Stories from Opinion

  • 3 years ago

    Entrenchment and the politics of revenge

    AUGUST 4 ― Unlike the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) which would be an illegal organisation should the relevant national sports authorities choose to act, the World Chess...

  • 3 years ago

    How a grandmaster can impact his community... if not the entire country

    JULY 28 ― We live in a world desperate for leadership and it is no different in chess or for that matter, every other sport. The world chess champion today is Norway's Magnus...

  • 3 years ago

    Focus on local chess services industry

    JULY 21 ― Close to the end of 2006, the huge success of Intchess in Singapore convinced the owners to expand to Malaysia. That Malaysian outpost evolved over the years to become...

  • 3 years ago

    Surprises in Malaysian team to Chess Olympiad

    JULY 14 — Apparently Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) President Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib will be leading our team to the upcoming World Chess Olympiad from September 1-15. ...

  • 3 years ago

    How to get ready (or not) for the chess Olympiad

    JULY 7 ― With less than two months to go, the focus is on the World Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from September 1-15, 2016 and the likely removal of the World...

  • 3 years ago

    World Chess Championship through the years

    JUNE 30 ― Many people do not know while others have forgotten that the World Chess Federation (FIDE) was formed to take control of the World Chess Championship which, till the...

  • 3 years ago

    Chess formats: What does the future look like?

    JUNE 23 ― In the last 10 days, chess players have been largely torn between watching the games played by the world's elite at the Paris Grand Chess Tour or the soccer...

  • 3 years ago

    Chess events to look forward to in the second half of 2016

    JUNE 16 — We are almost halfway through 2016 and there has already been so much chess with even more to come! The biggie so far was the Women’s World Chess...

  • 3 years ago

    Asean chess will endure

    JUNE 9 ― The 17th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships has just ended in Pattaya, Thailand and it was a big success for both the Asean Chess Confederation (ACC) and Thailand...

  • 3 years ago

    FIDE rating list: Who is up and who is not

    JUNE 2 ― The monthly publication of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)  rating list is very much looked forward to and with practically no Malaysian participation in...

  • 3 years ago

    Petty squabbles that hold the game back

    MAY 26 — While the European Individual Chess Championship held in Djakovica, Kosovo has just ended, the Asian Individual Chess Championship started yesterday in...

  • 3 years ago

    Yet another look at FIDE and Russia

    MAY 19 ― Looking at the FIDE (World Chess Federation) website, you might think that the organisation is all about Russia! For example, as I write this column, of the five...

  • 3 years ago

    Choosing players for the national team... why bother?

    MAY 12 ― One complaint constantly raised by top players with regard to their national chess federations is that nothing or not enough is being done for them. My response? No...

  • 3 years ago

    A tale of two tournaments

    MAY 5 ― In recent years, I have been making regular trips to Australia's Gold Coast and this time around the excuse to visit was an invitation from the Anglican Church...

  • 3 years ago

    A long hard look at selection to the World Chess Olympiad

    APRIL 28 ― The Malaysian Masters has ended. The top four in each of the Open and Women 10 player round robin tournaments have gained automatic selection to the Malaysian...

  • 3 years ago

    Why the drama about Ukraine, FIDE?

    APRIL 21 — In the end it was India's Surya Sekhar Ganguly who emerged victorious at the Bangkok Chess Club-Thailand International Open Chess Championship 2016 on...

  • 3 years ago

    A look at some of the action (or lack of) in South-east Asia

    APRIL 14 ― As I write this column, the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open-Thailand Open Chess Championships has passed the initial stage where the first three rounds were played...

  • 3 years ago

    Time to head to Bangkok

    APRIL 7 — South-east Asia’s longest-running International Open Championship — the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open — will once again be held at the Dusit Thani...

  • 3 years ago

    Tournaments in Asia... including one that had its start in Penang

    MARCH 31 ― While the chess world is still talking about the fantastic finish at the just-concluded Candidates Tournament in Moscow, it must be noted that FIDE (World Chess...