Friday, August 14, 2015

GACC 2016

The 19th edition is still fresh in GiLoCatur's memory, the 20th edition is coming around. What GiLoCatur is talking about? It is GACC or Grand Asian Chess Challenge. The first edition was held twenty years ago in 1996 the year in which Fikri, GiLoCatur's eldest child, was born. He took part in his first GACC last year while he was 18 years and 2 months old.

GACC logo

20th GACC 

How Fikri fared in the 19th GACC? He won three, drew five and lost one game. He scored 5.5/9 points ranked 22nd out of total 112 participants. The Top 10 Final Ranking was dominated by players from foreign universities.

Fikri and his UiTM chess team mates in GACC 2015

GiLoCatur hopes that more local players will be among the Top 10. So, practice and be prepared from now!

Friday, August 7, 2015

MASUM 2015 Chess Thumb Ups

MASUM 2015 Sports Carnival had just ended several days ago. Chess is one of the sports being competed. GiLoCatur's eldest child, Fikri, had made his debut in MASUM representing Universiti Teknologi Malaysia aka UiTM. 

MASUM 2015 banner

Below are several thumb ups that GiLoCatur would like to share here on MASUM 2015 Chess.

No 1 - Key In Games Facility

Among the thumb ups that GiLoCatur would like to praise on MASUM 2015 Chess is the pgn which is available on the website. At first GiLoCatur thought that there are volunteers who key in the games. From the photos shared by the UTM's chess team coach, Dr Nasrul, GiLoCatur finally knew that the players themselves keyed in their games. This is very good. GiLoCatur hopes that this key in games facility to continue in future editions. GiLoCatur does not know whose idea is it, but KUDOS to whomever came up with the idea of the key in games facility.

Key In Move (Games) Facility

No 2 - Pairings and Results on website

The chess tournaments like MASUM 2015 should be published online ie Having arbiters from Fadli's Cerdik Catur is a very good decision for MASUM 2015 host and organizer. The pairings and results are up to date. Chess enthusiasts like GiLoCatur are able to follow the event and have latest updates on the pairings and results.

Fadli (right) of Cerdik Catur with Dr Nasrul

No 3 - Very Conducive Playing Venue

From the photo shared by Dr Nasrul on the tournament venue, GiLoCatur is very impressive with the tournament hall. It is very conducive and comfortable. Kudos to the host, UTM, and organizer for providing a very nice venue for chess in the MASUM 2015.

The tournament hall

No 4 - Lots of Photos in the Facebook

By watching the photos for every round and the closing ceremony uploaded by Dr Nasrul in his facebook, GiLoCatur feels like at the tournament venue. This is a promotion to chess itself. Chess is not a favourite sport being published in the media both paper and electronic. 

MASUM Bulletin


GiLoCatur not sure which team


The host UTM team
UiTM - The Champion
Team from Terengganu


The Team Coaches

Note : Credit for all the photos to Dr Nasrul.

Malaysia Day 2015 Chess Tournament

Dear chess players and parents,

A chess tournament will be held on 16th September 2015 which is the Malaysia Day. There are three categories which are Open, Under 12 Boys and Under 12 Girls. Below are the details.

Detail for Under 12 category

Detail for the Open category

You can download the entry form from GiLoCatur Fan Club (GLCFC) facebook here.

The venue of the tournament.

The venue

So, book the date!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Piala YDP Seremban Chess Tournament - Been Rescheduled

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that the Piala YDP Seremban chess tournament - both Age Group and Open categories, have been rescheduled from 22th and 23rd August to 5th and 6th September 2015 respectively.

The reschedule had been informed Mr Kamar Dani.

Reschedule Announcement

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MASUM 2015 CHESS Team Winners

MASUM 2015 Chess tournament had concluded yesterday. Universiti Teknologi Mara or its acronym UiTM dominated the event. The university emerged as the champion in all the four categories - Individual both Men and Women and Team both Men and Women.

Men's Team Category

In the Men's Team category, Mohd Hazzafri Mohd Hazani, Fikri Saleh, Muhammad Ali Chor and Abdul Rahman M Sapuan have accumulated 21.5 points to grab the Gold medal. Universiti Putra Malaysia  (UPM) and Universiti Malaya (UM) are declared the Silver and Bronze medalists respectively.

MASUM 2015 Men's Team Winners
photo credit to Nass Siro FB

Full list here

Women's Team Category

Meanwhile, in the Women's Team category, Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, Najiha Mohd Saufi, Nur Diyana Sakinah Muhd Rusdi and Nur Farihah Aminuddin have accumulated 20 points to grab the Gold medal. The Silver medal went to Universiti Malaya (UM) while the Bronze went to Universiti Malaysia Pahang  (UMP).

MASUM 2015 Women's Team Winners 
photo credit to Nass Siro FB

Full list here

Syabas & Tahniah to all the winners!

Friday, July 31, 2015

MASUM 2015 Chess - Team Ranking After Round 4

Friday, 31/7/2015

Four rounds have completed in the MASUM 2015 Chess Competition, three more rounds to go. The fifth round has just started. So, let's see the team ranking in both categories - Men and Women, after Round 4. To GiLoCatur's knowledge based on "Peraturan Permainan Sukan MASUM" for chess, there are two events - Individual and Team, for each category. For the team event, the points are accumulated from all the four players in the Individual event from the same team which is university. 

The Men Category

In the Men category, there are 15 teams taking part. All the teams except Universiti Malaysia Sabah send the maximum four players. University Teknologi Mara team or UiTM which includes Fikri, GiLoCatur's eldest child, is leading the pack having 13 points. Trailing with 2 points is Universiti Malaya (UM) team. In the third spot is Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) team which includes Hairul Abdul Hamid, a Malaysian chess blogger with 10 points. 

Top 5 Men's Team - full list here

The Women Category

In the Women category, there are 12 teams taking part. All the teams except both Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) send the maximum four players. GiLoCatur is surprised with this fact. Both universities which have three players only taking part are strong contenders in MASUM chess competition.

University Teknologi Mara team or UiTM which includes Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, a senior national women player, is leading the pack having 12 points. Nabila is leading her team with full 4/4 points. Trailing with 1 point is Universiti Malaya (UM) team which includes Alia Anin Azwa Bakri, a Women Fide Master and a senior national women player as well. In the third spot is Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) team with 10 points. 

Top 5 Women's Team - full list here

Can UiTM maintain its lead in both categories? We have to wait until all the last three rounds to complete.

Below are the photos of some of UiTM players. The photos are from Nass Siro FB. Thank you to Dr Nasrul for sharing the photos of the MASUM 2015 Chess in the Facebook.

WCM Nur Nabila

Fikri Saleh

Muhammad Ali Chor

Abdul Rahman

Najihah Mohd Saufi

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UiTM Chess Team in MASUM 2015

All the Best to MASUM 2015 UiTM chess team. Hopefully, they can emerge as the champions and medallists!

UiTM chess team in MASUM 2015

UiTM Men team

UiTM Women team

In the Men's category, three of the UiTM men players are among the Top 10 in the Starting rank. They are ranked second, third and fourth.

Full list - here

In the Women's category, two of the UiTM women players are among the Top 10 in the Starting rank. They are ranked first and third.

Full list - here

MASUM 2015

Wednesday, 29/7/2015

Today will be the first day for MASUM 2015. What is MASUM. In English, MASUM is Malaysian Universities Sports Council. In Bahasa Malaysia, MASUM stands for Majlis Sukan Universiti Malaysia. 

A bit history on MASUM. It began in 1975 after the first sports carnival among the staffs of Malaysian Universities was held a year earlier. In early years, the sports inter universities were held ad hoc. In 1981, GUM was created. The name changed to MASUIPTIM two years later when finally it became MASUM in 1985. Today, there are 20 local universities which are the members of MASUM.

source : MASUM official website

This year, MASUM is hosted by UTM, Johor Baharu.

GiLoCatur is very glad since chess is one of the sports in the competition. The first round will kick off in about one hour from now. GiLoCatur will follow MASUM 2015 especially chess because GiLoCatur's eldest son, Fikri, will be participating. Fikri will represent UiTM. 

Below are the photos of the venue for the chess tournament, courtesy of Nass Siro FB.

source : Nass Siro FB

source : Nass Siro FB

Let's the game begin!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MCF Official Website

GiLoCatur just found this morning about the official website of Persekutuan Catur Malaysia or its acronym Malaysian Chess Federation. GiLoCatur would like to share the link - especially to all Malaysian chess community.

MCF Official Website

Syabas & Tahniah CM Fadli aka Stonemaster!

GiLoCatur would like to congratulate CM Fadli (below photo) on his appointment as an EXCO with the KLCA ie Kuala Lumpur Chess Association. GiLoCatur notices that the chess association has new website / blog link - GiLoCatur has to update the new link in GiLoCatur's Blog since the old website link is no more active.

Wish CM Fadli as well as KLCA for great future for Malaysian chess.

source : CM Fadli FB