Friday, April 27, 2012

MSS Selangor Chess Championship - Update 1

Wednesday, 25th April 2012.

Kuala Selangor Indoor stadium, the venue of MSS Selangor chess championship for 2012 edition, is about 50 kilometers away from GiLoCatur's home in Shah Alam. Today, the championship began where all the 240 competing players from ten districts will fight to being respective category champions and winners including two of GiLoCatur's children. 

Anis, GiLoCatur's only daughter, represents Kuala Selangor district for the second year. She competes in the P15 (Under 15 Girls) category. Meanwhile, her younger 10-year-old Fahim represents Petaling Perdana district also for the second time. Fahim competes in the L12 (Under 12 Boys) category. Their elder brother can not join them in this year championship because he moved to a school in Kuala Lumpur. 

2012 MSS Selangor Chess Championship banner

Kuala Selangor Indoor Stadium

GiLoCatur would like to congratulate PPD Kuala Selangor for providing the best ever venue of the championship in the past five years. It has set a benchmark for other PPDs to follow.

4 players x 6 categories x 10 districts = 240 players

There are ten school districts in Selangor. It was nine while GiLoCatur was in school in 1980s. Due to rapid growth, the Petaling district is divided into two - Petaling Utama and Petaling Perdana. SK Bukit Jelutong, Fahim's school, is in the Petaling Perdana district. Fikri had represented the district for four consecutive years from 2008 to 2011 while his younger sister, Anis, had represented two years in a row in 2009 and 2010. Since last year, Anis has represented Kuala Selangor district. Hopefully, she will continue to play for Kuala Selangor district until she completes her secondary school.

the view of the championship venue from the spectators stand

the girls section

1st row - P12 category, 2nd row - P15 & 3rd row - P18
There are two events played in three days of competition. The first one is the Individual event where all players may play against their own district contingent. The players play seven rounds of an-hour-per-player game. Four of them in the first day and the other three in the second day. The Team category is the other event. Four players will team up and play against other district team. The format of play is five rounds of 25-minute-per-player for this event. One round is played in the second day while the rest i.e. four rounds are played in the final day.

So, who will be the champions in the Individual event? Which district team to dominate the Team event? Please come again to find out.

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Sun Inns Hotel, Kuala Selangor 

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