Tuesday, July 18, 2017


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 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


(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.


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


98 registered.  82 places left.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


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!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The adult chess scene will soon be revived with the advent of the QCD SG Chess League. This was the brainchild of Mark Liew, triggered by the success of the Singapore Chess Meetup each Wednesday initiated by Bradley Loh. He came up with the idea of forming a regular chess league on Friday evenings to have longer games played amongst the working adults and youths right after NS. The QCD Chess League was in planning since June last year and it was in December that the SCF managed to secure the sponsorship for the event.

Venue for hosting the League was a challenge. Several proposals were sought, even the YMCA which was the original premises of the Singapore Chess Club. However owing to costs, we went to Cairnhill CC which was the PA Centre of Excellence for Chess. Thanks to their help, the Chess League has the final green light and we are scheduled to start April 7.

Though the $2000 first prize is modest by today's standards, it is a milestone in Singapore's Chess history as the revival of adult team chess-playing since the days of the Business Houses league back in the late 70s-early 80s which saw corporate teams from the banks (UOB, Tat Lee eg) and industries like SIA and even the hospitals taking part.

Registration for the League is still OPEN. Please check for details at the SCF Website.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Doubling as Tournament Director and MC left me little time to observe my students' games, so they are left to themselves much of the time. Preparatory work has been done the week before, so all that's left is to wait and see how they would measure up.

Overall, I am satisfied with their performance, as most came in within the top 30 in view of the large numbers in the Juniors' ( 244) and Senior's (323) categories.
Cheong Sue Lyn missed out with her loss to Eunice Hng despite in a better position at the end when her flag fell, but chess is chess. No excuses. As for the other students, 

I congratulate Jayden Wong (7pts) and Ryan Chan who scored 6.5 to earn their places in the HP, while commendations should go to Nathaniel Cheng and new students Ho Ray Ee, Ian Ho, Lock Yan Jie and Caleb Goh  garnering 6 pts.

There were a few surprises from those I've coached in the Schools. Singling out from RGPS Madeline Ng ,Arshia Mahajan and Cadence Loh  who did well in the Junior Girls' scoring 6 pts. From Maris Stella, Ashton scored 7 finishing and Ian 6 pts in the Junior's while Gerrard Lim got 6.5 in the Lower Juniors'. My SAJ boys Joven Chow did himself proud with 6.5 followed by Caleb Goh and Lock Yan Jie with 6, The SJI Junior boys did averagely well with Cayden Wee on 7.5 and Bian Gede on 5.5 while Isaias Foo , Jonathan Chen and Dylan Lim got 5.

The primary factor in doing well in competition is consistent practice and study. Time must be made for this activity or else no one can vouch for any good result.Most of my students had put in reasonable hours for playing and going over their notes with the same diligence as their school homework. Of course, for that sacrifices will have to be made in less playtime or foregoing other activities.

Yet for those who missed the top, think about how you can better use your time by reflecting on your game. Try to ask what is the main obstacle for reaching the top 10 - fear? lack of preparation or simply not following the thought process method that you'd learnt? These questions will help in correcting one's mistakes and improve for the next major tournament.

Monday, March 20, 2017


To get to Tampines Hub the best way from the Central and West, take the PIE and exit at 3B and drive towards  Tampines Ave 2. You can go via Tampines Ave 7 and join Tampines Ave 4, then turn right at the junction of Ave 5. There is less traffic on this route than if you are to come from the Simei Exit and up Tampines Ave 5. The  EW(2) line station  is also quite close. DT32 is not ready yet.

As for parking, there is an open car park just after the Hub. Drive past the Hub, turn round the corner and you'll see the entrance on the Ave 5 curve. This is a coupon parking carpark and open-air (60cts 1/2 hr) and has about 200+ lots. The other place to park is across from the Tampines Hub at Block 858-864 which is open to public 7am to 7pm coupon parking. You can enter this carpark from St 83 Block 864 and navigate towards Block 859.

If you go round till you see a green sign on your left, the road leads to the Drop Off and North Plaza Carpark entrance.  Proceed straight in to park at B2 onwards or drop off at the right turn. Take the elevators after you enter on Lobby A or B to level 3. Parking at the Hub is 1.20 for 1st hour and 60cts for every 30 minutes. 

The hawker centre is not aircon but there are huge fans to keep air circulated there. 


If you get off level 3 from Lobby B the auditorium is across

and there's a walkway
                             which takes you across to the Lobby A elevators and the            auditorium is on the right .

         Stepping out into Lobby A elevators,  head left towards the auditorium 

At the time this picture is taken there is partition at the far end. Beyond that is another 8 courts! The players shall be at the farthest end occupying about 12 courts. There will be a holding area for the parents and for students to rest after their games. Please whisper otherwise the noise level will be too loud. This hall is air-conditioned.

No shortage of eateries here! Located at L1 or B1.

Ok, I don't think anyone can get lost so long as they head back to Level 3 auditorium. Have fun at the NSI!

Thursday, March 2, 2017



5 time World Champion Viswanathan Anand revisits Singapore on March 11 spending a day here at the Overseas Family School to promote chess among school children here. 

Anand last came in 1990 before his Candidates Match with GM Dreev and gave a simultaneous chess match at Cairnhill CC.

I was fortunate to join him at dinner and we shared some interesting stories. One of which concerns GM Eduard Gufeld.

Gufeld was trying to sell his latest book on the Benko, said Anand. But he wasn't really interested in the book as he doesn't play the opening. Gufeld tried to lower the price from US20, then 15, then 10, finally gave it to him for free. Anyone who knows the Ukranian grandmaster would know how good a bargainer he was. For him to be on the opposite end, well...

Chess Fans in Singapore, do not miss this opportunity to catch the man in person! His books and Chessbase videos are wonderfully produced. See you there

Monday, February 20, 2017


Thomson's 11th Club Championship had 86 participants from the 102 members who signed up in 2017. We started 10am and were able to complete before 6pm, thanks to no major disputes from our players who showed good sportsmanship and knowledge of the rules in general.


The Juniors Section was keenly contested with 48 entries. There were no withdrawals right from the start.Many came from the West. The results are generated from SwissPerfect which is not compatible with chess-results so I am uploading it here.


We had 40 participants in the Seniors section. Top place was Alex Chan with 6.5 pts followed by Wayne Luay with 5.5 and Leong Sher Hern on 5.

10 prizes were awarded, with the Champion Samuel Ho taking first draw followed by Alex Chan, then 2nd Place Satvik Kapoor and Wayne Luay. 6 prizes were given to the Seniors and 10 to the Juniors who all returned with some good books. 1 special prize was awarded to the tail-ender in the Juniors section for displaying perseverance in finishing the tournament and recording every game!

The Club certainly hopes that we'll see more of our new members and urge them to come by regularly Fridays from 730pm till 10 to practice and spar with other members.