Saturday, May 29, 2010

Special Announcement

First GM conducts training for ASEAN sponsored by Air Asia. Please read here

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Special Announcement

Please take note that the partners have decided to close the Ipoh branch at the end of May due to unforeseen circumstances. Our apologies. First GM is currently in discussion to open up in KL. You will be kept posted.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Our first class

Our Perak pillar Simon and chief trainer Uztaz Rahman getting the paper work right.

Uztaz in his element. Mark Siew, Perak's newly minted National player is helping on the side.

First GM kids. One more came after the photo was taken. So we have 6 in all. Names below.

1. Putreshankris A/L krishnan

2. Nur Emelia bt. Ismail

3. Amirul Hizami

4. Kerswin Raj A/L Perumal

5. Wong Jing Ling

6. Tan Yik Chean

And more are signing up for next week. A great job by our team. I wish our new players success in their chess and in life. There is more to chess than meets the eye.

Monday, March 22, 2010

First GM Chess Academy opens with IM Lim Yee Weng

IM Lim tells us of his struggle to becoming an International Master. It was truly an eye opener and an inspiring story.
Group photo. First seated from the left is Putri our new National player from Perak, then IM Lim; Puan Adzlin is 3rd seated from the left. Puan Shafrina is next to her. They came all the way from KL to grace the occasion. A big thank you. Mark Siew, another new National player from Perak is standing behind Yee Weng (in green). Uztaz Rahman, our chief trainer is the guy in red at the back. And Simon, our Perak honcho is the second guy from the right at the back.

IM Lim Yee Weng playing the simul. He creamed the field. Maybe one day, someone from Perak will be as strong.

Sunday, February 28, 2010



Sunday March 21st

10am - 12.30pm Simul with IM Lim Yee Weng. IM Yee Weng will play with 10 of Perak’s stongest players.

2pm Talk by IM Yee Weng, “My Journey to Becoming an IM”. This will be followed by a short Q&A on the topic.

3pm Bring Yee Weng your chess problems. Feel stuck? Wish you had an IM to ask some critical questions? Ask Yee Weng.

4pm Close and balik kampong.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

General Information on Courses

Please call Raymond Siew at 016-511 7308 for more information.

LOCATION of First GM Chess Academy

To be updated.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The people in First GM Chess Academy

National Coordinator- Events

Shafrina Selamatt (Malaysia)

Mineth Malabanan (Philippines, International)


Raymond Siew

Technical trainers and sparring partners.

Mark Siew- Perak State Champion MSSPK, U12 and U18. 2005 and 2009. National Age Group U18 No.2. in 2011 and National Junior no.2 in 2010 and no.3 in 2013.

Jayson Visca - member of the University of the East chess team from 2005-2010. Gold medalist on Board 2 in the UAAP.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


The First GM Chess Academy's philosophy is aimed at developing a positive and nurturing environment where our children are trained to sharpen their mental skills by asking the right questions and to critically apply analytical methodologies to the challenges before them and to maintain a high level of thinking under increasing pressure. Ergo we focus on teaching how to think as opposed to what to think. And we use chess in the spirit of healthy competition as the medium of instruction.

We aim to prepare young Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affinity, to face a globalised world through chess training by developing a winning mindset.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The First GM chess Academy, is a group of private and corporate citizens who envision a Malaysia with it's first Chess Grand Master. We also see a Malaysia which is able to compete with each other in healthy competition to help bring out the excellence in all of us and yet be able to work in partnership in the face of outside competition.

Our definition of healthy competition is finding ways and means to improve our own individual and collective skills in order to win and NOT by undermining the competition.

The basis of our partnerships is mutual respect, integrity, responsibility, accountablity and transparency. And our alliances are based on those shared values.

We see chess as a good medium to promote these same values for chess already has, in the main, been a mental sport played in the spirit of muhibbah in Malaysia and chess has demonstrated equal excellence in all our diverse communities.