Saturday, October 29, 2011


Malaysia ‘Tiger’ vs Russia ‘Bear’... It is not something new that Malaysia faced the mighty red machine in chess...though it is always in a first round and Russia always fielded their reserve (and still won heavily)

But tonite is different. Russian could not afford to take Malaysian player lightly. I have a feeling that tonite is going to be a good hunting night for Malaysian tigers


Thanks for the suggestion Jimmy but maybe the kids, sorry tigers i mean, need something more aggressive.

For tigers, song for you.

I gotta feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

I gotta feeling that today’s gonna be a good day
That today’s gonna be a good day
That today’s gonna be a good good day (x3)

Today’s the day
Let’s live it up!
Under 16 Olympiad!
Lets win the tourney
Look out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that board
Keep watchin’ checkmate!

I’ll know that I’ll have a ball
If I get down
And go out
And just loose it all
I feel
stressed out
wanna let it go
Lets go way out spaced out
And loosing all control

Check! Check! Check!Check!

Fill up my scorsheet
Brilliant move!
Look at his sweat
Just take it off
Lets paint Istanbul
We’ll shut it down
Let’s burn the roof
And then I’ll do it again

I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night (x2)
Tonight’s the night
Let’s live it up
We got our moves
Lets played it up

Go out and smash it
Like Oh My God
Jump off that board
Lets get get OFF
Fill up my scoresheet
Brilliant moves
Look at his sweat
Just take it off
Lets paint Istanbul
We’ll shut it down
Lets burn the roof
And then we’ll do it again

Lets do it (x3)
Let’s live it up
Here we come
Here we go
We gotta rock
Easy come
Easy go
Now we on top
Feel the shot
Body rock
Rock it don’t stop
Round and round
Up and down
Around the clock
Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, Saturday,
Saturday and Sunday
Get get get get get
With us you know what we say
Party everyday p-p-p-party
Party everyday
I gotta feeling that today’s gonna be a good day
That today’s gonna be a good day
That today's gonna be a good good day(x2)

All the best Malaysian Tigers!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


The Conversation
Me :I think maybe it is a good idea to go for a family vacation at Penang during this school holiday.
HM :Yeah, agreed! Maybe we should go during Awal Muharram’s holiday. Long weekend!
Me :Err...that day cannot...i have chess tournament during that time.
HM :Chess tournament? How come you never inform me about it before?
Me :I did, maybe you did not listened...Never mind... How about on 10th December?
HM :Hmm...OK also...but where to stay?
Me :You decide!
HM :(Smile) How about...........

So that is how i obtained my permit and visa to take part in Asian Amateur from my ‘Home Minister’...a typical conversation or modus operandi that i believe also happen in other chess players house...when we pay for our guilty feeling being away from family to take part in chess tournament...

The conversation will happen again in the future, no doubt about it...because we just so in love with the game...and so in love with our family too.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


A simple mathematic equation, afternoon afternoon before DATCC is located just a stone throw away from Masjid India are equal to traffic it is no surprise that when the game begin at 7pm, almost half of the players are yet to arrive. However by 7.30pm, most of the players are here already.

Cannot blame if result wise, one thought that this is a first round...just so many 4-0 results!
Too less ordinary produce an extraordinary result beating DATCC Sr 4-0.
Carikomputer turn to ‘Carimangsa’ behaviour by defeating BERNAMA 4-0.
And 17 chess club joining the 4-0 clubs above by winning against renegade 4-0

Other result
Nusa Mahkota drowning Seahorse 3-1
Swordfish hide their sword to peacefully draw 2-2 with PJMIM. (resultwiselah peacefully, game wise brutal)
Kelantan failed to eat Najib’s Rojak Team. Draw 2-2

Of interest are Udani vs Jimmy (Jimmy lost), Haq vs Izz (Izz won in an exciting rooks ending, also the last game to finish) . Andrew , a pawn up, blundered a piece when allowing his opponent, Syed of 17 CC, a nice combination. Thanks Andrew :) .

My Game (Ladies Night)
Played against Haslindah. I was lucky to win. Honestly i was thinking of resigning the game on move 11. Yeap, move 11!

See below position. I am having a black pieces.

My black lady has ventured alone, shopping for a cheap c4 pawn, at my lady opponent’s territory. Ofcourse, after e4!, she’s dead and i can safely resigned and can go home to be with my lady and two girls and maybe watching some girlie TV show ( I am always out vetoed) ... Anyway, she played e3? Phew!!

Guess ladyluck is smiling to me...:)

Below is the full game.

Yes, no 10pm disco beat...replaced with 12am firecrackers!

At least 3 players (maybe more) have a perfect score
1. Abdullah Che Hassan
2. Saprin
3. Zambri

Wan Shahrina (BERNAMA) is not here tonite.

Monday, October 24, 2011


1. In few hour time, five our young warriors… tigers all… will start to unhide and using their sharp claws and fangs, display swift killing manouevre, show off awesome fighting power and roars mightily at World Under 16 Chess Olympiad. Don’t believe me they are all tigers?…I dare you to do the stupid thing like challenging anyone of them in chess game… in a word of Spassky when asked about Fischer, it is not whether you will win, it is whether you will survived!

2. 'They' above are refers (under no particular orders) to Yeap Eng Chiam, Roshan, Li Tian, Jianwen and Elgin Lee. Our junior but we all know, are all veteran in collecting success after success (and prize money too…) in chess.

Pss, Jianwen..i take take you will not play when our teams meet tomorrow, right? :)

Natural Born Killer...Malaysian Junior. Go and get them, boys!
Pic from Jeffrey Wong

3. They are seeded 10th. Have I told you somewhere in my earlier unrelated posting that 10 is a nice number? The perfect ten, good striker wear ten, and NM LZR when he won this year national Closed, he was seeded number 10 etc ?...Well, now Malaysian Junior is seeded number 10th, ahead of Georgia and England, definitely a good sign!

4. Maybe Malaysia should be seeded higher, after all Li Tian and Jianwen did beat their opponent (Haslindah and Sumant respectively at FIDE rated DATCC Team Event) a day before their departure to Turkey so basically their ‘live rating’ is higher. Seriously consider informing the organizer about this so Malaysia can be seeded higher…maybe 8 (even nicer number)…but when I read about other countries junior achievement, like India’s Sahaj Grover who finished 5th at recently concluded Hoogeveen Open …with 2574 performance…well, maybe it is wiser if I keep silent on this.

5. To all Malaysia young, ruthless, warriors…good luck and all the best! Most importantly..have fun!

Turkey was hit by 7.2 Richter earthquake that killed hundreds. Our prayers are with the victim of this earthquake.
To all, i guess... not to worry so much about this. Distance between earthquake location and Istanbul is like 1200 kms…that is far…something like KL to Bangkok. Location wise also, it is close neighbour to Iran… that far.
Distance wise KL and Sumatera, which is of more active earthquake spot, are like 400 kms…we are in fact 3 times nearer to earthquake spot than them!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Today marks the beginning of the 4th DATCC Team event. All in all there are 12 teams taking part and based from the list, i would say it is a balance list. We have junior players (and some are very junior players), senior players (and very senior players too), females etc

At 9.30 am we have a players meeting. Among matters raised/highlighted are
• Change of last round. From the scheduled 24 December 2011 to 17 December 2011.
• On weekdays, game will begin at 7pm instead of 6.30pm.
• No switching of players allowed.
• Waiting time is one hour.
• Draws can only be offered after 10 moves.
• Appeals Committee. Najib suggested each team nominate one candidate via e-mail. List to be finalized/confirmed on 25th October 2011.
• Handphone. Cannot ring but can vibrate. Najib spend quite sometime on this, no doubt tried his best to make it flexible... but to make it simple...just off the damn thing!
• Pairings/ results will be e-mailed to team captain.
• Players can consult captain on draw offers

On lighter note, Najib informed that now DATCC no longer have 10 pm onwards free disco beat...(shall check it out this Tuesday), there is special mentioned, followed with well deserved round of applause on Saprin’s team (Carikomputer dot com) that consist of Saprin Sr and his 3 Saprin Jrs! Ok, now maybe today his team name is Carikomputer Dot Com..named after Saprin 2 or maybe 3 very successful computer shops...i have this feelings in 2 years time (maybe earlier) the team will develop to be a ruthless Carigaduh Dot com...takut! :)

1. Najib's Rojak Team
2. Kelantan Chess Team
3. DATCC Seniors Team
4. Too Less Ordinary
5. Nusa Mahkota Chess Club
6. Seahorse PETRONAS
7. 17 Chess Club
8. Carikomputer Dot Com
9. Swordfish PETRONAS
10. BERNAMA Chess Team
11. PJMIM Team
12. Scratched Team

First Round
Among some interesting games/results are Jianwen beat Sumant and well...I drew with Mashafizul. :)

Below is my game.

Back home i did some analysis on this game. To my surprise from the final position, i am actually winning!

Below is some of the possible line.
1. hg6 fg6
2. Rh6 Kh6
3. Qf7 mating

During analysis Zambri spotted similar idea on slightly different position but it never occurred to me that it exist on the very position when the game draw!

For record 17 Chess Club lost 1.5 – 2.5 (i draw, Zambri won against Haq, Ariez lost to Abdullah Che Hassan, Max lost to Farouqi)

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Guess it is time for me to say goodbye to you, my dearest chess companion.

One who always loyally accompany me, come rain or shine, to my many chess tournaments.

One who always silently listening to my many private boasting on tournaments win …that I guess not many …or my ranting and suffering and cursing too... on disaster tournaments… that’s for sure is a lot.

One, whenever we are together, who always, in your own mysterious way, gave me many inspiration on what to write on this very blog.

You for sure are never a trophy companion but for a guy like me, you are a Ferrari. I accept you as what you are the way you accept me as who I am… but then again age is catching up, you become tired easily… and difficulty in waking you up in the morning, cold morning especially ...and that day, when you suddenly sleep in the middle of the busy Semantan road!

I bet you understand…

It is time for me to say goodbye to you, my ol’ Yamaha sports kapchai.

Tomorrow’s ride will be the last one you will serve me. After that I have to return you back to the place where I bought you and they will groomed you again I am sure and not long you will have a new master.

Serve him well, buddy…the way you always served me and please do not forget to give me that friendly honk or maybe that blink, blink of your front eye…should our path do ever cross again.

All the best!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The Tournament
All together there are only 30 players took part, maybe this is because there are two other tournaments (at Shah Alam -Insofar and Malacca) held on the same day. 15 rounds, begin at about 10.30am and finished at about 3.30pm with solid one hour lunch.

Very efficiently conducted by young Mr Kaber. in fact, most of the time Kaber is just standing there watching games in progress. He jot down the report there and then. In fact, if your game happen to be the last game to finish in that round, shortly after the game finished and after you have cursed your bad luck or blessed your lucky star... and started to reconstruct back the pieces...tup!,next round pairing is up again!...That efficient and any pairing faster than that I predict could only be achieved by Nostradamus.

Mas vs Najib
In the first round, and on the first board the encounter is IM Mas vs Najib Wahab...:)...and gosh, what an encounter! Najib played like player possessed and keep on sacrificing piece after piece after piece!...and winning! Totally have no respect to his IM opponent.

After the fireworks show by Najib is over, the position is...Najib is a piece down but 5 healthy pawns up! The Dragon pawn some more. Mas also readily admitted after the game that Najib is winning but unfortunately he played few inaccurate moves beginning from move 32...and Mas escaped with a win.

They say blitz game got no value...but when Najib nearly brilliantly beat Mas with the disadvantage black pieces, of course there is value to it. Below is the game.

Fasten your seat belt....


Mas Hafizulhelmi
After that first round scare...the tournament is all Mas. He just keep on winning game after game after game...the general feeling among the rest of us is...who is next we are going to feed to hungry Mas? Ofcourse, undeniably in some game (especially against Dr Zaidan) Mas is losing but he is very resourceful in creating unbalanced position in which it is easy for his opponent to make mistakes. Mas finally beat the soft spoken Doc even though at one time Mas is two pawns down.

And in Jax vs Mas game...We, (myself and NM Kamal Ariffin) watched the game from the beginning...Kamal after he beat his opponent in 4 or 5 moves, me because i got bye :( in that round... silky smooth performance by Mas. It is a Sicilian game in which Jax, castled queenside, advance all his king side pawns where Mas king's castle...Mas just tap the position here and there and a bit at the middle, advance his queenside pawns...and its all over. Mas make it looks so easy. Both Kamal and me just shake our head in silence... he understand the position like cab driver understand roads of KL. Every lorongs, short cuts, holes, traffic jam, complete where to get best food etc of the position is inside his head. Literally.

I have the opportunity of chit chatting with him during this tournament. He is kind enough to provide few tips to excel in chess like the needs to master (master, not a mere 'know') the endgame etc. The tricky knight bishop checkmate...rook vs queen pawnless endgame...ok, all this normal until later, unknown to Mas, one player informed me that Mas is teaching him how to checkmate (knight, bishop vs lone king) blindfolded!

Ofcourse Mas is very humble about his knowledge. Talking to him, he lowered himself to 'kito' or we...'kito nie, hok asah nie pong tok pahe lagi...' etc ' we sometimes do not even understand the basic...' but i know Mas is not 'we', the patzer. Mas is in different league...

My performance.
Don't ask! Did i told you i got bye in round 9 or is round 10...go figure it out how i performed!

The Winner
1. 'The IM' Mas
2. 'The CM' Fadli
3. 'The Doc' Zaidan
4. 'The Sifu' Jax Tham
5. 'The Tricky' Abdul Shukor
6. 'The Agdestein' Ezmi
7. 'The NM' Kamal Ariffin
8. 'The Smiley Assasin' Najib

Monday, October 10, 2011



Libya (Sirte)

Germany...and Thailand too!

Greece vs Debt

Usain Bolt

Friday, October 7, 2011


1. The 4th DATCC KL Open Team Event with RM400 entrance fee, will start on 22 (2+2) October 2011 (2+0+1+1). Each match will be played over 4 boards and the venue is ofcourse at DATCC Centre, 4th floor Kompleks Wilayah.

So many 4s and Chinese normally did not like it because the pronounciation rhyme with death (si). Chinese are not alone in disliking of number 4, most of the Malay ladies are also don't like number 4 though most Malay men will naturally loved number 4...follow the foot step of the Prophet! come the fast, exciting reply...normally complete with the smiling face.

2. I have been taking part in 3 previous DATCC Team and i do not intent to miss this one. I informed Najib of my intention to take part and since i do not have any teams, have asked him to put my name on the 'available players pool'. Two weeks ago Max called me asking whether i am available to play for 17 Chess Club. Immediately i said yes and shortly afterward informed Najib to drop my name from the pool.

3. I just love this type of tournament... Sort of like to unwind after the hectic office hour...a game a week...with friends that shared similar interest...and the analysis after the game...and maybe a round of teh tarik after the game (even better if we could have one during the game!-hint!-)...and the sonic boom sound from disco nearby...Man, just love the environment! Sort of like sanctuary for chess lovers.

3A. My personal aim on this tournament is of course to win as much points as i can for my team but i will be fairly satisfied if i am not losing any rating points here and i hope that 17 Chess Club will finish among the prize winner. See you there!