At about 3am
in the morning, I make a move from Setiawangsa and drove my new Saga (my
SLK, small Little Kancil's replacement) to Dungun…hence began my 800kms blitz
journey to take part in Dungun Blitz Tournament.
By 6am I
reached Cherating…perfect! From the window of my car I could almost saw
activities taken place inside those small wooden houses…mother preparing kopi
o…father waking up son or daughter for morning (Subuh) prayer…and kids who are
trying 1001 tricks to continue sleeping…
At 7am I
stopped at Kemaman for Nasi Dagang and Nescafe Ice. My WXK car plate number and
me reading News Strait Times (instead of Harakah) and I did not spoke in
Terengganu language…when its time to pay, I was told the price is 8 bucks. 8
bucks?! Instantly I know this makcik tried to rob me alive and instantly too I queried
her back in my flawless ( I think) Terengganu language.
riya? Oo woh , guaner yang ma’ha ngak? (8 bucks? How come it is so expensive?)
saloh…li’mer riya jer (Opps mistake…Its actually only 5 bucks)
that I just continue using my rusty Terengganu language to safeguard myself
against possible dual tourist pricing.
having my second round of breakfast with Arshad and Razief. This time it is Nasi
Minyak. Yes, in Terengganu we have Nasi Minyak for breakfast
took part in this tournament. One thing unique that I saw it here is you don’t have to
fill up any form or write down your name etc to register…just go there, pay
RM10 entrance fee (That’s right, RM10 only…far cry from one future weekend rapid event in which entrance
fee is RM100!) and you are in…everybody knows everybody here.
Its 13 round
event and result (top 3) is as below.
1 1. Norazmi (11.5 points), RM200
2 2. Nor Ilhamuddin (10 points), RM150
3 3. Mohd Arshad (10 points), RM100
prizes are up to number 10 with several special prizes thrown in.
ends at about 1.30 pm and after having lunch with Rahim, Gambit, Arshad, Indera
and few others, I drove back to KL and stopped along the way to buy Sata,
Keropok Lekor etc (and do the conversation in Terengganu language of course), I
reached home at about 8pm…just in time for dinner.
This is a game in which we should not let beginners to see it because it might create false impression that moving lots of pawns in chess is a good thing....it is not.
Well, exception if your name is Shirov and your are from Latvia.
First watch this game when i was a student at Sintok in mid 90's...at a time when you have to pay RM10 to enter a weekend tournament that offer a first prize of RM300 ...now ofcourse the situation has improved...have to pay RM30 for a weekend tournament with a first prize of RM300!