With the long weekend break due to Hari Raya Haji, it was almost expected that the number of players turning up for the blitz event would be minimal and true enough, only 14 players showed up for the event.
It was also a pleasant surprise to see FM Johan Foudzi appearing to take part in the event after a rather long silence from the local chess scene.
After the smoke cleared, Zaidan Zulkipli won the event with an almost perfect score of 12.5 followed by local Abdul Shukor A Rajah with 10.5 points. Wong Jianwen shared the 3rd/4th placing with surprisingly yours truly (Najib Wahab) with 10 points each. Next in line was Mohd Fadli Zakaria with 8.5 points, Firdaus Mohd Rodzi at 6th placing with 8 points, Cheong Chin Leong 7.5 points and Johan Foudzi rounding up the winners list with 7 points to earn the 8th spot.
Full table for the event as follows:
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