Tuesday, January 18, 2011


1975 - The Malaysian business tycoon Dato Tan Chin Nam decided that chess in China had enormous potential, so along with some leading Chinese officials set-up the "Big Dragon Project"; the aim being to see China dominate the chess world by 2010. Thanks to Dato Tan's generosity and foresight, China is well on the road to achieving this goal. They now hold every title in the women's game, and are now starting to make serious progress in the much tougher men's game.


GM Alexander Kotov playing simul at Penang in 1975
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1975 GM Alexander Kotov (USSR) visit and play simul in Penang (2-3 April 1975)
One of the first grandmasters to visit Penang was Alexander Kotov of the Soviet Union. During his two-day visit, Kotov gave talks and a simultaneous exhibition to the public and members of the Association.

1975 American Champion - JohnGerfe gave a simultenous display In Malaysia

1975 - The Second Malaysian Individual Championship was hosted by the Penang Chess Association and was held from December 21st to December 26th, 1975 at the Malaysan Teachers College, Penang.

1975 Chan Swee Loon(Perak) won National Championship

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