12 March 2011

Before Round 1 - Part 3

Azhar with Pahang-style greeting . Syakir has to study lah!
Old friends meeting up - for the fifth time this year
Contingent from SMK Kuala Krai. Kelantan, I think
The Penang contingent arriving
Najib scratching his head. Aiya this clock old model,
forgotten how it works
Andrew updating the outside world.
UTP wi-fi connection very good he tells me, but off and on lah

Before Round 1 - Part 2


PICA Secretary, Kamaruddin
and PICA Committee Uztaz Rahman listening as Najib briefs

UTP Students struggling with chess clocks,
with the clocks winning at that stage
Two large screens that will show critical games
Contingent from SK Dato Sagor
Ajeet b Roshan and Nam Chuan b Jun Jian
Penang CA veteran Mr Khor Bean Hwa
better known as Shi-hung's dad
VIP Azman entering the venue, with his ever-ready smile
(thinking of 3 golds already maybe)
with Nabil, Nabila and Najiha favorites in their respective categories
Pretty hostesses from Perak ready to
thrash their guests from other states??

Players and Parents before Round 1 starts


Roshan showing off something more interesting than chess


Chief Arbiter Najib briefing his Assistants clockwise from Najib:
Marcus, Eddy, Yunus, Abu, Jax, Ma'sud & UTP rep
 
Tournament Director, Greg gives his input

PICA VP, Yunus, making his way into the playing hall

Parents at their favorite hobby,
that is waiting patiently for their kids


Mrs Mok giving last minute advice


New faces (to me) milling around waiting for pairings

Contenders and good friends Jian-wen, Yit Ho & Yit San

PICA VP Kumar and his children, Shankari, Sangeetha
and Shankara 


Minus 4 hours to lift-off

1st round of of the 2011 edition of the National Age-group Championship is scheduled for 10.30 am today, less than 4 hours away. Andrew is the official blogger for this event at http://blog.gilachess.com/.  However, internet connection is patchy from the tournament location but Andrew as usual will try his best to keep chess fans who cannot make it to the event up to date.

The progressive pairings and results should be uploaded to the chess-results server but I have not got any confirmation on that.

Tse-pin has given annual preview of the National Age-group at http://malaysianchess.blogspot.com/.

On our end here, we'll try to keep up with photo reports and commentary as events progress.

11 March 2011

NAG comes to Perak

The National Age-Group will start at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) near Tronoh tomorrow. Organised by the Malaysian Chess Federation, UTP is sponsoring the venue with logistics support from members of the University's Student Representatives Council. The Perak Chess Association is assisting with chess clocks and sets.

The total number of entries for all the 12 categories together exceeds 380.

Special mention for organising the event goes to Greg, the MCF Honorary Secretary, the main coordinator and prime mover, and Uztaz Rahman, who lectures at UTP, a committee member of the Perak Chess Association and the main man who got UTP to sponsor the venue for the playing hall and closing ceremony.

After a few minutes look at the venue, I must say this is the most impressive venue for a National Age-Group event ever, and I mean ever.  The pictures below do not really do the place justice. You have to see it to believe it.

Entrance to the playing hall

The playing hall all set and ready to go


Playing hall with a view of the viewing area


Playing hall and viewing area from the arbiter's area

The Enablers, Uztaz Rahman, Greg Lau, Marcus Yeoh
and a member of the university's Sudent Representatives Council