NCC has ended last sunday, and we have our new NM & NWM in da house! Congrats to NM Lim Zhuo Ren & NWM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham!
It was a good show of NCC 2011 from beginning till the end both from the Open and the Women section. At first, it was almost for certain IM Jimmy could catch up, and he did (though he stumble against NM Edward Lee), but fate has install for Zhuo Ren to grab be the NM. Kudos to IM Jimmy who gave a good play, and for playing like you have nothing to lose. In the women my first thought, would this NCC be the time that Najiha will outshine her sis, Nabila, coz she was the leader, before she lost to Fong Mi Yen.
No playoff in this year edition (same like last year), actually I was hoping for no Blitz after the NCC (hehehe, juz wish to go back home early), but I said yes to En Najib that I do it, thinking that I miss the blitz during the DATMO, so, better not this time. And I bet no one wants to play Blitz, coz the registration is not even 30 players.. So, when I told Gilachess and Kaber for no Blitz will be good news, these 2 guys did the marketing of the Blitz. And you know what, this Blitz is a strong Blitz!
There were 3 IMs playing! (right after IM Mas registered!), and few NMs too (including my bro - NM Kamal Arifin). And with 32 players participating, it was worth it to drive back to Kuantan in the night and in the rain! (hahaha)
And surprise surprise! IM Jimmy won it!