updated 25 Jun 2015
Team Singapore Report by Dr Lee Chien Earn
The recently concluded 16th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships held from the 8th-17th Jun at the Nanyang Technological University Sports & Recreation Centre saw a record 452 players from 16 countries. This competition, which started in Vietnam in 2000 with 155 players from 7 countries, has since grown to include participants from non-ASEAN countries. This year's participants included Australia, China, India, Kazakhstan Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Korea.
It was thus fitting that this competition has been upgraded to continental championship status. In addition to FM and CM titles, this year the winner of the Under 16 category gets the (W)IM norm, the winner of the U18 category gets the (W)IM title and the winner of the Under 20 category getting the (W)IM title and (W)GM norm.
Vietnam sent the largest delegation with 129 players followed by host Singapore with 124 players. Other large delegations include the Philippines with 64, Mongolia with 39 and India with 34 participants. This edition of the competition was arguably the strongest ever especially in the higher ages categories. Team Singapore performed creditably with 11 Golds, 11 Silvers and 22 Bronzes finishing in third place overall behind Vietnam and Philippines.
A key highlight of the event is 15 year-old Tin Jingyao winning the Open U-20 which gave him the direct IM title and a GM title norm. This was a keenly contested category with 2 IMs joining the fray. Of current Singapore players, Jingyao became the first junior to obtain the IM title since Jason Goh achieved it 10 years ago. Two other Singaporean adults (ie above 20) players had also obtained their IM title since 2005 ie Goh Wei Ming and Ravindran Shanmugam – an encouragement to all that it is possible to continue playing high level chess in University and beyond (Daniel Fernandez had also obtained his IM title as a junior but is now playing under the English Federation). Jingyao is currently the youngest Singapore player to get a GM norm. Jingyao also won the rapid Open Under 16 category.
Tin Jingyao receiving his gold medal for Standard Open Under 20.
Another highlight is the strength in depth of our Under 14 boys who contributed 3 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronzes to the overall medal tally. Lee Qing Aun led all the way through nine grueling rounds to finish first and win the FM title. He was accompanied on the podium by Tan Jun Hao who achieved third placing and the CM title. In total Singapore had 3 players in the top 5 and 6 players in the top 10 out of a field of 36 players for the Standard Open U14 category. For good measure, Lee Qing Aun won the silver medal for rapid chess while William Woong and Lee Jun Wei won the silver and bronze medals respectively for blitz.
Lee Qing Aun and Tan Jun Hao receiving the Gold and Bronze medals respectively for the Standard Open Under 14 category. Giving away the medals was Dr Gan Yeow Beng Tournament Director of the 16th AAG.
Taking into account the team medals, Tin Jingyao ended the Championship with 3 Golds and 1 Bronze while Lee Qing Aun had 3 Golds and 2 Silvers. Other junior individual medal winners (and their total medal haul) include:
Our senior above 50 players also chipped in with 3 Team Golds and 1 Individual Silver (Ignatius Leong in Blitz).
The full list of medal winners (individual and team) is appended below. The SCF would like to congratulate all the players (regardless of medal status) for doing their best and doing Singapore proud. A special word of thanks to Ms Adelin Tan Team Manager and all parents/accompanying persons who have contributed to make this a memorable event for not just the players but all present.
16th ASEAN+ AGE-GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
Summary List of Medal Winners of Team Singapore
|Standard Chess - Seniors 50||Team Gold||Wong Ngiam Yee|
|Chan Peng Kong|
|Rapid Chess - Seniors 50||Team Gold||Wong Ngiam Yee|
|Chan Peng Kong|
|Goh Cheng Hong|
|Blitz Chess - Seniors 50||Individual Silver||Ignatius Leong|
|Team Gold||Ignatius Leong|
|Chan Peng Kong|
|Goh Cheng Hong|
|Standard Chess - Open Under 20||Individual Gold||Tin Jingyao|
|Rapid Chess - Open Under 18||Team Bronze||Carwyn Yeo|
|Heng Zheng Kai|
|Blitz Chess - Open Under 18||Team Bronze||Heng Zheng Kai|
|Blitz Chess - Girls Under 16||Team Bronze||Natanya Ng|
|Standard Chess - Open Under 16||Team Bronze||Rudolph Lau|
|Lee Shi Hao|
|Rapid Chess - Open Under 16||Individual Gold||Tin Jingyao|
|Individual Silver||Liu Xiangyi|
|Team Gold||Tin Jingyao|
|Blitz Chess - Open Under 16||Individual Gold||Liu Xiangyi|
|Team Bronze||Liu Xiangyi|
|Standard Chess - Girls Under 14||Team Bronze||Tin Ruiqi|
|Siew Kai Xin|
|Rapid Chess - Girls Under 14||Individual Gold||Emmanuelle Hng|
|Team Bronze||Emmanuelle Hng|
|Siew Kai Xin|
|Blitz Chess - Girls Under 14||Team Bronze||Emmanuelle Hng|
|Siew Kai Xin|
|Standard Chess - Open Under 14||Individual Gold||Lee Qing Aun|
|Individual Bronze||Tan Jun Hao|
|Team Gold||Lee Qing Aun|
|Tan Jun Hao|
|Rapid Chess - Open Under 14||Individual Silver||Lee Qing Aun|
|Team Silver||Lee Qing Aun|
|Lee Jun Wei|
|Blitz Chess - Open Under 14||Individual Silver||William Woong|
|Individual Bronze||Lee Jun Wei|
|Team Gold||William Woong|
|Lee Jun Wei|
|Lee Qing Aun|
|Rapid Chess - Girls Under 12||Team Bronze||Cheong Sue Lyn|
|Blitz Chess - Girls Under 12||Team Bronze||Danelle Tan|
|Cheong Sue Lyn|
|Standard Chess - Open Under 12||Team Silver||Royce Tan|
|Sean Christian Goh|
|Rapid Chess - Open Under 12||Team Silver||Royce Tan|
|Sean Christian Goh|
|Blitz Chess - Open Under 12||Team Silver||Nisban Cyrus|
|Standard Chess - Girls Under 10||Team Bronze||Kong U-Ham|
|Haw Zi Xuan|
|Rapid Chess - Girls Under 10||Team Silver||Kong U-Ham|
|Blitz Chess - Girls Under 10||Team Bronze||Haw Zi Xuan|
|Standard Chess - Open Under 10||Team Bronze||Tin Jingshun|
|Rapid Chess - Open Under 10||Team Bronze||Ng Sheng Feng|
|Blitz Chess - Open Under 10||Team Bronze||Joel Ong|
|Ng Sheng Feng|
|Standard Chess - Girls Under 8||Team Bronze||Isbael Chin|
|Rapid Chess - Girls Under 8||Team Bronze||Lim Ruici|
|Blitz Chess - Girls Under 8||Team Bronze||Isabel Chin|
|Standard Chess - Open Under 8||Team Bronze||Siddharth Jagadeesh|
|Chan Jin Zhen|
|Rapid Chess - Open Under 8||Individual Silver||Siddharth Jagadeesh|
|Team Bronze||Siddharth Jagadeesh|
|Chan Jin Zhen|
|Wong Xi Wen|
|Blitz Chess - Open Under 8||Team Silver||Siddharth Jagadeesh|
|Chan Jin Zhen|
updated 19 Jun 2015
Please visit the official website at www.aseanagegroupchess.com for any updates on the event.
Also find regular news updates, and photos on the Official Event Facebook Page.
The Singapore Chess Federation, under the auspices of the ASEAN Chess Confederation (ACC) and the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), have the honour of inviting all Asian national chess federations to participate in the 16th ASEAN+ AGE-GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 to be organised in Singapore from 8th June (arrival) to 17th June (departure) 2015.
General Regulations & Rules
1. The Championships shall be governed by these Rules.
2.1 There shall be 14 categories; namely Under-08, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 with separate events for Open and Girls.
2.2 Entitled to participate are players who shall not have reached the respective age before 1 January 2015.
3. There shall be 2 categories for Senior>50 and Senior>65. Such players must reach the required age during the year 2015.
4. Asian national chess federations shall have the right to send as many players as they wish but they are responsible for all their own expenses.
System & Pairing
5. Where possible, each category shall be conducted in the Swiss System of 9 rounds.
6. In the last 2 rounds, where possible, players from the same Federation and who have scored more than 50% shall not be paired to play each other.
7.1 Standard Chess: Each player has 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.
7.2 Rapid Chess: Each player has 25 minutes to complete the game.
7.3 Blitz Chess: Each player has 5 minutes to complete the game.
|8 Jun 2015||2030 hour||Technical Meeting|
|9 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Round 1|
|1530 - 2030||Round 2|
|10 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Round 3|
|11 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Round 4|
|1530 - 2030||Round 5|
|12 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Round 6|
|13 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Round 7|
|1530 - 2030||Round 8|
|14 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Round 9|
|1500 - 1900||Social Evening &
Medal Awards for Standard Chess
|15 Jun 2015||0900 - 1430||Rapid Chess Rounds 1 to 4|
|1530 - 1930||Rapid Chess Rounds 5 to 7|
|16 Jun 2015||0900 - 1400||Blitz Chess|
|1500 - 1900||Closing Ceremony|
|17 Jun 2015||Before 1200||Departures|
Designation of the Winners
9. The final ranking order of the players is determined by the number of points scored. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied for the first place or for any prize, the tie shall be broken as in accordance to the following:-
9.1 Direct Encounter
9.2 Buchholz Cut 1
9.4 Greater Number of Wins with Black Pieces
9.5 Greater Number of Wins
10.1 Medals: Shall be awarded to the top three positions in each event and category. (See 10.3)
10.2 Team Medals: Shall be awarded based on the total score of the top three players of a Federation. Federations with less than 3 players shall not be eligible for a team award. In the case of a tie, the tie-break scores of each player shall be determined. (See 9.1)
10.3 Individual Medals: Where there is a tie, not more than 3 players shall receive the same colour medal. For each category, not more than 5 medals shall be awarded. Examples: If 2 players tied for first and 2 players tied for third, then, 2 Gold Medals shall be awarded, and there shall be no Silver, but 2 Bronze Medals shall be awarded. If 3 players tied for first, then, no Silver and Bronze Medals shall be awarded. If more than 3 players tied for first, then, the 3 highest players based on the tie-break shall receive the Gold Medals and the Silver and the Bronze Medals shall not be awarded.
10.4. In the determination of FIDE Direct Title Awards applicable to Standard Chess only, the tiebreak shall be used in case of more than one Gold, or more than one Silver or more than one Bronze were awarded. FM/WFM titles are awarded to the winners (regardless of ASEAN or Non-ASEAN players) of the youth categories. In the case of a tie, after the tie-break, only the top three finishers shall be awarded. CM/WCM titles are awarded, after the tie-break, to Silver and Bronze Medal winners, and not more than one title shall be awarded for each (2nd/3rd) position. IM/WIM titles are awarded for the ASEAN U-20 category.
11. Certificates shall be awarded to players who finish in the top 3 positions.
12. Certificates of Participation shall be given to players, FIDE accredited trainers, managers, and the appointed Technical Officials.
13. The Appeals Committee shall comprise 3 persons appointed during the Technical Meeting.
14. A protest against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter, within 15 minutes after the end of the relevant playing session.
15. A protest fee of USD 100 shall be payable to the Organizer which is refundable if the protest is upheld. The Appeals Committee may also decide to refund the fee if it considers the appeal was not frivolous.
16. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final, binding and takes effect immediately.
17. From the duration of arrival and until departure, the Organizer shall insure the participants against accidents and the need for medical services including cost of medicines in case of acute illnesses, surgical operations, etc. The Organizer shall not be responsible for medical services needed for treatment of chronic or other illnesses which already existed before the arrival at the Competition.
18. All players and accompanying persons who require a visa to enter Singapore must send a copy of passport (page with photo and key information) to the Organizer before the deadline of 15 April 2015 after which the Organizer shall not be responsible.
Playing Venue & Official Hotel
19. The Playing Venue & Official Hotel shall be the NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY which is about 45 minutes' drive from the international airport.
20. All players and accompanying persons must be accredited and stay at the Official Venue. Please bring your own bath towel.
21. The rate for twin sharing room is USD 75 per person per day inclusive of 3 meals. For single room, the rate is USD 90.
22. The Organizer shall provide free board and lodging (in twin share room) for one official per federation. (Two officials in the case of ASEAN federations with more than 20 players).
23. The Entry Fee for players is USD 250. If registration and payment are submitted before the deadline of 15 April 2015, there will be a 20% discount (USD 200).
24. All officials and accompanying persons must pay a Registration Fee of USD 125 to the Organizer. The Registration Fee is to include the costs for airport transfers, Accreditation Cards, Certificates, etc. If registration and payment are submitted before 15 April 2015, there will be a discount of 40% (USD 75).
Registration of Participation
25. Before 15 March 2015), a federation shall register its intention to participate with the Organizer. This is a Preliminary Registration and should indicate the number of players and other participants.
26. Before 15 April 2015, the participating federation shall submit its Final Registration of participants. The birthdate of each player must be given and must correspond with the birthdate given in his passport or other travel document. All travel documents must also be submitted if visas are required. The Organizer shall not be responsible for late submission and application for visas.
27. All players are also required to send their passport photo size in jpeg file to the Organizer for preparation of name plates. All accompanying persons must have identification tags (with photo) for admittance into the Opening Ceremony, Social Night and Closing Ceremony.
Registration and Payment
28. Organizer: Singapore Chess Federation
Contact Person: IA/IO Ignatius LEONG
Tel: (65) 96337946
29. All Bank Transfers are to be made to:-
Name of Account: SINGAPORE CHESS FEDERATION
Name of Bank: DBS Bank
Address of Bank: 6 Shenton Way, Singapore
SWIFT Code: DBSSSGSG
Account Number: 001 – 043184 - 6
30. It is a custom of the ASEAN Age-Group that each Federation from ASEAN shall send some players participating in these Championships to perform a show of their choice. Please bring your own musical instruments and/or CD/DVD for use in the show. Prizes will be awarded.
31. Arbiters and Trainers Seminars will be held from 2 to 6 June 2015.
ASIAN SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
32. These Championships are also held in Singapore from 30 May to 8 June 2015.
Registration for Singapore Players:
Registration for International Players: