The Dream became a nightmare when only 4 teams showed up for the event and the organizer had to change the tournament format but all in all, it was a fun weekend for the 16 players who were there to slug it out (me included).
The tournament format was changed from Swiss to Double Round Robin with 3 rounds being played in the morning, and another 3 rounds in the afternoon, and the winner was determined by match points and not by game points.
In the end, the final ranking was as follows:
|4 Mamak The Return Rtg-Ø:1200||5
|1 Anything Rtg-Ø:1200||5
|2 17 Chess Club Rtg-Ø:1200||5
|3 Geng Syed Rtg-Ø:1200||5
After the team event had concluded, 6 players stayed on for a double round robin of blitz, with RM10 entry fee and the winner to take all. Zaidan Zulkipli did well to win 9 points out of a possible 10 and together with it, the RM60 prize money.
The organizer felt that the very poor response was because of lack of publicity, the MASUM event held during the same period, the 1st GM Training program also held at the same time, and most players have probably gone back to the “kampong” to take advantage of the long weekend. Nonetheless, the show must go on and it was nice to see that the Chess players who were there, were able to accommodate the bizarre and sad turnout, and turn it into something fun and enjoyable.
Thanks to the 15 players that have come for the tournament - your understanding, support and cooperation was very valuable and priceless....
DATCC Rumbling Rapid Weekend on 27 June 2010!!!!
BE ON THE LOOKOUT!!!