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SCN is the brainchild of Olimpiu G. Urcan, an award-winning chess journalist and author of several chess biographies. Of Italian and Turkish descent, Olimpiu has made Singapore his home for nearly a decade. His allegiance for his adopted homeland is well represented by his popular book, Surviving Changi. E. E. Colman: A Chess Biography (2007), which provides not only an unprecedented account of chess in early 20th century Singapore, but also a vivid depiction of life in the internment prisons of Japanese occupied Singapore during World War II. In addition to SCN, Olimpiu contributes articles to some of the world’s leading chess magazines, including a monthly chess column for the prestigious
Assisting Olimpiu with some technical chess expertise is International Master Goh Wei Ming, SCNAssistant Editor.