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 involved 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 the game into organizing and managing events. While at BSN, I helped to recruit many chess players for the team and the BSN chess Team became one of the strongest team in the country. We became champion at the annual Pesta Sukan Kementerian Kewangan 1988 and in 1989, we took the first prize at the Muhibbah Cruise Chess Championship which was also participated by other strong teams such as Ambank and Public Bank.

In the same year, upon completing the Muhibbah Cruise event, I was involved in the organizing of the Asian Team Chess Championship in Genting Highland and subsequent to that, also helped to manage the Women Zonal Chess Championship held in Shah Alam. A year alter in 1990, I helped the Malaysian Chess Federation to organize the World Chess Candidates Match between GM Anatoly Karpov and GM Jan Tinman hosted at the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur theater. In 1992, I was invited to be a part of the bulletin team at the World Youth Chess Championship hosted by Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Chess Federation. I also had the opportunity to serve as a committee member of the Malaysian Malay Chess Association (PCMM) from 1990 until 1992.

Between 1992 and 2003, due to family commitment, I was stationed in Johor Bahru and chess took a 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 former No. 1 Malaysia player, who was just starting to pick 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 2003, 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 in 2004 was minimal as I was only entrusted to prepare and complete the games bulletin for the event. However, from 2007 onward, 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 onward I also took additional role as one of the Organizing Committee for the annual festival event.

In 2011, I was the Event Secretary for the ASIAN AMATEUR OPEN and WOMEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP held at 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 have organized, officiated and managed many events such as the annual Selangor Open, the National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship and the National Closed.

In 2017, I became part organizer and Chief Arbiter for the record breaking Festival Catur Putrajaya which was registered in the Malaysia Book of Records for the most number of school children playing in a single event at more than 1,200 players. In 2018, we broke the record again with more than 1,500 school children participating in a single event - a feat that I am proud to be a part of. In 2017, I was also appointed as the Chief Arbiter for the ASEAN Para Games 2017 - managing players and coaches from 8 countries, with more than 100 volunteers, Arbiters and Deputy Arbiters giving their hand to make the event a success. 

In recognition of my knowledge and abilities, I was awarded the title of FIDE Arbiter (FA) by the World Chess Body (FIDE), after successfully completing and being an Arbiter in no less than 3 major international events and scoring as top performer in an Arbiter seminar organized by FIDE in 2012.

Professionally, I am attached with Telekom Malaysia TM ONE Division - a subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia, as its Operations Director for TM Customer Service Contact Center managing more than 1,200 staff stationed at 5 various sites. 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.