Weekend rest


Will be catching up with my feeds at Feedly.com this weekend instead of doing anything active. Lots of things to catch up too like clearing the clutter on my computer. Anyway Feedly is a great time saving tool for reading up on blogs and websites in one place without wasting time visiting them one by one.

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Current state of my ratings

My national rating

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My FIDE rating

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Period RTNG GMS RAPID RTNG RAPID GMS BLITZ RTNG BLITZ GMS
2013-Jun 1793 0 - - - -
2012-Jan 1793 2 - - - -
2011-Nov 1816 0 - - - -
2010-Sep 1816 0 - - - -
2010-Jul 1816 2 - - - -
2010-May 1837 0 - - - -
2010-Mar 1837 5 - - - -
2010-Jan 1834 0 - - - -
2009-Nov 1834 19 - - - -

 

Rather pathethic I know but I aim to improve on this as soon as my work clears. Probably start with monitoring if I can push up my online rating as it’s hard to join FIDE rated tournaments. I will try..

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Does a chess player need multiple monitors?

Does a chess pattern need multiple computer screen? by chesspatzer
Does a chess pattern need multiple computer screen?, a photo by chesspatzer on Flickr.

Of course! The more the better. You need multiple screens to watch the
main board, analysis, live videos or games, keep up with social network
all simultaneously without ALT-tabving.

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Restarting swim program

It’s been a long time since I have been consistent in my swimming. My target now is to swim every day with a minimum of 4 lapse daily.

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Painful memories

Dug this scoresheet while clearing out my junk. Throwing out all the scoresheets but not before converting it to digital form. One of those games I was winning but …


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Swim log

Been raining heavily the past few days so only got in swim today. 8+2 lapse. (8 backstroke and 2 freestyle)

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Sunday morning swim

Woke up early and got in the pool at 7am. Managed 10 lapse today. Feeling good. :)

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Swimming as training

One of the factors I need to improve is my health. Swimming is my choice as I think it’s the easier than going to the gym or jogging.

Targetting swimming daily. For the record, today I did 8 and a half lapse.

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Been a long time

Yes it’s been ages since I last posted to this chess blog. I’m surprised it’s still alive and none of the scripts have crashed of old age :)

Anyway I’ve been terribly off form mentally and physically.

As proof here is my game where I blundered away a potential win the latest DATCC Team Open 2011.

Anyway this game is the first one I entered using the iPad - Stockfish app and emailed it to myself. Then posted it here using ChessPublisher.

[Event "DATCC TEAM 2011"]
[Site "Wilayah kompleks kl"]
[Date "Oct 16, 2011"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Syed Abdul Rahman"]
[Black "Andrew Ooi"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bf4 f5 5. c5 Nf6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. b4 Nbd7
9. Be2 Ne4 10. Nxe4 fxe4 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. Bxe5 Bf6 13. Bd6 Re8 14. O-O e5 15.
b5 exd4 16. exd4 Qa5 17. bxc6 bxc6 18. f4 exf3 19. Bxf3 Qc3 20. Kh1 Ba6 21. Rc1
Qe3 22. Re1 Qf2 23. Bg3 Rxe1+ 24. Qxe1 Qxe1+ 25. Rxe1 Bxd4 26. Bd6 Bf6 27. a4
Rd8 28. g3 Bc8 29. Kg2 Bf5 30. h4 Kf7 31. Re3 Rd7 32. g4 Be6 33. g5 Be7 34.
Rxe6 Bxd6 35. Rxd6 Rxd6 36. cxd6 Ke6 37. Kf2 Kxd6 38. Ke3 Kc5 39. h5 h6 40. g6
Kb4 41. Kd4 Kxa4 42. Kc5 a5 43. Kxc6 d4 44. Kc5
1-0

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Draw ELO 2000

This patzer managed to draw against an ELO 2000+ player.

Here is the game.

[Event "2nd DATCC League"]
[Site "GilaChess"]
[Date "2010.01.05"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Andrew Ooi"]
[Black "Nur Ilhamuddin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C29"]
[PlyCount "112"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Qf3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Nc6 7. Qg3 Bf5 8.
Bd3 Bg6 9. Bf4 Bxd3 10. cxd3 g6 11. Nf3 Bg7 12. O-O O-O 13. Rae1 Qd7 14. e6
fxe6 15. Bxc7 Rae8 16. d4 Ne7 17. Be5 Nf5 18. Qh3 h6 19. Re2 Nd6 20. Bxd6 Qxd6
21. Rfe1 Rf6 22. Ne5 Kh7 23. Qg3 g5 24. Ng4 Rf4 25. Qd3+ Kh8 26. Ne5 Bxe5 27.
Rxe5 Kg7 28. Qg3 Qe7 29. Qh3 Qf7 30. Qe3 Rf8 31. h3 Rf1+ 32. Rxf1 Qxf1+ 33. Kh2
Rf2 34. Qg3 Rf6 35. Qe3 Kf7 36. Qe2 Qf4+ 37. Kg1 Qc1+ 38. Qe1 Qxb2 39. Re2 Qb6
40. Qc1 Qd6 41. Qb1 Qa6 42. Rb2 b6 43. Qh7+ Kf8 44. Qh8+ Ke7 45. Qg7+ Rf7 46.
Qxh6 Qf1+ 47. Kh2 Qf4+ 48. g3 Qc1 49. Re2 Rf6 50. Qg7+ Rf7 51. Qe5 Rf6 52. Qc7+
Kf8 53. Qd8+ Kg7 54. Qd7+ Kf8 55. Qd8+ Kg7 56. Qd7+ Kf8 1/2-1/2

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My best game this year


It’s only 4 days into the new year but with so many rubbish games I’ve been playing this is considered good against someone rated higher than myself. :)

[Event "Excel Firs Saturday"]

[Site "OUG"]

[Date "2010.01.04"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Ooi"]

[Black "Joshua Foong"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B23"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. f4 Nf6 6. Nf3 d5 7. e5 d4 8. Na4
Nd5 9. Nxc5 Nxf4 10. O-O d3 11. Kh1 e6 12. Ne4 Be7 13. Ne1 Ne2 14. Nxd3 Nxc1
15. Rxc1 O-O 16. Qg4 Kh8 17. Nf4 f5 18. exf6 Bxf6 19. Nxf6 Rxf6 20. Nh5 Rg6 21.
Qf4 Bb7 22. Rf2 c5 23. Rcf1 h6 24. Qf7 Rxg2 25. Qxb7 1-0

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Nice last round by Saidali

This is a nice variation of the Sicilian used by GM Saidali in the last round of the Kuala Lumpur Open 2009.

[Event "Kuala Lumpur Open Chess Championship 200"]
[Site "Shah's Village Hotel, Petaling"]
[Date "2009.09.07"]
[Round "8.6"]
[White "Iuldachev, Saidali"]
[Black "Farid, Firman Syah"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "2519"]
[BlackElo "2207"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "2009.09.08"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Bc4 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Nxd4 cxd4 7. Qf3 e6 8.
Nb5 Be5 9. Qa3 Qe7 10. Qd3 Qf6 11. c3 dxc3 12. dxc3 a6 13. Nd6+ Ke7 14. Nxc8+
Rxc8 15. O-O g5 16. Be3 d6 17. Bb3 h5 18. h4 Bf4 19. Rad1 Nh6 20. hxg5 Qxg5 21.
Qxd6+ Bxd6 22. Bxg5+ f6 23. Bxf6+ Kxf6 24. Rxd6 Rc6 25. e5+ Kxe5 26. Rxe6+ Rxe6
27. Re1+ Kf5 28. Rxe6 Ng4 29. Rb6 Re8 30. Bc2+ Kg5 31. Rg6+ Kf4 32. g3+ Ke5 33.
Bd1 Kf5 34. Rd6 Re1+ 35. Kg2 Nf6 36. Bf3 b5 37. Rxa6 Rb1 38. b4 Rc1 39. Rb6
Rxc3 40. Rxb5+ Kg6 41. a4 Ra3 42. a5 1-0

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Chessbase style website

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One of the reason Exabyte shut me down earlier was because of my PLIGG website. PLIGG is a DIGG clone and the site I used it on was a chess news website. Unfortunately my PLIGG version had weaknesses that allowed spammers to flood my website with spam content. I believe the spam was automated and the result was CPU overload on my webhost.

I have removed PLIGG but now I’ve replaced it with plain old Wordpress.

The content is still on chess news but I used a magazine style theme which makes it look very different from a blog. I like the auto thumbnail feature where the first image I post is automatically made into a thumbnail on the first page. This makes it look very professional and makes it looks very similiar to top chess news website - ChessBase.com.

Chess News is the title of this new website and it’s even optimised for Adsense.

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More Exabyte woes

Got closed down by Exabytes again. This time it was for CPU overload abuse and the website is my main chess website - www.GilaChess.com. I have been warned and my website temporarily disabled a few times before and after reducing my Wordpress plugins, I have been pretty confident that I’m not threading on broken glass.

However today I got a rude surprise seeing the following message when I visited GilaChess.com.

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My traffic for that website is only 200-300 visits a day. So I just couldn’t believe I got shut down for that.

This time however, Exabytes screen shot of the CPU usage actually helped me pin point exactly who the culprit was. The CPU bandwith hog was my sub domain news.gilachess.com.

Apparently I installed Pligg (a DIGG clone) sometime back and forgot about it. It was an old version of PLIGG and there were spam bots written to take advantage of some weaknesses in the application. As a result, repeated hits from automated bots overloaded Exabytes server.

I’ve been a loyal customer of Exabytes for 5 or 6 years now and I really hope they will allow me to immediately fix things. I am prepared to delete and drop the domain news.gilachess.com to solve the problem. It’s that simple. Just sent email to Exabytes support and hoping for a favourable reply.

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Celcom Broadband Speedtest

This is my second Celcom broadband speedtest (using Speedtest.net) :-

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Location is still the same at Ikea cafeteria on a Sunday morning.

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Chess Personalities who use Twitter

It’s nice to see chess personalities embrace the use of new technologies like Twitter. In case you don’t know, twitter is a micro-blogging platform that allows people to blog about what they are doing using the web, SMS or via instant messenger services. It’s a quick way to get out a message or tell your friends what you are doing.

I use it mainly to ‘live blog’ about chess events as some of you have already seen on this blog.


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Celcom Broadband Speedtest at IKea

 

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I just repaired my Dell 640m and bought a new battery to replace the dying one.

Now testing the Celcom broadband connections speed in Ikea. Also having their cheap 99 cents breakfast at the same time. 

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At 1549 kb/s download speed and 110 kb/s is pretty good. In fact I think that’s even better than what I get using Streamyx fixed line (1Mbps).

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I’ve read many complaints in Low Yat plaza forums about how bad the service has become but I’ve only used this service a couple of days and so far it’s been fast. Will post more on this once I’ve got to test it longer.

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Chess Scholarship by Magic Tree

I am happy to see any promotion to scholastic chess in Malaysia. Particularly when learning centre offers scholarship to junior players to advance their chess skills:-

Chessmate Academy Scholarship

We are seeking 2 (two) enthusiastic junior chess players to be coached by our dedicated coaches.

Our experienced coaches are passionate in teaching enthusiastic juniors.

The objective of the scholarship is to support the chess industry train enthusiastic chess players to excel and be competitive internationally. 

Panel of Coaches consist of:

  • International Master (IM) elect Lim Yee Weng

    He was one of the youngest national men’s champion at the age of 14 and went on to obtain his IM title after becoming the first Malaysian to achieve a 2600 GM rating performance in the Malaysian Open 2008. Currently practicing law after obtaining his law degree from Australia in 2004 and is presently coaching chess players professionally and passionately.

  • Schools and National Team Coaches

Closing Date  : 31st December 2008

  • Sponsored by management and a group of passionate chess coaches.
  • 18 and below only

Please, submit your application to:

Magic Tree Child Development Sdn Bhd

20A, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03 – 7727 0817, 012 – 210 5620 (Grace Leong) Fax: 03 – 7727 3672,

Email: magictreekl@gmail.com

  • Terms and Conditions Apply.

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Yang Kaiqi - Korean Open Champ

Here’s some information about Chinese Yang Kaiqi current playing in the Open section of the KL Chess Open 2008.

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Yang Kaiqi (Chinese: 杨凯淇; born 1988) is a Chinese chess player, who won the First (Hi Seoul) Korea Open Chess tournament held at the Olympic Parktel Convention Center, Seoul (from 29 November - 6 December 2008). This is the strongest chess tournament ever held in South Korea.

In 2008, Yang has also played at the 3rd PGMA Cup, at the Aeroflot Open, and at the Malaysian Open.

~taken from Wikipedia

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Rojak style reporting but who cares?

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(China’s Zhang Jing vs Vietnam’s GM Dao Thien Hai - Round 1)

I have to admit that the reports coming from KL Chess Open 2008 unofficial blog is very unstructured and messy with some grammar/spelling mistakes here and there. The blog also is seriously lacking in terms ‘journalistic’ standards but I don’t mind. It’s supposed to be that way!

The collaborative efforts of Marcus Yeoh, Hairulov and Gilocatur is a great voluntary service to chess fans by providing as much ad-hoc chess news as possible about the KL Chess Open. It’s THE place to go to to find reports, pictures and games of the KL Chess Open 2008.

It’s good to see how web tools such as blogs, twitter, email subscription, online newsletter, RSS feeds all being fully utilize to provide quick information and publicity for a chess event. Old media such as newspapers is great publicity for the general public. New media such as blogs and websites is the way to go if you want the most recent updates. For me it’s a good learning experience so that in future, these tools can be used to the max to publicize any major chess event.

Still, these are just tools. Without the power of human contribution, these tools are useless. Thanks must go to these bloggers for offering their time and effort so selflessly.

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GM Anton Fillipov - top seed in the Masters section of the KL Open. Links:-

Official blog/website:- KLChess.com

Unnoficial collaborative blog: KL Chess Open 2008

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