Petition for Ministry of Education Malaysia (KPM/MOE) to maintain chess as a sport in Malaysian schools under MSSM

Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) would like to invite public to sign the petition for Ministry of Education Malaysia (KPM/MOE) to maintain chess as a sport in Malaysian School under MSSM.

Sign the petition at

“Your brain is like your muscle and it regresses if you don’t use it.”
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister and Patron of Malaysian Chess Federation.

While the body needs physical exercise to stay fit, the brain requires mind activities as a form of exercise to continue staying fit. And what better way to stimuli the brain by having it to work and train via chess – the ultimate game for the mind. And there is no better way to start having the mind to exercise than at a very young age in order to explore its full potential to develop and grow.

With those points in mind, it came as a huge surprise by many when Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Malaysia (MSSM) had recently discussed and almost concluded that Chess will be out from its calendar by 2020. Without any rhymes nor reasons, chess faces a near extinction as a sport for young kids in school.

Chess has many followings around the world with 194 countries affiliated to the World Chess Body (FIDE). In Malaysia alone, there are almost 11,000 chess players registered with the world body, a growth of almost 10% in just 8 months. With the game being contested at the schools and university levels, and at government and private sectors sports meet, chess is a popular sport that is cheap to maintain, good to learn and easy to set up. And beyond all that, chess continue to maintain its competitive value, as a knowledge enrichment tool and promotes interactive communication between players.

Chess made its grand appearance in Olympics as an exhibition sport at the 2000 Summer  Olympics in Australia, a year after gaining recognition from the International Olympic Committee to include chess as a sport. In ASEAN, chess was contested in Indonesia in 2011 and Myanmar in 2013 and will again make its appearance at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.

It is almost unthinkable that chess is on the verge of being erased as a sport in our educational system, and those that are making these decisions should review chess beyond its value as a “just a sport”. Because chess is more than just a game on a board – chess is an activity that can help to teach and educate young children the value of patience and discipline, the importance of planning and reasoning, a valuable tool to hone their analytical skills and strategic thinking, and when times get tough, it teaches humility on how to lose gracefully, to learn how to evaluate your mistakes, restart your game and maintain your focus to continuously move forward for a better ending.

Don’t let the mind go to waste – develop, compete but more importantly, play chess!

World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2019 – Update!!

Malaysia will have two teams participating at the upcoming World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2019 which will be held in Corum, Turkey from 28th October to 6th November 2019.

The official team is comprised of Ryan Chan Yi Meng, Muhd Ilhan Mansiz Hairul, Agnes Chong Kai Ni, Lee Care Greene and Rohan Shan Tze Navaratnam. For the additional team put up by Malaysia, the players are Cheah Kah Hoe, Eshwant Singh, Ding Dao En and Brien Foo Jiu Weir. The Head of Delegation for the team will be FM Sumant Subramaniam who will also act as a coach for the players.

The format for the event is that each team must field a girl player who will play at least three(3) games from the nine(9) rounds being contested.

Both teams will be departing to Istanbul on 28th October before transferring to Ankara Esenbago airport en route to Corum, and returning from Ankara Esenbago airport on 6th November 2019 for their journey home.

Malaysia Chess Federations hopes that the team will gain valuable experience pitting wits and abilities against some of the best junior players in the world and wishes the team all the best and success in their international outing.


MCF Appointment

The newly elected MCF committee for 2019/2021 had its first committee meeting earlier this month to kick start its administrative matters under the new leadership of its 6th President, Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi. The meeting was attended by all the newly elected members – including two outstation members who attended via teleconference channel.

One of the agenda for the meeting was to reconfirm the appointment of Najib Abdul Wahab as MCF Secretary General alongside Emran Mohd Tamil as its Treasurer, both of which were announced during Akhram’s Presidential acceptance speech at the conclusion of the recent Annual General Meeting.

As per requirement by the Constitution, the committee also took some time to deliberate on the appointment of its Vice President for Women’s Affairs, an Assistant Secretary and a committee position which is now vacant due to Najib’s appointment as Secretary General.

For the post of Vice President for Women’s Affair, the President with the agreement from the committee, appointed Madam See Swee Sie of Penang to take up the vacant position. Madam See is no stranger to the Penang Chess Community having taken over as the President for the Penang Chess Association since 2016.

For the post of Assistant Secretary, the President and the committee agreed to the appointment of Iwan Schani Ibnu as proposed by Najib, in order to help him out in managing the Federation’s daily affairs. For those who may not know Iwan, he is best known as an up and coming young organiser who is the mastermind behind the IPT FIDE Rated Tour which had recently concluded its 2019 series. On record, Iwan is probably the youngest person ever to hold a position in MCF main committee and his youth should be able to assist MCF in exploring and managing the younger and more vibrant chess market.

The committee also agreed to accept IM Mok Tze Meng to fill up the vacant position as MCF committee member to replace Najib. This would be Mok’s second stint in MCF as he had also held the same position during Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib tenure as President.

The President and the committee also confirmed the appointments of Chairmen for the various Sub Committee as allowed by the Constitution as follows:

Both Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah and Zaidan maintained their previous positions as Chairman of Financial Committee and Chairman of Tournament Committee respectively, with IA Steven Cheong also maintaining his previous role as the Rating Officer.

As MCF Committee meeting is held on a monthly basis, the next meeting will be scheduled sometime in the first week of October.

National Arbiter and Fide Arbiter license application to MCF (Cycle 2 May-August 2019)

[No more application will be accepted for cycle 2, any application received after 31st August 2019 will be processed in the next cycle]

Application for National Arbiter and Fide Arbiter will be open all year long but will only be processed and submit to FIDE once every four month. For the current cycle the list of applicants will be displayed in this announcement

Cycle 1 : Jan-April
Cycle 2: May-August
Cycle 3: Sep-Dec

Fide Arbiter application

Applicant must submit via email the following documents

  • FA2
  • FA1-IT3 set
  • proof of payment for fide application

All application for Fide Arbiter must be accompanied with proof of payment of RM 650.00 to Malaysian Chess Federation Bank Account as follows:

CIMB Bank Berhad, (PWTC Branch)
Current A/C No: 8000649725


Breakdown of fee (Total RM650)

1) Submission Fee = Euro 60 (RM 300)
2) FIDE Fees = Euro 50 (RM 250)
3) MCF Fees = RM 100
TOTAL = RM 650

Please take note that FIDE will not refund the monies if application for FA is rejected.

Submission will only be processed and submitted to FIDE once all the documentation and payment has been received in full.

All submission is via email only (no whatsapp submission) to the secretary at and cc to the treasurer (for payment verification).

National Arbiter application

Applicant must submit via email the following documents

  • National Arbiter form (download here)
  • National  Arbiter seminar certificate
  • proof of payment for NA application

All application for National Arbiter must be accompanied with proof of payment of RM 200.00 to Malaysian Chess Federation Bank Account as follows:

CIMB Bank Berhad, (PWTC Branch)
Current A/C No: 8000649725

All submission is via email only (no whatsapp submission) to the secretary at and cc to the treasurer (for payment verification).

Applicants list for May-August 2019 Cycle

Listed application doesnt guarantee your application will be approved. It only mean your application will be processed by the committee and can be rejected  if the application deem unfit to apply for the title by the approval committee. Committee can also give approval with condition to any application.

Fide Arbiter applicants

There is no application for FA in current cycle.

National Arbiter applicants

  1. 5749255 Mohamad Faizal Sobri
  2. 5792703 Mohd Ridzuan Haji Md Salleh
  3. 5793530 Shahnaz Noordin
  4. 5781388 Muhammad Fakhrul Naim bin Jaafar
  5. 5793599 Othman Daud
  6. 5792258 Rosdi Mat Said
  7. 5793297 Eswaran Somasundaram
  8. 5747520 Sarawanan A/L Muniandy
  9. 35808586 Kathirasan A/L Vitanathan
  10. 5737257 Misrodi Telimik
  11. 5717710 Shee Jia Wee
  12. 5714672 Tan Khang Chee

List that has send completed form with incomplete  payment


  • 5714672 Tan Khang Chee (only transfer RM100, short another RM100,please complete the payment before we processed your application)





List that has send payment with form but no fide ID yet

its compulsary to have fide id, please apply before the end of this cycle for your application to be processed

  1. Ahmad Furqan bin Ismail (unreachable)

List that sent NA form and payment but have not attend NA Seminar
These are the names that submit payment and NA form to MCF without attending NA Seminar, please submit attend NA Seminar and resubmit

  1. 5704294 Saleh, Anis Fariha

List that sent payment without NA Form
These are the names that submit payment to MCF without completing NA Form, please submit your NA Form for your application to be processed

  • 5733553 Kok, Fang Zhe
  • 5723531 Wong, Kwai Hiong
  • 5759765 Zainal, Rozilah
  • 5760704 Osman, Islamiah
  • 5706712 Tey, Seng Yeow
  • 5708875 Abu Bakar, Azrul Aminurasyid

Past unprocessed application

There were report/claim that some applications submitted in the past is yet to be processed.  Those affected please resubmit your application in the current cycle.


FIDE Chess Events for Year 2019

MCF would like to draw the kind attention of Malaysian Chess Players on the FIDE Chess Events for year 2019 as tabulated below.

Players whom are interested and eligible as per description in respective event’s regulations may write in their application for MCF consideration.


  1. All players that are eligible in accordance to respective event’s regulations may submit their application.
  2. Player may write in their application to .
  3. If approved by MCF, nominal processing fee will be charged to Official Players, Additional Players, Accompany Person, etc.
  4. As and when necessary and appropriate, MCF will exercise the right to decide the Official Players.
  5. MCF will appoint Head of Delegate should there is a need.
  6. Registration for events with (#) has expired and the organizer may charge penalty fee for late entry. MCF will assist to appeal to the organizer for the waiver. MCF would like to apologize for inconvenience cause.
  7. Players may refer to Event’s Regulation through the link

MCF Selection Committee
Yeoh Chin Seng ( +6012-619 9816 )

Congratulatory Letter From FIDE

Lausanne, 20 August 2019                                                       Nr. 09-78-2019

Mr. Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi

Malaysia Chess Federation

Dear Mr. President!


Please accept our congratulations on the occasion of your election to the position of the President of the Malaysia Chess Federation.

We wish you and your Board a successful term and look forward to our fruitful cooperation with your Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Willy Iclicki
Chief Operational Officer

Congratulatory Letter From FIDE

President Statement

Assalamualaikum and Good Day.

The messages of congratulations have been pouring in following my confirmation as the President of the Malaysian Chess Federation at our AGM yesterday. Regretfully, I have taken this long to respond – I was compelled to begin work at the Merdeka Tournament / Malaysia Chess Festival last night. 😅😇

Selaku Presiden MCF dari golongan Chess Parents, walaupun Tuan-Puan ibubapa pemain-pemain muda Catur kita tergolong dari yang paling sedikit undi di mana-mana AGM MCF, Tuan-Puanlah antara penyokong dan pendorong setia saya yang terawal. Terima kasih.

Terima kasih juga kepada para pemain, pelatih, arbiter, penggiat dan penyokong sukan Catur yang mendorong saya serta tim kita ke hadapan, maaf, takkan saya namakan semuanya sebab terlalu ramai, jangan saya pula terlepas pandang. Terima kasih.

Kepada pesaing saya dan para penyokongnya, marilah kita rapatkan barisan demi memajukan sukan Catur tanahair, agar kita dapat merealisasikan impian Catur Cemerlang Bersama. Terima Kasih.

Akhir kata…

I am not a Queen with all her powers, standing beside a King, I am rather a pawn, who by luck got promoted, not simply to a Queen, but now to a King! Rather than scream ‘Illegal move!’ I would rather us ALL win by first agreeing to turn to the same colour pieces on the board…

May more of you be happy to see me and our new MCF team as well as congratulate us for a job well done in 2 years time. Thank you.

Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah bin TS Sanusi
Presiden MCF 2019-2021
19 August 2019

MCF Election 2019

The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) rcently held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 18th August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. Chaired by MCF 2016/2019 President YB Dato Zahidi Zainul Abidin, the AGM was attended by previous committee members, MCF State affiliates and observers from all over the country. This year’s AGM will also double up to select and vote a President, Deputy President, three(3) Vice Presidents and five(5) Committee members for the MCF 2019/2021 Committee term.

For the Presidential post, it was a nerve wrecking race but in the end, Mr Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah bin Tan Sri Sanusi was declared the winner edging Pahang Dato’ Sri Dr Haji Ismail Abd Mutalib by 5 votes.

Deputy President post was won by incumbent YM. Mej (K) Tengku Ahmad Badli Shah bin Raja Hussin who defeated MCF Secretary IA Abdul Majid bin Hamid.

For the three(3) Vice Presidential posts, as there were only three candidates vying for the position, all candidates won their seats uncontested. They were incumbent Dr Zaidan Zulkipli, with new comer NM Yeoh Chin Seng and Sarawakian Abang Mohd Reduan Abang Sahari.

Nine(9) candidates eyeing for five(5) seats in the Committee and at the end of the balloting, the five candidates securing the Committee posts were incumbents FI Muhammad Firdaus Ismail and IA Steven Cheong, previous support committee members FI Syed Iskandar Shah Syed Hussin and FM Sumant Subramaniam and the final Committee seat was filled by Asst Secretary FA Najib Abdul Wahab.

In his acceptance speech as President, for continuity purposes, Mr Akramsyah named FA Najib as Secretary with Emran Mohd Tamil as Treasurer – both of whom had also managed the same portfolio in the previous committee.

“Gens Una Sumus”