Monday, September 03, 2007
MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!
This year mark the 50th annivesary of our Independence day. From the bottom of my heart I am always touched by the day... 31st August every year.
If it weren't because of the freedom that we now lived in, I don't think we could play chess so, freely and peacefully like today. Maybe only those from the elite "org putih" group or the royalty will have that luxury.
So, honestly, I feel blessed by what we have achieve today and grateful too. Even if it is so little to count for.
To all Malaysians, especially chess players, chess fans out there, happy merdeka day...
Second place - Selangor A (Marcus, Mark, FM Lim Yee Weng, FM Mok TM and FM Nicholas Chan)
The champ ASTRO team taking photos with the VIPs including dato' Tan and Sieh Kok Chi from MOM (the players - FM Ooi Chern Ee, WIM Siti, Ismail Ahmad, FM Anas and IM Mas)
Siti with board prize medal
Persatuan Catur Putrajaya rep
Sixth place winner
Bad Brother team
PCP Perlis Team
Kuantan Knights on the right
The Champ - ASTRO Team on the left
Kuantan knights again
Crowded isn't it?
FM Mok vs NWM Roslina
Don't underestimate her la Mok..
This is the my god daughter! her name is Nik Mariam... Well isn't she cute! She is a daughter of my best friend, Muzlita Aini. This is her first baby. She was borned on 28th July 2007. And she is one of the reason why I am not playing in this year Merdeka Standard 2007... hehehe.. (she is too cute to say yes to Merdeka la..)
Muz and I have been friend for 19 years now! She is the only person that doesn't play chess but can listen to every word about chess without even complaining of boring. She is also the shoulder to cry on, when I had my down moments in chess or in life. And even after all the years of my absent in chess, when I talked to her again about chess, she can still remember the names of Saprin, Maliki, Haq, Roslina, even the cute IM Mas Hafizulhilmi. The one that we both adore so much... He is kind of like our kid brother.... hehehe
The other reason is, my dearly friend and sis, Kak Tun is going to Mekah for this whole Ramadhan month. We haven't seen much of each other, and during merdeka is our first meeting in KL for this year. That is because I am too busy with chess this year. Buzy with coaching, tournaments and works.
I wish her a safe journey there and a safe journey home...
Md Hairi Md Hussin
Mas Ayu Mahmood
Me and Hairi
Merdeka has always been a place of a reunion for all chess players. Faces that you haven't seen in years, always suddenly appear in Merdeka event. Players that used to play chess actively during my years, also shown their faces in annual Merdeka event...
The likes of Mohd Kamal Abdullah, Ooi Chern Ee... etc
I also saw, Mas Ayu Mahmood! Well she looks the same that's why I could recognise her... The last time I saw her was during National Closed 1990, at IYC KL... Imagine that! Nice to see you again, Kak! (and I still had the 1990 pictures)
My former team mate whom the last time I saw him was like years ago, Hairi. We are from the same ITM Arau Perlis. We met during an allegro chess in Perlis in 1995. Then we are in the same chess team for INTEKMA chess in 1995. Now, he is currently working in UUM as a lecturer, and residing in Perlis. It was a pleasant reunion for both of us!