Brisbane Break

Brisbane Break

CM juniortay
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9 days ago

The last time I took a vacation from chess coaching was 2 years back and this one was definitely long overdue. As with my Adelaide trip, my wife arranged a chess tourney at the end of the vacation and this time we headed for Brisbane with a 6 roun...

Christmas Hedgehog

Christmas Hedgehog

CM juniortay
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Dec 25, 2018

What has Christmas gotta do with the hedgehog? Nothing I suppose, except Sonic the Hedgehog was born on Christmas Island. However, I would like to show two 'Hedgehog' games played over the week. The 'three rank' Hedgehog system has generally bee...

QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann Grandmasters Invitational 2018

QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann Grandmasters Invitational 2018

CM juniortay
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May 4, 2018

After months of preparation and negotiations, we are glad to announce we have finalized the details for the QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann Grandmasters Invitational 2018 (June 7th to 12th), which is likely to be a Category 8 event with GM norm at 6.5/9 and ...

QCD League - Are you ready to fight?

QCD League - Are you ready to fight?

CM juniortay
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Mar 25, 2018

Last year's QCD league had 14 teams vying for the title with 10 masters participating and if that doesn't impress you, how about the total number of 31 players rated above elo 2000 taking part? This is pretty rare in the local chess scene these da...

More European successes for Singaporean lads

More European successes for Singaporean lads

CM juniortay
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Mar 1, 2018

First off, a fruitful Czech expedition for 5 youngsters. IM Cyrus Low, FM Ashvin Sivakumar, FM Lee Qing Aun, CM Lee Junwei and Matthew Lau spent their January in the Czech Republic, seeking to push their chess skills to greater heights and th...

Singapore juniors performing creditably abroad

Singapore juniors performing creditably abroad

CM juniortay
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Nov 19, 2017

Once the final academic exams were over, some promising juniors (and their parents) took the opportunity to test their skills abroad. If one can afford to do so, it is a great idea as I've always felt our juniors are way underrated. basically taki...

A vacation break...with more chess in Adelaide!

A vacation break...with more chess in Adelaide!

CM juniortay
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Oct 7, 2017

End September/early October is a decent time as any to take a vacation from chess coaching. Most Singaporean students will be starting school exams or revising for them. My wife mulled over a holiday in Brisbane or Adelaide since both have chess...

3rd Singapore Masters Blitz (Junior Edition)

3rd Singapore Masters Blitz (Junior Edition)

CM juniortay
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Sep 9, 2017

The Singapore Masters Blitz series, a brainchild of Olimpiu Urcan, sets out to provide quality quickplay events for Singapore and locally based masters in terms of playing conditions and prize fund.  The first edition  had $1100 up for g...

An 'easy' pawn ending

An 'easy' pawn ending

CM juniortay
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Jun 20, 2017

I've been coaching endings more frequently these days, due to a parent's request to work on her kid's endings. There was this particular pawn ending that I found intriguing as general principles of endings actually hinder the winning process and a...

IM Kevin Goh wins Balestier League by a mile

IM Kevin Goh wins Balestier League by a mile

CM juniortay
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Dec 24, 2016

A trip to the Melbourne Chess Club, while on vacation in October, gave me an idea to start a semi-serious training event for my chess ‘kakis’ back home. Established 150 years ago, the club manages to conduct up to 3 events per week wit...

Upping the ante

Upping the ante

CM juniortay
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Jul 31, 2016

The recently concluded World U16 Olympiad (Slovakia) saw Lee Jun Wei of Singapore taking the Board 4 gold medal with a perfect 7/7 score.  He began his campaign in that tourney with a huge hack, beating the Hungarian U16 champion, FM Levente ...

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