Sunday, June 9, 2013
What is our current reality Malaysian chess?
In Malaysia most of our development effort is centered around the parents. We are the ones that scour around to find whatever resources we can to develop our children. Some of us will use local trainers, visiting trainers and so on. I use the internet mainly to find resources.
Recently over the last couple of months, we were blessed with getting Paulo Bersamina as a training partner and his dad Norlito, a Fide trainer, for second opinions. Ref: Here. And so we get the results we get.
On the other hand we have the Peter Long/Jimmy axis which tells us that we have no strong Juniors apart from Li Tian. And we are given demonstrations of how he eats Super GM's and GM's for breakfast. But then he is unable to beat our top Juniors in Malaysia that are only rated around Fide 2000.
But still we only send out a player like Jimmy for Asian Continental who was on the last board in R9 but not our "weak" Juniors. Look at the criteria here. Over 2200. Question. Does this raise any suspicions? So Jimmy qualifies and Li Tian qualifies. None of our other top Juniors qualify because they are only 2000 plus although proven time and again that they are stronger than Li Tian. So no exposure for them unlike other Countries with a development program for their top Juniors.
But if Li Tian cannot beat our other top Juniors here, does it add weight to the possibility that he is really only 2000 plus too? Furthermore he is even higher rated than Jimmy. Does that mean that Jimmy is really only 2000 plus too?
Does this point to manufactured numbers? Does this mean that the criteria to Asian Continental was actually meant to exclude other top Juniors under false pretences? Questions have been asked by my overseas friends. Why doesn't Li Tian play at Asean? There are also no super GM's or GM's there so he should wipe the field; similar to the arguments I applied here. Easiest path to an IM I'm told. So why not indeed?
There are so many questions we need to ask and we need those answers before Malaysian chess can progress. Who is looking into those hard questions?
Note: We need to question the motives of Jimmy/Peter in doing what they did. Were they trying to help Li Tian and were just misguided because they are no longer in touch with current realities or are there more sinister motives? That is what you my readers will have to decide for yourself. Read this here.
Clearly individual efforts by just the parents alone is insufficient looking at where we are today relative to our neighbours. But then we also cannot trust the strategies brought forward by Jimmy and Peter. And Peter is in MCF and he seems to have a huge say in selection criteria.
This is a conundrum is it not? Don't we need MCF to look into this? But how will this be possible when daily there are new issues coming out from parents, who are the current mainstay of Malaysian chess? And we are also hearing of new police reports from private organisers.
This is our reality today. Face up to it. Lets solve all these man created problems so we can really tackle the issues that matter. Is Malaysian chess not falling into a sink hole right before our eyes? And are we so blind that we cannot even see this? Is this the mentality we are teaching our players too? Do follow our results at Asean.
We need to sit down and think. Then we need to sit down and talk. Then we need the talk to be followed by action. Then we need the right action to solve the right issues. (And not create more problems). Isn't that chess too? The investigation into how Malaysian chess can win?
Thank you for your time.