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4Generations Team Chess Battle – 9 May 2020

Chess Against Covid is bringing to you a 4 Generation Team Battle on at 8pm (Saturday) 9/5/2020.

This tourney is probably the strongest ever Singaporean team event with a record number of top local players. How strong? Let’s see….

2 GMs, 4 IMs, 8 FMs, 1 WGM, 7 CMs and almost all the current top local young juniors rated above Elo 2000.

So what does 4G mean and why did we structure the event in this manner? Well, the main aim is to get all the top players from the last 2 decades or so back into action to support the charity of course. Generation 1 are those who generally became prominent in the late 80s or early 90s, Generation 2 mainly excelled in the late 1990s to 2000s before settling down to their careers. They are followed by Generation 3, the mainstay of the mid 2000s onwards. Generation 4 is made up of our current top juniors.

However, you will notice each team has a star (*) player from the posters beneath. These are the sponsored players who are definitely no fish, all rated above 2000 and top players of their generation too. Our sponsors have paid for them to appear for the various teams to enhance their winning chances…hmmm…that certainly sounds like the EPL or La Liga..doesn’t it?

Another outstanding feature is that we managed to get the support of Eu Yan Sang, Q and M Dental, QCD Technologies as well as generous contributions from Shaun Lim, Mark Ong, Timothy Chan and WHOM Pte Ltd for a whooping $5199(!) sponsorship, and these will go directly to the #ChessAgainstCovid charity beneficiary Lakeside Service Centre to help the families affected by the Covid crisis.

To watch the event tomorrow, please tune to: to watch the action,

as well as:
for GM Kevin Goh’s livestreaming of the event.
See you there☺️

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1st Online ChessAgainstCovid Chess960 – 05.05.2020

The 1st Online ChessAgainstCovid Chess960 Arena concluded earlier today as a resounding success!👍

It attracted 75 players and featured an extremely strong field with 15 titled players: GM Andrey Kvon, GM Kevin Goh Wei Ming,  IM Tin Jingyao, IM Li Yang Hsu, IM Terry Toh Chun-Eng, WGM Qianyun Gong, FM Qingaun Lee, FM Siddharth Jagadeesh, FM Andrey Terekhov, FM Ashvin Sivakumar, FM Jarred Neubronner, FM Timothy Chan, CM Olimpiu Urcan, CM Benjamin Foo and CM Advait Bagri!
The first third of the tourney was dominated by CM Advait Bagri who streaked to 25 points, thanks to four consecutive wins before being held to a draw by Cameron Goh. At this point, FM Mark Ong Chong Ghee remarked that ‘too strong a start might not be a good thing’…and it proved prophetic…Advait was to  hit a brick wall subsequently in his 7th to 9th game where he had to fight GM Andrey Kvon, then GM Kevin Goh…and then GM Kvon again. Such is life.
Kvon took over the pole position and maintained it for the next 40 minutes. By then, Kevin, Cameron, FM Lee Qing Aun and Jayden Wong were hot on his heels. At this point, Cameron Goh and Qing Aun surged past him on the strength of their 7 and 10 consecutive games winning streak respectively.  For the un-initiated, Lichess Arena awards 4 points per consecutive win after the 2nd win in a row.
FM Lee Qing Aun used the ‘Berserk option initially, before realizing that he had to sacrifice the 3 min + 2 seconds time control for 1.5 minutes with no increment.  From his 6th game onward, he ignored the ‘Berserk’ button and just kept winning and thus ended up 3rd with 40 points.
GM Andrey Kvon emerged 2nd, just two points shy of Cameron’s 44 points. The other GM in the event, Kevin, who was live-streaming as well…(where did my time go? – said the befuddled GM after ‘berserking his extra time away and not realising he had no increment subsequently) finished 4th with 38 points even though he had beaten Cameron in the final round.
After the dust settled with an intense 80 minute arena battle, it was Cameron Goh, (a former RI boy who is currently serving his national service)  who emerged the champion of the event (and the unofficial Chess 960 king😜!).  He played a brilliant event, shrewdly refusing to go ‘Berserk’, which as previously explained,  limited one’s time in exchange for the potential of extra points. He also had a remarkable 74% record in his 19 games played❗️
In Cameron’s own words, “I wasn’t expecting this [such a good performance] at all. It was a nice way to chill after a day at army camp and maybe being so relaxed about it helped me in the end. Good to know that my chess brain hasn’t completely rotted away even as my book knowledge is gone, which works in my favour in the 960 format”.
Final results (80 minutes Arena event with 75 participants).
1st: Cameron Goh
2nd: GM Andrey Kvon
3rd: FM Lee Qing Aun
4th: GM Kevin Goh Wei Ming
5th: Jayden Wong,
6th: IM Tin Jinyao
7th: Royce Ho
8th: IM Hsu Li Yang
9th: CM Benjamin Foo
10th: Jonathan Goh.
The winners of the GMs Daniel Fernandez/ Kevin Goh Masterclass lesson goes to Cameron Goh, Jayden Wong and Royce Ho. Congrats!
Kudos to all players for taking part in the one of the strongest ‘local’ events (well, sort of 😊)!
GM Kevin Goh’s streaming coverage is at
Full results and games can be found at
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Thank You for Your Support from Simul with Young Masters

The Young Masters Simul Series team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation☺️ to all donors, friends (from within and beyond our chess community) and participants in the “Simul with Young Masters” event for your support and encouragements throughout the past 3 weeks.

We enjoyed organising this event as well as the interactions with all participants.  As a first round of help, your first $16,000 donations have already reached 55 families who are in dire need during this period (as of 28 April). Thank you for blessing these families. Wishing you good health and safety.😊
From all the Young Master Simul hosts,
Advait, Ashvin, Ben, Ethan, Emmanuelle,
Jing Yao, Jun Hao, Jun Wei, Matthew,
Sean, Sheng Feng,Siddharth, William,
Xiangyi, Zi Han and Qing Aun
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Master Class Series : Grand Master Daniel Fernandez

Read more about this Master Class at


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SGP-KAZ Online Youth International Chess Match

Online Youth International Chess Match for Girls/Boys Under 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 age groups between Kazakhstan and Singapore.

Date: 3 May 2020

Time: 4pm  – 7pm

Online Youth International Chess Match for Girls/Boys Under 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 age groups between Kazakhstan and Singapore in these uncertain times when many countries are encouraging social distancing and enforcing travel bans, virtual collaboration has become increasingly popular.

Akhmet Ishmukhamedov, a Kazakh citizen who is currently running his own consulting company in Singapore and Singaporean International Grandmaster Kevin Goh decided to collaborate and organize an Online Youth Friendly International Chess Match between Kazakhstan and Singapore to further strengthen existing cross-cultural relations  and to exchange ideas between the top youth players from both countries.
The #ChessAgainstCovid team will organize this match with the aim of encouraging all spectators and chess lovers to contribute to its charity drive (to help struggling families in Singapore). The match is endorsed by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Singapore Chess Federation as well as the Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Singapore.
Match Details
Date/Time: 3rd May 2020, Sunday from 1600 hrs to 1900 hrs Singapore time.
Location :
Participants: Each country will be represented by 20 of their top youth players, comprising 2 girls/boys in the U12, U14, U16, U18 and U20 age categories. Participants from Kazakhstan will be invited by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation. Participants from Singapore will be invited by the #ChessAgainstCovid team.
Time control: Each player will play 2 rapid games (15 minutes + 10 seconds)
Live commentary: GM Kevin Goh and GM Rinat Jumabayev will do live commentary during the match which shall be streamed via twitch and
Prizes: Book prizes will be awarded to the top 2 performing boys and girls from Singapore and Kazakhstan, selected by GM Kevin Goh and GM Rinat Jumabayev.
Further details on rules and regulations to be released soon.
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Final edition of Simul with Young Masters – FM Lee Qing Aun

Our final, 9th and final edition of the Simul with Young Masters series features the man behind it all, the very affable FM Lee Qing Aun, aslo affectionately known as “Hobbit” by many of us.🤩
6 years ago, we formed a team at the Tromso Olympiad together with Zhang Zhong, Gong Qianyun and Tin Jingyao and this year most of us were slated to play at the Moscow Olympiad before Covid19 struck.

Qing Aun has been instrumental in the entire #ChessAgainstCovid campaign, running events from the background and ensuring all our previous simuls and events were in order.

He’ll be playing 14 players simultaneously tomorrow💪🏼 and GM Kevin Goh will be streaming Qing Aun’s simul live at tomorrow, Saturday afternoon at 2pm!☺️
See you there😄
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The 6th Edition of Simul with Young Masters Series

The 6th edition of the Young Masters Simul Series took place on Saturday, 25th April at 2pm!😊
Thank you to FM Ashvin Sivakumar and Ethan Poh for hosting the simuls.