Tuesday, August 3, 2010

GM Ziaur Blazing Through......

The DATCC organizes its Razzmatazz Weekend Rapid on 1st of August and the event was well attended by a lot of chess players and enthusiasts. GM Ziaur Rahman headed the list of 52 players who took part in the event which also included CM Fadli Zakaria, Kamaluddin Yusof, Muhd Nabil Azman Hisham and sisters, Nur Najiha and Nur Nabila, and MCF VP Haslindah Ruslan. Despite missing some of the more regular rapid players like Ian Udani and Abdullah Che Hassan, the tournament did not lack the nail biting and intriguing match ups and duels between some of the top ranked players. It was also one of GM Ziaur more challenging outing having to face tough oppositions from the young Puteri Munajjah in the first round of the game, Nur Nabila in the 4th round and Kamaluddin Yusof at the last round. According to Ziaur, this was one of his tougher events in recent outings and he was impressed with the strong showing by some of the junior players notably Tan Jun Feng, Puteri Munajjah, Low Jun Jian, and siblings Nur Nabila and Muhd Nabil Azman Hisham.

After the smoke cleared, GM Ziaur prevailed and came out on top with Low Jin Jian tight at his tail at a close second, followed by Muhd Nabil, Kamaluddin Yusof and Tan Jun Feng rounding up the top 5. CM Fadli Zakaria donated 2 chess sets which were presented to Puteri Munajjah as the best U-12 girls and Amier Hamzah Muhd Zuhri as her counterpart for the boys section.

UPNM (University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia) showed up in strong support for the event with 12 aspiring players, half of the team whom has never played in a rated event before. At their request, in response to their support, a special prize was allocated for the best UPNM player which went to Mohd Izwan Idris.

Other notable winners were Nur Nabila Azman Hisham as the Best Lady player, Haslindah Ruslan for the best player with a rating below 1600, and Vinton Wong Hsien Loong for the best player below a rating of 1400. Mohd Raimi Rahim bagged the best unrated player.

The final table and list of winners are as follows:

Final Ranking Seeding Name Rtg Pts BH. Placing
1 1 Ziaur Rahman 2550 7 34½ First
2 5 Low Jun Jian 1740 6 33½ second
3 2 Muhd Nabil Azman Hisham 1918 30½ Third
4 3 Kamaluddin Yusof 1870 5 34 Fourth
5 7 Tan Jun Feng 1713 5 33 Fifth
6 6 Nur Nabila Azman Hisham 1732 5 31 Best Lady
9 17 Haslindah Ruslan 1508 5 25½ Best U1600
10 22 Sim Chung Seng 1441 5 24 Second U1600
12 27 Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahra Azhar 1403 30 Best U-12 Girls
13 12 Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar 1604 27½ Second U-12 Girls
14 21 Mohd Izwan Idris 1441 24½ Best UPNM
16 30 Vinton Wong Hsien Loong 1356 4 26½ Best U 1400
17 16 Amier Hamzah Bin Mohd Zuhri 1523 4 25½ Best U12 Boys
19 32 Hemant Sathish 1355 4 25 Second U1400
22 35 Cheong Yi Yao 1276 4 18½ Second U12 Boys
25 47 Mohd Raimi Rahim 0 27½ Best Unrated

The event was well managed as it started and ended as per the tournament schedule with the first round at 10:00am and prize giving ceremony started exactly at 6:00pm. DATCC will be organizing another Rapid Weekend sometime after Hari Raya i.e. late September, and another one sometime in December with a Rookie Tornado event scheduled in between the two rapid events.

Those who would like to learn more about events and happening at DATCC, including the upcoming Malaysia Chess Festival 2010 scheduled to start on 28 August until 8 September, do contact Najib Wahab at +6016 338 2542, or write to najib.wahab@chess-malaysia.com

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