Friday, May 21, 2010

Rosazman Mat Rosley

Read an interesting article by former Malay Mail chess columnist - Lim Chong here. Finally someone out there still remember him!

For the readers info, Rosazman came from a place consider a remote area back in the 80s (LKTP Jengka Dua Pahang). It was a surprise to everyone this small boy can match the adults! And yes, Rosazman was the biggest sensation at that time, at the age of 9-10 years he made headlines in Petak 64 chess column winning many tournaments. He always seen with his best buddies at that time, Yusjefri Anwar. He was already a star when I started my chess, but a kid is always a kid, I can still remember his face, and his passion for chess. He got this big dream about chess, and he knew it is impossible to achieve that considering that his fight in chess is all alone without any support.

As far as I know, his parent is not a chess player, he is the only one in the family that play chess. But the most interesting fact that, he first saw the game being played in school and just by a glance he knew the moves. One teacher (I think Cikgu Robil) spotted his talent and stories just moves on from there. He started entering chess competitions in Kuantan and in Kuala Lumpur, because there was support on his chess career back then. But when the support stops, so does his chess.

He kept on continuing playing at MSS level and qualify to every MSSM ever held since he was 9! He still play chess but only for sparring friendly, not competitively anymore. I saw him way back in 1996 in Sukan Antara Kampus where he play for ITM Pahang. Then later on, saw him again in a game in Felda Jengka. The last time I heard he is in Temerloh, working there.

I still think it is a pity to lose a talent like that. To have such a young chess talent in Malaysia, it only comes once in every... hmm.. a decade perhaps? We have next Mas Hafizul.. then years later we have Yeoh Li Tian.. then.. when? Who is next?

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