Monday, November 3, 2008
Final Round Pairings
Only three players have equal score of 6 and 1/2 points leading the group. On board 1, Ian Udani played white againts Lim Zhuo Ren. On board 2, the defending champion was up againts National Master (NM) Mohd Kamal Abdullah.
As per the time of 4:30pm, both Ian Udani and NM Kamal Abdullah won their respective games. So the tie break will determine the champion of 2008 Sarawak Chess Open.
Tbl 28: Fikri vs Awang Mustapha Awang Mahbi (1/2-1/2)
Fikri managed to secure a draw when he was in losing position. He lost in the previous round. That is the game of chess. Once you made a mistake, known as blunder among the chess players, you may end up losing or draw eventhough you were in the winning position.
Thus, Fikri scored 3 and 1/2 points and played againts TWO Fide-rated players and won a game.
Tbl 20: Irfan vs Shahrin Abdullah (1-0)
Irfan managed to secure an important win in the final round. So, he has accumulated 5 points and managed to play againts THREE FIDE-rated players.
Tbl 26: Me vs Abang Aminurashid Naser (0-1)
Once again I was playing againts a Sarawakian state chess player. He moved his pieces very fast. In the end, I resigned when he had a rook and two pawns for promotion. It is a different style of play with fewer pieces attacking but ahead in development and aggressive too. It is a very experience for me, but that is secondary. The most important thing is the development of my son, Fikri, to advance in his chess career. My mission is to make him a Grand Master but let's see how it goes because lots of efforts need to be done and many obstacles need to tackle.
... 4:45pm, 3rd floor Ultimate Professional Center, Kuching ...
The final game of the tournament has just finished. It is between NM Edward Lee and WPM Ismail Ahmad on board 6. Both have 5 and 1/2 points. It is the former who won.
So it is the end of 2008 Sarawak Chess Tournament. Awaiting for the closing and prize giving ceremony.
... 5:15pm, 3rd floor Ultimate Professional Center, Kuching ...