My Resume

I have been playing chess since my school days in Seremban and was trained by the then MSSM Champion, Mohd Noor Yahaya who happens to be my senior at school. My passion for the game continued during my college years at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (strangely enough, this is now where Susan Polgar runs her Polgar Chess University) and was actively involve in the local chess circuits. During my college years, I was also a registered member of the United States Chess Federation and had my highest USCF Rating points at 1950+ towards the middle of 1988 before I left USA for home.

Upon my return to Malaysia, I joined the Johor Chess Association and represented the State Team in the Merdeka Team Chess Championship. I joined Bank Simpanan Nasional in 1989 but from here on, my interest began to shift from playing into organizing and managing chess events. In 1990, I was involved in the World Chess Candidates Match between GM Anatoly Karpov and GM Jan Tinman held in Kuala Lumpur. This was followed by the Asian Team Chess Championship held in Genting Highland, the Women Zonal Chess Championship in Shah Alam and the World Youth Chess Championship held in Singapore. I was also inducted as a committee member of the Malaysian Malay Chess Association from 1990 until 1992.

Between 1992 and 2003, due to family commitment, I was stationed in Johor Bahru and chess took the back seat but from time to time, I continue to take occasional breaks to play in local tournaments including the 1993 National Chess Championship held in Park Royal Hotel Kuala Lumpur. One of my most memorable experience playing in the National event was where in one of the rounds, I had the opportunity of beating 12 year old Mas Hafizulhelmi, our current No. 1 Malaysia player, who was just starting to picking up the mastery of the game at an impressive rate. But of course, that was many years ago and to achieve the same feat, may not be as easy...

In 2004, upon returning to Kuala Lumpur, my chess life continues starting with the National Closed Championship where I was appointed as the Chief Arbiter. My involvement in the 1st Malaysia Chess Festival held at MidValley Megamall was minimal as I was only entrusted to prepare and complete the games bulletin for the event. However, from 2007 onwards, I have successfully executed my task as the Chief Arbiter for the festival on seven (7) consecutive editions until 2013. To add to my regular Arbiter duties, from 2010 onwards I was also inducted as one of the Organizing Committee for the annual festival event.

In 2011, I helped to organise the ASIAN AMATEUR OPEN and WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 held in Mutiara Hotel Kuala Lumpur, and in 2012 was appointed as the Technical Director and Chief Arbiter of the 750 YEARS MELAKA INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL held in the Historical City of Melaka. In 2013, I was given the responsibility to be the Chief Arbiter for the annual Malaysia Singapore match and in January 2014, I was the Chief Arbiter for the GACC Inter Varsity International held by University Malaya 2nd College, the 5th consecutive year that I have been involved in the same event. I was also the Chief Arbiter at the National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship held in University Teknologi Petronas in Tronoh in November 2014. For 2015, I am helping the Persatuan Catur Kelantan to hold its annual Kelantan Open, and in March 2015, I will be helping the Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jalil to hold its first ever Junior Chess Championship 2015. 

Currently, I am freelancing as chess tutors for beginners and children in Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas, a weekly chess class that I run between 2:00pm and 7:00pm. I am also in the midst of preparing a Chess Book (to be written in Malay) and welcome those who would like to help me to complete the book.

In 2012, I was awarded the title of FIDE Arbiter by the World Chess Body (FIDE), an award which I earned after successfully completing and arbitrering 3 major international events and scoring as top performer in an Arbiter seminar organized by FIDE.

Professionally, I am attached with VADS Berhad - a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia, as a Senior Manager managing the Business and Financial Improvement Analyst for its BPO Operations Division. In 2004, I was awarded the title Malaysia’s Best Contact Centre Champion by CCAM (Contact Centre Association of Malaysia) in recognition of my abilities and understanding of Contact Center Operations.