Minutes of Meeting of ASEAN Chess Confederation
Held on 10th June 2014 at 20.00 Hours, Conrad Hotel, Macau.
1. Ignatius Leong. (Singapore)
2. Panupand Vijjuprabha. (Thailand)
3. Maung Maung Lwin. (Myanmar)
4. Adianto Utut (Indonesia)
5. John nthava Vilavanve (Laos)
6. Dang Tat Thang and Nguyen Phuoc Trung (Vietnam)
7. Jayson Gonzales and Red Dumuk (Philippines)
Agenda 1. Statement by ACC President
Mr. Leong welcomed all ACC members and thanked them for sending considerable number of
players to participate in the 15th ASEAN+ Age Group 2014, which attracted a record of number of
Agenda 2. Reports of Chess Developments in ACC Member Countries
Mr. Leong said that chess developments in Singapore continued to grow considerably and in
the future there would be more kids entering the chess scene than at the present.
However, Mr. Leong apologized for the SEA Games in Singapore in 2015 where chess was
excluded, despite efforts from all ACC Members and NOCs to convince the Singapore SEA Games
Organizer to at least include chess for a few medals. Still, Mr. Leong hoped that there could be a
chess tournament of chess organized before or after the Singapore SEA Games, and Vietnam
showed interest in hosting the event, which should include chess and ASEAN chess.
Mr. Panupand Vijjuprabha, newly appointed Thailand Chess Association General Secretary,
reported to the Meeting that Thailand under the helm of President Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy
Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Thailand, chess had been developed further to the right
direction. TCA initiated Chess in School Program once again from a long period of absence.
Further, TCA Chess in University Program was introduced for the first time. Arbiters seminar
was held in Bangkok to produce more qualified national arbiters, with the help of Maung Maung
Lwin from Myanmar who was one of the key lecturers.
Mr. Mauang Maung Lwin reported that chess in Myanmar continued to develop but not so
much as he would have liked, due to Government strict rules of allowing players to travel abroad.
In the SEA Games in Myanmar last year (2013), Myanmar showed that it had still talented
youngsters who did well in the chess event and won some medals. And with the Myanmar
Government’s new policy of opening its doors to the world, it might be a good chance for Myanmar
players to be able to travel to participate in many tournaments both domestically and abroad.
Mr. Adianto Utut reported that chess in Indonesia was still one of the favourite sports of the
country. Hence, many more young kids were eager to develop their own skills to get to the top
and in the future there could be more IMs and GMs from his country.
Also, Mr. Utut said that Indonesia would be the host of the next Asian Games. And he was
confident that chess would be included, along with ASEAN Chess. However, he pointed out that
the Asian Games Organizer was worried about the FIFA Football in 2018, so it asked the Asian
Olympic Committee to approve the postponement of the Event from 2018 to 2019 instead, and the
AOC finally agreed.
Mr. Vilavane reported that chess in Laos PDR was prospering and there were new young kids
who now knew how to play chess and chess was spreading to many provinces in Laos. Laos sent
some 10 players to participate in the Macau ASEAN+ Age Group and though their performances
were not that excellent, but they showed some improvements.
Mr. Trung reported that chess continued to be a favourite sports in Vietnam. Many more kids
each year sought to develop their chess skills further and it hoped that in the near future there could
be a gifted player like GM Le Quang Liem.
Mr. Jayson reported that chess in the Philippines was still growing fast. It could produce many
more talented players to the chess world and it also did well in both chess and ASEAN chess
during the Myanmar SEA Games.
Agenda 3: New Rules of Hosting ASEAN+ Age Group Tournament
Mr. Leong stated to the Meeting that as the ASEAN+ Age Group Tournament was now very
popular and it attracted more and more players each year, hence, the host country could make
considerable profits, which was good. However, in order to be fair to all member federations, he
proposed that from now on any federation which sent players to participate in this event abroad
with less than 20 youth players would not be allowed to host this prestigious ASEAN+ Age Group
Tournament. This was to encourage all member countries to send more players to play in other
Resolution 20141: The Meeting resolved that Mr. Leong’s proposed new rules on hosting
ASEAN+ Age Group Championships be accepted. This rule shall apply for events from 2017.
Agenda 4: Voting Rights at Annual Meetings
Resolution 20142: The Meeting unanimously agreed that a federation which does not
participate with at least four youth players in the ASEAN+ Age Group Championships for
two consecutive years prior to an Annual General Meeting shall not be entitled to vote at the
Annual General Meeting. This rule shall apply for the AGM 2017.
Resolution 20143: It was unanimously agreed that a federation which is in arrears of
membership fees for more than two years prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting
shall not be entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting. This rule shall apply for the
Resolution20144: It was unanimously agreed that the delegate or the holder of a proxy must
be a citizen of the country where the federation belongs to and must have proven record of
residency in that country for at least one year prior to the date of the Annual General
Meeting. This rule shall apply from the AGM 2015.
Agenda 5: FIDE and ACF Presidency Elections in Tromso, Norway
Mr. Leong asked all Member Countries of ACC to be united and to vote in the same direction
to show the world that ASEAN Chess Confederation became one united organization. Mr. Leong
however understood the difficult situations in each Member Country in this regard as some
countries were pressured by their own governments. Still, he wished that the outcome should be
in favour of Mr. Kasparov and Mr. Pichay.
Agenda 6: Other Matters for Consideration
There were no other issues for consideration. Mr. Leong then thanked all delegates for
attending this Meeting and declared the Meeting adjourned.
Meeting Adjourned at 22.00 hours, 10 June 2014.
Recorded by Mr. Panupand Vijjuprabha (Thailand). __________________________
Approved by: Mr. Ignatius Leong (Singapore) __________________________