Blitz Chess. In fact, in 13th AAG in Hue, Vietnam, CM Pangilinan was the Silver medalist (Second in the Final Ranking) in the Standard Chess for Open U10 age group category.

IM Paulo Bersamina is another Filipino player that is very familiar to GiLoCatur. He won all the three formats of play - Standard, Rapid and Blitz, in the 15th AAG Macau two years ago in the Open U20 age group category. 

For info, GiLoCatur was at the 15th AAG 2014 held in Macau accompanying Fahim, GiLoCatur's youngest child. 

Filipino players in the Top 3 Final Ranking - Standard  & Rapid Chess
Filipino players in the Top 3 Final Ranking - Blitz Chess


Indonesia has a small number of players in the 17th AAG with two males and four females. 

In Standard Chess, three (3) of the Indonesian chess contingent win the First place in the Top 3 Final Ranking and another player earns the Second place.

In Rapid Chess, only one player is among the Top 3 Final Ranking. WFM  Anisa Aay Aisyah emerges on the Top in Girls U18_20 age group category.

In Blitz Chess, half of the Indonesian chess team are among the Top 3 Final Ranking.

Can Indonesia have another Woman Grandmaster in WFM Karenza Dita and Singgih Diajeng Theresa? And can Indonesia have another Grandmaster in Arfan Aditya Bagus? Let's see in few years to come.

GiLoCatur notices that WFM Anisa Aay Aisyah (actually, Aay Aisyah Anisa) is not among the Top 3 in this year AAG edition in the Standard Chess. But she did well in Rapid Chess winning the Girls 18_20 age group category with 6/7 points, half-point ahead of the 1st Runner Up. As GiLoCatur recalls, she was the champion in 13th edition. During then, she was playing in the Girls U14 age group category. She got her WFM title then. 

Indonesian players performance in 17th AAG

How about the other ASEAN countries? The host country, Thailand has 59 players in the championship. Myanmar is represented by two players, while Singapore is represented by eight (8) players. 

photo credit to : ASEAN Chess facebook

How about Malaysia? Malaysia sends forty five (45) participants in the championship having one player in the Top 3 Final Ranking in Standard Chess and Rapid Chess. The Malaysian player who wins the Third place in Standard Chess and the First place in Rapid Chess is Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (photo above).  (note: The number of players exclude Seniors age group categories and ASEAN chess).

The full results of the 17th AAG Open Chess Championship can be viewed here.

Wed, 8/6/2016
The third day of Ramadhan

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Champion of Under 12 Team Event in KUSESS Open 2016

SJKC (P) Pulau Pinang team emerges champion in the Pimary School category of the fourth KUSESS Chess Open 2016. The team event of the championship was participated in by 30 school teams. The team which is the fourth seed comprises of  Sim Jia Ru on Board 1, Lim Joe Shawn on Board 2, Alden Goh Kai Ray on Board 3 and Ryan Lee on Board 4. 

SJKC (P) Pulau Pinang
The Champion for Primary School category in the
KUSESS Open 2016 Team Event

The team had won six rounds and drew one accumulating 13 match points.

Top 15 Final Ranking - click here for full list
U12 Team Event

Well Done, SJKC (P) Pulau Pinang! CONGRATULATION!

Top 15 Winners Under 18 Team Event in the KUSESS 2016 Open

One of the events in the two-day KUSESS Chess Open 2016 is the Team event. There are two categories namely Under 18 or Secondary School and Under 12 or Primary School for this event which was held on 22/5/2016 ie the second day. One hundred thirty teams took part in the former category. All the teams had to play seven rounds of 20-minute-per-player game. 

Below are the Final Top 15 Ranking.

Top 15 Final Ranking - Under 18 Team Event
click here for full result

Round 4, Top Board

Please visit the KUSESS Chess Open blog for the photos of the winning teams. Congratulation to all the winners. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

KUSESS BERLIAN Team Emerges Champion Again

Sunday, 22/5/2016

KUSESS Berlian team emerges champion again in Secondary School category of the fourth KUSESS Chess Open 2016. The team event of the championship was participated in by 132 school teams. The team which comprises of  Nur Najiha Azman Hisham on Board 1, Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar on Board 2, Muhd Ikhmal Hisham Md Ismail on Board 3 and Muhd Noor Azam Mohd Noor on Board 4. 

The Champion for Secondary School category in the
KUSESS Open 2016 Team Event
The team had won six rounds and drew one accumulating 13 match points.

Top 15 Final Ranking - click here for full list
U18 Team Event


Sunday, May 15, 2016

One More Week To Go ... 4th KUSESS Chess Open 2016

More than one hundred twenty teams have registered for the 4th Edition of KUSESS Chess Open 2016. The two-day chess tournament will be held at Dewan Prima, Sekolah Menengah Sains Kuala Selangor or famously known as KUSESS. 

Below are the important info regarding the chess tournament.

The Individual Event

The Team Event

Below are two pictures of last year edition of the KUSESS Open Team Event.

3rd Edition KUSESS Open 2015
Secondary School Category Team Event Champion  - KUSESS BERLIAN
The defending champion for the Secondary School (U18) category, KUSESS BERLIAN, is ready to accept the challenge from other teams.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

GiLoCatur' Blog .. Entering 8th Anniversary

Hello to all GiLoCatur's Blog visitors,

Today is Saturday, 14th May 2016. It is about one week short of the 8th anniversary of this blog. GiLoCatur created this blog in May 2008, on 22nd exactly. The first entry is not about chess but about Chelsea and Moscow. 

Chelsea is the EPL club that GiLoCatur likes and supports. Does GiLoCatur still like and support Chelsea. The answer is yes, but it is not the same level as used to be. What GiLoCatur likes the most about Chelsea? The first time GiLoCatur likes Chelsea is during the era of Giafranco Zola as a player. He is one of GiLoCatur's most favourite football players. He is small physically or diminutive but very skillful and lethal forward. He had won Chelsea's Player of the Year twice - 1999 and 2003.

Another factor is Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba. The former is the head coach for Chelsea twice - 2004 - 2007 and 2013 - 2015. Several championships have been won when Mourinho was Chelsea's head coach especially during his first term. While the latter is one of Chelsea's greatest players where he won the club's Player of the Year once in 2010.  

Enough with Chelsea.

Regarding Moscow. Moscow is the capital city of Russia. And Chess is a national pastime in Russia since long time ago. GiLoCatur had a chance of visiting Moscow more than a decade ago. Unfortunately, GiLoCatur has yet active in chess during the visit. Had GiLoCatur active in chess during then, for sure GiLoCatur would visit chess book shops and stores looking for interesting chess books and items to buy.

GiLoCatur at Red Square Moscow

Enough with Moscow.

Let's take a look at the number of entries GiLoCatur wrote for this blog.

Number of Blog Entries Statistic

During the period of nearly eight years (22/5/2008 - 14/5/2016), the number of entries for this blog is 1,276. Obviously as in the above statistic tabular, GiLoCatur wrote the most blog entries in year 2010 with 357 entries. Obviously also, GiLoCatur is a very active blogger from year 2009 until 2011.

Many factors have contributed to the less active blogging for GiLoCatur. One of them is the change of job. Hopefully, GiLoCatur will continue blogging because GiLoCatur loves writing. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy 18th Birthday My Dearest Daughter, ANIS FARIHA

Today is the fifth day of May 2015 or 5.5.2016. In Mexican language it is Cinco de Mayo. It is a special day. Why? 18 years go my lovely daughter was born in Shah Alam. I named her ANIS FARIHA. 

I was 30 years old back then. 18 years has gone by so fast. 

"To our beloved daughter ANIS FARIHA, today we are celebrating the best gift that we have ever received and that is your birth. Thank you for being a blessing into our life. Happy Birthday!" - Ibu & Ayah
Below are several pictures of Anis that capture the important moments of her 18-years life journey thus far.  

Anis was born at a hospital in Shah Alam in 1998. She had her early childhood living in Jaya Apartment situated in TTDI Jaya, Shah Alam.  

Anis in 1998

In 2004, Anis had her pre-school in TTDI Jaya. Below picture of Anis was taken during her pre-school graduation day.

Anis in 2004

In 2005, GiLoCatur went to Jeddah for work. GiLoCatur brought wife as well to perform umrah. Anis and his two brothers had been staying with her grandparents at kampung during this period.  Below is the picture of Anis wearing the gift bought in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Anis in 2005
Below picture is taken in 2007 while Anis was 9 years old. It was the first year both Fikri and Anis took part in chess tournaments. The green t-shirts are not for our chess activities. In fact, the shirts are for GiLoCatur's office family day. 

Anis & Dady in 2007 

Anis had her MSSM debut in 2009. Coincidently, Selangor hosted the event in Klang. It was a golden moment for her when she won Gold in P12 Team event with three other teammates.

MSSM 2009
Anis had her primary school at SK Bukit Jelutong from 2005 to 2010. She was a Library Prefect at school. The year 2009 is very special for Anis in terms of co curricular achievements. She became champion in the MSSD chess championship for both Individual and Team events for P12 (Under 12 Girls) category. 

SKBJ 2010
Below is the picture of Anis in MSSM Chess Championship 2010 Edition. This edition is very meaningful to Anis and GiLoCatur's family because his elder brother ie Fikri managed to be in the MSS Selangor chess contingent for the first time. 

MSSM 2010
Anis had enrolled at SM Sains Kuala Selangor or better known as KUSESS in January 2011. She had studied for five years at the boarding school from 2011 to 2015. She took PMR in 2013 and SPM in 2015. 
Registration Day at KUSESS in 2011

PMR 2013

SPM 2015

The year 2015 is the final MSSS and MSSM chess championships for Anis. She had taken part in both championships for seven consecutive years from 2009 to 2015. Another interesting moment for Anis in MSSM 2015 is that she and her younger brother, Fahim, had represented different state. 

MSSM 2015 with Fahim

MSSS 2015 with GiLoCatur


Monday, March 14, 2016

The Story of NAG2016 - Part 2

Monday, 14/3/2016

Today is the last day of the NAG2016 chess championship. Waiting Anis and Fahim playing against their respective opponents in the tournament hall, GiLoCatur enters the UTP's library located opposite the hall to write in this blog.

Entering the final two rounds is very crucial to all the participating players especially on the top boards. Winning these two rounds will provide better ranking and give better chance for being on the podium in the prize giving ceremony. 

The results for Boys U6, Boys U8, Girls U6 and Girls U8 categories have been out. Let's look at them.

Under 6 age group category

Boys category

Girls category

The total of five players take part in each Under 6 age group category. Thus, it is a round robin for this group category. In the Boys section, Megat Musa is the leader. He has won all his matches thus far. GiLoCatur believes Megat Musa shall emerge as the champion since he is leading 1.5 point with one more round to play.

In the Girls section, two players have same 3/4 points. They are Afiqah Zahra and Aghalya Tiaana. The former is leading for having better tie-break which is direct encounter. 

Under 8 age group category

Boys category

Girls category

Forty players take part in the Boys section. Up to Round 7, no one has the full point. Leading the pack after Round 7 is the 16th seed, Syed Firdaus Asyraaf. Trailing half-point are three players from Penang. Can Syed Firdaus win his final game and emerge as the champion? Or can Ferris Lim stop Syed Fidaus from winning the championship? 

What a final round game for both of them.

As typical it is the boys age group outnumber the girls age group, only eleven participants in the Girls section for U8 age group category. Farah Liana won all her games accumulating full point ie 7/7. She is leading by two points. Entering her final round, Farah Liana has a huge advantage to win the Girls Under 8 age group title.

Writing in 
Perpustakaan UTP

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Story of NAG 2016 - Part 1

Saturday, 12/3/2016

This morning around quarter to 8:00 AM, my family and I started our journey from home in Shah Alam to University Teknologi Petronas or its acronym UTP. The reason of going to UTP is two of my children - Anis and Fahim, are taking part in the National Age Group (NAG) chess championship.

The first round kicked of at 10:10 AM, ten minutes late that schedule. Due to many vehicles on the PLUS highway, we were a bit late to arrive at UTP. Luckily, we arrived before the 30-minute dateline for a forfeit game. 

Fikri (12-year-old) & Anis (10-year-old) in NAG 2008

How many times each of my children have taken part in the NAG? Mmmmm sorry, GiLoCatur cannot answer straight away. Which edition was the first time GiLoCatur's children took part? This question GiLoCatur can answer after checking on the photo album archive. GiLoCatur would also check the archive of this blog to recall the NAG editions that the three of GiLoCatur's children - Fikri, Anis & Fahim, have participated. This is one of the reasons why GiLoCatur create and write this blog. 

Fikri in Boys U12 age group category

In 2008 NAG edition, only Fikri and Anis were taking part. Aged 12-years old, Fikri was playing in Boys Under 12 age category with national ratings of 1460. He was seeded 8th out of 57 players.

Anis in Girls U10 age group category

Meanwhile, Anis was playing in Girls Under 10 age category. She was nine 10 years old and was seeded 21st out of total 26 players with national ratings of 887.  

How both fared in the NAG chess championship?

Both were not among the winners. In the NAG, the winners are only the Top 10. With 5/8 points, Fikri was ranked 17th. Several players have become Fikri's team mates in later years. Two of them were Fikri's team mates in 2011 MSSM chess championship. Three others were Fikri's team mates in 2013 MSSM chess championship. One other is Fikri's team mate in KARISMA last year.

While Anis was placed 16th. She scored 3.5/8 points. Two of the winners in Girls Under 10 age group category are the Top 3 seeded players this year. This year edition of NAG will be the last participation for Anis.

Who were the champions for each age group category in NAG 2008 edition?

Puteri Rifqah Fahada Mohd Azhar (Girls U8)
Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (Girls U10)
Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (Girls U12)
Renitha Narayanan  (Girls U16)

Tan Yong Zhao (Boys U8)
Yeoh Li Tian (Boys U10)
Tan Wei Hao (Boys U12)
Edward Lee Kim Han (Boys U16)

Surprisingly, GiLoCatur does not have the results for U14 age group categories.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

3rd SUKIPT 2016 - Male Section After Round 7

Wednesday, 3/2/2015

SUKIPT 2016 Chess Round 7 has just completed. Below are the results for Top 15 Boards for the Male category. Interesting results? Sure.

On Third Board, 31st seeded Tze Hong of UPM managed to win against his higher seeded opponent, Abdul Rahman of UiTM. Tze Hong only defeat is to Nabil, the top seed, in Round 2. He won all his last three rounds against higher seeded opponents. He is ranked second after Round 7. 

On Fourth Board, Preshant of UMP managed to draw with the third seed, Jun Feng of UKM. Jun Feng is very familiar to GiLoCatur. Firstly, he is the elder brother of WFM Li Ting. He was a member of MSSMKL contingent where he was a team mate of Fikri in MSSM L18 Team event in 2012 and 2013. In fact, their other team mate is also taking part in this SUKIPT. He is Ken Yew  of HELP playing on 8th Board.  

Several players are familiar to GiLoCatur from MSSM. Both Nabil of UiTM and Jun Jian of SUNWAY were members of MSSS chess contingent. Their final MSSM championship was in 2011 held in Penang.

Besides Jun Feng and Ken Yew, other MSSMKL players are Muhd Izz and Wei Hao. The former is the most senior of all while the latter is the most junior. In Round 7, both of them won their respective games.  

R7 Male Section Top 15 Boards Results
Click here for full results

After Round 7, Nabil is leading the pack with 6.5/7 points. Trailing half point is Tze Hong. There are six players with 5.5/7 points. 

Top 20 Ranking after Round 7
click here for full listing

Can Nabil continue his fine performance and win the championship? Let's wait and see after two more rounds.