Our Story

Our Story

I learnt chess from my father after seeing him teach my mum when I was 6.5 years old. For the next 2 or so years, I would greet my dad with a chess board every single day he came home from work and he would patiently play with me for 15-20 minutes. I then got enrolled in a chess club where I could play with kids my age when I was 9. I got a proper 1-1 coach and started playing tournaments regularly at age 12. I improved by playing and learning from my mistakes and in the 7 years between 12 and 19, I won every major Malaysian tournament (both men and junior) at least once. I won National Youth Championships thrice, won MSSM gold twice, won National Junior (U-20) Championship in my first and only attempt and I won the Men National Championships at 19, thereby attaining the title National Master(NM). In 2012 during my first year of University at age 20, I was Malaysia’s top scorer in my first chess Olympics(Olympiad), being in the top 20 for board 5 among 100+ countries. This secured me the Fide Master(FM) title and my first of 2(currently) International Master norms which only 10 Malaysians have ever achieved. This also put me into the top 10 in Malaysia which I still am today (#6 as of 2019). I remember crying tears of joy because of the work I put in preparing for the tournament as well as juggling studies. To this day, I remember very fondly the 6 months I woke up and trained from 7am-8am before going to class and from 9-10pm before I slept every day in 2012. As you can see, many of my memories are in chess. Many of them were happy and I remember in 2005 when I was 13, I told my friend I wish we could play tournaments together forever. Between 2015-2017 when I was working, I played only one classical tournament. That is the only thing I remember fondly from my working days. In 2017, I decided to honour the little kid in me when I said I wish I could play chess forever. But I didn’t just want to play only, I wanted to improve and become the best player I can be. I wanted to train the proper way and learn the foundation I was never taught. Since Oct 2017, I have played tournaments in 10 different countries with varying results, from beating GrandMasters to losing to 1800s. It has been a never ending learning process of trial and error. Recently, I started training under a GM and he told me that my knowledge of the classics as well as endgame is very poor. He is working with me on learning more classics right now. This is one of the foundation of all great players. Knowledge of the classics. This is the foundation that I didn’t learn as a kid in Malaysia and is the main reason I decided to start this Online academy where I could learn and teach the classics as a way to complement existing coaches in their coaching. It also gives me the opportunity to become a better player because I believe that I teach better the things I am learning and for the past 2 years I have been teaching only things that I do and believe in and that I actually use in tournament play. I learn, I test, I re-correct and then I teach and repeat. I believe my students are stronger for it. This year I coached a 9 year kid and in 6 months, he became not only the best 9-year old in Malaysia but he also broke into the top 100 of Malaysia. Many have gotten top 10 places in many tournaments and also won MSSKL gold and silver. Starting in 2020, In addition to my 1 to 1 coaching, physical workshop trainings, online coaching, This academy will be focused on doing Online group coaching in the classics

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