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All are welcome to a Chess in Education Workshop from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on 10 June 2014 at Meeting Room Turfan 4203.
This Workshop is co-organised by Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific and Kasparov Chess Africa.
1. Opening Remarks
2. The Mini-Chess Program in Africa
3. Case Studies
4. Q&A with Expert Panel
The 15th ASEAN+ Age Group Championships officially opened today with a grand opening ceremony held at the Cotai Sands Conference Centre.
Besides the 600+ participants, officials and accompanying persons, the leadership of Macau sports was fully represented, a great honour indeed and indicative of the support and closeness of the relationship that the Macau Chess Association has long enjoyed with local government.
First up was the ceremonial joint cutting of the ribbon.
Then for more luck… good fortune, a dragon dance! Which brought out the many photographers amongst the audience.
In his opening address, Jose Silveririnha, President of the Macau Chess Association thanked all for coming together to make possible the region’s most important event, noting that for the first time it is being held outside of the original 10 ASEAN countries and thanked Ignatius Leong, ASEAN Chess Confederation President for believing that Macau could do it! He went on to observe that not only had ASEAN benefited from the event but its regional neighbours, especially Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei and South Korea, also the giants of Asian chess, China and India, now the rest of Asia and even other parts of the world!
Then it was the turn of Ignatius Leong who in his keynote address began by announcing one by one (to great cheers), the 21 countries that were taking part and then went on to recap the history and many ground breaking records achieved by the ASEAN+ Age Group Championships over the years, already looking forward to next year’s event!
And fitting the evening ended with a wonderful cultural performance with all treated to a series of energetic Portugese dances.
At 1900 there will the Opening Ceremony at the Tournament hall and followed by a meeting of Heads of Delegations at 2030 in the Secretariat .
The Technical Meeting, chaired by Chief Arbiter Jackson Li and Tournament Director Panupand Vijjuprabha, will now be at 0900, to be followed by Round 1, concurrently the Arbiters Seminar coordinated by N.Y. Wong will also start.
Jose Silveirinha, Co-organiser and President of Macau Chess Association will host a Welcome dinner for Heads of Delegations and our African and Asia friends attending the Chess in Education Seminar.
At 1200 Ignatius Leong, President of the ASEAN Chess Confederation will host a Welcome lunch for the many VIP friends where 13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov will be the Guest of Honour.
Then at 1500 all (participants, accompanying persons, officials, etc.) will assemble for transportation to Fisherman’s Wharf where at 1600 there will be the Awards for Standard Chess together with the traditional Social Night where teams from the eight ASEAN member countries participating will be putting on a show! This will be followed by a Grand Dinner hosted by the Macau Chess Association.
The Chess in Education Seminar will be at 0900, then after lunch there will an autograph session at 1400 with Kasparov. A Public Forum will follow at 1530.
Finally, at 2000 the Kasparov Chess Foundation will host dinner for VIPs and guests.
At 1600 the Awards for Rapid & Blitz Chess will be held together with the Closing Ceremony.
|Principal Organizer||Ignatius Leong||+853 6284 1367|
|Event Manager||K.K. Chan||+853 6284 3144|
For the full list of contacts go here Asean+
A FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar is going to be organized from 4th to 8th June 2014 in Macau, by the Grupo de Xadrez de Macau and under the auspices of FIDE.
To start with there are eight of the ten ASEAN countries participating – Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos – and since the introduction of the plus (+) to the ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships, our neighbours in Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei (the new Asian Dragons!), have enthusiastically been a big part of the party!
Our friends in Oceania, this time through Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, are once again participating, and for years now, also the ambitious title seeking players from India and China.
These have recently been joined (actually not so recently!) by players from Mongolia, even Russia and of course Kazakhstan (now very familiar faces), Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, now even Afghanistan!
From a small event started 15 years ago by Ignatius Leong that brought together ten National Chess Federations in countries which are geographically neighbours and known collectively (and formally grouped together) as ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), the ASEAN+ Age-Group Championships has grown to become almost unrecognisable today!
Like in the World Youth Championships, the categories are Open and Girls, for U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20, but there is a difference in that the ASEAN+ Age-Groups also has an increasingly popular Seniors (50+) section.
In ASEAN, the chess powerhouses are Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia where players are essentially professional.
Probably the amateurs of Malaysia and Singapore often come next even if Thailand is catching up fast while Myanmar finds itself between the professionals and amateurs and the smallest in Brunei will soon have to worry about the likes of the new boys in Cambodia and Laos!
The ASEAN+ Age-Groups has however been seeing a pattern of dominance by Vietnam who year in year out also have the largest contingents, and this could perhaps be explained by the club structure prevalent there supported by the national grassroots sports infrastructure in place. But I also think that while not the best paying work (surprise?), even when compared to Philippines and Indonesia where player stipends are much better, in Vietnam, chess gets a lot of respect.
Where top players and national teams are concerned, as is well reflected in the FIDE Ratings, it is quite different as Philippines is ranked at 28 while Vietnam is only 41 and Indonesia even further away at 59, albeit out of 164 nations.
Yet both these top nations have world class, even future world champions, in Wesley So and Le Quang Liem respectively, so that is not the difference when talent grows up. For sure it is the Philippines with no less than 17 grandmasters that have the depth but Vietnam with smaller group of top players, just 7 grandmasters, over 4 boards are equally strong.
To me it just means that Vietnam, a nation of young people who have emerged economically in the last decade, will likely and increasingly keep losing their young talent to the realities faced by their counterparts in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei.
The 15th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships to be held in Macau from 3-12 June 2014 will see a new participation record with players from no less than 24 countries now confirmed taking part!
Expanded from the original grouping of 10 ASEAN countries, this long standing official FIDE regional event has for many years now surpassed the Asian Youth Chess Championships as the premier youth competition in Asia.
Last year’s event held in Chiang Mai in Thailand was acclaimed by participants as the best they had ever participated in, for many even rivalling the best World Youth Chess Championships, and now for the first time it is not being held in an ASEAN country but in Macau, China, during the peak summer months at no less than the Cotai Sands Central (www.sandscotaicentral.com), so high expectations should still be met!
In recent years Vietnam has been the dominant force at the ASEAN Age-Groups, and once again they are well represented with 82 players in all categories, but this time China with their largest delegation ever is expected to mount a serious challenge with 36 players!
Other large delegations include Singapore with 50 players, Philippines with 47 players and Malaysia with 39 players.
The 15th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships is organised by the ASEAN Chess Confederation led by Ignatius Leong together with GXM and sponsorship from the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific and assistance from the Macau Chess Association and Macao Sports Development Board.