Wednesday, November 7, 2012

SUKIPT Chess Has Begun

About two hours ago, GiLoCatur went to Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah which is just nearby to GiLoCatur's office. Actually, it was the first time that GiLoCatur entered the institution building. Why GiLoCatur visited the polytechnic you may wonder?

The chess event of SUKIPT, the short form of Sukan IPT or the Higher Education Ministry Games kicked off today at 11.30am. About 250 players from different Malaysian higher learning institutions will be competing in eleven SWISS rounds beginning today until Sunday. Four Gold medals are at stake for chess event in SUKIPT - Individual both men and women and Team both men and women. 

Who are the hot favourites to win the Individual Gold medals? Which higher institution will emerge as the champions in the team event?

In the LELAKI event, GiLoCatur picks Ahmad Fadzil Nayan (IIUM) and Muhammad Nabil Azman Hisham  (MMC) as the hot favourites. Both of them are the top seed and 2nd seed respectively. Their top challengers shall be Muhammad Syazwan Zulkifli, Looi Xin Hao and Ahmad Fariz Ahmad Shafruddin. Except Xin Hao, the others are familiar faces and regulars in the local chess tournaments. You can follow the results here.

In the PEREMPUAN event, GiLoCatur picks Norhaida Hussin and Kwan Tszee Yeung as the hot favourites. The former represents IIUM (UIA in Malay) while the later represents UPSI, a teachers university. Neither both of them is the top seed. The top seed is Kwan's team mate, Guan Xin Ting who hails from China.The other two Top 5 Ranking players are Nor Atiqah Mohd Niza and Aisah Reduan. Beside these five top seeded players, GiLoCatur would like to follow the results and performance of Putri Nurfariza Ahmad Darji who represents UiTM. If GiLoCatur's memory is right, she was once the individual P18 champion in the MSSM chess competition. Follow the results here.

GiLoCatur strongly believes that all the competing players will play their hearts out since the Gold medallist might be awarded a scholarship. In addition, this SUKIPT chess event most probably be the platform for the selection to the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia in July next year. 

GOOD LUCK to all the participating players in the SUKIPT Chess!

Below are the photos of the event's venue.

The women's section

The men's section

Spectators area

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