13 June 2006

MSSM U15B – The Khadir & Terengganu Show

I remember Abdul Khadir Jailaini bin Ramli Setapa as the boy who came in 1st= (tied with Anas) in the U10B category at the National Age-Group Championships five long years ago. I considered him then as one of the biggest junior talents. But after that, I did not hear much of him as Khadir did not play in events held in the Kuala Lumpur. But obviously he is still playing and has been developing very well.

Thus it was a surprise (as I had forgotten about him) and not a surprise (since I know the talent) that Khadir dominated the U15 Boys Section. Along the way he beat Selangor’s Isaac Hong (R2) and Tariq Amru (R7), Johor’s Loy Pik Shian (R3), Penang’s Lim Wei Kang (R4) and Pahang’s Sumant Subramaniam (R5). Khadir conceded a draw only to Faiz Azmi (R6), one of the Langkawi boys representing Kedah.

Khadir’s win brought big cheers to the large number of home fans following his every game on Board 1. The games were relayed live onto the big screen just outside the main playing hall. The crowd roared the loudest when Khadir finally sealed the title with a very impressive Queen sacrifice to force Tariq’s resignation in the final round.

Khadir also anchored Terengganu to win the U15B Team Gold by a huge 3-point margin. The top 10 in this category reads –

The Terengganu boys took the 1st, 4th & 5th places while their fourth player, Mohamad Amirul, contributed 3 points to the team score of 20 points.

To give an indication of the strength of the U15B section and Terengganu’s dominance, KL which finished in 2nd place (with 17 points), had Lim Zhuo Ren and Tan Ken Wei scoring only 4 points each while Justin Ong managed only 3.5 points from the 7 rounds.

Well done, Terengganu.

11 June 2006

MSSM 2006 Pictures

Overall Champions, MSS Selangor
U12 Team Champions, Jun Jian, Yit San, Nabil & Syakir
Under 15 Girls Champion, Mi Yen, receiving her medal

10 June 2006

MSSM 2006 - Medal Winners

MSSM 2006 - Selangor is Overall Champion

The MSSM Chess Championship 2006 concluded yesterday with Selangor emerging as overall champion by a hair's breadth.

This year's event proved to be the most interesting from the competitive perspective since chess was reinstated into the MSSM calendar three years ago. While the last two editions were dominated by Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, this year's event saw hosts, Terengganu, Johor and Penang all competing very strongly.

I had just got back from Kuala Terengganu early this morning and still recovering from the overnight journey. I shall work on the detailed medal winners list after I am properly rested.

05 June 2006

MSSM 2006 Underway

The MSSM Chess Championship 2006 is underway with Round 1 having commenced at 3.00 pm today. This year’s edition is being held at the Dewan Kolej KUSZA, Kuala Terengganu. Seven rounds with time control of 90/G are scheduled over 5 days.

Together with the National Age-Group Championship, the MSSM Chess Championship is the most important annual junior chess event in Malaysia. At stake are medals in 12 categories split over 3 age-groups. There are the boys individual, girls individual, boys’ team and girls’ team medals for each of the U12, U15 and U18 age-groups.

15 teams comprising the 13 States and the 2 Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan are participating. Each team is represented by 4 boys and 4 girls in each of the age-groups. The individual scores of each team’s representatives in each age-group will be totaled to determine the team score.

The team garnering the most gold medals wins the overall champions’ trophy and more importantly, the bragging rights for one year. Kuala Lumpur was the 2005 overall champion which, over the last one year, Suhairi had made sure is not a secret.