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Old September 14th 04, 12:22 AM
Michel Gagne
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The 2004 Internet Scholastic Chess Championship is in memory of Dato' Tan
Boon Shih (1960-2004). CC

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Arthur Tan Boon Shih was the son of Dato'
Tan Chin Nam, a well-known figure in the world of chess and chairman of the
board of WCN.

Dato' Arthur ("Dato'" is the Malaysian equivalent of "Sir") grew up in a
chessplaying family, competing in school championships and playing thousands
of games over the Internet - many right here at the World Chess Network.

The theme of Dato' Arthur's life was constructive achievement. He is best
known, perhaps, for building the Como Hotel, shopping and residential
project in Melbourne, Australia. The Como Hotel is a favorite destination of
international visitors. In Malaysia, he developed two major residential
projects, Bukit Belimbing and Sierramas.

In addition to being a builder of buildings, Dato' Arthur was a supporter
and creator of institutions. He believed in the concept of public service.
He quietly contributed to boating and chess at Geelong Grammar in Australia,
and he donated masterpieces from his own collection to the Art Foundation of
Victoria, also in Australia.

Although Dato' Arthur led a life of large landmarks, he believed that all
honest labor was of public service. He worked in the kitchen of his own
bistro, waited on tables and swept floors. At a snow resort, he cleaned
toilets to make sure his guests were served.

One thing about Dato' Arthur that everyone noticed was how his eyes lit up
when discussing a new passion. He wanted to share joy and happiness with
others. When he played a nice chess combination, he would delightedly show
it to friends. He was also just as enthusiastic about the play of opponents
and, above all else, about the games of great masters.

Shortly before his death, Dato' Arthur planned to establish a Charitable
Foundation to help needy adolescents, both financially and emotionally.
Given his interest in young people, the Dato' Arthur Tan Scholastic Chess
Championship is a fitting chess memorial to a life and career that was
constructive in every sense of the word.

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