Monday, November 1, 2010

Needed a Malaysian Chess Academy

Player overview for MAS

Jagathees Guna Balan0MAS1001100011½5,568Open U08
Muhammad Faqih B Aminuddin0MAS001001100104,0102Open U08
Wong Yinn Long0MAS1110½01½1½½7,019Open U08
37CMAmier Hamzah B Mohd Zuhri1743MAS11001½0011½6,057Open U10
Aron Teh Eu Wen1641MAS½100011½1117,031Open U12
William Lee Kah Howe0MAS½½0100½10½½4,5118Open U12
Lee Kah Meng Elgin1918MAS001½½½0½1½½5,087Open U14
Azman Hisham Mohd Nabil2046MAS0101½101½½05,572Open U16
Mohd Noor Zainoor Ikmal0MAS11000½0011½5,048Girls U08
Yahaya Nur Islamurni0MAS010½1½0011½5,543Girls U08
Azhar Puteri Rifqah Fahada0MAS1½½0111½1½½7,511Girls U10
Mohd Noor Zainoor Ikmal0MAS000000000000,0106Girls U10
36WCMNur Nabila Azman Hisham1829MAS1010½01110½6,038Girls U14
40WFMNur Najiha Hisham1779MAS00½½½1110116,538Girls U12
Camilia Bt Johari1744MAS101½100110½6,040Girls U12

A good hunting ground for young player as most budding champions are discovered from this championship.  From Sifu own experience in this championship that Malaysia have a lot of good players but we are lacking compared to other chess nations Russia, USA, China, India, France is that there being heavy deep investment in youth programs with funds in chess schools or acadamies.

The players are accompanied by seconds consisting of GMs after a grilling sessions before the championship. But not happening for Malaysians.

But Malaysians depended heavily on parents funding and the time is up for Malaysia to start a youth programs under the education or sports ministries for the investment on youth not just an infilling but a real investment program for future champions in an official Malaysian Chess Academy. What being done by a lot of local coaches and parents should be appreciated and acknowledged and absorbed into the system or improved the system with funding. 

Actually the whole system and success in Malaysia depends almost totally on parents but frustration will creep in when official backing and funding not helping to ease the burden in the name of the nation. But time flies and age will catch up as these young players will move up the rank into different categories and the fight gets tougher and we will eventually loses them in the system as career building for the future becomes more important than chess careers.

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