1.Insofar is a unique tournament. For this edition, Insofar limited number of participant to 64, a symbolic number representing number of squares on chess board. Unlike other tournament organizer that prefer to limits participant according to number of possibilities in chess which is....zillion times zillion!
Insofar also advertise other chess tournament that is being held on the same day complete with tel number etc, in order to ensure number of players are below 64....chess tournament that advertise other chess tournament...all i can say, unique!
2.There are many strong players here, Sumant, Kamaludin, few Pinoy players san Ian Udani, Syazwan, Haq, Li Tian, Chin Seng, Dr Ronnie etc. Dr Zaidan did not took part (though he still came to lend support to this tournament) since organizer 'ban' those who have won certain number of Insofar Tournament. So we cannot see any Djokovic's Grand Slam grip by strong player on this tournament. Well, another unique Insofar recipe!
3. Sumant is the champ. Li Tian is having a tough time at this tournament...scoring 4.5 out of 7 (ahemm, same as mine...). In the last round, Li Tian lost to kamaluddin...somehow, Li Tian is always had a tough time against Abang Bro.
MeSeeded 12 and finished 12, actually achieve my earlier objective of finishing better or equal of my seeding but not really happy since almost half of the contestant came home with some prizes while i belong to the other half...not even won blogger prizes :(
My play is rusty. For example in second round i faced Darrel Yap Egin. Below is the position
B:DARREL YAP EGIN
I played the weak 1. Qe3 and game ended in a draw after some minor ‘controversy’
1. Ba6! is winning 1...ba6
I blame it on heavy haze that day that clouded my vision...
Minor ControversyOn my game against Darrrel above, both players are down with few seconds left on the board, at one time he made an illegal move and i said illegal (but did not call arbiter) and he made other moves..then after few more moves, it is my time to made illegal move, he called arbiter but by this time his time is ‘-0’negative zero while mine is ‘0’ but no negative. Najib (arbiter) came and declared the game as draw...if only i had one second left on my clock!
Moving OnAccording to organizer, should i enter my third Insofar tournament, i am entitled for RM500 (RM5 for next 100 months)...all i can say, only in the unique (and generous) Insofar!