Friday, May 21, 1999


Northern challenge

By Quah Seng Sun

THE northern region's biggest chess event, the annual Penang Bayview Chess League, starts on June 6 and will be on till mid-August. The tournament, now in its ninth year, is organised by the Penang Chess Association.

The City Bayview Hotel, which donated a pewter challenge trophy worth RM6,000 in 1993, is sponsoring the use of its premises for the championship which will be played on Sundays.

Only teams representing the public and private sectors, institutions of learning and registered associations, societies and clubs are allowed to play in the league. A guest player may be included in each team, but the others must strictly be employees, students or members of the organisation which they represent.

Players who are unable to play as guest players in any team are requested to contact the PCA immediately. If the response is encouraging enough, the PCA will consider grouping them together to play under the association's banner.

Provision has been made for about 30 teams to take part, and each team is allowed up to eight players. However, only four from each team will play at a time in every round.

This year's event will again be split into three divisions. The third division will comprise teams of mainly novice players, while the first and second divisions will be made up of teams that have taken part in previous chess leagues.

The entry fee is RM150 per team and cash prizes are guaranteed for the top teams in each of the three divisions. Closing date for entries is May 30 A managers' meeting will be held at the hotel on June 2 at 8pm.

For more details, visit the PCA website at or call Goh Yoon Wah at 04-644 5687, Ooi Kiem Boo at 04-826 3764 or Eoh Hook Kim at 04-826 0196 in the evenings.

Endah Parade challenge

THE four-day Endah Parade Chess Challenge, jointly organised by the Malaysian Chess Federation and Endah Parade, continues this weekend at the shopping centre in Bandar Baru Sri Petaling.

The Endah Parade under-12 and under-16 tournaments will be played at 9am tomorrow. There are six cash prizes for each age group, including one for the best girl player. The winners of the two categories will each receive RM150 and a trophy. Entry fee is RM10.

On Sunday, the Endah Parade open tournament will be held. The winner will receive RM250 and a trophy, the second placed RM200 and a medal, and the third RM150 and a medal. The fourth and fifth prizes are RM100 each, and the sixth to 10th prizes are worth RM50 each.

In addition, RM50 prizes await the best under-16, under-14, under-12 and girl players. The entry fee for this final event is RM15 except for under-12 players who need to pay only RM10.

According to the organisers, only a maximum of 100 players will be accepted for each event. For registration or more information, call Zac, Yvonne or Soo Kee at 03-583 0100 or fax: 03-583 0300.

The Endah Parade Chess Challenge had kicked off earlier with two tournaments. Last Saturday, an 11-round blitz event with 56 players was held in the shopping centre's concourse area. Ng Ee Vern came out tops in this tournament with a score of 9 1/2 points. Except for a loss to Cheah Eu Gene and a draw with Ismail Ahmad, Ng won all other games, including the ones against second-placed Jimmy Liew and third-placed Fikrul Saifuddin.

Liew scored nine points while Fikrul, together with Abdul Razak Saidin and Cheah Eu Gene, obtained eight points each. Ismail Ahmad, Wong Zi Jing and Julian Navaratnam scored 7 1/2 points each. Half-a-point behind them were Ahmad Maliki, Kamal Ariffin Wahiduddin and Rizal Ahmad Kamal. Indonesian international master Nasib Ginting led a group of seven players who had 6 1/2 points each.

On Sunday, the under-20 age-group tournament attracted 64 entries. The event was also won by Ng who scored the maximum six points. Joint second to fourth were Chew Zi Li, Wong Zi Jing and Effarin Mohd Farid who each scored five points. Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Chan led five players in obtaining 4 1/2 points. The others were Nanda Kumar, Effawira Mohd Farid, Tang Wai Lip and Wong Chong Ee.

Sarawak tournament

CHESS players in Sabah and Sarawak can look forward to the three-day Sarawak open chess tournament from May 30 to June 1. This eight-round event, to be held at the Kelab Shell Lutong in Miri, is jointly organised by the Sarawak Chess Association, Kelab Shell Lutong and the Persatuan Melayu Miri.

The winner will receive RM600 and a challenge trophy, the second placed will get RM400 and the third RM300, the fourth RM200 and the fifth RM100. There are five other smaller prizes ranging from RM90 to RM40. In addition, the under-19 and women's champions will get RM100 each, while the second- and third-placed winners in each of these two categories will receive RM60 and RM40 respectively.

Entry fees are RM10 for adults, RM5 for women and players under the age of 19. Closing date is next Tuesday.

Players in Kuching can get the entry forms from Morsin Ahmad ( (o) 082-235 810 or (h) 082-313 619) or Lim Kian Hwa ( (o) 082-203 202 or (h) 082-427 772 or 011-218 192).

Those in Miri can contact the Kelab Shell Lutong office ( 085-452 453), the Persatuan Melayu Miri office ( 085-431 394), Matthew Lutu ( (o) 085-452 853) or Bujang Poli ( (o) 085-456 176).

Those in Bintulu can contact Marzuki Hussain ( (o) 086-252 300) and if in Sibu, contact Ong Bee Hua ( (h) 084-336 909 or 010-819 1129).

Inter-school event

THE Perak International Chess Association will organise an inter-school team tournament at the Tarcian Convent in Ipoh, tomorrow.

This will be the fourth such event organised by PICA this year. The first, held at the Sek Men Kebangsaan Jalan Pasir Putih on Feb 27, was won by SMK Jalan Pasir Putih team. The second was held on Mar 20 at the Sek Men Kebangsaan Sultan Yussuf and the third was held a week later at the Sek Men Kebangsaan Anderson. These two tournaments were won by SMK Anderson.

Registration for tomorrow's event will start at 8pm at the school hall. For enquiries, call Yau at 05-528 0958 or Mala at 05-526 9904.


Up next

THE Bank Rakyat-PWTC national age-group chess championship will be held at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur from May 28 to 30. This tournament will be played over seven rounds with a time control of one hour per player for each game.

There are five age-groups--under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18--with separate competitions for boys and girls. The top five players in each category will receive cash prizes and medals and the champions will each get a challenge trophy as well. The prize fund of RM6,000 is sponsored by Bank Rakyat Malaysia.

The Malaysian Chess Federation will also consider the champions for qualification to the World Age-Group Chess Championship in Spain in October and November.

The entry fee is RM10 per player. Late entries will not be entertained and players are required to produce either their identity cards or birth certificates.

According to the organisers, entry forms have been sent to all state chess associations. They are also available at the Bank Rakyat headquarters and the PWTC. Readers with Internet access can also download the entry form from my web page at

The completed entry forms can be posted without the entry fees to Hamid Majid, 5110 Medan Intan Apartment, Jalan 1/21-C, Gombak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, you can e-mail him at


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