Sunday, July 29, 2012


So after about two weeks wondering what is wrong with me, what is wrong with my chess, why I  played badly or worst, am I played as per my actual strength...I decided to enter today's Insofar event. I have decided it will be old Ilham who will be playing today (read:reckless, gambit, tactical) instead of 'new' Ilham who tried to play like Karpov but result wreck!

OK, let's talk about Insofar first. Mr Mat Zaki has added new prizes for this tourney....Best Daddy, Best Mama! (The way new prizes were introduced, very soon i guess Insofar is going to have best hubby or best wife or even best bachelor prizes, who knows...).

There is prize for best teacher. I am about to whisper to Encik Mat Zaki urging him to introduce best banker but then i realized with so many scandals, bad news about bankers, afraid there will be no best bankers...only bad bankers.* (With all that bad publicity, who wants to admit they are bankers anyway). So i just remain silent on this.

61 players took part in this event with the arbiter is Mr Najib. Mok, Fadly, Collin Madhavan can be seen at DATCC today. Fadli is busy promoting Selangorku Tournament schedule on 11 August. Entrance fee is RM10 (No typo here, ten ringgit good as free!) and prizes are generous (Number 15th will still get RM110!). I immediately registered to take part in this tourney there and then!

Back to Insofar, our Abang Bro (Mr Kamaluddin Yusoff) dominated this event scoring perfect six. I would say his play is resourceful. In a bad position (not many), he will just continue to create problems, counter play, threat here, threat there... to his opponent which maybe dubious, but still very difficult to refute over the board.

Among other result (that I can remember) second is Dr Ronnie, third Efren, Udani seventh, Yatz ninth and yours truly tenth. Somewhere in between there are Kamal Ariffin, Farouqi, Jax Tham etc.

I was seeded 10th and finished 10th. Scoring 4 out 6, losing to Ronnie and Efren, Oklah i guess...i won RM50 voucher and RM500 (smile) or to be exact RM5 for next 100 months! I calculate i will continue to receive RM5 every month until year 2020...

Year 2020, ...Hmm, wonder how our chess scene like in year 2020... Will Fadli be MCF President as per his vision?...Will Malaysia already got its GM then?...will current blogger still active blogging? will my ratings be at 2250 as per my plan (GM BY 58)?...which reminds me i have not updating it for quite sometimes :(

But anyway i guess i don't need to look very far, my sight is now set on Insofar (September Edition)...once entered (irregardless of the result) i automatically entitled for another RM5 for the next 60 months or 100 months (not sure)

...but what I am sure, i sure do love Insofar! :)

*Of course there are still good bankers around. Most of Malaysian bankers are good bankers :)


  1. Who Efred? You mean Efren Bagamas? Get the names right, man :)

  2. Oppps! :)...will correct it tonite. Thanks for highlighting it.

  3. Ilham,

    Playing swashbuckling chess is great fun, but you have to play positional chess if you wanted to attain that GM at 56 < ;) > .

    Look what happened to Shirov. He no longer looked for "Fire on Board".