Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Map to Catur Terbuka Rakan Muda

Make a date this 25th Dec 2007!!


MASA : 08.00 PAGI – 06.00 PETANG

Nota : Pendaftaran dengan bayaran sebelum pukul 9.00 pagi. Pusingan pertama bermula pada 9.30 pagi. Untuk pendaftaran awal boleh hubungi pihak urusetia atau email ke

Syarat-syarat Pertandingan :-

1. Terbuka kepada semua yang berminat - (lelaki / perempuan).
2. Pertandingan mengikut “ swiss system ”.
3. Pertandingan secara individu sahaja.
4. Yuran penyertaan sebanyak RM 10.00 seorang untuk kategori bawah 12 tahun dan RM 20.00 seorang untuk kategori terbuka.
5. Keputusan pengadil adalah MUKTAMAD.
6. Untuk kategori bawah 12 tahun, sekiranya peserta kurang dari 30, kategori ini akan di mansuhkan dan diserap ke ketegori terbuka.
7. Hadiah diberi kepada pemenang : -

Untuk kategori bawah 12 tahun / U12

- Tempat Pertama - RM 60.00 + Piala
- Tempat Kedua - RM 50.00 + Piala
- Tempat Ketiga - RM 40.00 + Piala
- Tempat Keempat - RM 30.00 + Piala
- Tempat Kelima - RM 20.00 + Piala

Untuk kategori Terbuka / OPEN

- Tempat Pertama - RM 350.00 + Piala + Hamper
- Tempat Kedua - RM 250.00 + Piala + Hamper
- Tempat Ketiga - RM 150.00 + Piala + Hamper
- Tempat Keempat - RM 100.00 + Piala + Hamper
- Tempat Kelima - RM 70.00 + Piala + Hamper
- Tempat ke 6 – 8 - RM 50 + Piala + Hamper
- Peserta Terbaik Wanita - Piala + Hamper
- Peserta Terbaik IPT - Piala + Hamper
- Peserta Terbaik Bawah 18 Tahun - Piala + Hamper
- Peserta Terbaik Bawah 16 Tahun - Piala + Hamper
- Peserta Terbaik Bawah 14 Tahun - Piala + Hamper

* Jumlah wang keseluruhan RM 1270.00
* Jamuan Hi-Tea disediakan

* Untuk pertanyaan / pendaftaran : Faizul 012-2029271 / Rashdan 016-3452507 / Nazif 013-3667395

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

FIDE National Instructor / Developmental Instructor Course 2007

During the Asean Youth team, there was a Chess Course held there for the title, National Instructor (NI) or Developmental Instructor (DI).

There were more than 12 participants initially, then the number decreasing to 12 people. Mostly comprising of School Teachers who were all avid chess fans. The ladies participants were, Suffiah, Haslindah, Fadzilah and me. We were sponsored by Women Sports Fitness Foundation Malaysia (WSFFM), and of course our fees are higher than the school teachers have to pay. Our thanks to WSFFM for sponsoring us!

From 12 participants taking the exams to determine which receives which titles, only 10 of us manages to receive titles. 8 of us managed to grab the NI title. They are ; Khor Bean Hwa (Penang), Abu Bakar Martin (Perak), Mohd Rezal (Putrajaya), Shamsuddin Mat Isa (MSSM), Khairunnisa (WSFFM), Fadzilah (WSFFM), Haslindah (WSFFM), and Joseph Toh (KL)

While the other 2 receipients of DI are; Hamdan Sairi (Johor) and Suffiah Mohamad (WSFFM)

The course started on the 2nd dec with the lectures from Mr Ignitius Leong and then our FIDE Instructor, Mr Olimpiu G Urcan from Romania, but resides in Singapore now.

On the 5th dec (wednesday), the written exams kicks off with the puzzle test. To really test our evaluation of the chess compositon lies. The top scorer of the test was Mr Joseph Toh. The second test was written assessment of general knowledge of chess. And the top scorer of the test was, me.... hahaha... I never expect that one coming.. I got 78/80 for that test. Daily reading of chess news paid off!. The next test conducted in the evening was the presention of a chess topic. Pick a topic what we wanted to teach as the presentation and present it. Luckily some of us got to do just one presentation, some did 2 while few got to do 3rd presentation. The best presenter was Shamsudin Mat Isa. Well.. he deserves it!

The most memorable moments that makes me smile all days, despite all the troubles that we had to go through to be there, to stay there and taking the exams, was that, I was named the overall top scorer of the course, Fadzilah was named second, and Shamsudin was third.

And it was announced at the hall, to be heard by all the chess fans there! This is truly a blessing in disguise......

During the presentation

Listening carefully what the instructor got to say

From left, Shamsudin Mat Isa, me, Mr Olimpiu (the instructor), Fadzilah and Suffiah

Our happy faces with the certificates

1st Asean Youth Team Chess Championship 2007

on 2nd - 6th dec 2007, 1st Asean Youth Team Chess Championship was organised at Hotel Concorde Shah Alam. Participants are mostly MSS of each states in Malaysia. Few team from Singapore, and Vietnam. While others are from Individual institutions from Malaysia.

On the first day of the event, the venue was unexpectedly played in rooms (they called it galleries) at the hotel. The second day, then the event was held at its rightful place - in a ballroom which is convinient for all.

From the sound of the event's name, I am expecting players from other Asean regions, but only 2 countries send their teams. Hmm.... I hope more will participate in the coming event next year!

Here are pictures from the recent Asean Youth Team. To find out more about the details report of the event. Check out

Masterskill nursing college is the main sponsor of the event, so, no wonder all the nurses to-be are there during the opening ceremony!

From left - Ignitius Leong (FIDE Secretary General), Raja Dato' Seri Azureen, and Masterskill CEO Edmund Santhara

Seated from left - Florencio Campomanes (FIDE Honorary Presiden), Ignitius Leong, Raja Dato' Seri Azureen, Edmund, and MSSM rep En. Rosman.

Pictures together with the VIPs invited, including GM Utut Adianto wearing the green blazer.

"and let the game begins..." Raja Dato' Seri Azureen officiated the event.

A friendly game between the two masters...

And it ended with a draw, mutually agreed!

Meeting the participants

MSSM Pahang U-15 Team

MSSM Pahang U-15 players (on the left is Khairilhelmi)

MSSM Pahang U-12 team

MSSM Pahang U-9 Team.

From left Izzatul Aini (8 yrs) and Nur Nadia (9 yrs) both from SK Tok Sira Kuantan

in deep thought, huh...!?

Muhammad Fatih, the U-9 player from MSSM Pahang also from SK Tok Sira Kuantan

Majlis Jamuan Raya Pahang Sports Council

On 2nd November there were a Raya reception lunch held at Majlis Sukan Negeri Pahang. All athletes and officers were invited at the the reception including parents. There were also incentives given to all Pahang athletes who participates and won medals at this year Sukan Wanita Kebangsaan 2007, becoz Pahang won the most medals in the games!

We chessplayers were included in the list of incentives given. Pahang managed to bag 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 4 bronzes in the chess. As chess starts with the letter "c" we were announced the first to come up the stage! (news on this were highlighted in the Sinar Harian - newspaper for Pahang folk)

Faces of joy from the players

Happy with the rewards.. of course!

International Women and sports Conference 2007

As reported earlier, now posted pictures of the event..

From left, Suffiah, Esther and me attending the seminar

All of us...

Dato' Azalina at the dinner reception

Where the dinner was held

Other delegates from other sports, on my left were from TUDM and Majlis Paralimpik Malaysia

We are having fun at the seminar, actually.....

Friends from Persatuan Hoki and Masjlis Sukan Negeri Terengganu at the dinner reception

Delegates from Indonesia

Delegates from Arabs

VIP consists of Instructors from foreign countries

Delegates from African Nations

The silat performance during the opening ceremony

And we have guys attending and giving speech too! (seen in pic - Tan' sri Elyas Omar)

The backdrops

What an experience!, with the Asian 400meter gold medallist (Asian Games Doha) from Bahrain