Dinner was held at the same Cititel Ballroom on monday (24/8/09). It is merely a fund raising dinner, whereby Dato' Tan's friends and family bought the tables and came to the dinner.Not just that Dato' Tan's speech also voice out the fact that he really honestly wanted the chess atmosphere to goes on as long as possible with sufficient funding, and stressed out that how he wish his children would understand his ambition of our chess scene. It was a touching moment for me there, how a father who has given everything to his children expect nothing more from them but a little understanding about ones passion for chess. I think I understood what my parents wants from me as their daughter...just like the old saying, a parent can take care 10 children, but not one children can take care of one parent. The dinner starts with introduction of the GMs coming to DATMO (ah well as usual, only DATMO were given free invitation to the dinner).
Pic left : from left Florencio Campamanes, Dato' Tan, Lawrence How. The last time I saw Lawrence was in the early 90s, where he was still in the MCF. He was passionate about chess back then. After MCF he is active in the formation of Manchester United Fan Club. I have been there once in the 90s, it was a small place at that time.. now it is popular attraction to all Malaysians - MU fans!
Pic right : Dato' Tan introducing 2 young Malaysian talents at the dinner, Tan Li Ting and Yeoh Li Tian. Dato' Tan asking the fellow businessmen at the dinner to sponsor these 2 kids to become our first GM and WGM one day!
The VIPs attending the dinner
En Hamid, the MC for the night, and Dato Tan with his friends
Pic left : I only recognised from left Lim Chong - the former chess columnist of Malay Mail newspaper in the 90s.
Pic right : Haslindah with Mr Victor - MCF First secretary!
Pic left : DATMO Chief Arbiter - En Najib with wife.
Pic right : Our Gilachess Blogger looking good in red Batik Shirt
The atmosphere of the dinner.