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Since the current MCF committee took over the management and administration of Federation back in 2019, a few noticeable improvement were introduced in order to create a more transparent organization. The more notable ones were better money management, improved communication via website and FB, continued events and activities (despite the lockdown) and most importantly, a clearer selection process. For the selection process, the glory should go to the Selection Committee headed by NM Yeoh Chin Seng, for his perseverance in introducing the CMP program to calculate player’s performance in order to rate the most suitable player(s) to wear national colors at international events.

When the calculation system was first introduced in February of 2019, the process was very manual and tedious, and in many situations, players were unable to understand the process on how to fill up the information required. And to make things worse – when the formula were wrongly copied, the entire CMP spreadsheet becomes a bit messy.

However, that was before and now, a new and improved program has been developed to provide an automated method of calculating the CMP which only require a player’s FIDE ID and a click of a button. And the CMP has been broken into 2 main reporting format – CMP Basic Format and CMP MCO Format and both format will attribute to the selection criteria.

In short, the CMP Basic Format is based on FIDE rated events that player have taken part in whilst on the other hand, CMP MCO Format is based on events that player has taken part in during the MCO period such as online/hybrid/OTB events recognized by MCF Selection Committee (which are usually organized by FIDE/ACF/MCF), regardless whether events are rated or otherwise. In both cases, the CMP application will allow user (or MCF) to check the player’s performance at the current point of time. According to NM Yeoh, the system is smart enough to search the relevant websites to gather the information and calculate the performance of the players without having to perform a manual search and input.

Vice President and Chairman of the Selection Committee – NM Yeoh Chin Seng

Although seems ready to be implemented, MCF welcomes comments or feedback from the chess community on the viability and functionality of the application. Your valuable feedback needs to be submitted to the Selection Committee at mcfselection@malaysiachess.org (with copies to mcfsecretariat@malaysiachess.org) on or before 7th July 2021.

The application can be viewed and tested by clicking on the following link. All you need is your FIDE ID and the rest will be done by the systems smart logarithm embedded within. https://mcf-cmp-analysis.netlify.app/ Once you are at the application landing page, select the appropriate date, click on the “Add Player” button, get your FIDE ID ready, and click on the “Add” button to allow the system to generate the report.

In preparing the CMP application for the use of the Selection Committee, the Malaysian Chess Federation would like to extend its thanks and sincerest gratitude to Mr Phoon Kah Chi, an undergraduate from Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, who has spent hours to develop such a wonderful and intelligent application. Incidentally, Mr. Phoon Kah Chi is also a student under the care of Lecturer En. Emran Mohd Tamil who is also the MCF Treasurer.

MCF Secretariat