Friday, September 25, 2009

Classical time control games

Hi guys

Just got back from playing classical chess at Jax Tham's place. This is the one and a half hour with 30 secs increment time control. Mark ( current MSSPK champion ) was there and he got 8th placing. He was beaten by 2 under 12 players. Considering that he played at a performance rating of over 2200 in Malaysian Open recently, giving him the best performance rating amongst even the national juniors, this result was surprising. The question we are now facing is how fast are the players in KL and Selangor improving? So coming back we sat down to relook again at our training methods and strategy.

During this time I also had a discussion with Jax on the importance of classical time control tournaments. His opinion is that this is the best way to improve. The extra time allows many more ideas and subtleties to be build into one's game. And in his opinion this then improves your rapid and even your blitz games. This makes sense to me. So we are now committed to playing at Jax's first Friday tournaments. The next tournament is from the 2nd of October, the first friday of the month. The first game on friday is at 7pm, then the rest of the games on sat and sunday.

So since we dont have this in Perak at the moment, I would like to encourage Perak players who want to improve to find time to take part. I have asked Jax to send me details and I will post this up when I have the information.

Raymond Siew

Education and Training committee

Monday, September 21, 2009

Holiday reading

Many focus on the technical part of chess and think it is all they need to be a chess champion. Yet in my interaction with our top national juniors, I find this is not the case. I once asked Sumant, how many games are lost for technical reasons and how many are lost by emotional reasons. The answer was more is lost by anxiety and tension. Look at this article. There is a clue there.

Happy reading.

Education and Training

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hari Raya Viewing


Check out this video. Was reading Dato' Tan Chin Nam's book where he talked about the life giving energy of healthy competition. Wonder if this video has any bearing to that statement? What do you think?

Selamat Hari Raya and happy viewing.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya

On behalf of PICA, I would like to wish all muslim chess players a Selamat Hari Raya.

Raymond Siew