Friday, June 12, 2009

10th ASEAN Age Group 2009 - Results

Pic left : Nur Nabila in action in Girls U-12 category
Pic right : her sister, Nur Najiha in Girls U-10 category, seen in blue shirt is their father also their coach, En Azman Hisham Che Doi, monitoring every game his daughters playing to ensure victory!

What a remarkable achievement made by our Girls U-10 player, Nur Najiha Azman Hisham, for being the Champion in her own age category!! What can I say.... What can I say...!

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! she proved Malaysian Boleh spirit is alive and kicking in Hue city of Vietnam! She played well with unbeaten records, of 5 wins and 4 draws from the total 9 rounds to emerge as the champion. As been reported by the Malaysian manager, Pn Haslindah, FIDE Secretary General - Mr Ignitius Leong, announced during the opening ceremony that the ASEAN tourney has been given the priviledge to honour the champion for U-1o category the FIDE Master (WFM) title!

It has been long and hard journey for us Malaysian women players to be given another WFM title like this. The first woman to ever the title for Malaysia, is WFM Seto Wai Ling, once to be said a very strong player, achieved it in the 80s. Then next came Siti Zulaikha Foudzi with the title she won more than 10 years ago, then later on she became WIM. Then now, the newest in the list is WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham.

Next in line is her older sister, Nur Nabila Azman Hisham. She took off rather slow in the event when she suffered her first round defeat to vietnamese, Huyn Ngoc Thuy Linh, but then rounds after rounds she bounce back by winning the rest of the game, before she stumble upon the group champion Medina Warda Aulia (she was at last year KL Open Chess, playing in the Challengers section where Nabila was the Champion), the game ended in a favour to the Indonesian player. But that wasnt the end of Nabila's journey. After 2 defeat, it doesnt cost her a thing as she maintained the second spot for the remaining rounds. She won 6 games, drew 1 and lost 2, she was in the second place with 6.5 points! As been reported by Pn Haslindah, Nabila perhaps will be awarded with WCM title (Candidate Master).

I think the major success is their father, who is also acting as a coach since they were kids playing chess. Whenever I saw their father, En Azman Hisham, I knew the kids will strive their best the win the game. When the father was absent it cost them the game, just like what happened during the National Closed 2009. How important having motivator, at the same having a coach does bring a lot of different in the tournament. Congrats to the kids, congrats to En Azman Hisham and wife Pn Zazaluma. This victory is just a small test for a bigger task in future!

pic left : Camilia Johari in Girls U-12 category
pic right : Amier Hamzah Muhd Zuhri playing in Open U-8 category

NM Edward Lee in Open U-16 category.

How did others faired? Camilia Johari whom also playing in U-12 Girls category bring home 4.5 points. And she is ranked 11th overall with 3 wins and 3 draws. I saw her game during round 7 DATCC, she played much better game than before. Hope when I meet up with her next time, I see a much improved game with the experience the brought back from Vietnam.

Open U-8, our rep - Amier Hamzah Muhd Zuhri scored 5 points with 4 wins and 2 draws, securing him 12th place overall. The champ in this category is Nguyen Huang Viet Hai from host nation - Vietnam.

Open u-12, the champ in this category goes to Tran Tuan Minh also from Vietnam. Our player, Jerome Yong Lik Boh as Sarawakian scored 3 points to be ranked 19th overall. This is his first experience playing, surely no one is expecting anything from him. But I hope he will benefited a lot from this tournament.

Open U-16, our rep for this category is NM Edward Lee. He scored 5.5 points to be ranked 4th overall. He won 4 times and drew 3 times. Not bad performance considering that most other players at that age showed a future potential to become IM or GM one day. The champ in this category is Nguyen Van Hai with 7.5 points.

Open U-20. our rep NJM Muhd Tariq Amru, managed to score 3 points and is ranked 22nd overall. Like I said from the average age of 16-20, most other asean players showed a very powerful game as a future IM of GM one day, so, open U-20 category is a very tough category for Tariq Amru. The champ in this category is Le Quang Long with 7.5 points.

The players will be taking part in Rapid event which will begin on 12th June. All the best!

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