Tuesday, April 22, 2014
First off let me congratulate Fadzil for making the squad. To me he is one of our true fighters. He got in from the front door and truly worthy of respect.
You guys know who the back door artists are. It is very transparent. Were you able to guess that after all that twisting and turning that Li Tian would get to play? It was quite obvious yes?
While I still wish the back door boys well when they play for Malaysia, I cannot say that I believe that they will become strong and win us honours. They just haven't payed the price. As I have said before, I believe they will go the same way as Jimmy, Peter and finally Eddy in the end. They are on the same road and that road leads to kangkung land as it's final destination. We have had 30 years to see where that road leads to.
It's that simple.
Meanwhile I wish the players there a clean fight and may best the best players win.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
A few months back an MCF Official called me and asked me for my view of the current Fide contest for the Presidency. And I said this to him. The contest should be seen as the contest for the post of Secretary-General of Fide. The President is usually far removed from the day to day running.
And so I told him about my meeting with Ignatius Leong last year in Singapore when I was concerned that Peter may be trying to control certain tournaments in this region. I told Ignatius of my concerns and asked if it was possible for Fide to monitor the situation and do the necessary correction if they can get solid evidence to confirm my suspicions. I left that meeting with Ignatius believing that he would not help to facilitate an investigation.
So my opinion given to that MCF Official was that it may be an idea to support Abundo for Secretary-General. I don't really know Abundo that well but from what I can see, I think he could be a straight shooter. Anyway what have we to lose by giving him a chance?
Peter's sudden strong support of Ignatius further deepen my suspicions. After attacking Ignatius for years he suddenly does an about turn. And don't you find that the writer of that letter purportedly signed by 10 Federations suspiciously like the anonymous bloggers that appeared in Jimmy's blog once?
Therefore I find no credibility for Ignatius when he has Peter's strong support. The opposite in fact.
My point is this. If we really want to raise our standard in chess, we need to do it by raising our game. Not by trying to fix tournaments and trying to make our weak players appear strong.
That would be the wrong way for our region to go.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
You cannot try to break the fighting spirit of the players and then expect them to be strong. You cannot allow them to progress via back doors and match fixing and then expect them to be strong. That just doesn't work.
Chess is a mental sport where you need courage to go for the win. You need an unfailingly questioning mind to find solutions. You need to develop the correct thinking methodologies and you need discipline. Then you need a strong sense self confidence that can only come from having surmounted many trials and tribulations without cheating.
I wonder why MCF cannot see this. They allow people like Jimmy, Peter and Eddy to hammer the players who refuse to take the back doors by spreading lies and slander and welcome only those that have been beaten down and broken till they too make public statement of lies.
Only when they become a clone/crony will they be allowed to play for Malaysia. Otherwise they will be fixed.
And then they need all these promotional tools to try to make those weak players seem strong.
So let me ask you a question MCF?
Isn't it better to stop the back doors and develop real players than be trapped forevermore in trying to fix tournaments to make weak players seem strong?
Doesn't that save a lot of energy in the end? All that energy that is now used to try to hoodwink people could have been channeled into developing real players.
And you know what. If you do it this way, you too, every single one of your officials can stand tall and shine and bask in the good work that you have done. The Malaysian chess community would be proud of you. I would want to have my picture taken next to you. The real sponsors will want to be associated with a winning team.
Isn't that much better than what you are doing now? Hiding and twisting in the dark. Just wondering. Why do you insist on torturing yourselves this way. Don't you have the courage to stand up to the bullies? Don't you have the self confidence to stop being a bully?
You want our players to fight in International tournaments with rules and win. But what is the example you are setting for them? How are you moulding them?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
It is quite apparent that the methods of Jimmy, Peter and Eddy will not produce any strong players for Malaysia. Just look at them. One cannot play strong chess anymore and is full of excuses, the other is too afraid to play anymore and just throw abuses from the sideline and the last fella plays at 1300 level but talks like a loud mouthed GM.
What do they really know? How to match fix? They are fear ridden people hoping to make all our players into their image.
What has happened to our last crop of Juniors under their onslaught of intimidation etc? Can you not see the trend of them becoming just like those 3 above over time? What has the last few tournaments shown of their progress under the influence of those 3? What happened to those "strong" juniors at KL Open? Here.
Let me try to use an analogy here.
When a Country/Company is intent on progressing they want their human resources courageous, able to ask sensible questions and think. This is so that the Country/Company can compete.
On the other hand, if the Country/Company is just intent on fleecing then they want their human capital frightened and afraid to ask questions. For obvious reasons.
Simple enough an analogy. Do you agree?
So which type are you MCF? Which type will produce the strong players?
I think you need to decide if you are willing to protect the few potential strong players you have left after the work of Jimmy, Peter and Eddy (with some hidden help from among MCF itself) or if you want them to complete the job of wiping out any strong players we have left.
If you do nothing, in 30 years time we will still be where we are today. Look carefully at those 3. Can you see our players future in them? Will they be able to bring their methods into the International arena? And even if Peter succeeds will we be proud of those players?
Think on this and then change yourself into an organisation that will build our players up rather than protect those that are taking us to Timbuktu for another round.
Over to you. Your move.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I only see one Malaysian playing there. And I think he is one of the the top students from our local chess university.
In the past Penang has always sent a large contingent of players. But from what I hear many Malaysians are distancing themselves from anything associated with Peter Long. I wonder if the organisers there are aware of this situation.
How can one man do so much damage? With a little help from his few cronies perhaps? Boggles my mind. I wonder what kind of person will sabotage and look down on the strongest players from his own Country?
Langkawi is our last tournament until we have settled all of Mark's University matters and we have a proper gauge of his new workload before we look at the time left over and plan for his further chess development.
Ref: Here. This is how we approach things.
But something is happening. At the opening of Langkawi, the organisers took great pains to refer to the Fide playbook and made mention of the need for all players not to bring the game of chess into disrepute.
Note: I did not have any prior conversations with the organisers on this matter so this must be a concern that they too have concluded on their own.
I was asked by a few people about Mark's withdrawal from KL Open and I told them what happened. Ref: Here.
With the unresolved controversy surrounding the National Close which was followed by KL Open many more are starting to join the dots and many questions were asked. So let me recap a little about the National Close first. Here. The glaring point there was why did the arbiters impose the condition on the player suspected of using a chess engine going to the toilet with an escort only when that player was playing an MCF official and not others. I said there were suspicion on 3 occasions that I know of. And many witnesses were present.
And so when I was asked about my opinion of KL Open. I said that it was a showcase tournament. That is the only possible reason I can see for the exclusion of many strong players in Malaysia which could tarnish the show that Peter wants to present.
Allow me to state here more directly what I see are the problems we are facing. We cannot get direct evidence for only MCF can actually get hold of that. That is quite impossible for us to get as we have seen in the past. And we cannot compel MCF to act. So all we have is circumstantial evidence. Here.
But there is a further problem I think. The law governing circumstantial evidence is civil in nature. I do not think there is a syariah equivalent. I could be wrong. And so if that is correct then I think certain people have made use of the loopholes to their advantage to divide the objections.
Example: I have repeatedly said that my reports here are eyewitness accounts of what happened to us. Similar to a witness making a police report. But that can somehow be turned into an accusation of fitnah. And so it may seem that there are no actionable grounds in syariah since we are unable to bring concrete evidence for that is protected by MCF. And so we are unable to mount a concerted objection using circumstantial evidence for the affected parties are separated by 2 sets of laws.
And the authorities with the power to act will close a blind eye. Something like the police seeing a crime in progress but will do nothing until a report is written. And after the report is given then do nothing about it or use the report to hammer the person reporting the crime. Ref: Here. Quite a quandary we are in isn't it?
I am going to be very bold here. I hope you will allow me to speak my mind. I think that is how the strong muslim players get sidelined too. There is virtually no protest from them although in Langkawi many asked me questions. I hope that those questions will lead to some positive action to change things from really understanding why we are so backward as a chess community.
Look, to fix tournaments, they need the cooperation of certain players and officials. These arrangement sets up unfair conditions as only certain players/officials are in on it. And we saw a number of incidences in action at KL Open and at National Close.
Please go here to look at the Vision and Philosophy of First GM Chess Academy again. Here. We have seen many similar slogans in the past. But let me say this. I mean every word of what I have written there. And I will not compromise on those stated aims and I think that is why they attack us the way they do.
We need a system that is not only fair but also seen to be fair. Right now I don't think we have that. And that will be the seed for future problems and I think if it is not corrected then politics will enter into the realm of Malaysian chess. And there will be genuine grounds. No genuine chess player with dignity wants to be the token anything. My belief is that the vast majority of the Malaysian chess community as a whole wants a level platform. And if you win, you win. And we will celebrate genuine winners. All of us.
But no more cronyism and no more match fixing.
That is my sense of what took place in Langkawi. I hope that will be the seed to building a strong Malaysian team in the future. No more kangkung teams that cannot win without crutches.
Ask yourself this question if you are the few remaining that are still not convinced. If they cannot play and win here without unfair assistance then how can they possibly stand up tall and fight for Malaysian honour. They have no honour and integrity themselves.
My 2 cents. Chess belongs to all of us. Not just those cronies. Do not honour winning by cheating. This include back doors. That is wrong and breeds kangkung players.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
You really don't need a crystal ball to see what Jimmy and Peter are doing to our Junior players. And it is so easy to sucker desperate parents of around 1300 level or lower into falling for their traps.
I can very well see why they needed to remove Mark from the tournament even after guaranteeing him a place. Even after receiving his entrance fee and then having to return it.
You saw what happened when we got a GM to train our Juniors. You saw what happened to the junior players who trained for SEA games selection. And you saw what happened to the one junior player that succeeded in winning his place in the senior squad. The first Junior who did it via selection.
Do you really really really need more evidence before you can act on this? These 2 are the most toxic and destructive people in Malaysian chess. Anyone that goes near them is severely damaged. But lets give Eddy a special mention here too. He has been trying to do the same to Mark in Perak for years. So maybe that makes 3 toxic people in total. Hmmmmm, maybe more.
Read this again. Here.
It has been a long journey starting from 2005 when Mark was U12 Champion of Perak to National Junior no.3 in Dec. 2013 and National no.8 in the recent National Close and now we need to take a short break.
I started out wanting to use chess to teach Mark about all these things. Here. But I think we ended up with even more valuable lessons. After Langkawi, Mark will begin his new life in University and then after that he will go out into the wide world as he starts his working/business life.
But he will now start his working life knowing what this world is really about. He will have fewer illusions. He has seen and dealt with the type of people he will meet again later in life. People who will try to steal his hopes and dreams, people who will try to deny him the fruits of his own labour. People who will try to tempt him with the shortcuts so he will lose his way.
However I think he has developed a much stronger character now so that it won't be so easy for them to do that.
More importantly I see that Mark has not grown bitter from his experiences with all those people. He has come to understand that it is they who are suffering. Nothing beats a clear conscience in life. Do no evil to others even if they do evil to you. Otherwise you end up just like them.
Stay true to yourself. Continue to believe in yourself. Do everything you set out to do with courage and fortitude and you will eventually meet success.
Those were the lessons I wanted for Mark. The real lessons. The rest, his success at Junior level chess were actually all secondary. Further down the road, it won't matter. Just like SPM is now over, STPM is now over. It is just a memory and wont amount to much in the larger struggle of life.
But what he has learnt from chess will help to carry him in any endeavour he chooses from this point onwards.
I don't think Mark will quit chess and we are merely marking a new phase in his life and we will need at least a month to prepare all the stuff he will need for his further studies.
We owe much to chess. It has taught us many valuable lessons in life. I believe we have fought the good fight. I only wish I could have helped more during my time in chess. But that was not meant to be. Too many frightened, fear ridden people in a kangkung culture.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This is pure speculation on my part as I cannot read their minds so I will present the facts and you can judge for yourself. From very early on I was assured that Mark would be able to play at KL Open. And I suppose they thought I should be happy with that outcome.
But I wrote back. I said I did not want special favours to enter KL Open. Put up the criteria and we will apply just like any other qualified player in Malaysia. And that begun a flurry of email exchanges etc. I have never accepted the back door in my life and this will not be the first time.
And so finally the money was returned to us at National Close. I think that was a good thing. Better not to play one tournament than to be turned into a kangkung is my view.
I was just down in KL for a few days to talk to a few old friends and also to meet new ones. One of the friends were from my kindergarten days, one from my primary school days and so we had a lot to talk about. I also met a musician who has just taken up chess because she wants to learn how to think ahead.
But I am going to talk about one conversation in particular from my last trip to KL today. This person said, "Raymond, these people have been around from the beginning of history. Those that want it all without having to pay the price. Those that will attack our young. Those that will use their position and authority to suppress and destroy. Those who will never build anything in their empty lives.
They are simply there so that we can be strong. They are there so we can find the courage to stand up for what is rightfully ours. And they will always have their supporters who want the shortcuts too. We cannot stop them from their right to existence."
And so you will see that I have never asked for them to be banned. They are there to tell us what does not work. So let them continue for the next 30 years to see for themselves that Jimmy, Peter and Eddy will never take them anywhere good. That is their right and that is their tournament. They have made their choice.
What I am saying is that there is also the need of a space for players in Malaysian chess who want to do it the right way. Without cheating, without match fixing. There need to be a place for chess players who want to win purely on their chess skills alone. Who want to learn from the rich lessons of chess. Those that believe in training and competing hard in healthy competition.
What about them? Is there no place for them in Malaysian chess?
That is the question that I hope MCF will be able to answer,