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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or estan64@ gmail.com) 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, email@example.com) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. email@example.com) or the MCF (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit penang chess.com.