Earlier it was Yeap Eng Chiam who was the wonder kid. Eng Chiam our next GM! Today it is Li Tian, our wonder kid. And then we build a hype around them till they are past 12.... then we look for another U12...if we remain consistent to our history.
"Today I will say that I will struggle with the names of all those I have used in the past to build chess. I will struggle with them by increasing my skills so that I can continue to help them grow after 12 and not look for the easy way out. I will not build roadblocks to getting proper sponsorships to help them grow from strength to strength.
Today I realise that together with technical we also need a winning mindset. Today I will acknowledge the evidence that I know deep down inside me to be true.
Today I will also acknowledge that it is not over for any of our seniors who choose to continue to fight. It is not over till the fat lady sings or I am 6 feet under.
Today I pledge my support to all who will fight to achieve the highest accolade in chess for they have expressed courage on the board. I will express my courage by not tearing down others from my own pettiness but by giving support and suggestions for improvement."
We started 1.1.2011 well. We can make this pledge on every festival from now so we remember, Malaysia Boleh.