Saturday, May 26, 2012


We all know, we could feel it...that the relationship between chess players and chess are truly like a relationship between two lovers who are madly in love.

We think about chess day and night…we caress the pieces also day and night…we wonder about the future of the relationship, is there hope? Will there be happiness?…so it come as a great news, happy news, when Jimmy united again with his old flame, Ms Caissa, in year 2003 (no offence, Mrs Liew)

GM Larsen once said that chess is like beautiful mistress to whom we keep coming back… I guess we all can relate to this quote…we played chess like crazy, we retired from chess and here we are, playing chess again!

So of no surprise that at beautiful and majestic Hanoi (SEA Games 2003), Jimmy reunited again with the beautiful and majestic and sexier Caissa of 21st century (faster, no adjournment, all type of new rules etc), and hopefully this is for good, and may this renewed partnership keeps on producing successes and pretty, cute and adorable chess games for years to come.

OK, since I don’t intent to come up with IM Jimmy Liew: Part 4 or Part 3A…which I have been told not good, Feng Shui wise…I shall stop the chronology of Jimmy Liew on this posting and and conclude this series with part of Jimmy that not many knows.

Jimmy’s other interest than indefinite universe of chess is indefinite universe of Quantum Physict…makes me wonder, should Jimmy knows Bohr first before Botvinnik…or loves Feynman before Fischer… will Jimmy Liew Chee Meng…with his usual unusual devotion and passion, be Malaysian first Nobel Science winner instead of first International Master?

Still on his science interest, Jimmy is a bit disappointed when Large Hadron Collider failed to produce black hole (and swallow the whole universe in process…)...

So next time if you saw Jimmy, instead of discussing chess opening theory with him, maybe you can engage him in discussing physic’s Theory of Everything…Don’t worry if you don’t understand it and it all sounds crazy…among physicist they have this saying “We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct”

So is chess or science is the last book that Jimmy’s read?…no, last book that Jimmy’s read is a book about Hulk Hogan! So looks like Jimmy has interest from tiniest of particle to the ‘largest of particle’.

Jimmy likes classical now we know Jimmy not only likes classical French!...actually no surprise here, Jimmy is very much ‘classical music’ type...even during hectic post game analysis, Jimmy did not zap! Zap! Zap! his move at blinding speed as ‘proof’ that he is winning etc,like many players i know who used this trick to show their chess superiority..for Jimmy, it is just one move, think, one move, think...but don’t get trick, his chess playing style is no classical music at all, Rock and Roll is best description of his chess style!

Jimmy is also a published, not music composer but chess problem composer...sorry Jimmy, but composing chess problems?...yawn! requote Tal “I chase girls, i smoke but composing chess problem is sin i don’t do” :)

Jimmy was once our pathfinder in quest for chess stardom, after seeing many failed attempts to conquer the Everest of chess title (GM)…who are we to deny his chance…should now Jimmy decided…to have a go at Chomolungma?

Would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best in chess...and all the best in life too.


  1. The Malays have a saying ; "Without the Old ones, there won't be the New" (Tiada yang lama, tiadalah yang baru)

    But Jimmy is vintage!

    Thank You Jimmy!

    1. Hi abdooss,
      Jimmy in 'peribahasa'
      Jimmy Liew Part One=membujur lalu, melintang patah
      Jimmy Liew Part Two=berat mata memandang, berat lagi bahu memikul
      Jimmy Liew Part Three=Seperti belut pulang ke lumpur.

  2. If Ek Teong is the guy who won the best board, don't you think it may be an idea to post a correction? Otherwise people may be mislead by wrong information.

    1. Hi Raymond,
      I think you got confuse.

      Jimmy won Board 1 prize, and best overall player, at Dubai, Asian Team 1986.

      Ek Teong/Leong, debate continue, won board 6 prize at Dubai, Olympiad 1986.

      So many people (myself include) talked about Dubai Olympiad 1986 until we overlook Dubai Asian Team 1986.

    2. Thank you for the clarification.

  3. Thank you very much Ilham for the fitting tribute to Jimmy. I wish I could write about Jimmy as good as you.

    Peter Long is another player and an unsung hero who has contributed a lot to chess development in Malaysia. Do you have the time to write about Peter too?

    1. Hi Mohd Noor,
      Agreed, Peter Long is an unsung hero of Malaysia Chess who is promoting chess and Malaysia his way.

      I imagined Peter Long as Malaysian's Tony Miles...misunderstood, feared by chess officials and as someone who never afraid to say/write something he felt.

      My imagination runs wild now imagining Peter singing Sinatra's My Way.

      ...My friend, I'll say it clear,
      I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.

      I've lived a life that's full.
      I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
      But more, much more than this,
      I did it my way.

      Regrets, I've had a few;
      But then again, too few to mention.
      I did what I had to do
      And saw it through without exemption.

      I planned each charted course;
      Each careful step along the byway,
      But more, much more than this,
      I did it my way.

      Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
      When I bit off more than I could chew.
      But through it all, when there was doubt,
      I ate it up and spit it out.
      I faced it all and I stood tall;
      And did it my way.

      I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
      I've had my fill; my share of losing.
      And now, as tears subside,
      I find it all so amusing.

      To think I did all that;
      And may I say - not in a shy way,
      "No, oh no not me,
      I did it my way".

      For what is a man, what has he got?
      If not himself, then he has naught.
      To say the things he truly feels;
      And not the words of one who kneels.
      The record shows I took the blows -
      And did it my way!...

      God willing, should i have enough materials, time and energy... i will write about him.

  4. Hi Ilham,
    Looks like you have honoured me enough!

  5. Guys, i remember reading a funny article about Tony. Here it is:-

    ..."Tony Miles Britian's first chess grand Master died in 2001. The late GM Tony Miles has been sorely missed within the chess world.Viktor Korchnoi told a story in CHESS magazines August 2003 about Tony who compete together with him, Wolfgang Unzicker and Antony Lein in 1979 Oude Meester Grand Prix in South Africa :-

    Korchnoi was allocated a hotel room adjacent to Tony and his new wife Jana. At breakfast after a few rounds Korchnoi announced " I don't have to ask the result of Tony's Game. If he lost there is heated row, if he draws there is silence but if he wins they make love all night"


    1. I like this one...

      In 1976, he became Britain's first grandmaster at a tournament in Dubna, USSR, and earned a £5,000 award from the financier Jim Slater, who had also sponsored the world junior tournament in Teesside.

      The chess federation secretary, who had asked Miles to send a cable if he became a grandmaster, received a telegram with the words...

      "A cable. Tony Miles".


    2. Jim Slater also contributed to the prize fund when Fischer started making demands before his match with Spassky.