Sunday, November 07, 2010

Malaysian Chess History

Malaysia chess history is an area that i will be always interested in. I was inspired by the book of Sejarah Catur Indonesia (Indonesia Chess History) by Ds.F.K.N Harahap which contains valuable information about chess development, important facts and data, theories , hypothesis about Indonesia chess history brought by by the hindu's wanderers way back from one decade before christ ( b.c ) , the dutch colonial in the 16th century , period in world war 1 & 11 and untill Indonesia participation at the Chess Olympiad, Thessalonika, Greece in 1984.

Recently i done a so-called "research" from the internet, books and magazines regarding Malaysia chess histrory. Actually there is many important moments happens in Malaysia such as 1990 final world championship candidates' match between Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman in Kuala Lumpur but unfortunetly there is no proper information, photos whatsoever in this important moment . I hope my small initiative here could be share with others chess enthuist to properly record Malaysia chess history for our own knowledge and perharps for younger generations.

So far my main resources is from Penang Chess Association Website - the lovely and fascinating website from Malaysia chess history point of view. The history information, photos supplied by Malaysia famous chess person Quah Seng Sun in this website and another great sources - his Online Chess Column in The Star was unbelieveable. I also done some random research in the internet and i hope that anyone that intersted to share, add and correct! this work, you are always welcome. There is a few information that is not clear were written in red.

Early Malay chess set found in Selangor

I read two theory about the origins of chess in Malaysia. The first theory by H.J.R. Murray in his voluminous work, A History of Chess, mention that chess came from India where as the second theory by (Chien Chun Ching, "Research in Chinese chess from the Tang and Song Dynasties", p. 86, Hong Kong, 1984 (in Chinese) - said that chess came from China through Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. From there it reached Thailand and Malaysia and crossed to the island of Java in Indonesia, where chess relics have been found. (Chien Chun Ching, "Research in Chinese chess from the Tang and Song Dynasties", p. 86, Hong Kong, 1984 (in Chinese). Although Chinese chess itself is still played in Vietnam, other variations of the game took hold in most of the other countries. Some of these have now died out or, as in the case of Malaysian chess, have been radically modified in recent times so as to conform more closely to the rules of modern western chess. ("Rules in Malay Chess", Royal Asiatic Society - Striates Branch Journal, Singapore, No. 49, p. 87-92 (1907), also No. 8, p. 261 (1917)).



sources http://www.ishipress.com/origin.htm

Excerpt from the book - Chessmen for collectors - Victor Keats (pg/181)

"The game of chess as played by people dwelling in the |Malay Peninsula is, as would be expected, the same as that of their close neighbors and co-religionists of Sumatra and Java. Malayan names of the piece are derived from Persian and although much chess is played throughout the Peninsula, no chessmen of any great merit have originated there. There is no recognized traditional type of chess piece associated with Malaya, but simple playing pieces based on Muslim sets were made from nineteenth century onwards. This simple sets were turned to similar Muslim design but with straight- sided diabolo forms surmounted by oviform finials. One side was stained or dyed either red or green and the material used was either Malayan ivory or softwood. They were used before the nineteenth century and are still played with today using the same design. The bishop are 13/4 in (4.5cm) high and the Pawns 7/8 in (2.2cm) high."


7th c AD - Located on the maritime roads linking China and Japan to India and Persia, the Malay islands and peninsula have been influenced by a deep and strong Indian influence before the islamisation, since the 7th c AD. Those people adopted Buddhism and Hinduism and rules mighty empires like the Çailendra at Java from 7th to 12th c. which built Borobudur temple, Çrivijaya at Sumatra from 8th to 13th c., and Majapahit in the 14th c.




Philippines early set are similar with set found in Selangor


Malay Island probably took Chess as well from Indians. Chess is attested there since the first European (Portuguese) contacts at the beginning of the 16th c. and seemed already well known when it happened. However, the game was later on deeply influenced by the European play. For instance, the modern moves for the Queen and the Bishop were adopted.

Main means "game" and Chator is obviously "chess", as a broken form of Sanskrit Chaturanga. The Malay name of the pieces also come from Sanskrit (Raja, Mantri, Gajah) or from Tamil and Telegu, Dravidian languages from South East India (Kuda, Ter, Chemor). The only exception is Bidaq which obviously is inherited from Muslim contacts (Baidaq in Arabic).


My personal opinion is in the past, the game was once called chator or catur but not "main" chator/ catur because in Malay, main is and adjective while chator/catur is a noun. - Hairulov


Two kinds of sets exists. One very basic, carved in 10 mn from bamboo or other vegetals with abstract shapes, the other is finely carved. Interestingly, the Rook is represented by a Boat there, like in certain parts of India and in Burma. It probably denotes the Hindu influence, a common character with Thailand and Cambodia where Boat is name of the piece.
source : http://history.chess.free.fr/mainchator.htm



1400 chess spread to Malaya


1509 1st Portuguese expedition off Malacca. The Javans ( and malays ?) recognized chess

source :
Chess History and Chronology by Bill Wall (Dec 6, 2007)

http://www.geocities.com/siliconvalley/lab/7378/history.txt


1856-1908 Wan Ahmad bin Muhammad Zain (1856 - 1908) or Syeikh Wan Ahmad Patani is a famous Muslim Scholar in South East Asia.He debate the origin word of chess in Malay - catur which being used by Malaysian and Indonesian .

“…Catur (chess) word originated from the word syatrunj, so it was suit to Malay tounge to catur…”



1933 - World Champion - Alexander Alekhine tours Far East Countries including Malay States

1951 -  October 1951 - Johor Chess Association was formed by Dr. Yeoh Bok Choon ( source here - Quah Seng Sun - Star column 1st March 2012) - The Oldest Chess Association in Malaysia !

1958 - Malaysia's chess champion, Mr Choo Min Wang (Selangor)



1971 - Malaysia's chess champion, Mr Choo Min Wang (photo right)

1961-1971 - Somewhere between that years former World Chess Champion - Dr. Max Euwe give a simul in Malaysia



1972 - Malaysian Team particapted in the 20th Chess Olympiad at Skopje, Yugoslavia. The first ever since the initiation of the Chess Olympiad!




1972 - April 1972 the President of the International Chess Federation, Professor Max Euwe was in Kuala Lumpur, and five students from Penang were selected to participate in a simultaneous match against him.


1972 – The Malaysian Schools Sports Council or MSSM hold its first national students team chess championships at the Dewan Sri Pinang from Dec 28 to 30 1972. Chess was introduced into the Majlis Sukan Sekolah-sekolah Malaysia programme. States started organising state-level chess tournaments and it culminated at the year’s end with the first-ever MSSM team chess championship.


The Malaysian Schools Sports Council held its first national students team chess championships at the Dewan Sri Pinang from Dec 28 to 30 1972.


It is being held to coincide with the Pesta Celebrations and was officially declared open by the Minister of Education, Dato Hussein Onn at 3pm on Dec 28 1972. Selangor won the events.

1972 - Malaysia participated at 20th Chess Olympiad 1972 at Skopje, Yugoslavia, the first ever since the initiation of the Chess Olympiad!!!


Men Section.


Players : 1.Foo Lum Choon ,2.Chan Mun Fye ,3.Kao Yin Keat ,4.Fang Ewe Churh ,5.Loh Chee Hoong , 6. A. Ariff

Seeded . Placing : 59/62.


1972 Penang Chess Association were form


1973 Chess Association of Malaysia (CAM) , the precursor of the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) was deregistered. The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) continued from where the CAM ended. The late Dr.Foo Lum Choon is one of the President.

1973 in 1973 or so, there was a weekly programme on RTM1 to teach chess to beginners. The presenter was High Court Judge Dato' Annuar (is it Y.A. DatoAnuar Bin DatoZainal Abidin ? ) who was the president of the Perak Chess Association.

1974 Chess Association Of Selangor (right) , one of the oldest and most active chess associations in the country were form . The first 'Selangor Open' was launched soon after the establishment of The Chess Association of Selangor ('CAS') .Till now (2008), it's the longest running chess event in Malaysia.





Poster of the tournament.
photo from http://www.pca.bayanbaru.com/ 

1974- The Penang Chess Association had the honour to assist the Malaysian Chess Federation organise the First Asian Team Chess Championship from 9-21 Dec 1974. This event was organised concurrently with the Golden Jubilee (50 years)celebration of the World Chess Federation which held its Bureau Meeting here. Dato Tan Chin Nam, then President of the reorganized Malaysian Chess Federation invited China to attend the 1st Asian Team Championship with observer status.


Malaysia team at First Asian Team Chess Championship from 9-21 Dec 1974
photo from
http://www.pca.bayanbaru.com/


1974 Choo Min Wang won the 1st National Closed Championship held at the FAS building in Kuala Lumpur.

1974- at the invitation of the Malaysian business tycoon Dato Tan Chin Nam, then President of the reorganized Malaysian Chess Federation, China was invited to attend the 1st Asian Team Championship with observer status. It was also in 1974 that China held its first National Championship tournament. The first international tournament ever held in China was in 1980.

source : wikipedia


1974 Mr (Now Dato') Tan Chin Nam was elected as the President of Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF).


1974? - Penang second Chief Minister - Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu was made an honorary patron of the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) and the Penang Chess Association (PCA)

1974 - Penang Chess Association organised the first leg ? of the inaugural Asian grandmaster chess circuit.



1974 Malaysia participated at the 21st Chess Olympiad: Nice, France 1974


Men Section.

Players : 1.Chan Mun Fye ,2.Foo Lum Choon ,3.Choo Min Wang ,4.Karim Wahid ,5.Jamaluddin, 6.Bernard Ng


Placing : 59/73 .







1974 - a seminal meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur that was attended by Malaysian Chess Association President Dato Tan Chin Nam, a prominent businessman; Lim Kok Ann, then President of the Singapore Chess Association; President of the Japanese Chess Association Yasuji Matsumoto; FIDE and Philippine Chess Federation President, Florencio Campomanes and two observers from the Chinese Embassy. The aim of this important meeting was to figure out how to raise the technical level of chess in Asia in order to reach the highest levels.







source: wikipedia
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1975 - Dato Tan Chin Nam decided that chess in China had enormous potential, and set-up the "Big Dragon Project"; the aim being to see China dominate the chess world by 2010. He said, "I am behind the cause of chess in China for my whole lifetime. And after me, my children will carry on." China now holds every title in the women's game, and are now starting to make progress in the much tougher men's game. Dato Tan Chin Nam also founded the Tan Chin Nam Cup in China - a competition that sees top GMs from Eastern Europe meeting Chinese players. source - wikipedia


1975 - The Malaysian business tycoon Dato Tan Chin Nam decided that chess in China had enormous potential, so along with some leading Chinese officials set-up the "Big Dragon Project"; the aim being to see China dominate the chess world by 2010. Thanks to Dato Tan's generosity and foresight, China is well on the road to achieving this goal. They now hold every title in the women's game, and are now starting to make serious progress in the much tougher men's game.

source: chessbase.com

GM Alexander Kotov playing simul at Penang in 1975
Photo from http://www.pca.bayanbaru.com/

1975 GM Alexander Kotov (USSR) visit and play simul in Penang (2-3 April 1975)
One of the first grandmasters to visit Penang was Alexander Kotov of the Soviet Union. During his two-day visit, Kotov gave talks and a simultaneous exhibition to the public and members of the Association.

1975 American Champion - JohnGerfe gave a simultenous display In Malaysia

1975 - The Second Malaysian Individual Championship was hosted by the Penang Chess Association and was held from December 21st to December 26th, 1975 at the Malaysan Teachers College, Penang.

1975 Chan Swee Loon(Perak) won National Championship

1976 MCF were form . The Malaysia Chess Federation (MCF) is the principal authority over all chess events in Malaysia. The MCF promotes and coordinates all major chess events in the 13 Malaysian states and is an active sports body in Malaysia. The Federation is affiliated to the world governing body, FIDE, and is part of the ASEAN Chess Confederation. Persekutuan Catur Malaysia or Malaysian Chess Federation ('PCM','MCF' or 'Federation'), established in January 1975 is the sole national body for international chess in Malaysia. The members of MCF are principally the State Chess Associations. MCF is in turn a Member of Federation Internationale Des Eches ('FIDE') and Affiliate (Associate Member) to Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM').

1976 Malaysia team didn't participated in both men and women category of the 22nd Chess Olympiad in Haifa, Israel 1976 - probaly boycotting the tournament.


1976 Goh Yoon Wah (Penang) won the National Closed Championship

1976 - Mohd Noor Yahya, MSSM Chess Champion

1976- or 1972? Dr.Max Euwe visit Malaysia and meet PM Tun Abdul Razak to bring chess in school

1977 Tan Bian Huat won National Championship

1977 Mohd Noor Yahya, MSSM Chess Champion


1978 GOODWILL TOUR OF CHINA, 1-16 April 1978

People's Republic of China had applied to join the World Chess Federation in 1974 and their application sponsored by Malaysian Chess Federation - accepted at the FIDE Bureau Meeting in Penang . China invite Malaysian Chess Federation to send an official delegation for a playing tour of China and it all happen on 1978 . Full story here


1978 Mohd Noor Yahya, MSSM Chess Champion

1978 4th ASIAN Gandmaster Chess Circuit, 5-22 Jun 1978

Fourth leg of the first Asian grandmaster chess circuit

The Penang Chess Association's second chance to hold an international tournament came in 1978 when the fourth leg of the first Asian grandmaster chess circuit was played at the Dewan Sri Pinang from 5-22 June. This event was organised jointly with the Penang State Government and on behalf of the Malaysian Chess Federation.

1978, Malaysian play China in a goodwill tour of China. It came at a time when China was still very isolated from the rest of the world .


1978 Malaysia participated at the 23rd Chess Olympiad: Buenos Aires 1978

Men Category



Players : 1.Tan Bian Huat ,2.Woo Beng Keong ,3.Christi Hon Kah Seng ,4.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng ,5.Foo Lum Choon , 6.Laurence How



Seeded : . Placing : 57 / 65

1978 - Christi Hon won National Championship

1978 - The 1st Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) was organized by Persekutuan Catur Melayu Malaysia (PCMM)

1979 - Tay Chong Thai, won the National Championship

1979 - The  2nd Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) took place

1979Australian girls' team chess tour of Singapore and Malaysia, September 2-16, 1979.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/18244846?q=chess+malaysia&c=book&versionId=21415192

1980 - Quah Seng Sun start written about chess in The Star newspaper in Malaysia since Aug.

1980 Malaysia participated at the 24th Chess Olympiad: La Valletta, Malta 1980





Men Category



Players : 1.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng ,2.Foo Lum Choon ,3.,Chang Hing Wah 4.Eric Cheah Woon Leng ,5.Ahmad Abdul Rahman , 6.Fang Ewe Churh

. Placing : 49 / 81






1980 - The 3rd Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) took place

1981 Christi Hon and Gon Yoon Wah (Penang) won the National Championship

1981 With reference to Sejarah Catur Indonesia – Indonesia Chess History by Ds.F.K.N Harahap, the 5th ASIA Masters Circuit was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 24 May-8th June 1981.
16 players from all over the Asia compete. The tournament won by Ravi Shekar from India. Malaysian players compete in this tournaments is Christi Hon, Jimmy Liew and Mohammad Noor Yahya.


1981 - The  4th Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) took place



1982 -   1st MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA )  was held

1982 Malaysian team participate at the 25th Lucern, Switzerland Olympiad

Men Category

Players : 1.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng ,2.Christi Hon Kah Seng ,3.Goh Yoon Wah,4.Choong Yit Chuan,5.Quah Seng Sun, 6.A. Annvar Bin Zainal

.Placing : 57 /91 .

1982 Christi Hon won the National Champion1983 4th ASIAN Master Circuit held in Kuala Lumpur

1982 - The 5th  Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) took place

1983 Women Zonal X/XI held in Kuala Lumpur in November

1983 The Selangor Open was change to Royal Selangor Open when pewter manufacturer Royal Selangor stepped in as a sponsor of the Chess Association of Selangor (CAS) many chess activities. Today, Royal Selangor remains committed as a major long-term sponsor of CAS events.

1983 Christi Hon won the National Champion

1983 - The 6th  Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) took place

 1983  - 2nd MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -2)  was held

1984 Asian Cities Team Chess Championships in Penang

1984 Jimmy Liew won the National Championship

1984 - The 7th  Malay Open (Kejohanan Catur Melayu Malaysia) took place at Dewan Besar UTM, Jalan Gurney, Kuala Lumpur. Mohd Nor Yahya emerged as the champion.

1984-Malaysia first IM Jimmy Liew (25 years old) was a joint winner at the Parkway Parade Open which is the second leg of the Asian IM chess circuit and obtain his final IM norm.

1984 -  3rd MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -3)  was held

1984 - Malaysia took part in 26th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki 1984

The gong of the first round sounded on the 19th November, the day when Capablanca was born. The USSR team had to fight hard against the inexperienced youths of Malaysia .


was the first Olympiad that the Malaysian women team participate !!!

Men Category

Players : 1.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng ,2.Christi Hon Kah Seng,3.Peter Long ,4.Ignatius Si ,5.Gregory Vijayendran , 6.Chew Soon Keong

Seeded : . Placing : 50 / 88


Women Category

Players : 1.Audrey Wong,2.Seto Wai Ling ,3.Vimalavathy, K. ,4.Ong Y. M,

Seeded : . Placing : 32 / 51


1985 – The annual match between Malaysia and Singapore started . This social gathering of chess players from the two countries dated back to 1985 when the first match was hosted in Kuala Lumpur by the Malaysian Chess Federation.

At that time, the match was played over only 20 boards. The victor was the Singaporean team which notched a 21 1/2-18 1/2 win over their Malaysian counterpart.

1985 Peter Long and Francis Chin won the National Closed Championship

1985 Audrey Wong Su Yi (right) , MAS was the winner of the Asian Girls U-20 1985 Championship. She was Malaysian first Woman International Master (WIM). Back in June 1985, Wong was in uncharted waters when she set out for Adelaide, Australia. As the national women’s champion then, she represented the country at the Asian under-20 girls’ chess championship. It was a 13-round event with chess players from around Asia taking part.

Wong astounded the field with a flying start that saw her score a perfect 10. Ten points from the first 10 games. She was on course to win the championship. However, she then faltered and, eventually, finished the tournament with 11.5 points.


Another player – Abhyankar Anupama from India – also scored 11.5 points.


Both players tied for first place in the tournament.


Florencio Campomanes – who was then the Fide president – decided that both players would be the co-champions and be given the titles. That’s how Wong returned to Malaysia triumphantly with her WIM title.
source and photo from
Quah Seng Sun


1985 Interzonal Tournament were held at Genting Highlands.

 1985 -  4th MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -4)  was held


1985 - Labour Day Team Championship was held from 1st May-5t May at the SEA Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The tournament was organized by Persatuan Catur Melayu Malaysia (PCMM) . The tournament attract neighbouring country teams and Cairnhill Community Centre Chess Team won the first Prize - RM 1000.
Source: Chess Malaysia by IM Jimmy Liew


1985 - The National Chess Team Championship was held from 1st-5th December 1985 at the Pangkor Bay Village. Selangor emerged as the winner followed by Kuala Lumpur and Penang.
Source: Chess Malaysia by IM Jimmy Liew

1985-1986?  Peter Long give a record braking local simul - 50 boards at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.  Peter he lost 12 games, draw a couple of games.
Source: Chess Malaysia by IM Jimmy Liew


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1986 Malaysian team participated in the 6th Asian Chess Team Championship in Dubai (17th-30th January 1986)
Players : 1.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng,2.Christi Hon Kah Seng,3.Francis Chin, 4. Peter Long 5.Muhammad Nor Yahya 6.Gregory Vijayendran

IM Jimmy Liew won the Gold Medal for 1st board prize with 87.5% (78)



1986 Malaysia Men and Women team participated at the 27th Chess Olympiad: Dubai 1986







Men Category

Players : 1.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng,2.Christi Hon Kah Seng,3.Peter Long,4.Francis Chin,5.,A. M. Mustapha 6.Ng Ek Teong

Placing : 42 /108

Women Category

Players : 1.Seto Wai Ling ,2.Ong Y. M,3.Oi Hwa Lu ,4.Vimalavathy, K.

Seeded : . Placing : 40/49



1986 Peter Long and Francis Chin won National Championship


1986 - Dato'Tan Chin Nam decided to give way and allow Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik, then the Federal minister in charge of culture, arts and tourism, to take over the President of Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF).
  1987- Senator Abu Bakar Lajim is Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) President

 1987 - MAA National Allegro Chess Tournament was organized by Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) from  June - October 1987. This tournament was sponsored by MAA Assurance Alliance Berhad.

1987- In the second match two years later in Singapore, it was the Malaysian team's win with a 9 1/2-6 1/2 score over the Singaporeans.


1987 Christi Hon and Lee Soi Hock won the National Closed Championship. Christi Hon holds the record of being the only player to won it four times (1978,1981,1983 and 1987) or to be exact the only player to won more than three times!

 1987 -  6th MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -6)  was held

1988-  Kejohanan Catur Terbuka Hari Wilayah organized by Persatuan Catur Melayu Malaysia (PCMM) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) was held from 29th January - 1st February 1988

1988 Malaysia men and women team participated at the 28th Chess Olympiad: Thessaloniki
Men Category

Players : 1.Christi Hon Kah Seng,2.Francis Chin,3. M. Saleh Yahya .,4.Ng Ek Leong ,5.Lee Soi Hock, 6.Abdullah Mohd Kamal

Seeded : . Placing : 58 / 106



Women Category

Players : 1.Seto Wai Ling,2.Ong Hwa Liu ,3.,Putra-Johns, Geraldine 4. Aris, A.

Placing : 46 / 56


1988 Asia-Life Asia Insurance start sponsoring The National Age Group Championship

1988 Kamal Abdullah (Johor) won the National Closed Championship

1988 -  7th MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -7)  was held from 25th-28th August 1988

1989 - Asian Team Chess Championship in Genting Highlands, Malaysia

1989 -  8th MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -8)  was held

1989 - Kamal Abdullah (Johor) won the National Championship (Man) Christi Hon holds the record of being the only player to have won the (men) National Master four (4) times.

1990
   Tourist Development Corporation  (TDC)-Petronas World Chess Championship: Candidates Final, Dewan Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Starting 8 March 1990.


 Final world championship candidates' match betweeen Anatoly Karpov (USSR) and Jan Timman(Holland) in Kuala Lumpur ... 1990 . Jan Timman, of the Netherlands, and Karpov, a former champion from the Soviet Union, are playing for a prize of just over $124,000 and the right to challenge the current champion, Gary Kasparov of the Soviet Union, next fall. The loser's share for the 12-game series will be just over $74,000. The sponsor of the 12-game series is a consortium of the Malaysian Tourist Development Corporation, Petronas, Malaysian Airlines, the Micasa Hotel Apartments, the Ming Court Hotel, Ederan Automobile National (EON) and Syarikat Telecom. The match won by Anatoly Karpov.


1990 - the third match Malaysia-Singapore match again played in Singapore, this time over 26 boards and four rounds, and the score was a flattering 62 1/2-41 1/2 in the Singaporeans' favour.


1990 Ek Leong won the National Championship (Man) and Audrey Wong won the Women Championship


1990 - Women Interzonal was held in Genting and won by Nona Gaprindashvili




Collin Madhavan in simultaneous game against former World Champion-Mikhail Tal!



1990 On June 24th, 1990, the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) arranged a group of top Soviet Grandmasters (14 GM's!), who were en route to the Inter-Zonals in the Philippines to stop over in Malaysia for a 10-player simultaneous match against local player in Shah Alam. The GM's is Tal, Smyslov, Ivanchuk, Salov, Beliavsky, Dalmatov, Vaganian, Sokolov, Khalifman, Yudasin, Lputian, Guravich, Gelfand and Dreev!


1990 Malaysian men and women team participated at the 29th Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Olympiad



Men Category



Players : 1.Eric Cheah Woon Leng ,2.Ng Ek Leong,3.Mok Tze Meng,4.Mohd Noor Yahya ,5.Ng Ek Teong , 6. Mohd Kamal Abdullah



Placing : 73 / 108


Women Category


Players : 1.Ong Hwa Liu ,2.Putra-Johns, Geraldine,3.Ibrahim, Eliza Hanum,4.Wahiduddin, Khairunisa



Seeded : . Placing : 49 / 65


1990 Malaysia Chess Federation (MCF) with the cooperation of Majlis Perbandaran Shah Alam organised 1990 East Zonal at Shah Alam/Kuala Lumpur. 

World chess championship cycle 1990-1992, zone II [i.e. 11] men and women : Shah Alam, Malaysia, 26th February-10th March 1990.


1990 -  9th MERDEKA Team Event (Kejohanan Catur MERDEKA Ke -9)  was held from 31st August 1990 - 2nd September 1990 at Wisma Belia, Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur.
source: 1990 Catur Merdeka Buletin

1990 - Kejohanan Catur Hari Buruh organized by Persatuan Catur Melayu Malaysia (PCMM) and sponsored by  Southern Bank Bhd was held at City Square, Kuala Lumpur 


1991 Asian Team Chess Championship held in Hotel Mar Vista Resort, Tanjung Bungah, Penang from 24 Oktober 1991 was won by China ,

1991 Mashafizul Helmi got no. 5th placing in World Under 10 Chess Championship in Warsaw, Poland


1991 Kamal Ariffin Wahiddudin won the National Closed Championship. His sister NWM Nurul Huda Wahiduddin won the women section in the same year. They are the first sibling to win the National champion title for both the Men and Women's title are NM Kamal Ariffin and NWM Nurul Huda Wahiduddin in the National Closed 1991.

1991 GM Eduard Gufeld won Malaysia Open 1991 held at the Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur from 7-11 November 1991 .Pize Money RM10,000 (RM4000 more then last year Sponsored by D&C bank



1991 (November) -GM Eduard Gufeld win simul with 6 Malaysian Player in Royal Selangor Club, Dataran Merdeka, KL (right)






GM Gufeld- Ng Ek Leong 1-0

GM Gufeld- Mok Tze Meng ½-½

GM Gufeld- Ng Ek Teong ½-½

GM Gufeld- Lee Soi Hock ½-½

GM Gufeld- Andrian Wong ½-½

GM Gufeld- FM Eric Cheah 0-1


1991 Eliza Hanun Ibrahim won Asian girl under 16 held at Medan, Indonesia



1991
Azhari Mohd Nor beat GM Gufeld in a Simul at Perpustakaan Tun Abd, 08.08.1991





GM Eduard Gufeld - Azahari Mohd Nor [A06]

GM Gufeld Simul at Perpustakaan Tun Abd Razak, 08.08.1991


1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.e3 dxe3 4.fxe3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Bc5 8.b3 0–0 9.Bb2 Re8 10.Qc2 Nb4 11.Qb1 e4 12.Nd4 Bxd4 13.exd4 Qxd4+ 14.Kh1 Qxd2 15.a3 Nd3 16.Bxd3 exd3 17.Nb5 Bh3!! 18.Rg1 Ng4 19.Bd4 Qf4 0–1



1991 (Ogos) GM Eduard Gufeld beat all Malaysian player in a simul at Royal Selangor Club

Geraldine Johns Putra, Eliza Hanum Ibrahim,Andrian Wong, Dareen Ong, Navin Pillay, Christy Chia,David Chow, Ronald Hogg

1991 Zon 12 FIDE Women Chess Tournament held at Pusat Penerangan Pelancongan Malaysia (MATIC), KL


Nurul Huda beat Miyoko Watai
(right) from Japan which is the future Bobby Fischer wife!



1992
Mashafizul Helmi won the Tunas Harapan Majlis Sukan Sekolah Sekolah Malaysia (MSSM) Award

1992 Malaysia host the 1992 Commonwealth Chess Championship held in Bangi (PERMATA) from 22nd May - 2nd June 1992.


1992 Mok Tze Meng won the National Closed Championship Men Category and Nurul Huda Wahiduddin Won the Women Category


1992 Malaysia men and women team participated at the 30th Chess Olympiad: Manila 1992



Men Category



Players : 1.Eric Cheah Woon Leng,2.Mok Tze Meng,3.Mohd Kamal Abdullah,4.Ng Ek Teong,5.Mohd Noor Norazmi, 6.Goh Yoon Wah


Seeded : . Placing : 78 /102

Women Category



Players : 1.Audrey Wong,2.Nurul Huda, Wahiduddin ,3.Putra-Johns, Geraldine,4.Lai, W.


Placing : 47/ 62

1993 Asian team chess championship in Kuala Lumpur,
Source from Olimpbase here

1993 - MCF and the Singapore Chess Federation have decided that beginning with the 1993 Malaysia-Singapore match will be contested annually to cement the close ties between the two countries. The 1993 annual match was played in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia won 33-19 over the visitors. This marked the first of three consecutive wins by the Malaysians as they also won the 1994 and 1995 matches.


1993 Kuala Lumpur Park Royal start sponsoring The National Closed Championship







1993 Yeoh Chin Seng won the National Closed Championship

1993 Eliza Hanum Ibrahim won the National Closed (Woman) title

1994 Asian Cities Team Chess Championships in Kuala Lumpur
1994 Malaysia organised Grandmaster Challange Tournaments in Kuala Lumpur in conjuntion with Visit Malaysia Year 1994 (March) . GMs that participated is GM Eduard Gufeld, GM Maia Chiburdanidze and GM Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia) GM Eugenio Torre (Philipines),GM Xie Jun and GM Ye Rongguang (China),




1994 Mashafizulhelmi won the National Closed Championship and Roslina Marmono won the Women Category



1994 the Malaysians won the Malaysia - Singapore Match by 71-33 in Singapore






1994 Malaysia men and women team participated at the 31st Chess Olympiad: Moscow 1994



Men Category



Players : 1.Md Hashim Sabar ,2.Yeoh Chin Seng ,3.Wahidudin Kamalarifin ,4.Fairin Zakaria,5.Ooi Chern Ee, 6. Mashafizulhemi



Seeded : . Placing : 96/ 124











Women Category



Players : 1.Wahiduddin, Khairunisa ,2.Ong Hwa Liu,3.Ibrahim, Eliza Hanim,4.Ibrahim, Eliza Hanum



Seeded : . Placing : 49/81






1995 1st round of the Malaysia-Singapore Match was played at Malaysia, Malaysia won 36-24. The popularity of this match was such that in 1995, there were even two matches played. The second such match in 1995 was played in Singapore and it was won by the Singaporeans with a very close 30 1/2-29 1/2 result.



1995 The first issue of Majalah Catur (Chess Magazine) was published on January 1995. The following issues came out monthly after that but stop after the 6th issue. The only officially sanctioned magazine that was ever published by the Malaysian Chess Federation was the Catur Magazine. Unfortunately, only two issues were produced and these were in the late 1970s (what year?).








1995 Ooi Chern Ee surprised many people by coming third in the 1995 MSSM Sportsboy ceremony.








1995 Mas Hafizulhelmi won the National Closed Championship and Khairunnisa Wahiduddin won the Women Category
1995 1995 Interzonal Tournaments were held in in Genting Highlands, Malaysia.





1995 Mas Hafizulhelmi was awarded the FIDE Master (FM) title for remarkable result at the 1995 Interzonal Tournaments in Genting Highlands, Malaysia.







1995 Arab Malaysian Bank start sponsoring The Labour day tournament. Arab Malaysia Bank revived the tournaments after a lapse of three years because there was no sponsorship.






1995 Asia-Life Asia Insurance which has been sponsoring The National Age Group Championship for the past 10 years decided not to renew its contribution.









1996 Then, in a milestone development, Mas Hafizulhelmi finally bagged the MSSM Sportsboy award .


1996 Malaysia Man and Women team take part at the World Chess Olympiad in Erevan, Georgia and finished 64th placing. Malaysian's women team represent by Nurul Huda W, Khairunnisa W, Roslina Marmono, and Eliza Hanim Ibrahim.-source NWM Nurul Huda Wahiddudin

Men Category



Players : 1.Jimmy Liew Chee Meng,2.Mok Tze Meng,3.,Mashafizulhelmi4.Ooi Chern Ee,5.Tan Wei Sin, 6.Lim Yee Weng



Seeded : . Placing : 64/ 114



Women Category



Players : 1.Nurul Huda, Wahiduddin,2.Wahiduddin, Khairunisa,3.Ibrahim, Eliza Hanim,4.Ibrahim, Roslina Marmono

Seeded : . Placing : 64 / 74







1996 Lim Yee Weng won the National Closed Championship and Eliza Hanum won the Women Category



1996 Malaysia-Singapore Annual match went Malaysia's way by a 40-20 result.



1997 Lim Yee Weng won the National Closed Championship (Man) and Eliza Hanim Ibrahim won the women category.



1997 GM Eduard Gufeld from Georgia gave a simultaneous display at

Menara Pelangi, Johor Bahru, Malaysia on 26 April 1997

1997 - Malaysia send two teams (Kuala Lumpur and Kuching) to compete in the Gunadarma Invitational Chess World Cities held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

source: Indonesiabase

1997 Malaysia beat Singapore 74-46 in the Malaysia-Singapore match

1998 Ng Ee Vern (Selangor) won the National Championship. Eliza Hanum Ibrahim won the Women category.








1998 Malaysia men team participated at 33rd Olympiad in Elista, Kalmykia, Rusia









Men Category

Players : 1.Wong Zi Jing,2.Ismail Ahmad,3.Ng Tze Han,4.Azahari Md Nor,5.Abdul Hamid Majid,

Malaysia men team could'nt sent the 6th board probaly because finacial problem. the 5th board Abdul Hamid Majid is actualy an arbiter and he probaly act as the team manager too

Seeded : . Placing : 74 / 110

Malaysian Women team didn't participated at this Olympiad probaly because of financial problem !!!

1998 Malaysia beat Singapore 44.5-23.5 in the Annual Malaysia- Singapore Match held in KL.

1998 withdrawal of chess from the Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Malaysia (MSSM)

1998 UKRAINIAN grandmaster Alexander Onischuk won the fourth Tan Chin Nam (Dato')grandmaster tournament that took place in Beijing from June 8 to 18.

This Category 12 event had a prize fund of US$16,000 and Onischuk took the first prize of US$5,000 with a score of 7 1/2 points from 11 games.

1998 - Lim Chin Lee (Malaysian) joint winner a rating tournament at the second New Hampstead chess festival in England on March 1998

1998 Arab Malaysian Bank stop sponsoring The Labour day tournament.

1998 After 14 years, Malaysia has her second international master! Mas HafizulHelmi achieved his final IM norm at the Intchess IM tournament in Singapore . Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) targeting him to be the first Malaysian Grandmaster by the year 2000-source Malay Mail 10 July 1998
1998 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi broke the record as the highest Elo rating a Malaysia has ever scored -( 2400).

1998 (April) Asian Cities Team Championship (logo right) and Asian Women's Individual Chess Championship were held at at the Awana Genting Highlands Golf And Country Resort, Pahang.





1998 Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur for the first time, be the venue of this year's 17th Merdeka team chess championship on Aug 28-30. Before it were held at Wisma Belia, Kl

1999 IM Mas Hafizul Helmi played at the GM Saintly Cup in Australia and made an up set by defeating GM Ian Rogers (Australia) and draw with GM Joel Benjamin (US).

1999 - Terengganu win 1999 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Kuala Lumpur. The team event was held in Alor Setar, Kedah.
Source: Rizal Ahmad Kamal's blog

1999 (July) GM Ye Jiangchuan win the 5th Tan Chin Nam Cup held in Shen Yang, China.

1999 Jonathan Chuah (Penang) won National Championship. Siti Zulaikha Foudzi won the women section.

1999 Malaysia beat Singapore 45.5-38.5 in the Annual Malaysia-Singapore tournament held in Singapore.

1999 GM Alex Wojtkiewicz (Poland)who was on his way to Philipines stopped in Malaysia to play clock simul in Tan and Tan building with our national players IM Mas Hafizul (draw), Wong Zi Jing (lost), Lim Yee Weng (win) , Ng Ee Vern (lost) and Mok Tze Meng (lost). The final score - the Polish GM beat Malaysian players 3.5-1.5


2000 Ng Tze Han (Penang) won the National Championship. NM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi won the women section.

2000 Malaysia participated at the 34th World Chess Olympiad in Instanbul, Turkey . The man team achieved their best overall result ever by finishing in 64th place with 28.5 points from 14 rounds. The woman team finished in 60th placing with 20 points.

Men Category

Players : 1.Mashafizulhelmi 2.Mok Tze Meng, 3.Wong Zi Jing, 4.Ismail Ahmad, 5.Azahari Md Nor, 6. Jonathan Chuah

Seeded : . Placing : 64 / 72

Women Category

Players : 1.Lim, Jean Nie ,2.Lee, Samantha ,3.Ibrahim, Eliza Hanum,4. Sitii Zulaikha, Foudzi


Seeded : . Placing : 60 / 86


2000 MERDEKA Day Chess Tournament is recognised by the goverment as part of the events to celebrate the National Day.

2000 - The organisers and participants of this year's tournament, played at the Putra World Trade Centre, had to be thankful to the Youth and Sports Ministry. The Sports Ministry had stepped in to save the event after its fate hung in the balance following the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry's decision early this year to cut off its Merdeka financial aid to the MCF nearly affecting almost 20 years of an uninterrupted Merdeka team chess championship come to an abrupt end

2000 The Wah Seong Penang International Master Chess Tournament 2000 were held at Penang. Mok Tze Meng achieved his first IM norm.


2000 - Sarawak win 2000 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Kuala Lumpur. The team event was held in Kuala Lumpur.


2000 (December) Malaysian Chess Federation ended the old millennium by organising a very quiet and largely unpublicised double round-robin masters tournament, comprising six of the country's senior and junior players, at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur .

2000 Malaysia won the Annual Malaysia - Singapore match for the fifth consecutive years held at KL.

2000 Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) in 1998 targeting IM Mashafizul to be the first Malaysian Grandmaster by the year 2000 didn't materialized -source Malay Mail 10 July 1998


2001 Lim Chuin Hoong (Penang) won the National Championship.NM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi won the women section.

2001 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi FIDE rating reach 2456 in April 2001 - the highest ever FIDE rating for any Malaysia


2001 - Terengganu win 2001 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Sarawak. The team event was held in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.




2001 Singapore won the Annual Malaysia-Singapore match held at Singapore (42.5-47.5)

2001 Datuk Sabaruddin Chik stepped down as the Malaysia Chess Federation president. The committee accepted his resignation without any objections. Deputy president Datuk Mohamad Rosli bin Abdul Aziz took charge as acting president.



2002 Wong Zi Jing photo right ( Man Category) and NWM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi (Women) won the National Closed Championship held at The Chess Network, Wilayah Kompleks, Kuala Lumpur from 25th -29th May 2002






2002 - Sarawak win 2002 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Kuala Lumpur. The team event was held in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.


2002 The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) organised the World Youth Olympiad (U16), which was on that year open to players born in 1986 or later. Some nations fielded two teams (China, Singapore, Hong Kong) and some three (Australia, Malaysia). Following the last-minute withdrawal of Zambia, Malaysia has added a fourth team in order to even out the numbers. The tournament was declared open by Kirsan Ilumzhinov. Following a speech to the assembled players and officials, Ilumzhinov made a symbolic first move (e4) on an extremely large chess set installed in the centre of the hall.

(photo left : Kazakhstan vs England)Second seeds China "A" took clear first on the back of an 85% score on board 1 by Wang Yue and an 80% score on board 2 by Zhao Jun. Top seeds the Ukraine finished second but could be said to have underperformed with IM Areshchenko scoring only 60% on board 1 and future GM Karjakin losing a lot of points on board 2 with a 75% (performance rating of about 2373) score. Seventh seeds Indonesia took third place and fourth seeds India finished 4th. Overperformances were achieved by 11th seeds Uzbekistan (5th) and 17th seeds Singapore (9th). 5th Seeds England (13th) and 3rd seeds Romania (6th) performed less well.


2002 Malaysia team participated at the 35th Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia. The man team seeded 101, finished 75th place with 27.5 points out of 134 teams. The women team placed 62nd with 20 points.
Men Category

Players : 1.Wong Zi Jing,2.Lim Yee Weng,3.Nicholas Chan,4.Jonathan Chuah,5.Lau Beng Hock, 6. Ismail Ahmad

Seeded : . Placing : 75/134

Women Category



Players : 1.Sitii, Zulaikha Foudzi ,2.Nie Lim, Jean ,3.Ibrahim, Eliza Hanim ,4. Lim Han Ying



Seeded : . Placing : 62/90

2002 ex Malaysian chess coach the legendary Gorgeian GM Eduard Gufeld (photo right) died. He died on September 23, 2002 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had suffered a massive stroke two weeks earlier and had been in a coma since. He had been at Midway Hospital but then had been transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on September 22.


He was born in the Ukraine on 19 March 1936. In the late 1950s had established himself as one of the strongest players in the world, defeating Tal, Spassky, Smyslov, Korchnoi, Bronstein, and just about ever other strong Soviet player. He was also a prolific author who wrote over 100 chess books.










2002 MCF secretary Abdul Hamid Majid (photo right) has been elected as a member of the FIDE executive board at the Bled Olympiad in Slovenia. The first time a Malaysian is picked for a FIDE job.

2002 GM Nigel Short in Malaysia. English GM Nigel Short, while enroute to China, stopped by Malaysia from 11 to 18 July 2002 to play a series of simultaneous chess matches in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. In his first simul against schoolchildren in Penang on 12 July, he scored +29 =1 -0 while Short's second simul against mixed players in Penang on 13 July ended +25 =3 -2 in his favour. Thereafter, Short won 4-0 in a private clock simul in Kuala Lumpur on 16 July against a field that included IM Mas Hafiulhelmi and FM Wong Zi Jing. He also played a third public simul in Kuala Lumpur on 17 July, winning it with a +22 =5 -3 result




2002 Singapore won the Annual Malaysia- Singapore Match


2003 (December 06,) GM Yasser Seirawan from US gave a simultaneous display in

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Note: the red circle player is me :)


2003 - Kuala Lumpr win 2003 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Sarawak. The team event was held in Kuching, Sarawak.


2003 Nicholas Chan photo right (Man category) and NWM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi (Women)(Kuala Lumpur) won the National Closed Championship held at The Chess Network, Wilayah Compleks, Kuala Lumpur from 4th -8th June 2003




2003 Malaysia took three bronze medal at 22nd Vietnam SEA Games


2003 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi was the first Malaysia woman to receive the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title at the Vietnam Zonal. Malaysian Audrey Wong was the first to receive WIM in 80's




2003 Singapore won the Annual Malaysia - Singapore Match (64-76) held in Singapore




2004 - Malaysia participated at 36th Chess Olympiad 2004 in Calvia, Spain



Men Team :FM Mok Tze-Meng, FM Lim Yee-Weng,Leong Mun Wan,Hafiz Shafruddin,Zarul Shazwan ,ZullkafliTan Vooi-Giap

Placing : 70/129 . Seeded: 94

Women Team : 1.WNMSiti Zulaikha,2.Nur Shazwani Zullkafli,3.Roslina Marmono, Wan Khye Theng

Placing : 40/87 . Seeded : 56

2004 - The 1st Malaysian Chess Festival was held in the MidValley , Kuala Lumpur. The Dato' Arthur Tan Open is a memorial competition organised by Dato' Tan Chin Nam in honor of his son - Dato Arthur Tan Boon Shih.The festival has different competitions -

(i) 1st Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship; (Champion - GM Ni Hua - China)
(ii) 24th Merdeka Team Championship ; (Champion- ?)

2004 - Chess was not listed in Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK).

2004 Nicholas Chan (Man category) won the National Closed Championship. NM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi won the women section.
2004- chess were included back in MSSM di Labuan

2005 Marcus Chan (Man category) won the National Closed Championship. NM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi won the women section.

2005 - Kuala Lumpur win 2005 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Sarawak. The team event was held in Melaka.

2005 - The 2nd Malaysian Chess Festival 2005 was held in MidValley ,Kuala Lumpur. The festival has different competitions -

(i) 2nd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship; (Champion - Wang Hao - China)
(ii) 25th ASTRO-Merdeka Team Championship (Rapid)- (Champion -Tagaytay City - Philippines)
(iii) 25th ASTRO-Merdeka Team Championship (Open)- (Champion -Tagaytay City - Philippines)
(iv) Chevy Chess Challange ; (Champion -Kamaluddin Yusof - Malaysia) and


2006 Jonathan Chuah (Man category) from Penang won the National Closed Championship. WFM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi won the women section. She is the longest holder of the NWM title with a record of 8 consecutive years.

2006 - Malaysia participated at The 37th Chess Olympiad 2006 in Turin, Italy.

Men Category 

Players : 1.Mashafizulhelmi,2.Mok Tze Meng,3.Lim Yee Weng,4.Jonathan Chuah,5.Anas Nazreen Bakri

Seeded : . Placing : 80/ 147

Women Category

Players : 1.WFM Siti, Zulaikha ,2.Wan Khye Theng ,3.WCM Nur Shazwani, Zullkafli ,4.Roslina, Marmono

Seeded :  Placing : 44 /103


2006 Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) Tronoh, Perak break Malaysian Book of Records for organizing a chess tournament which was involved 960 participants!



2006 - Kuala Lumpur win 2006 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to ?????. The team event was held in Kuala Lumpur.


2006 Asean Chess Academy(ACA) Opens Its First Branch in Malaysia in 22 Oct 2006

Asean Chess Academy Pte Ltd has opened its first regional branch, in Malaysia. Managed by Intchess (M) Sdn Bhd, the branch premises was open in November at No. 22-1 (1st Floor), Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Enquiries to Mr Peter Long . Trainers available there are: FT, IA Nguyen Tan Tung (Vietnam) - now seconded to Laos Chess Federation, FI, FM Geldyev, Kochmurad (Turkmenistan) - now seconded to Korea Chess Association, IM Gwaze, Robert (Zimbabwe) and FM Long, Peter (Malaysia).2006 Dato' Tan Chin Nam was persuaded to step back into the picture as MCF’s interim president to fill a position left vacant by the then incumbent who did not wish to be re-elected. But Tan made it very clear that the MCF would have to find a new president when his own two-year term expired. 


2006 - The 3rd Malaysian Chess Festival 2006 was held in the CitiTel Midvalley and MidValley Megamall , Kuala Lumpur.  The festival involve 4 different competitions -


(i) 3rd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship;  (Champion - GM Dao Tien Hai- Vietnam )
(ii) 26th ASTRO-IGB Merdeka Team Championship; (Champion -Tagaytay City - Philippines)
(iii) Ambank Group Chess Challange ; (Champion -Truman Hernaez - Philippines)  and 
(iv) Malaysian Blitz Open ; (Champion - ?  )



Zarul Shazwan (center)
2007 Zarul Shazwan Zulkafli (man Category) from Persatuan Catur Malaysia (PCMM) won the National Closed Championship held at Banquet Hall, Universiti sains malaysia, Penang from 27th -31st May 2007. His younger sister NWM Nurshazwani won the women section held later on September 2007 at Citi Tel Midvalley. They repeat the record of sibling winning the National champion title for both the Men and Women's title in the same year as NM Kamal Ariffin and NWM Nurul Huda Wahiduddin did in the National Closed 1991.


2007 - Terengganu win 2007 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Perlis. The team event was host by PENJARA and held in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.


Mashafizul won Bronze medal in 2007 Asian Indoor Games (Classical) in Macau, China.
2007 - IM Mashaizul Helmi and WIM Siti Zulaika Foudzi win bronze medal in the 2007 ASIAN Indoor Games (Classical) in Macau.
2007 Quah Seng-Sun had written about chess in The Star newspaper in Malaysia since Aug 1980. The Star cancel this collumn in 2007.

2007 On June 17, 2007 within the framework of events devoted to the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and Malaysia the Embassy of Russia in Malaysia and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Kuala Lumpur organized the Open Chess Tournament.


This event gathered together the Russian Embassy staff, “Russian Club” members to the RCSC, Malaysian top chess players, and traditional participants of regional and national tournaments. Among them were a former chess champion of Malaysia, a chess international master, two FIDE masters and others, total 26 participants.


source : http://www.malaysia.mid.ru/photo_e_21.html

2007 - The 4thMalaysian Chess Festival 2007 was held in MidValley, Kuala Lumpur. The festival has different competitions -

(i) 4th Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship; (Champion - Li Chao - China)
(ii) 27th ASTRO-Merdeka Team Championship (Rapid)- (Champion -Apocalypse Manila - Philippines)
(iii) 25th ASTRO-Merdeka Standard Team Championship - (Champion -ASTRO ); and
(iv) 2nd Ambank Chess Challange ; (Champion -Cantonjos Allan O.- Philippines)


2007 Merdeka Team Tournaments been held for the 27th times in Kuala Lumpur. Actually the tournaments is part of the Malaysia Chess Festival 2007 which consist 5 tournamants. 1. 4th Dato’ AT Malaysian Open 2. AmBank Chess Challenge 3. National Women 2007 4.ASTRO Merdeka Rapid Team event5. ASTRO Merdeka Standard Team event



2008 - Terengganu win 2008 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Kuala Lumpur. The team event was held in Penang.

2008 Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib, former Perak Chief Minister, Cabinet Deputy Minister, Parliment Speaker was elected as the new Malaysian Chess federation (MCF) President . Read the news here



2008 - Edward Lee Kim Han  win the 2008 National Closed  which was held from 31st May - 4th June 2008  at DATCC, Kuala Lumpur. In the women section, Alia Anin Azwa Bakri  emerged as the champion. Report is here


2008 - Malaysia participated at The 38th Chess Olympiad 2008 in Dresden, Germany.

Men Category
Players : 1. IM Mashafizulhelmi,2. FM Lim Yee Weng 3. FM  Mok Tze Meng, 4.IM Jimmy Liew ,5.NM Edward Lee Kim Han

Seeded : . Placing : 96/ 146

* The are no Malaysian Women  team in Dresden 2008.

2009 - Sarawak win 2009 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Kuala Lumpur. The team event was held in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.


2009Evan Capel (Penang) win the 2009 National Closed  which was held from 30th May - 3rd June 2009  at DATCC, Kuala Lumpur. In the women section, 12 years old - Tan Li Ting  emerged as the champion. News is here

2010 Singapore win the 2010 Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challange ( Dato Tan Kim Yeow Trophy) by a point margin - 76.5-75.5. The tournament was held in Citytel Express, (at Chow Kit Road) , KL from 15th-17th February 2010 ( During Chinese New year!?). There was 4 rounds with two classical time control and two rapid. The Singapore now lead the annual match which started in 1985 ( 10-9).


2010 - National (Open) and (Women) Championship was held and organised by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 18-20 June 2010.

Tan Khai Boon and Fong Mi Yen win the 2010 Open and Women National Championship respectively. Penangite - Tan Khai Boon won the open section with 8 points from 9 rounds. He lost the first round against Kedahan - Amri Hajar but Khai Boon never turn back by winning the remaining rounds. Win this victory, Tan Khai Boon received the National Master (NM) title.

National Master (NM) Tan Khai Boon received the Tun Hussein Onn Trophy from the President of Malaysian Chess Federation - Tan Seri Dato' Seri Diraja Ramli bin Ngah Talib.

Perakian - Fong Mi Yen finish with 7.5 points out of 9 rounds in the women section. She won seven games and only lost to Amira Syahmina Zulkafli in round 6 and draw against Camilia Johari in the final round to clinch the National Women Master (NWM) title .

National Women Master (NWM) Fong Mi Yen received the Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chick Trophy from Ketua PALAPES UKM - Encik Abdul Rahim.


2010- Malaysia participated at The 39th Chess Olympiad 2010 in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.

Men Category 

Players : 1.Mashafizulhelmi, 2.Mok Tze Meng, 3. NM Tan Khai Boon 4.FM Peter long 5. Gregory Lau Beng Hock

Seeded : . Placing : 92/ 148

Women Category

Players : 1.NWM Alia Anin Azwa Bakri, 2.WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, 3.NWM  Nurul Huda Wahiduddin, 4.Roslina, Marmono, 5.Fong Mi Yen

Seeded :  Placing : 64 /115

2010 - Kuala Lumpur win 2010 Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK). Runners up goes to Terengganu . The team event was held in Putri Park, Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

2011Lim Zhuo Ren win the 2011 National Closed  which conclude on 20th March 2011 at DATCC, Kuala Lumpur. Lim is the  29th National Master (NM). In the women section, WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham is the new champion. She is  the 12th National Women Master (NWM). Report is here

2011 - Kuala Lumpur  retain the Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota- Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK) Championship. Runners up goes to Terengganu. 3rd and 4th goes to Sarawak and Pahang respectively.The team event was held in Heritage Hotel, Ipoh Perak. Read the report here

2012 - Roshan Singh win the 2012 National Closed  which conclude on 27th - 31st  May  2012 at DATCC, Kuala Lumpur. Roshan is the  30th National Master (NM). In the women section,  Nur Najiha Azman Hisham is the new champion. She is  the 13th National Women Master (NWM).


2012- Malaysia participated at The 40th Chess Olympiad 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Men Category 

Players : 1.IM Mok Tze Meng, 2.IM Lim Yee Weng, 3. Yeoh Li Tian, 4.IM Jimmy Liew 5. NM Lim Zhuo Ren

Seeded :86th . Placing : 64/ 157

Women Category

Players : 1.WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham, 2.WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham, 3.WCM Fong Mi Yen, 4.NWM Tan Li Ting, 5.Camilia Johari

Seeded : 83rd.   Placing : 61 /127

2012 - IM Mok Tze Meng create a history in Malaysian chess by beating Dutch GM -  Loek Van Wely rating elo 2690 in the first round of the 2012 Olympiad, Turkey . This is  the strongest ever player beaten by a Malaysian player. Previously the record was held by IM Mashafizul who beat GM Ian Rogers (2618) in Saintly Cup 1999 and GM Victor Korchnoi (2607) in Olympiad Turin 2006.


2012 - 30th  September 2012 - Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur win the 2012 chess team event at the Kejohanan Catur, Dart dan Karom,  Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota-Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK) held from 27th - 30th September 2012 at  Bilik Tanjung, Dewan Sri Pinang, Lebuh Light, Pulau Pinang . This year event is host by Pulau Pinang. 

Kuala Lumpur repeat their last two years victory and by doing so they create history by winning it three time in a row ( 2010, 2011 and 2012). Second to fourth place is  won by Terengganu (2nd) , Johor (3rd) and  Sarawak (4th).

Read the report here

2013 -  The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) and Persatuan Catur Negeri Terengganu (PCNT)  organized  the The National Closed Championships at the  Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Kuala Terengganu from  28th May 2013 to 1st June 2013.

Aron Teh won the Open  title and  WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham won the women title. 

2013 -   The Malaysian Inter State Team Championship was held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah by Sabah Chess Association. The last time this event was held was 15 years ago!

Read the report at Peter Long blog here



2013 - 30th  September 2012 - Johor  win the 2013 chess team event at the Kejohanan Catur, Dart dan Karom,  Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota-Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK) held from 3rd - 6th October 2013 at  New York Hotel, Johor Bahru, Johor . This year event is host by Johor.  

Read the report here


2013  -  Fong Yit San (Boys) and Tan Li Ting (Girls)  win the 2013 National Junior Championships title held at the 35th Floor of City Square in downtown Johor Bahru from 1st-5th December 2013 .


2014 -  The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF)   organized   The 2014 National Closed Championships at 2ND FLOOR, WILAYAH COMPLEX, KUALA LUMPUR  from  12th March  2014 to 16th March  2014.

Fong Yit San won the Open  title and  Renitha Narayanan won the women title. 


2015 -  The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF)   organized   The 2015 National Closed Championships at  OCM,  Olympic Hotel , Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur   from 14th March - 18th March 2015

FM Yeoh Li Tian  won the Open  title and  WCM Nur Nabila Azman  won the women title. 


2016 -  The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF)   organized   The 2016 Malaysian Championship (National Closed) at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah    from  16th  March   2016 to 20th March  2016.

FM Yeoh Li Tian  and WCM Nur Nabila Azman won the Open  and Women  title respectively. They won the tournament  for the second time in a row ( 2015-2016). 

5 comments:

Chee Meng said...

1984 Jimmy won the National Championship.

1990 match between Timman and Karpov was held in KL not Shah Alam

Chee Meng said...

In the photo of the Kotov simul, among them is a currently well known player. Anybody can recognise him?

JoJosho said...
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Baba Yaga said...

The 4th board for the 1988 Olympiad team was Ng Ek Leong and not Ng Ee Vern. He won the board prize (gold) for his performance.

I suspect that the first WFM is Seto Wai Ling

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