Thursday, March 17, 2011


Tournament proper began at 9.25am when Najib made several announcements requesting player who has finished their game to leave the hall, shut off the handphone etc, well you know, the usual drill.

Najib also took the opportunity to advise those lepak outside of the hall to be careful since the car driven at the car park sometimes could qualify them for FI race!

Oh by the way need to mentioned there is this rule that photo can be taken during the first five minutes after the round this five minutes photo ...only time when i feel as if i am on the red carpet!

Round 3
Interesting to see Jimmy played Pirc Defence against Fong Sit Yan’s 1.e4. Obviously concerned over improvement that Sit Yan;s might prepared (They played against each other on the last round of Selangor Open last year). Jimmy won.

Nabila and Najiha drew their game early (but well after move 20), probably decision reach over breakfast at home.

Upset. Tan Ken Wei beat Tan Khai Boon.

On my game against Li Tian, i am toying of playing Blackmar by open my game with 1.d4, he will replied 1. ...d5 and i will continued with 2. e4 Blackmar! but feel like it is not proper to play coffee shop opening against such world class i open with a more sober 1.e4


1.e4 c6
2.d4 d5
3.Nc3 de4

Old habit die hard, itchy hand (gatal tangan), still offering him a Blackmar via transposition of moves

4. ....ef3

He accept if after 5 minutes thought.

5.Nf3 Nf6
6.Bd3 Bg4
7.Be3 e6
8.0-0 Be7
9.Qe1 Bh5
10. Qh4 Bf3
11.Rf3 Nd5
12.Qg3 Ne3
13.Qg7 Rf8

14.Re3 ?

This natural move is a mistake. Better 14.Bh7 Nd5 15.Rf7 Rf7 16. Bg6 Kd7 which Li Tian shows to me after the game and in which my Fritz agreed!

14. ... Bf6
15. Re6 fe6
16. Qb7

16. ... Qd4
17.Kh1 Be5
18.Bh7 Rf6

Maybe 19. Ne4 is better with line such as 19. Ne4 Rh6 20.g3

19. ...Qf2

Now the rest is massacre.

20. Bc6 Nc6
21. Qc6 Kf7
22.Qb7 Kg6
23.Qe4 Qf5
24.Qe2 Rh8
25.h3 Rh3
26. gh3 Qh3
27. Kg1 Bd4

I resigned.Game result 0-1 personal encounters 0-3

Round 4
Selected results.

Top of table clash, Loo Swee Leong beat Crown Prince of Chess, Nabil.

Mark Siew won against a rusty Fariz in a tuly messy game

Abdullah Che Hassan had a quick draw against Nik Farouqi.

Fadzil Nayan drew against Tan Khai Boon.

Khair drew again. He is now scored 3 draws and one win.

Lim Zhuo Ren sacrificed a knight for a mating attack against Masrin who maybe should not castled queenside. Lim Zhuo Ren is now 4 points. All i can say to not let memory of 2009 Nat Closed to haunt you!

Ismail Ahmad had a tough time against a stubborn Dr Paul but finally manage to win in the endgame.

Marcus and Rizal won both of their game today, slowly creeping out from disastrous first day result.

I won against Teh Wee Zhun, playing old favourite Albin Counter Gambit when he had difficulty freeing his queenside forces. I am also extra determine to win this game since half an hour before the start of the game i received a surprise call from Encik Rahim Ramli, President of Terengganu Chess Association who wished me luck. Thanks, Encik Rahim!

On and today, several chess players/personalities make cameo appearance today, Irman Ibrahim, Christy Hon, Saprin (together with his kids), Hamid Majid and several others.

Round 5
I will play against Abdullah Che Hassan. Better study the Dragon now...bye!

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