Friday, December 31, 2010


Currently, I am a regular player at This is mainly because of its simple interface which is easy to use, and the opponents are really challenging. There are 4 categories of play - the blitz (anything from 3 minutes to 15 minutes), the standard (more than 15 minutes), the bullet (below 3 minutes) and the online chess, which is often mentioned as the correspondence chess. As for the end of this year, my ratings for each categories are:

Thursday, December 30, 2010


White: Tay Yi Wen (Sarawak)
Black: Siti Nur Afiqah (Kelantan)
Event: MSSM Perlis 2010

1. d4 d6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7

Siti Nur Afiqah played the Pirc and won in the previous round against Pahang, so it is understandable she tried it again in this round. Likewise, her opponent did not choose the best defense by playing the g3 setup.

5. Bg2 b6

Afiqah wanted to put her Bishop at the long diagonal, but this is not the correct way to do it. It is not recommended to succumb oneself to open attacks, especially when the opponent's Bishop is pointing straight at our Rook! Luckily, her opponent did not find the best move, or else Afiqah would be in a big trouble. Here, Afiqah should continue with castling and only after that play c6, Qc7, b6 and Bb7.

6. Ng5

Better is 6.Ne5 when the best black can do is push 6... d5 or lose a pawn. 6... dxe5 is messy when 7.dxe5 leaves Black an exchange and a pawn down. 7... Qxd1+, 8.Nxd1 Ng4, 9.Bxa8 c6, 10.f4

6... c6 7. d5 Bb7 8. dxc6 Bxc6 9. Nge4 O-O 10. Nxf6+ Bxf6 11. Bxc6 Nxc6

White should have not made wholesale simplifications which made life easier for Black. There is no weakness in Black's fortress; her Bishop is still guarding the fort whereas White's Bishop had been exchanged with its counterpart.

12. O-O Bg7 13. e4 Rc8 14. a3 f5

A good move, opening up an attacking line towards White's King.

15. Re1 Qd7 16. Rb1 Rf7 17. Be3 Ne5 18. Bd4 fxe4

By hook or by crook, White has to part ways with her Bishop with absolutely no chance to exchange Black's g7 Bishop with its demise.

19. Rxe4 Nf3+ 20. Kg2 Nxd4 21.h4?

A mistake. White should take the Knight and accept the material deficit. 21.Rxd4 Bxd4, 22.Qxd4

21...Ne6 22. Qg4 Nc5

Now all Black has to do is exchanging off all the pieces.

23. Qxd7 Nxd7 24. Nd5 e5 25. f4

Another mistake, but it is understandable when White is on the verge of resigning.

25...Rxc2+ 26. Kh3 Nf6 27. Nxf6+ Bxf6 28. fxe5 Bxe5 29. b4 Rc3 30. Rg4 Rxa3 31. h5 Kg7 32. Rg1 Rf5 33. hxg6 hxg634. Kg2 Ra2+ 35. Kh1??

The final mistake. Black mates in three.

35...Rh5+ 36. Rh4 Rxh4+ 37. gxh4 Rh2# 0-1

Final position

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Laila Husna vs Hoh Tjin Li (Penang)


White: Laila Husna (Kelantan)
Black: Hoh Tjin Li (Penang)
Event: MSSM 2010 at Kangar, Perlis
Date: 7 June 2010

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e3

A wise move to sidestep the main line.

4... d6 5. Bd3 O-O 6. h3 Nbd7 7. Nf3 b6

The Bishop is seeking a greener pasture after the blockade at h3.

8. O-O Nh5 9. Be4!

Taking advantage of the absence of Bishop from the diagonal.

9... Rb8 10. b3?
Not quite in line with the previous move. A Queen move to a4 to insert pressure on a7 is the better option.

Analysis diagram after 10.Qa4

10... Bb7 11. Bxb7 Rxb7 12. Bb2 e6 13. Rb1 f5 14. Qd2 g5 15. e4

Attacking g5. White is not afraid of the push g4 when she can reply with Ng5 aiming for the weakness at e6.

15... h6 16. d5

A slight mistake. This move enables Black to recover from the weakness at e6. Better is 16.exf5 followed by 17.Nh2 to guard against the g4 push. Black must also consider two of her hanging pieces at h5 and b7.

16... e5 17. Qd3 g4 18. Nh2 Nf4 19. Qd1 gxh3 20. g3 Qg5 21. Bc1 Qg6 22. Kh1 fxe4 23. Qg4

A good move which forced the Queen exchanges, thus leaving the pawns at e4 and h3 susceptible to attacks.

23... Qxg4 24. Nxg4 Nh5 25. Nxe4 Nc5 26. Re1

26.Nxc5 loses immediately to 26... Nxh3+

26... Rbb8 27. Nxc5 bxc5 28. Re2 Kh7 29. Kh2 Nf6 30. Kxh3 Nxg4 31. Kxg4 Kg6 32. Be3 Rf5 33. Rh1 h5+ 34. Kh3 Rh8 35. Kg2 Bh6 36. Bxh6 Rxh6 37. Re4 Kg5 38. Reh4 Rf8 39. g4 Rfh8 40. gxh5 Rxh5 1/2-1/2

Final position

The final position is playable for white. After exchanging all the major pieces, white's King should be the more active. But with correct defense, black can hold its water. The game might continues

41.Rxh5+ Rxh5, 42.Rxh5+ Kxh5, 43.Kf3 Kg5, 44.Ke4 Kf6, 45.f4 exf4, 46.Kxf4 Kg6, 47.Kg4 Kf6, 48.Kh5 Kf5

which should be a draw. However, if black wants to be adventerous with 48...Ke5, 49.Kg5 will spell trouble because black needs at least 10 moves to white's 9 to promote the pawn. A sample line might run

49... Kd4, 50.Kf5 Kc3, 51.Ke6 Kb2, 52.Kd7 Kxa2, 53.Kxc7 Kxb3, 54.Kxd6

a) Now if black continues with the pawn advance, he will get the Queen. But after white gets the chance to exchange it, the extra pawn will become another Queen and checkmates black.

54... a5, 55.Kxc5 a4, 56.d6 a3, 57.d7 a2, 58.d8=Q a1=Q

b) If black chooses to take the c-pawn first, he will not get a chance to promote the pawn

54... Kxc4, 55.Kc6 a5, 56.d6 a4, 57.d7 a3, 58.d8=Q a2, 59. Qg8+

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Two Kelantanese are flying the state flag at the Penang Open held from 8 - 12 December 2010. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi, ranked third in the event, started well with 2 wins out of 2 games by defeating Limono Handjojo (1845) and NM Tan Khai Boon (2126). Tomorrow he will face Ian Udani, a Pinoy who won lots of tournament in Malaysia. Meanwhile, Nik Ahmad Farouqi (picture above) also started well with a win and a draw. Tomorrow he will face a tough test against IM Ranola Yves, also from the Philippine. We hope that both of them will 'bring back the medals' along with our blessings.

The tournament results can be achieved at

Sunday, December 05, 2010


My brother created a new Kelate chess community site, where members can interact with each other, posting news, pictures and also chat. I mentioned in my previous post about the demise of Kelate Chess network created by Nasero at, and I am glad that my brother has taken the initiative to revive the network, albeit using other address. Even though the address is quite long, you can bookmark it at your browser for easier access. I sure hope that all Kelantan players gather here, and I will try my best to advertise this website to all members.

You can access the network here.

Friday, December 03, 2010


I was under the radar for quite some time, watching the national chess development, especially the Kelantan players. Sadly, the Kelantan's players achievement, or the state chess news were few and far between. There was no Kelantan players representing the country in the recent Asian games, and there was no Kelantan players also winning tournaments around the country during my 'hibernation'. One notable news, however, only of that Mas Hafizulhelmi, who was recovering from dengue.

Equally disappointing was the demise of the Kelate Chess Network, a site supposedly to gather the Kelantan players, due to inactivity. This leads to a question, where have all the players gone? Aren't they internet savvy enough? Apparently not, because the network, created by Nasero, has less than 10 members to date. However, I surely like to think that the 'marketing' of the network was poor, announced only in this blog and Bad Bishop's. It was alarming that many of the chess bloggers or netizens are from other states, and Kelantan players, mainly consisting of MSSM players, were reduced to becoming Facebook users only.

The Persatuan Catur Negeri Kelantan is also in a sorry state. Apart from organising the Kelantan Closed last May, the PCNK is largely ineffective in terms of organising tournaments or receiving memberships and sponsorships. For a chess association, or any association for that matter, to operate fully, they must have support from many members, as well as sponsors, and PCNK right now has none of both.

Therefore, I would like to 'beg' all the state players, please register yourself to be in PCNK. The advantage of being in an association need not to be mentioned, for there are many. Let us all put our efforts together to make Kelantan a heaven for chess activities and networking, and the first step we must take is to make the state association a successful one.


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