Monday, August 29, 2011

Eid Mubarak / Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

To all muslim readers, Eid Mubarak! Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri dan Maaf Zahir Batin.

To all non-muslim readers, Happy Holidays!

Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan yang ke 54!!

Malaysia Chess Festival Finally Ended...

Above was the last pic before I bid farewell and left to Kuantan yesterday. I have been involved in Malaysian Chess Festival since 2006 as a player in Merdeka Team, 2007 also as a player in National Closed held concurrently with DATMO and also playing in Merdeka Team. In 2008 playing in DATMO and Merdeka Team. In 2009 involved as the arbiter for Ambank Challenge and play in Merdeka Team. In 2010 involved totally as an arbiter in DATMO, Merdeka Team, Blitz, Rapid Individual, Swensen Age Group, and Simul matches. And this year in 2011 I held the same post as last year and involved with a bigger role and solved some interesting chess queries by the players.

Same as last year I learned a lot from the experience - En Najib and En Hamid not just regarding the swiss manager, but the arbitrating aspect as well ( I really appreciate the knowledge! thank you very much). It was fun, when I started to questioned things based on my logic and chief would always answer back in technical perspective. But still, I dare not make a major decision yet though my judgement is the same as the chief and en Hamid. Perhaps with more higher level of difficulty of tourneys that i would get myself involved in maybe then the courage will spur on its own.

But beneath the above interesting things during the Malaysian Chess Festival, lies a deep cut that I hope I would forget soon. I have been planning to play in Merdeka Team and formed a team with a friend who resides in Australia. For 2 years we have been planning this, and this year she finally managed to get back home in time for Merdeka Team. So we decided to do some trainings and gather others to join in. I said to myself, finally I have a team, and finally I wont feel left out like last year Merdeka. But unfortunately I am not allowed to play. It is sad. As raining kept pouring Midvalley thru out the tournaments that is how I feel. I tried to gather myself and pull whatever that is left of me to make the event a successful. And I try to make myself happy by joining the girls and strategizing on how to accomplish our goal to win the Best Ladies Team. And it works!! Isnt that great! But I still feel left out because I wasnt playing in the team like I should have...So I dont know.. I will think about Merdeka again when the scar is healed. But right now, it is too painful to even talk about it..

ASTRO Merdeka Team 2011 Champion

Defending champion Team Chesskidz

2nd Place

PNOY Expats

3rd Place

Chesskidz Shock Troopers

4th Place


5th Place

Dragon 2

6th Place

UN Explained

7th Place

Klang Valley Kangaroos

8th Place

Johor Chess Association

9th Place

Perak Merdeka Team

10th Open

Klang Valley Koalas

Best Malaysian Team


2nd Best Malaysian Team

Con Air

3rd Best Malaysian Team


Best State Team

Selangor State Team

Best U16

Skylift IV

Best U12


Best Ladies

PCGHS (Ladies)

Best School Team

SMJK Chung Ling

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Best Board 1

Best Board 2

Best Board 3

Best Board 4

Best Board 5

We have 2 best board 5 becoz the result was a tie.

Best Board 5

Best Family Team - Aminuddin Family

With 15.5 points. Ranked 63.

Results Merdeka Team 2011

Those who wants the full result, please dont ask from me, it is not from my laptop, therefore i cant answer to your demands, but I do have the excel file to keep you updated until the full results posted at chess-results.

Results Merdeka Team 2011


It is going to be a close call between our Astro Team when they meet Chesskidz Shock Traders. Becoz astro is just half a point behind tournament leader Team Chesskidz who is facing Dragon 2 on table 1.


Surprised to see these EMT which stands for Engko Memang Terrer jump to top boards. They are playing on table 6. Seen in pic is GM Wan Yunguo vs Ng6, while Shamsol vs Zhai Mo. Ariez on board 4 meet against Chong Kwai Kun. Rusdi is late as usual.. Wonder will he survive against the young Bai Jingshi.