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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Abdullah Is Winner Of The May Edition Of First Saturday

Here are the latest results of the First Saturday Classical Chess May 2010 held at the Excel Chess Academy, OUG, Kuala Lumpur on two days, 15-16 May 2010.

AbdullahCheHassan Abdullah Che Hassan (pix), the favorite, won the First Saturday Classical Chess May 2010 with 5.5 points. In second place was Nor Azman Ismail with 4.0 points and in third, Jax Tham with 3.5 points. While Nor Izzudin Nor Azman was fourth with 3.5 points. And in fifth place was Tinjun Hao with 3.0 points, too!

 

 

Ranking after round 6 of FSCC5
No.  PNo.  Name                       Score WP    SB     PS    rat.  TPR  W-We
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  1.    1  ABDULLAH CHE HASSAN         5.5  17.0  15.00  19.5  0000  -   0   
  2.    3  NOR AZMAN ISMAIL            4.0  21.0  13.00  13.5  0000  -   0   
  3.    2  JAX THAM                    3.5  21.5  11.25  13.0  0000  -   0   
        4  NOR IZZUDIN NOR AZMAN       3.5  18.5   8.00  11.0  0000  -   0   
  5.    6  TINJUN HAO                  3.0  21.5   8.50  12.0  0000  -   0   
        5  NOR AMIRRUDDIN HAFIZ        3.0  18.0   5.00  10.0  0000  -   0   
  7.    7  MUKESH KUMAR                2.5  15.5   4.25  10.0  0000  -   0   
  8.   10  WONG KAR WENG               2.0  14.0   3.75   6.0  0000  -   0   
        9  THAM CHEE LEONG             2.0  13.5   3.75   4.0  0000  -   0   
10.    8  WONG KAR KIN                0.0  19.5   0.00   0.0  0000  -   0   
       11  KUNG KAH HENG               0.0  18.0   9.00   0.0  0000  -   0   
       12  KUNG SOON HENG              0.0  18.0   9.00   0.0  0000  -   0   


Ranking and Games after round 6 of FSCC5
No.  PNo.  Name                          R1    R2    R3    R4    R5    R6       Score
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  1.    1  ABDULLAH CHE HASSAN           5w1   4b1   2w1   3b«   6w1   8b1    0   5.5
  2.    3  NOR AZMAN ISMAIL              7w1   2b0   5w1   1w«   4b«   6b1    0   4.0
  3.    2  JAX THAM                      6b1   3w1   1b0   4w0   7b«   5w1    0   3.5
        4  NOR IZZUDIN NOR AZMAN         8b1   1w0   6b0   2b1   3w«  10w1    0   3.5
  5.    6  TINJUN HAO                    2w0   9b1   4w1   7b1   1b0   3w0    0   3.0
        5  NOR AMIRRUDDIN HAFIZ          1b0   8w1   3b0  10w1   9w1   2b0    0   3.0
  7.    7  MUKESH KUMAR                  3b0  10w1   8b1   6w0   2w«   9b0    0   2.5
  8.   10  WONG KAR WENG                  r0   7b0   9w1   5b0   8w1   4b0   -1   2.0
        9  THAM CHEE LEONG                r0   6w0  10b0   8w1   5b0   7w1    1   2.0
10.    8  WONG KAR KIN                  4w0   5b0   7w0   9b0  10b0   1w0    0   0.0
       11  KUNG KAH HENG                  r0    r0    r0    r0    r0    r0    0   0.0
       12  KUNG SOON HENG                 r0    r0    r0    r0    r0    r0    0   0.0

(source: Jax Tham, ECA)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Abdullah Leads in First Saturday Classical Chess May 2010

15 May 2010, Kuala Lumpur - Here are the round 3 rankings and round 4 pairings of the First Saturday Classical Chess May 2010 that is being held at the Excel Chess Academy over the weekend 15-16 May 2010 in Overseas Union Garden, Kuala Lumpur. The FSCC is a six round chess tournament employing the classical chess time control of 90 minutes plus 30 sec increment.

Leading the pack is Abdullah Che Hassan with 3.0 points from three rounds. Second is Jax Tham with 2.0 pts and in third place is Nor Azman Ismail, also with 2.0 points.

Nor Azman Ismail

Pix 1. Nor Azman Ismail in third place.

Ranking after round 3 of FSCC5

No. PNo. Name Score WP SB PS rat. TPR W-We

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1. 1 ABDULLAH CHE HASSAN 3.0 4.0 4.00 6.0 0000 - 0

2. 2 JAX THAM 2.0 7.0 4.00 5.0 0000 - 0

3 NOR AZMAN ISMAIL 2.0 5.0 3.00 4.0 0000 - 0

6 TINJUN HAO 2.0 3.5 1.50 3.0 0000 - 0

7 MUKESH KUMAR 2.0 3.5 1.50 3.0 0000 - 0

6. 4 NOR IZZUDIN NOR AZMAN 1.0 5.0 0.00 3.0 0000 - 0

5 NOR AMIRRUDDIN HAFIZ 1.0 5.0 0.00 2.0 0000 - 0

10 WONG KAR WENG 1.0 4.0 1.25 1.0 0000 - 0

9. 11 KUNG KAH HENG 0.0 4.5 2.25 0.0 0000 - 0

12 KUNG SOON HENG 0.0 4.5 2.25 0.0 0000 - 0

8 WONG KAR KIN 0.0 4.0 0.00 0.0 0000 - 0

9 THAM CHEE LEONG 0.0 4.0 0.25 0.0 0000 - 0

Pairing of round 4 of FSCC5

Table White - Black Results

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1 NOR AZMAN ISMAIL ( 2 ) - ABDULLAH CHE HASSAN ( 3 ) 3- 1 .

2 MUKESH KUMAR ( 2 ) - TINJUN HAO ( 2 ) 7- 6 .

3 JAX THAM ( 2 ) - NOR IZZUDIN NOR AZMA( 1 ) 2- 4 .

4 NOR AMIRRUDDIN HAFIZ( 1 ) - WONG KAR WENG ( 1 ) 5- 10 .

5 KUNG KAH HENG ( 0 ) - WONG KAR KIN ( 0 ) 11- 8 .

6 THAM CHEE LEONG ( 0 ) - KUNG SOON HENG ( 0 ) 9- 12 .

(source: Jax Tham, ECA)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Doing it All-In-One

Originally published at DATCC blog and republished here with permission from Lim Chong.

By Lim Chong

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One of the aims of organising an internationally rated tournament is to provide local players with a chance to gain title norms.

In the past, rated tournaments were rare at the local level and our top players needed to go overseas, sometimes halfway round the globe, in search of the elusive international master norms.

Even rated players then complained that they faced the risk of being relegated to the inactive rating list because they did not have opportunities to take part in rated events.

Now the situation has improved and the country is able to host at least one or two internationally rated tournaments annually.

The latest example was the Kuala Lumpur Open 2010 with 12 grandmasters and 17 international masters, which offered a reasonable opportunity to go for norms.

But what came as a surprise was that some of our top players were not among the 20 Malaysian participants, already outnumbered by India with 23 players who seemed hungrier for norms.

Having such a useful event in our own backyard and finding some of our own top representatives missing from the line-up is rather baffling and disappointing. And ironical too, isn’t it?

One of those busy working hard to organise more playing opportunities for chess enthusiasts is veteran Jax Tham Tick Hong, who is also coach, arbiter and player, verily an all-in-one for chess.

He is known for his no-frills, value-for-money tournaments held twice a month at his Excel Chess Academy, basically comprising a six-round event using classical time controls and a 10-round rapid chess, held usually over the weekends.

As a player, Tham is not just there to make up the number but also to compete for the top prize. He is a proven asset to any team with his wide experience and deep knowledge of the game.

With his understanding and ability to make playable unusual opening moves, Tham can easily steer any game into unfamiliar territory, thus forcing his opponent to rely strictly on their chess skills rather than memorised variations.

Tham was in the pioneer group of national players to get international ratings. In addition to several rated tournaments locally, he played in two Commonwealth chess championships. He always played well against foreign players, including scoring a memorable win against 1983 Commonwealth champion Greg Hjorth of Australia.

There were occasional tournament victories and upsets against higher rated opponents but during an era dominated by Jimmy Liew, Christi Hon and Peter Long, it was tough for him to stand out.

Tham was forced to cut down on his chess activities due to career and later family commitments. Back in the boom days when many remisiers were driving around in BMWs, Tham’s attention was understandably on the Main Board rather than the chess board. And with four sons, one could say he really had his hands full.

But Tham was able to make a comeback to chess in 2000. And for the past two years, it has been full-time chess with the setting up of the Excel Chess Academy. He has trained a number of promising junior players for international competitions.

Tham himself started as a promising schoolboy player at La Salle Petaling Jaya where he picked up the game in Form Three. At that time, the school was bustling with chess activities and he was hanging out with schoolmates Peter Long, Francis Chin, Joseph Toh and Christopher Lee, all of whom went on to make their respective mark in chess.

Chin and Toh, being more senior, guided the group which became a formidable team, proving to be practically unbeatable at district, state and national school levels.

Tham recalled fondly the good times, learning chess from the senior players and playing in tournaments like the Selangor Open which was held at the school’s library. During school holidays, the chess players were taken by chess official Laurence How for trips to Ipoh and Penang for friendly games.

”We just loved to play and were not fearful of the senior national players,” Tham says in between conducting a chess session at a Petaling Jaya school this week.

Now his main objective is to provide a place for chess players to hang out as well as a venue for holding regular events.

“I am not dreaming of becoming an international master. I just want to impart my knowledge to the young players,” Tham says on his aspiration to create a conducive environment for junior players and guiding them on how to improve.

“I have told them that if they can draw or beat me, then they should be able to represent the country,” he says.

“If they want to go further, they must have the fire and passion,” he adds.

Yes, passion to play well, keep improving and at least make an attempt when an opportunity arises to advance further up the chess ladder.