Friday, January 22, 2016


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Monday, December 28, 2015


This is part of the market for chess trainers in Singapore for 2016. There should be more of such jobs.

All I can say is that the pie is growing and can only grow bigger if there are more trainers available. Some schools had shelved their Chess CCA due to lack of trainers, which is a real pity because I am sure that there are enough Singaporean chess players approaching their retirement with good speaking skills and just need a little training to teach chess to kids.

Join me.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


This year's National Championships from 20-27 December differs from the ones held before.

We see the return of some old faces with the rating cap of 2400 lifted. With the absence of (IM Goh Wei Ming who will be away at  in Hungary), IMs Hsu Li Yang and Terry Toh, we get the participation of:

GM Wong Meng Kong
IM   Ravindran Shammugam
IM   Enrique Paciencia
IM   Tin JingYao
FM  Mark Ong Chong Ghee (after a long break!)
CM  Tan Wei Liang
       Benjamin Foo
       William Woong
       Urcan Olimpiu

We hope that this event with a total prize fund of $5000 can attract and compensate the top players of Singapore for their time and effort in maintaining the chess prowess whilst pursuing a career outside of chess. I hope that the following players (whose names are mentioned below) do see the significance of contributing back to the Singapore Chess scene now that there is positive vibes and vigour with the launch of the Nationals.

Terry Chua
IM-elect Timothy Chan
FM Dominic Lo
Kelvin Wee
Andre Eng
Jarred Neubronner
Wee Zhen Yang
Teo Wei Xing
Lau Keng Boon
Mark Chan
Tan Tzer En
Howard Chiu
Wong Meng Leong
IM Jason Goh
Alphonsus Chia
NM Koh Kum Hong
IM Tan Lian Ann
Alvin Ong
Tan Chin Hoe
IM Leslie Leow
IM Lim Seng Hoo
Quek Suan Shiau
Quek Suan Fuan
Tan Chor Chuan
FM Goh Cheng Hong
Dennis Tan
Derrick Heng
FM Lim Hoon Cheng
Low Pe Yeow
Mark Tan Keng Yew
Lee Wang Sheng
Wong Foong Yin 

Should all of them (spanning 3 generations of national players) have participated, the Nationals will have been the strongest in Singapore chess history. 


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015


The 2nd Thomson Chess Fiesta concluded yesterday, smoothly run thanks to the tireless team of 6 that saw to rapid situational changes (including changing 30 clocks on the spot due to an error in settings). Other than that, most players had relatively good conditions of play, though parents had to scramble for chairs they could find to get seated in the hall. 

All Prize Winners 

The top 3 prize winners in the Cup Rapid were dominated by the foreign players, top place was Nelson Villanueva with 7.5 pts, followed by Steward Manaog  and Franco Demiar on 7. Our local juniors Tan Jun Hao and Lee Shi Hao followed on 6.5 pts. Gavin scored best performance for U14 with 6pts finishing 9th, Thomson Chess Club regular Leong Sher Han scored 4 pts to end 37th out of 64 registered players.  Full results here

The Thomson Challengers had an outstanding result : Under 10 player Zachary Leong finished ahead of 2 adults to emerge clear 8 pts as Champion! Bradley from VS scored 6 pts but finished just outside the prize list of 15. Challengers results posted here.

Ryan managed 4.5 pts 36th out of 82 registered players. Though a reasonable result, I felt he had grown as a player and now puts in greater effort in each of his games, feeling tired towards the end of the tournament. A sign of better things to come.

Other students who did not fare well were either out of touch ( this is their first tournament just after the exams) or they did not apply what was taught. Parents should have their kids then to reflect on what happened and let the children express their views on what they should do to do better next time round. This should be done before they take part in the next tournament or else the same outcome will repeat itself. 

All in all, everyone had a good time at the tournament and I certainly hope more juniors will consider playing in the Cup Rapid next year to lift their FIDE ratings. And parents stop asking about age-group prizes, because young children should be taught the right values of hard work and sacrifice to achieve :-)

My heartfelt thanks to the Thomson CCMC and to Mr Yap Pao Ming for his sponsorship, all of which helped to make this tournament a success.

Thursday, October 1, 2015