Sunday, October 27, 2013

New UPSI Chess Open Champion

Finally, the new champion emerges at the UPSI Chess Open. GiLoCatur gets the news from the facebook. So, it is still unofficial. Both IM Mas and Ian Udani who were earlier edition champions can not stop the new champion. Do you know who is the new champion? It is known among the local netizens as Nf6. His full name is Mohd Saprin Sabri. Congratulation to him!

Saprin aka Nf6 (left)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

UPSI Chess Open Update

Thanks to Kaber for uploading the pairing and results of the UPSI chess open at GiLoCatur could follow the tournament. Actually, at the time of this blog entry, GiLoCatur and wife are at SM Sains Alam Shah, Cheras visiting GiLoCatur's eldest son, Fikri, who in less than two weeks will sit for SPM examination. 

Why only GiLoCatur and wife, eh? Where is Fahim? In fact, Fahim is having a scout camping in Shah Alam. His camping will end tomorrow. 

Back to the UPSI chess open, GiLoCatur believes the fourth round is on going. Three rounds had completed. There are three categories in which the participants take part. In the age-group categories, the top six players live up to their ranking where they are paired against each other on the top three boards. 

Click below links to find out the results of the first three rounds. 

Kejohanan Catur Terbuka UPSI 2013 -Sekolah Rendah

Kejohanan Catur Terbuka UPSI 2013 -Sekolah Menengah

In the Open category, Ian Udani attempts to making another history to once again become the champion. He is ranked second. The best bet to stop Ian is IM Mas who is the top seed in this year edition. For sure, IM Mas also wants to put his name in the record to score another victory as the champion. As GiLoCatur recall, there are only three names who have become the UPSI chess open champions. Ian, IM Mas and Syakir. 

Kejohanan Catur Terbuka UPSI 2013 -OPEN

We will find out the answer after the tournament completes its final round tomorrow. 

photo from fb of Ezmi Mahmood aka Hero

SMS Alam Shah, Cheras, KL

Friday, October 25, 2013

Good Luck To All Participants In The UPSI Chess Open

GiLoCatur would like to wish GOOD LUCK and ENJOY THE GAME to all the participants who will take part in the UPSI chess open which first round will start tomorrow morning. Once again, GiLoCatur and family have to miss one of GiLoCatur's local chess tournaments. 

In this blog, GiLoCatur has been writing about the past UPSI chess tournaments quite a lot especially the editions in which GiLoCatur attended. Key in "UPSI chess open" in the Search This Blog field, you will get the list of entries on the tournament.

A question comes into GiLoCatur's mind, "Is Ian Udani participating in this year edition?" Why such question? It is because for GiLoCatur, Ian is very synonymous with the tournament. Ian has been very successful in the tournament. Go to this entry to find out. 

UPSI chess open flyer

By the way, do you know what edition would be this year?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Are You "HERO"?

Can you spot the "HERO" in below pictures? It is pretty obvious, right?

In what local chess tournament that the "HERO" took part? Anyone can give the answer? Oh, you need a clue? The chess tournament has been held in tradition in the month of October. In fact, for this year edition it will be held on this coming weekend, from 25th to 27th October. Does it help?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New National Chess Rating ID

What is your latest national chess ratings?

The above questions is for the Malaysian chess player. The October or Quarter 3 (Q3) release had been published by the Malaysian rating officer, Lim Tse Pin, in his chess blog (here) several days ago. For the info, 19 chess events had been submitted for the national rating. Please go to Tse Pin's chess blog to find the list of the nationally-rated chess events. In fact, a chess rating ID has also been introduced starting this Q3. It is a 9-Alphanumeric ID. It is something new. BRAVO for the effort.

Below is the national chess rating ID for GiLoCatur's family:

MCR000212 - Fikri
MCR000591 - Anis Fariha
MCR000386 - Fahim Al-Faqeh
MCR000479 - GiLoCatur 

What is your national chess rating ID?

Rating wise, only Fahim's changed. He took part in two nationally-rated local chess tournaments namely KUSESS Team Open and Swensen Age Group. Fortunately, Fahim gained points in both tournaments. He gained 29.4 in the former and 17.4 in the latter. Thus, having accumulated 47 points in total, Fahim's national rating improves from 1482 to 1529. 

So, what is the national chess rating of GiLoCatur? The answer is 3 more points to 1500. Get it? GiLoCatur hopes to take part in at least one nationally-rated chess event in Quarter 4 and managed to pass the 1500 mark. 

Both Fikri and Anis have not been playing in chess tournaments since the MSSM chess championship. They have big examination this year. As of now, Anis had taken her PMR exam, while Fikri has less than one month for his SPM exam. Fikri is rated at 1624 nationally while his sister, Anis, is rated at 1466.

Beside the national chess rating, there is another chess rating being used in Malaysia. It is Cerdik Catur Rating or CCR in acronym. Neither GiLoCatur nor GiLoCatur's children has the CCR. It is because we have yet participate in any CCrated-chess event. Except Fikri, we will have CCR after taking part in the "Kejohanan Catur Rekreasi Alam Sekitar FRIM" next month.