Saturday, December 31, 2011
Why,why,why? Why can't our talented kids make GM? We start out with Champions and then they start to lose their shine. And of course there were many well articulated "reasons" that have "explained" away our lacklustre performances. Well oiled after 30 years of refining the excuses.
But those arguments were not accepted anymore. And selection came.
First sponsored training for the juniors before International representation. This was attacked till the sponsors said enough. Thematic tournaments were re-introduced and this too was attacked.
But funnily change still came. New leaders entered MCF with new ideas. New International Tournaments graced our shores.
There is a new energy in Malaysian chess now. New hungry players raising their skills. For the first time in a long time the forces for progress were stronger than the forces for stagnation and defeat.
2011 was a good year and now it has come to the time to say goodbye and to welcome in the new year. 2012. What will this year bring? Shall we continue moving forward?
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
-- Dan Zadra
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
A good analogy is Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan. In the fight we acknowledge Lin Dan to be Champion. The Champion cannot be based on ratings. The Champion is determined by the fight among peers; in their category.
So well done Nabil! Be proud of you achievement and your title. Wear it with pride. You have earned it.
Note: I also asked a couple of the top juniors if they thought this was the strongest Junior they have played. After some thought, they said it was. Why? There were almost no cannon fodder on the top tables unlike the past. Strong young juniors are coming up. There were no easy games even with the players with much lower ratings. New Champions in the making. Things are changing for the better. With this type of depth and strong fighters, we may soon find more International class players. Well done MCF.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
-- Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
-- Harry E. Fosdick
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Q: How can I handle unpleasant emotions from others?
A: Understand them. If someone is furious, see it as an out- burst of his false self. A furious man acts out a false role, having no relation to reality. He has unhealthy notions that life should conform to his demands. Understand the furious man, but never coddle, for that only worsens him.
-- Vernon Howard
-- Henri Bergson
Friday, December 2, 2011
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
-- Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)