Sunday, June 23, 2013

SCF EXCO 2013-2015

At today's AGM held at the SIGC Conference Room, a total of 25 people attended with the agenda of electing the next Executive Council for 2013-15. In attendance were some trainers, players and Life Members notably NMs Koh Kum Hong and Mark Choong Liong Onn, as well as IM Chan Peng Kong, Xavier Chua and a few parents plus the outgoing EXCO.

At the stewardship of Treasurer Leonard Lau, the finances of the SCF improved with a healthy surplus. The auditor has commended the outgoing Committee for their efforts in turning round the SCF from its dubious position 2 years ago towards proper governance in managing its financial affairs.

At the end of the elections, which was mainly a slated affair with the team as listed below:

           President    :  Ignatius Leong
Vice - President    :  Leonard Lau
                                 Kenneth Tan
                                 Shashi Jayakumar

          Treasurer    :  Ang Hao Yao

 Council Members:  Luke Leong
                                Jason Goh
                                Tony Tan
                                Tan Lian Ann
                                Mark Choong Liong Onn
                                Fan Kow Hin    

General Secretary:  Dr Lee Chien Earn    

The current committee is a mix of young and experienced ex-EXCO office bearers. Kenneth was in the President's seat in the 2004-5 term which saw the SCF  engulfed in a law suit, while Lian Ann and Choong were active in previous EXCOs as President, Vice President and Treasurer. All 3 have business connections which may aid the SCF in its preparations for the hosting of the 2014 World Amateur Championships in Singapore in April 2014. My hope goes in that the EXCO will look into the issues I've raised in my earlier posts concerning the shortage of organising manpower, the erosion of interest in chess amongst the secondary schools.

I've asked what was the status of SCF's licencing scheme of players going forward. The returned President has stated that the scheme is undergoing so fine-tuning but will be implemented in due course. Although there were some concerns raised by a member about the lack of international GM tournaments similar to that of the Bangkok Open, it was generally a cordial meeting.

My congratulations to all elected members of the EXCO.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


As I know not many are SCF members and may not have the privilege of voicing their views regarding chess matters in Singapore, I once again open the floor to you to air your views. Kindly state your name even if you are entering your comments anonymously. I will do my best allow them published so long as it is constructive to the chess community at large.

I can help to table some of your concerns if you cannot be there.

The floor is open.

Monday, June 10, 2013


The Standard Chess event started on Saturday 8 June at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai Thailand. Singapore has the largest contingent of trainers here, working hard round the clock to guide the players before each game and post-mortems after.

I was taking care of my 3 charges, 2 of which were ill from flu and recovering from fever and cough. But I am very proud of them as they showed good spirit, played their games with grit and managed decent scores.

Royce Tan is currently on 2.5 out of 3 points, scheduled to meet the Indonesian 4th place finisher at Hue last year. Our preparations have been most useful in anticipating the positions that we are confident in scoring. Most U10 players do not pay much attention to their openings so it is a great boost of confidence when we see our preparation yield results. I am counting on 2 more wins today from Royce so that he gets the award of going to the next AAG with a 50% subsidy as promised by SCF President Ignatius Leong!

Hui Ling scored 1 out of 3 games, but she had a winning attack which could have been converted to a full point if only she had remembered her plans shown in our earlier lessons. Having known her Rd 3 opponent was the WCM Teh De Jen, she managed to hold the Malaysian star to a draw in spite of her health condition 
and I was very proud of her achievement. Today she will be playing White.

Shi Hao has so far scored 1 out of 3 inspite of an incessant cough that bugged him from the start of the event, but recovering. Hopefully he gets to do well today.

Seeing the familiar faces from the Malaysian contingent like Greg Lau, Mok, KK Chan reminded me how long it has been since the last Singapore vs Malaysia match. It was good catching up on news and happenings and forging stronger bonds of collaboration and understanding.

More to come.