Smear cam­paign

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Lies are bound to be ex­posed in the end, but that has never been a de­ter­rent to the dim-wit­ted.

THE chess com­mu­nity in Malaysia is a tol­er­ant lot but we are not amused at the way the royal game has been thrust un­favourably into the lime­light in the past fort­night by some blog­gers in the coun­try.

I wouldn’t want to re­peat all the non­sense that has been bandied about in their blogs but I want to state that the use of an im­age of a to­tally un­re­lated per­son to fur­ther the blog­gers’ agenda is re­ally ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­war­ranted.

How or why they se­lected a pic­ture of an in­no­cent wo­man chess grand­mas­ter is be­side the point. It could have been any other pic­ture they picked up from the In­ter­net, but all the same, I wished that it had not hap­pened to any­body, es­pe­cially when it is with­out ba­sis. Such lies are bound to be found out in the end.

As it stands, I know that the fam­ily of Anya Corke is dis­tressed over the whole mat­ter and right­fully, too, as they have no con­nec­tion to and no roots in this coun­try.

The only brief oc­ca­sion she was ever in Malaysia was in Septem­ber 2005 when the Malaysian Chess Fed­er­a­tion (MCF) or­gan­ised the Asian zone 3.3 chess cham­pi­onship and she took part as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Hong Kong.

In a state­ment which was for­warded to the lo­cal press here last week, Corke reg­is­tered shock and dis­may over the way her name was dragged into the mat­ter.

“I have never met or even heard of any of the peo­ple in­volved. I have never been phys­i­cally as­saulted in any way. I have never been vic­timised in any way by this boy or his fam­ily. The only way in which my ‘mod­esty was out­raged’ has been by the pub­li­ca­tion of my pic­ture in con­nec­tion with these scur­rilous and un­founded ru­mours,” she said.

Corke was the Hong Kong national chess cham­pion four times – in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Her tal­ent was very clear from a young age and she was in­cluded as a mem­ber of the Hong Kong national men’s team at the Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain, in 2004. It was there that she earned the wo­man grand­mas­ter ti­tle.

When the MCF held the zonal cham­pi­onship in 2005, she was the only wo­man par­tic­i­pant among the other 43 play­ers. She se­cured 3½ points from the nine games and fin­ished the com­pe­ti­tion tied in 32nd to 37th po­si­tions.

Corke is presently an

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un­der­grad­u­ate at the pres­ti­gious Welles­ley Col­lege in Mas­sachusetts, the United States. Pe­nang age group

The Pe­nang Chess As­so­ci­a­tion will be hold­ing this year’s Pe­nang age group chess cham­pi­onship for boys and girls, over five Sun­days. Six rounds, time con­trol of 15 to 40 min­utes per game, de­pend­ing on the age group.

The sec­ond of the five events, for play­ers un­der-9, will be played this Sun­day. On Nov 6, the un­der-11 event will be played; on Nov 13, it will be the un­der-13 tour­na­ment; and on Nov 20, the un­der-15 and un­der-17 events will wrap up the cham­pi­onship.

Venue: Club­house of the Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Bayan Baru in Pe­nang. For in­quiries, con­tact Tan Eng Seong (012-4299517, es­tan64@ya­ or es­tan64@ or visit penangchess. com for more in­for­ma­tion. Frank Goon Cup

The Jo­hor Chess As­so­ci­a­tion will or­gan­ise the Jo­hor chess open tour­na­ment for the Frank Goon Cup this Sun­day. Venue: Level 35 of the Of­fice Tower City Square in Jo­hor Baru. De­pend­ing on the num­ber of play­ers, there will be ei­ther six or seven rounds. Time con­trol is 25 min­utes per game. For de­tails, con­tact Steven Cheong (016-7202272, steven52s@gmail. com) or Di­nesh (014-6115256). RSC rapid play

The chess sec­tion of the Royal Se­lan­gor Club will hold its an­nual RSC rapid play open tour­na­ment at the club premises in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Seven rounds, with the first three rounds this Sun­day and the fi­nal four rounds on Nov 6. Apart from the prizes in the open sec­tion, there are prizes for the best un­der-13, un­der-11, un­der-9, vet­eran and lady play­ers. Time con­trol is 25 min­utes per game, sub­ject to fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion.

En­tries close to­day. For de­tails, con­tact Wahid (016-3283160, or Joseph Toh (016-6784648). Gi­ant Tam­poi chess

The Jo­hor Baru Chess As­so­ci­a­tion, the Gi­ant Hyper­mar­ket Tam­poi and the Rakan Muda Jo­hor Baru are jointly or­gan­is­ing the sec­ond Gi­ant Tam­poi ju­nior chess tour­na­ment for un­der-16 and un­der-12 cat­e­gory play­ers on Nov 13.

Venue: Gi­ant Hyper­mar­ket at Tam­poi, Jo­hor. Seven rounds, 25 min­utes time con­trol. Clos­ing date: Nov 11. Call Narayanan Kr­ish­nan (013-7717525, jb_chess_as­so­cia-as­so­ci­a­tion@ya­ for de­tails. Asian am­a­teur open

The Malaysian Chess Fed­er­a­tion (MCF) will be or­gan­is­ing the sec­ond Asian am­a­teur open and women chess cham­pi­onship in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 25 to Dec 1. The tour­na­ment is open only to Asian play­ers who are un­rated or have an in­ter­na­tional rat­ing of not more than 2,100 points. Nine rounds with time con­trol of 90 min­utes plus a 30-sec­ond in­cre­ment per move.

En­try fees are US$125 for play­ers with in­ter­na­tional rat­ings and US$150 for non-rated play­ers. Malaysians wish­ing to play will be charged RM412 and RM495 re­spec­tively. En­tries close on Nov 4.

Top prizes for the open sec­tion: US$1,500 (RM4,500) for first place, US$1,000 (RM3,000) for sec­ond place, and US$800 (RM2,400) for third plac­ing. There are six other mi­nor prizes that go down to US$200 (RM600). For the women, there are four prizes; the best of them is set to win US$400 (RM1,200). There are also iden­ti­cal prizes for the four best un­rated play­ers.

For in­quiries and en­try forms, con­tact the event sec­re­tar­iat (na­jib. wa­ or the MCF ( Pe­nang chess league

The Pe­nang Chess League will be held at the De­wan Sri Pi­nang in Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang, on Dec 3 and 4. The two-day team event is open to teams from four broad cat­e­gories: pub­lic sec­tor, fac­to­ries, in­sti­tu­tions of learn­ing, and oth­ers.

Each team shall com­prise four play­ers and an op­tional re­serve. Av­er­age rat­ing per team dur­ing play should not ex­ceed 2,100 points. Seven rounds, time con­trol of one hour play-to-fin­ish for each game. En­try fees are RM150 (open cat­e­gory), RM90 (un­der-18 teams), RM60 (un­der-12 teams). Clos­ing date: Nov 29.

De­tails from Tan Eng Seong (0124299517, es­tan64@ya­ or es­ or visit pe­nang

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