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Chess Tournaments (December 2012 to January 2013) 

Date       Tournament      Download Form   

8 & 9 December
Penang Chess League 2012
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10 to 15  December 2012
Penang Heritage City International 
Chess Open 2012
(FIDE Rated)

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18 to 22  December 2012

(FIDE Rated)

(Kuala Lumpur) 
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25 to 31  January 2013

GACC XVII International Inter-Varsity Chess Championship 2013
(FIDE Rated)

(Kuala Lumpur) 
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Random Chess photos

Lik Zang with Kasparov (November 2012)

Lye Lik Zang (New Delhi 2011) 

At the prize giving ceremony for the 12th Kids for Chess Camp, 
the Cheras Chess Academy honoured Lye Lik Zang 
 by awarding him a Certificate of Excellence, a special gold Medal 
and a special gift. Beside him is coach Collin. 

Zamri Abdullah visited our training sessions in Cheras. After a long lay-off from competitive chess, Zamri is planning a comeback to chess. Beside him is his five-year old son. 


12th Kids for Chess Camp
27 & 28 November 2012  
(Kuala Lumpur)

Participants and coaches at the closing of the 12th Kids for Chess Camp. 

Efren Bagamasbad (Philippines) in action. 

Chong Chee Meng with two of the juniors

Olivia Madhavan sharing a light moment with the participants in her section. 

Collin Madhavan and Efren Bagamasbad finally sitting down for a breather. 

Chong Chee Meng (standing left) and Bob Yap (standing right)

Emily Lai (left) and Umar Zulfiqa (right)

Kaber (in crutches) did a good job in the Lower Intermediate section. 

Doris Wong teaching and testing the juniors on some lessons. 


Collin Madhavan

Under the watchful eyes of Efren Bagamasbad

Wan Lin's game also caught the interest of Efren Bagamasbad

Prize winners for the Lower Intermediate section 

Prize winners for the Beginners section 

Prize winners for the Higher Intermediate section.
Edward Liew (left) and Koh Chun Hoong (right)

Prize winners for the Tournament Player section. 
Yap Wan Lin (left) and Lye Lik Zang (right)

Participants from the Tournament Player section with 
coaches Collin (left) and Efren (right) seated. 

Five-year old Devesh Kumar

I will make a prediction here. If nothing changes, and if he just attends normal 
Chess training at the Cheras Chess Academy, this five year old boy on the right, 
will be a future Chess champion. I'm not joking. 

Schoolmates Reena Roop and Pui Yi seem happy playing together. 

Ivan Lai (left) and Megat (in the background) working out the tactics. 

Dinesh is all concentration as he ponders his next move. 

Jones Ling with his Mohican style haircut. 

Nadia Hakim

Samuel Phang

Tay Ee Thong

Liew, the vegetarian Chess player. 

Jack Cheong

Ms Leez, the food caterer. Say if you're interested in a 
good food caterer, then please her at 012-3939459.   


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Photos and news from the 
Hong Kong Junior Chess 
Championship 2012

(1& 2 December)

     Eight-year old James Kwong emerged the new under-10 Hong Kong Champion by winning all his seven games. After his recent outing at the World Youth Championships in Slovenia, James had to overcome adjusting his play from classical time control back to rapid play. He did very well and found little trouble with the rest of the field. He was a clear point ahead of his closest rival. 

FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong (left) with James Kwong.

       There was more good news in the under 7 category where Gerent Lee Chak Yan tied for second place. On tie-break, Chak Yan emerged in 2nd spot. Another student, six-year old Harold  Kwong, tied for seventh position in the same category just missing out on the prizes.

FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong (left) with Gerent Lee Chak Yan.  

The under 10 prize winners. In the background from left to right are:
GM Wong Meng Kong, Ignatius Leong, KK Chan, Ms Ho and Jackson Li.

The under 7 prize winners in the front row, 
Adrian Leung (second from the left), Miguel Garceran (third from the left) 
and Gerent Lee Chak Yan (second from the right).  
In the background from left to right are: GM Wong Meng Kong, 
Ignatius Leong, KK Chan, Ms Ho and Jackson Li.


Online Chess 

   The Cheras Chess Academy has been conducting online chess classes since late last year. Already such sessions are beginning to show results. Apart from normal classes, the coaches even get to 'travel' with their students who are playing in faraway places. 

Below are some photos of a student attending such a class. 


Photos and news from the 
World Youth Chess Championships 
7 to 19 November 2012

Lik Zang shines in Maribor!!!

             Lye Lik Zang (Malaysia) emerged joint 4th at the World Youth Chess Championships that was held in Maribor, Slovenia. His campaign at the World Youth was impressive, winning six games, drawing four and losing a winning game. In the last round when it mattered most, Lik Zang told me that he was going for the win against the eventual winner of the tournament and the new Under-8 World Chess Champion. It was a hard fought draw though there were a few incidents during the game that had upset Lik's Zang's concentration. On tie-break, Lik Zang was place 7th in a field of 136 players from all over the world.

           Congratulations Lye Lik Zang for playing good impressive chess. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at some of the positive remarks and words of encouragement that I have received for Lik Zang. 

Lik Zang has a keen eye for tactics and a solid 
understanding of several types of endgame. 

                  Earlier international successes include his 3rd place finishing in the under-7 Open category at the Asian Schools Championships in New Delhi, India in December 2011 and his  emerging as the under-8 Champion at the 1st ASEAN International Youth Chess Championships in Singapore in August 2012. 

Lik Zang in 2011

Congrats from coach Collin to Lye Lik Zang. 


James Kwong does 
Hong Kong proud 

     With a pair of supportive parents, James Kwong pursued his dream of one day becoming a chess Master. Slovenia was a tough test for the young lad from Kowloon, Hong Kong. With just 3 months of preparations, very little relevant tournament practice but a lot of determination, James played at the World Youth Chess competition in Slovenia. Despite his falling sick midway into the event, James managed a respectable 5 points and can proudly boasts that he played 8 experienced FIDE rated opponents! James showed a lot of promise for future chess success. 

      Though James was the lone representative from Hong Kong, James was never really alone with his father playing the roles of father, mother, friend and doctor! True determination as he fought the cold weather as well as his fever to stay on course for the entire tournament. 

     Earlier this year, James had competed at the 1st ASEAN International Youth Chess Championships in Singapore. There he emerged 7th in the under-8 Open category. 

James missed his brother (right), Mr Tiger (middle) and his mother (not in the picture)
 during the tournament. His father had accompanied him to Maribor. 

James Kwong (left) and Lye Lik Zang (right) at the 
World Youth Chess Championships in Slovenia. 


Jalan Davidson School Chess Camp
12, 13 & 14 November 2012  
(Kuala Lumpur)

Chess lessons in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

Day & Time: Sunday from 3 to 5 pm.

Levels:  All levels from beginner to tournament player.

Age: Children from 5 years of age to adults.

Who should join: Anyone who is interested to play Chess either for fun or to become a 
                         strong player. For your information, we have been running classes in Cheras 
                         for more than 7 years. 

Area: In Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (near Leisure Mall). 

Enquiries:  Please call/sms Collin at  016-2123578, or email us at

Chess lessons in SS2, Petaling Jaya

Day & Time: Saturday from 12.30 to 1.30 pm.

Age: Children from 5 years of age to 16.

Area: In SS2, Petaling Jaya. 

Enquiries:  Please call/sms Collin at  016-2123578, or email us at

Chess Puzzles

White to checkmate in 3 moves.    


White to checkmate in 3 moves.    




1. Rc8 Qxc8 2. Qxg7 Rxg7 3. Rxg7 checkmate




1. Qxh7 Kxh7 2. Rh4 Kg8 3. Re8 checkmate

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