Malaysian Chess Championship

The Malaysian Chess Championship is organized by the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF; Malay: Persekutuan Catur Malaysia). Known as the National Closed Chess Championship prior to 2016, the first edition was held in 1974. A separate Malaysian Women's Chess Championship has also been held annually since 1990. FIDE Master Christi Hon has won the national title a record five times, while Woman International Master Siti Zulaikha Foudzi has won the women's title a record eight times. Curiously, it has occurred twice that a pair of siblings have won the national and the women's titles in the same year: Kamal Ariffin Wahiddudin and Nurul Huda Wahiduddin in 1991, and Zarul Shazwan Zullkafli and Nur Shazwani Zullkafli in 2007.[1]

National championship winners edit

Mas Hafizulhelmi, Malaysian champion in 1994 and 1995
Year Champion[1][2][3]
1974 Choo Min Wang
1975 Chan Swee Loon
1976 Goh Yoon Wah
1977 Tan Bian Huat
1978 Christi Hon
1979 Tay Chong Thai
1980 Jimmy Liew
1981 Christi Hon, Goh Yoon Wah
1982 Christi Hon
1983 Christi Hon
1984 Jimmy Liew
1985 Peter Long, Francis Chin
1986 Peter Long, Francis Chin
1987 Christi Hon, Lee Soi Hock
1988 Kamal Abdullah
1989 Kamal Abdullah
1990 Ng Ek Leong
1991 Kamal Ariffin Wahiddudin
1992 Mok Tze Meng
1993 Yeoh Chin Seng
1994 Mas Hafizulhelmi
1995 Mas Hafizulhelmi
1996 Lim Yee Weng
1997 Lim Yee Weng
1998 Ng Ee Vern
1999 Jonathan Chuah
2000 Ng Tze Han
2001 Lim Chuin Hoong (Ronnie Lim)
2002 Wong Zi Jing
2003 Nicholas Chan
2004 Nicholas Chan
2005 Marcus Chan
2006 Jonathan Chuah
2007 Zarul Shazwan Zullkafli
2008 Lee Kim Han (Edward Lee)
2009 Evan Timothy Capel
2010 Tan Khai Boon
2011 Lim Zhuo Ren
2012 Roshan Ajeet Singh
2013 Aron Teh
2014 Fong Yit San
2015 Yeoh Li Tian
2016 Yeoh Li Tian[4]
2017 Wong Yinn Long
2018 Fong Yit San
2019 Kamal Abdullah
2022 Tan Jun Ying
2023 Lim Zhuo Ren

Women's championship winners edit

Year Champion[1][2]
1990 Audrey Wong
1991 Nurul Huda Wahiduddin
1992 Nurul Huda Wahiduddin
1993 Eliza Hanum Ibrahim
1994 Roslina Marmono
1995 Khairunnisa Wahiduddin
1996 Eliza Hanum Ibrahim
1997 Eliza Hanim Ibrahim
1998 Eliza Hanum Ibrahim
1999 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2000 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2001 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2002 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2003 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2004 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2005 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2006 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2007 Nur Shazwani Zullkafli
2008 Alia Anin Azwa Bakri
2009 Tan Li Ting
2010 Fong Mi Yen
2011 Nur Nabila Azman Hisham
2012 Nur Najiha Azman Hisham
2013 Nur Nabila Azman Hisham
2014 Renitha Narayanan
2015 Nur Nabila Azman Hisham
2016 Tan Li Ting[4]
2017 Nur Nabila Azman Hisham
2018 Tan Li Ting
2019 Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar
2022 Siti Zulaikha Foudzi
2023 Ainul Mardhiah Mohd Afif

Precursors edit

Malayan championship edit

Prior to the formation of Malaysia, a Malayan Chess Championship was organized by the Malayan Chess Federation which was founded in 1949. It was usually hosted in Singapore and was open to players outside the Federation of Malaya. The first winner, Johannes Fernhout [simple], was a Dutchman from Java.[5]

Malayan championship winners edit

Year Location Champion[6]
1949 Penang Johannes Fernhout [simple]
1950 Singapore Pat Aherne
1951 Singapore J. C. Hickey
1952 Singapore G. H. Brownbill
1953 Singapore Tay Kheng Hong
1954 Singapore Richard Lim
1955 Kuala Lumpur David B. Pritchard
1956 Singapore M. Davis
1957 Singapore J. C. Hickey
1958 Singapore J. C. Hickey
1959 Singapore J. C. Hickey
1960 Singapore R. E. Fontana
1961 Kuala Lumpur Tan Lian Ann
1962 Singapore Tan Lian Ann
1963 Singapore Tan Lian Seng

Malaysian championships prior to 1974 edit

In April 1965, the Singapore Chess Federation and the Chess Association of Malaya hosted "the first Malaysian chess championship" in Singapore, which was open to "people in all Malaysian States." The winner was Tan Lian Ann of Singapore.[7] Afterwards, national championships in Malaysia were held irregularly due to a lack of organizers. Before the Malaysian Chess Federation replaced the Chess Association of Malaya, the last national tournament took place in 1972–1973 in Kuala Lumpur and was won by Chan Mun Fye.[8]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Malaysian Chess History". 7 November 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Former NM & NWM". Sabah Chess Association. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ Quah Seng Sun (17 June 2005). "They were the champions". The Star. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  4. ^ a b "2016". 11 August 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ Jayakumar, Shashi; Urcan, Olimpiu G. (2017). Singapore Chess: A History, 1945–1990. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. pp. 5–6. ISBN 9789814733212.
  6. ^ Jayakumar, Shashi; Urcan, Olimpiu G. (2017). "Appendix A: Winners of the Malayan Chess Championship (1949-1963)". Singapore Chess: A History, 1945–1990. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. p. 361. ISBN 9789814733212.
  7. ^ Jayakumar, Shashi; Urcan, Olimpiu G. (2017). Singapore Chess: A History, 1945–1990. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. p. 74. ISBN 9789814733212.
  8. ^ Foo Lum Choon (October 1979). "A History of the National Championships" (PDF). Catur Magazine. pp. 9, 11. Retrieved 3 November 2022.