Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2014 Chess Olympiad Is Around The Corner

Today is Tuesday, 29th July 2014.

It is the second day of Eidul Fitri, one of the Muslim's festive celebration.

Four more days before the kick-off of the 2014 Chess Olympiad held in Tromso, Norway.


There are 139 countries competing in the Women's section in the event as per in the chess-results.com. China who is led by GM Hou Yifan is the top seed followed by Russia and Ukraine at the second and third spots respectively.

How about among the ASEAN countries? What is the starting rank for Malaysia?

Malaysia is seeded 75th out of the total 139 teams. Vietnam is leading the ASEAN countries in the ranking. It is ranked 20th with 2309 average ratings. Ranked 22nd with average ratings of 2281 is Indonesia. Philippines is the third best ASEAN countries in the starting rank. It is ranked 44th with average ratings of 2153.

Top 10 + ASEAN
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INA team

MAS team

PHI team

THA team

VIE team

BEST OF LUCK to the Malaysian women team in the 41st Chess Olympiad. Make our country proud. Being in the Top 50 is a reasonable target and achievement for the Malaysian team for GiLoCatur. 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

New MCF Ratings Has Come Out

This morning GiLoCatur was just thinking about the latest release of MCF Chess Ratings. It is not GiLoCatur's latest ratings that is very important. It is the ratings of GiLoCatur's children that is more important. 

So, what are their latest ratings? Have their ratings improved? 

Alhamdulillah, the ratings of all the three GiLoCatur's children have improved. Meaning, all their ratings are PLUSes. 

Fikri, the eldest child, has gained 32 points. His latest MCF ratings is 1727. He has moved up to the Top 200 among the Malaysian male chess players. In the last release, Fikri was 248th. Fikri is short 24 points to reach 1750 mark in the National ratings. 

Anis Fariha, the sole daughter, has gained 40 points. Her latest MCF ratings is 1487. She has moved up to the Top 150 among the Malaysian female chess players. 

Fahim Al-Faqeh, the youngest child, who will be sitting for UPSR exam in less than two months has gained 101 points. He is short 31 points to surpass the 1650 mark as his 2014 chess mission. He has made the tremendous leap in the Top Malaysian Male chess players listing.

Hopefully, all the three GiLoCatur's children still have the passion in chess. Without it, GiLoCatur can not help them much to propel in the chess ladder.

How about GiLoCatur's national ratings? Since GiLoCatur had not participated in any nationally-rated chess tournament, no changes to GiLoCatur's national ratings.

What is your new national ratings? Check it out here.

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Wow, GiLoCatur has not updated this blog for more than a month. What happen, man? Have your lost interest in chess? Or have you lost interest in blogging? 

Lots of events both chess and non-chess that have happened like the recently concluded World Cup 2014. Even lots of "interesting" stories in the Malaysian chess circle especially regarding the Chess Olympiads selection. Not interested to write about it?

For sure, the number of visitors will decline when the blog is not updated. Below statistics on visits and page views of this blog verify the fact.

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