On a more encouraging note, to think that there was no prize money initially announced, yet players came to play and support the event shows how mature, enthusiastic and positive our players are in looking forward towards improvement. Kudos to everyone - the winners and the players, the wannabes, the 'thought about it', the 'almost made it', just about everyone and anyone....
So... that was the National Closed 2011. But, the bigger event came after the National Closed.... It was the Blitz event.....
32 players took part and the field was unbelievable.... there were 3 IMs playing i.e. Mas, Mok and Jimmy, 4 national Masters i.e. Lim Zhuo Ren, Tan Khai Boon, Kamalariffin Wahiduddin, Yeoh Chin Seng and aspiring juniors i.e. Wong Jianwen, Sumant and Yeoh Li Tian.... It was probably, the strongest local event in recent years albeit it was only a blitz event. At the end of 11 rounds, experienced triumph over youth and those who played in the National Closed (with 9 rounds of "productive learning") played much better than the 2 strongest player in the land - shows practice makes better!
The final results of the blitz event (top 20) are as follows. The complete table can be found here at the chess-results.com website.
|1||Jimmy Liew Chee-Meng||2083||8½|
|2||Lim Zhuo Ren||1925||8|
|3||Tan Khai Boon||2018||7½|
|5||Loo Swee Leong||1914||7½|
|6||Mok Tze Meng||2245||7|
|7||Yeoh Li Tian||1985||7|
|10||Nik Ahmad Farouqi Nik||1914||6|
|13||Ahmad Fadzil Nayan||1909||6|
|14||Fong Yit San||1760||6|
|16||Aron Teh Eu Wen||1593||6|
|17||Mohd Khair Wahiduddin||1888||5½|
|20||Yeoh Chin Seng||1900||5|