The 17 Chess Club Rapid Weekend concluded yesterday with 54 players taking part in the first event hosted at DATCC for 2011. Pusat Pengurusan Catur Ar-Rahman, the organizer for the event, had hoped for a bigger turnout but were nonetheless pleased with the turnout which saw good showing from some of the local top players like Ian Udani, Kamaluddin Yusof, Abdullah Che Hassan, Nik Ahmad Farouqi, Ahmad Fadzil Nayan, Mohd Saprin Sabri and Mohd Fairin Zakaria - amongst others.
It was a tight race with 3 players finishing with 6 points and after the smoke cleared, it was Abdullah Che Hassan who emerged as the Champion, edging Ian Udani and Ahmad Fadzil Nayan on tie break. Ian Udani was expected to breeze through the field after securing 4 perfect points going into Round 5 when he suffered a defeat against MM (Mamak Master) Mohd Saprin Sabri. Going into Round 6, Mohd Saprin could not maintain his momentum and lost to Ahmad Fadzil Nayan who by virtue of the win became the sole leader of the event with 6 perfect points after 6 rounds followed closely by Mohd Saprin, Ian Udani, Abdullah Che Hassan and Muhd Syazwan, each with 5 points. Going into the final round, Ahmad Fadzil needed only 1/2 point to secure the Championship but the stronger and much more determined Ian outplayed him to secure the win and both tied with 6 points, awaiting the result of the match between Saprin and Abdullah. Mohd Saprin, suffering from an earlier loss to Ahmad Fadzil was not able to rebound and continued his losing streak, losing his last round match to Abdullah Che Hassan.
Full event cross table can be found at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr42854.aspx?lan=1 and the results have been forwarded to MCF for National Rating calculation purposes.
Abdullah Che Hassan
Akmal Zunurain following the footsteps of his father, Rizal Ahmad Kamal - seen here playing against Muhd Faqih Aminuddin in Round 3
Ian Udani - pondering his next move
The crowd at DATCC for the 17 Chess Club Rapid Weekend
Ahmad Fadzil Nayan of UIA
Next up at DATCC:
15th January (Saturday)
Petronas Closed Chess Club Rapid Event
PERCAWI Annual General Meeting
16th January (Sunday)
Insofar Chess Academy
29th January (Saturday)
30th January (Sunday)
DATCC Renegade Rapid Chess Weekender
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