Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BORIS SPASSKY LECTURE JULY 28


Boris Vasilievich Spassky (born 1937) is the 10th and oldest living ex World champion alive today. He made 2 attempts on the World Championship in the 60's, failed in 1966 but won in 1969 against the tough Tigran Petrosian. His reign lasted till 1972 where he played the American Bobby Fischer and surrendered the title after a gruelling 21 game match trailing 12.5 - 8.5.

The second match with Fischer  in 1992 was called at Fischer's  request and termed the rematch. This match was not sanctioned by FIDE and also blacklisted by the US State Department. Fischer's insistence in playing the match resulted in his arrest in Japan after his passport was declared invalid. Though the 1992 match went the full 30 games (being the first to reach 10 points format,draws not counting), both players were clearly no longer at their peak.

Nonetheless, Spassky had bested the top of the Soviet chess stars such as Tal, Korchnoi, Geller, Petrosian, Stein, Bronstein and Keres with the exception of Karpov (his main nemesis after Fischer). His style was universal, adept in defence and attack when provoked.

You will be treated to an evening of spectacular chess where the master of initiative unveils his talents in the combinations and grand plans which often escaped the attention of his opponents.

Conference Room 8pm July 28.

Monday, June 19, 2017

TIGRAN PETROSIAN LECTURE JUNE 23


Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian was the silent yet potent master of strangulation - he snuffs out his opponent's plans effectively and is a great exponent of the exchange sacrifice in his games. Taking the title from Botvinnik in 1963, who then retired after FIDE announced the end of the rematch, Petrosian defended his title successfully from Boris Spassky in 1966 with creative and enterprising play much in the style of his challenger. It was in 1969 that he finally yielded his title.

To learn more about the art of Petrosian's play, members are welcome to join Bradley Loh as he unfolds many of Petrosian's brilliant positional and tactical gems.

See you June 23 Friday 8pm at the Level 3 Conference Room at Thomson CC.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

QCD SG CHESS LEAGUE APRIL-MAY 2017

(Font enlarged for benefit of older readers for this once, please forgive me)

The first round of the QCD SG Chess League kicked started April 7 at the Cairnhill CC (our venue sponsor) from 7.30pm on alternate Fridays. A very good turnout of 14 teams with 98 players (till date) where everyone playing is above 20 years of age. This is a rare sight in Singapore Chess where one finds children outnumbering adults in most tournaments locally. With the league, the Federation is certainly taking steps to involve more adult players to come out of retirement and play. With this initiative, hopefully, more CC events in the future can consider creating a Senior's section where adults above 50 can play each other without having to try and match the young ones in speed of thinking and get to enjoy the game too. 

The first 2 rounds were played at the classroom , a little cramped for such an event as we did not expect many spectators. As the rounds progressed (and also due to a stroke of luck), we were offered the Multi-Purpose Room which was a lot more spacious and could allow more spectators to watch the games. 


All games were keenly contested last night with the top 2 seeds (Pawngolins vs Fork You) finally clashing. The addition of 2 IMs by Team Fork You certainly changed the odds and the score was 2-2. For teams who have not fill up their quota of reserves there is still chance to rope in some players. However these players can only join the league after 1 week's notice is served with the Chief Arbiter.

For those interested in following the results and round pairings, please click here.

The next round is on May 19 after which the League takes a break and resumes September 1, then 15 and the last 2 rounds in October 6 and 20.


ABOUT QCD


Founded in 1994, the QCD group first had its roots as an IT system and service provider. From it's humble beginnings, the company has since expanded and diversified into 4 separate entities (QCD Technology, Grand Cruise, Choice Wines and Choice Resources) with branches spread across the South East Asian Region. 

The words QCD stands for quality, cost and delivery. It is our mission to integrate these 3 core components into all our business relationships.


The QCD group looks forward to partnering with the Singapore Chess Federation to promote chess at grassroots levels both for adults and school children.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

THOMSON CHESS FIESTA UPDATE


98 registered.  82 places left.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

QCD LEAGUE STARTS WITH 14 TEAMS

The final count for the QCD SG League is 14 teams listed below:

Team Name Captain Number of Players
Pawngolins Goh Wei Ming Kevin 8
Fork You Jeevarajah Nithiananthan 5
8 Knights in Cairnhill Lim Hoon Cheng 8
Kent Ridge Noobs Liu Daowei David 6
GACC Dream Team Lam Kwok Foong 8
Score Keeper & Friends Uthpala Wettewa 7
John 3:16 Lawrence Ee 6
Wolverine Aldrin Wong 5
Thoms Formers Ng Thai Ee 4
Apek Chess Wong Fan Kong 7
Psalms 23 Chua Xavier 8
Progress Pokemonsters Alex Chia Kok Kiang 8

Bulldog Chess Brotherhood
Eric Lalas 8
6.c4! Ong Yujing     6
All games start at 7.30pm this Friday at Cairnhill CC 1 Anthony Road. Spectators are welcome subject to room space. I believe it will be a spectacle as we've not had this for ages.

See you there!