Tuesday, November 17, 2009

WYCC 2009 - Day 7 (Free Day)

Nur Nabila (left) with sister, Nur Najiha (U10 Girls) and father, Azman Hisham

Amier Hamzah (right) with his father, Mohd Zuhri

( credit : the above pictures are from the official MALAYSIAN chess contingent in WYCC 2009 blog at http://maswycc09.blogspot.com )

Today, Tuesday November 17, is the rest day for WYCC 2009. Yesterday the participants were busy playing two standard (90 minute + 30 seconds time control) chess games - Round 5 and Round 6.

For the Malaysian contingent, Nabila and Amier are leading the pack for the medal prospects. The Malaysian youngsters have played and fought hard all their rounds. The overall performance is superb and awesome. They need to keep up the efforts and focus on next games. Let's all of us the Malaysians pray and support the team for the proud of our country.

WCM Nur Nabila is currently in the third position after Round 6 trailing just half point behind the top two seeds - WFM Anna of Russia and WFM Sarasadat of Iran both with 2000+ ratings, in her U12G age group. Seeded 14th with 1847 ratings, she won her first four rounds before drawing both the fifth and sixth round games. Both games were shown live in WYCC 2009 official website.

In the next round of 7, Nabila will play white on Table #3 against a Moldovan player named BULMAGA Elena. On paper Nabila has the advantage since her ratings and seedings is higher than her opponent. But in chess, anything is possible. So, hopefully Nabila can win the important game to achieve her golden dream.

Her 7th round game will be shown live at http://web4.tsf.org.tr/ on Wednesday, November 18 at 9.00 pm Malaysian time.

Amier Hamzah who is playing in U8 Open section is another superb performer. He has yet lost a game. He won 3 games and drew the other 3. After Round 6, he is ranked number 15 with 4.5 points trailing just one point behind the leaders - the 2nd seed GHOLAMI Aryan of Iran and the 3rd seed SMIRNOV Anton of Australia.

In Round 7, Amier is paired against SANDOVAL Mercado Carlos of Mexico on Table #7. He will play white while his opponent will play black. Amier must win this game and the other four rounds in order to be at the top. Yeoh Li Tian managed to be placed fourth in the same age group two years ago also in Turkey. Hopefully, Amier can follow the suit.

As for the rest of the team, below are their final standings and points after Round 6:

  • Teh De Juan - 3/6 66th of 129 players in U8 Open
  • Teh De Zen - 3/6 36th of 85 players in U8 Girls
  • Nur Najiha - 3 /6 40th of 83 players in U10 Girls
  • Irfan - 2.5/6 103rd of 149 players in U12 Open
  • Camilia - 3.5/6 40th of 108 players in U12 Girls
  • Ho Tjin Li - 1.5/6 90th of 101 players in U14 Girls
  • Jianwen - 2.5/6 89th of 138 players in U14 Open
  • Elgin Lee - 3/6 79th of 138 players in U14 Open
  • Sumant - 2.5/6 78th of 119 players in U16 Open



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