Sunday, 30 December 2012

IM Goh Wei Ming is the 2012 National Champion! by Junior Tay

IM Goh Wei Ming emerged the 2012 National Champion with 7 out of 10 points, pipping IM Steven Kim Yap by 1/2 point. Wei Ming's punishing pace of 4 wins and 2 draws in the first 6 rounds proved too much for the 6 IM strong field and he wrapped up the title with 4 consecutive draws against IM Lim Yee Weng, IM Steven Kim Yap, IM Rico Mascarinas and IM Luis Chiong. Luis and Rico will face off tomorrow (both on 4/9) for the Bronze medal. If they draw, they tie with IM Lim Yee Weng who is on 4.5/10 and we might see a big playoff.
Left to Right: Background - IM Steven Kim Yap (Eventual Runner Up) vs IM Enrique Paciencia, Foreground - IM Goh Wei Ming (Eventual Champion) vs IM Lim Yee Weng

Standings so far:
IM Goh Wei Ming 7/10
IM Steven Kim Yap 6.5/10
IM Lim Yee Weng 4.5/10
IM Rico Mascarinas, IM Luis Chiong 4/9
IM Enrique Paciencia 3/10


  1. congrats wei ming.

    when i was teaching in his school long time ago, after lessons with 40 intermediate students i went to next room to play wei ming, han wei and another students. when wei ming starts winning games from me on one vs one basis, i knew he will be national champion in no time.

    another of my student, daniel chan. when he started to win games from me, i told my boss to give him a stronger coach and he was national champion at age 15. unfortunately, he had to study in oz and lack practice. my wish for him is to continue playing even when in NS.


    1. Congrats to Wei Ming. Learned so much from his style and he humbly shared some of his opening preparations. Wish I can learn more from him. Go and grab your GM title the soonest possible time.


    2. Thank you Chiacs, for your nice comments. Still very strong as can be seen from your play in the Candidates!

    3. Steven, thanks a lot.hope you do well in Dubai. Would be following your games closely. Do give me a call if you like to train or prepare together.

  2. Congratulations Wei Ming. Hope you will find the time to annotate your other games for this blog.

    Any info on your forthcoming book?

  3. Has you considered a professional chess career?

  4. Siva/Weng Nian, Thanks :) The rest of the games will be up very soon.

    Unfortunately, I haven't managed to write as much as I would like to. I get the feeling that the publisher is starting to lose patience with me so I really got to buck up!

  5. Congratulations Kevin!
    Hope you get your GM title soon.

    Bong Villamayor