20 March 2012

New Nagas 201203 Report & Final Rankings

The New Nagas Standard Chess Tournament was successfully held over the 17th and 18th March 2012 weekend. Jax Tham emerged Champion with 6 points from 7 games.
Jax’s only loss was to Fong Yit San, who finished in 2nd place after applying the number of wins tie-break. CM Fadli Zakaria finished in 3rd place with 5 points after a close last round win over NWM Fong Mi Yen.

Final Rankings:

Rank
Name
NRtg
Pts
wins
BH
SB
1
Jax Tham Tick Hong
1881
6
6
29½
23.50
2
Fong Yit San
1874
6
5
29½
25.50
3
CM Mohd Fadli Zakaria
1805
5
5
31
19.00
4
Fong Yit Ho
1783
4
30½
16.50
5
Lim Kian Hwa
1745
4
4
26
9.50
6
Yat Guo Jie
1540
4
3
24
11.75
7
Kevin Seow Liang Wei
1492
3
26
7.75
8
Sim Chung Seng
1489
3
20
5.75
9
NWM Fong Mi Yen
1717
2
27½
10.25
10
Iskandar bin Rashid
1534
3
3
22
4.00
11
Muhd Amzar Danish Chairil
1193
3
3
21½
6.50
12
Chin Yoon Mei
1424
3
3
19
3.50
13
Nor Zaiasron Yahaya
1576
3
2
28½
10.50
14
Ahmad Danial Bin Khalili
-
3
2
17
3.50
15
Fong Mi Lyn
1245
1
1
18½
0.00
16
Hendry Lim Wei Win
1359
0
0
20½
0.00

This is the first 2-day weekend chess tournament with a 60-minute time control in Malaysia after more than 7 years, and probably only the second such event in the last 15 years. Hopefully there will be more weekend events with this or longer time control and see more participants who like more time to think over their moves. Longer time controls results to higher quality games and regularly playing such time controls games cannot but lead to a general increase in playing strength.

The next New Nagas event is being planned as a 2-day 6-round FIDE-rated event to continue the initiative to introduce regular longer time control weekend events into the Malaysian chess scene.

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