Saturday, May 29, 2010

MASUM 2010 - Before the final round 30/5/10

Tomorrow, UMP ladies vs UiTM and UiTM guys vs UiTM. And both UMP are in ranked 5 currently. For both of them, if won 4-0 the chances of bronze medal is there... Sounds impossible huh?! But believe me, I have been there and I have done that... I believe it is not over until it is over, therefore, no retreat no surrender!

(still smiling over Malaysian ladies victory in the last round against Uzbekistan during the Asian Team chess championship, because of the upset, we got bronze!)

Friday, May 28, 2010

MASUM 2010 - Updates Round 28/5/2010

UMP ladies in round 3 vs UDM ladies. They could have won by at least 3-1. But somehow, the mistake of illegal move on board 3 was claimed after the clock was press on the opponent side. The arbiter cikgu Suhairi ruled that my girl lost the game. Ok la.. so far the score was 2-1 in favour of UDM. I am waiting patiently for the board 2 to finished the game. And in the time trouble, my girl made an illegal move and so does her opponent. At the timing of 1 seconds to finish, the opponent made the claim. I was there, fighting hard for my girl, coz i knew at her condition she is blurr at that point where the opponent illegally capture her queen. UMP won the illegal move battle. To me it is a fair and square fight, since one battle on illegal move claimed was lost by us.

In the Round 4 of the Men's team - UMP lost to UPSI. I wonder why? as if it seems that they havent play chess before. They got a really "big" lecture from me and Zarul last night, hoping that today they wont make the same mistakes. UMP will be playing against a weaker team from UMK who only gained 1 point so far. I dont mind them losing their games as long as they play the best. But the best is not by losing to a simple trick of checkmate or worst giving piece for free. And the "best" thing is - it is not a 50 marks puzzle!

Today, in round 4 UMP ladies will play against UUM. To get the bronze medal, they have to thrash UUM by at least 3-1. But i think all hope dash coz juz now, when i left the hall and wrote this the ladies were playing badly. The guys looks like they going to win, but the play is so terrible!

The leader of the tournament on the Ladies are : UM with (9.5), second - fourth with 7.5 goes to UDM, UITM, and UIA while UMP with 7 points behind the top 4. UM looks convincing to win the title again this year.

The battle of the title was intensed yesterday when UM (11) was paired against UIA (10), winner of the round will definitely be the champion. And it looks like UM will lift the title again with the remaining 3 rounds to go, they were in a comfortable spot. UM won with 2.5 to 1.5. The battle of the day was between Muhd Syazwan (UM) against Fadzil Nayan (UIA).

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MASUM 2010 - Updates of UMP players

A sad beginning for UMP.. the first round both Men and Women team were paired against UIA Men and UM Ladies. Both are top seed in their group. The UMP (M) was thrashed 4-0 by the UIA and the UMP (W) lost 3-1 to UM.

On the second round the Women team managed to bounce back on track with a 4-0 wins against UPNM (Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia). While the boys won against USIM 3.5-0.5. It should be clean victory but one player made a terrible blunder, I was going to get upset to him and waited patiently for the game to finish to get mad, but I cool down and laughing hard when he told me later on that he got a draw instead when his opponent gave him a stalemate (lucky boy!).

The third round pairings are :
Men's Team :
UKM (6.5) - UM (7)
UPM (6) - UIA (6.5)
USM (5.5) - UITM (5)
UDM (4) - UPSI (3.5)
UMP (3.5) - UUM (3.5)
UNIMAP (2) - UPNM (2.5)
UMK (0) - USIM (0.5)

Women's Team :
UIA (6.5) - UM (6.5)
UDM (5.5) - UMP (5)
UUM (4) - UKM (4.5)
UITM (3.5) - UPSI (4)
UPM (2.5) - USIM (2)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sukan Antara Universiti (MASUM) 2010

As a chess coach for Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), I should be with my students at MASUM. I wasnt with them for the last 2 years - at Unimas Sabah and UUM Kedah. Therefore luckily this year my leave is approved! And I am able to be here at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). The game will on from 26th May - 30th May at USIM Bilik Kuliah Sederhana FKP.

There will be 11 Uni participating for women team, and 14 Uni for men team. You can check out here.

Hopefully my UMP students will perform this time. Last year the women team missed the bronze medal. When they lost the final round to UM. However, the best board prize for third board was won. At least there's something to bring back home.