Category Archives: Chess

All the right moves

It has been two long years since I wrote my last chess column. I thought that I had been forgotten by the people in The Star until one day in February when one of their sub-editors emailed me to ask … Continue reading

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Merdeka open chess

Guess who I bumped into at this year’s Merdeka open team chess championship at the Cititel Midvalley over the weekend?

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Keeping the tempo

Interesting mix of players at round-robin tournament. AFTER the excitement of the Malaysian Chess Festival, the focus of the chess community has turned to the Raja Nazrin Shah invitational masters and international open chess championships at the Swiss Garden Hotel … Continue reading

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Chinese players dominate

Chinese players make an impression. ONE clear sign of the eighth Arthur Tan Malaysia open chess championship that ended at the Cititel Midvalley Hotel last week was the sheer dominance of the Chinese players. The Chinese have always been fervent … Continue reading

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Malaysia Chess Festival highlights

No let-up in pace at 12-day chess fest. FOR the better part of last fortnight, I had been playing in the Malaysia Chess Festival. At the risk of disclosing my age to the whole world, I want to mention that … Continue reading

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Surprising turn at world junior chess championship

Polish grandmaster pulls ahead in final lap. BEING named as the top seed in any tournament can work two ways: it can inspire the player to win the event or make the player muck up his attempt to justify the … Continue reading

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Chess fest: Five days to go

Tough fight expected at Malaysia Chess Festival. THERE are just five days to go before the start of this year’s Malaysia Chess Festival. Are you ready for it? As for me, I’m preparing to make my way down to Kuala … Continue reading

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Achievements of Kramnik, Carlsen not a surprise

Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen finish in top form. IT did not come as a surprise to many that Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen were convincing winners in the Dortmund Sparkassen invitational chess tournament and annual Biel Chess … Continue reading

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Armenia triumphs in chess world

Crowded calendar keeps enthusiasts on their toes. THERE are just too many world-class chess events which have taken place or are taking place all over the world at the same time. From Ningbo in China to Dortmund in Germany and … Continue reading

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Who rules the world

Only the top 10 chess nations of the world get to play in Ningbo. WE’RE in the midst of a mini-Chess Olympiad and it is taking place in Ningbo, China. This is the world team chess championship which started on … Continue reading

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