Wednesday, October 13, 2010

APSSO 2010 - The Malaysian Chess Team

A parent emailed GiLoCatur this morning regarding APSSO that the Malaysian chess team consists of three boys and one girl will participate. APSSO which is the acronym of Asean Primary School Sports Olympiad will be hosted by Indonesia. This year is the fourth edition. For more info about it, check GiLoCatur's previous entry here.

In last year edition (3rd), the host country i.e. Indonesia was the champion after winning 11 out of 19 golds, 7 silvers and 11 bronzes. Malaysia just managed to win 1 gold, 5 silvers and 7 bronzes and placed fourth overall. The gold was won in Badminton discipline.

In chess category, 6 medals were up for the challenge. Indonesia won 4 golds while the other two were won by Vietnam. Click here for further news.

According to the parent, the Malaysian contingent will consist of 36 both officials and athletes from five sports - football, badminton, table tennis (ping pong), athletics and CHESS. The athletes are selected from this year MSSM.

One of the examples that GiLoCatur believes that the Malaysian chess community is still lacking and trailing behind compared to our neighbouring Singaporean chess community is that they have planned and prepared for the event much far ahead. The event had been covered and made publish for public few months ago in their official SCF website as per here. Thanks to the website because the regulations as well as other important info like the schedule and categories of the chess event is also available for us.

Who will represent Malaysia in chess for 2010 APSSO?

MSSM 2010 U12 Champions - WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (P12) and Yeoh Li Tian (L12)

For info, Li Tian also played in the last edition with Nur Nabila, Irfan Haqqim and Tan Wei Hao.

Muhamad Faizal Bin Roslan (L12 chess player of Wilayah Persekutuan)
(photo of Gilachess)

Harlief Hanief (right in the above picture wearing the blue WP windbreaker in the recent 1st NRCC in UTP, L12 chess player of Wilayah Persekutuan)

Best of luck to the Malaysian APSSO contingent especially the chess team. Make Malaysia and the chess community proud. Win as many medals as possible especially the gold.

Thank you En Roslan for the info.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,

I am a chess fan based in Singapore and have been following chess in Malaysia. I believe that Malaysia has a lot of potential in developing world class chess players but what appears to be lacking is proper coordination and direction. The various chess associations such as Selangor, KL Penang, Perak and elsewhere must coordinate their activities and encourage players from the different states to play in the other states. MCF can organise chess camps during the school holidays to allow the officials and students from the different states to meet and have workshops. This can help to build contacts between the different states. At such chess camps teams could be formed with one player from each state so that the players will get to know their fellow Malaysians and perhaps exchange email addresses and become friends. This can only benefit Malaysian chess as frienships are built up between the players in different states.