Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 MSSM Chess Championship in Sarawak - Part 1

GiLoCatur is at office in Selangor at the time of writing this entry. Quite sad for not being with GiLoCatur's children to give moral support during the penultimate stage of MSS chess competition. 

Since Anis' first participation in the MSSM chess championship back in 2009, GiLoCatur had been at the championship's venue. But for this year edition held in Kuching, Sarawak GiLoCatur could only follow the championship from afar.

Anis Fariha

For the first time, GiLoCatur's only daughter, Anis Fariha, take part in the Individual event. She plays for Selangor along with Nur Nabila Azman Hisham in the P18 (Girls Under 18) category. Losing the first round, Anis won the next four rounds. Entering the final round, Anis is currently third in the ranking with 4/5 points after Kwong Jia Yee of Johor and Jessica Augustine of Negeri Sembilan. There are two other players sharing the point.

Jia Yee has to face Nabila on the top board while Jessica will be challenged by a Kedahan player named Nurul Syazwani at table #3. Meanwhile, Anis play white against another Kedahan player, Fairuz Hamizah. Fairuz is no stranger to GiLoCatur. GiLoCatur knew about her since December 2007 in a chess tourney at Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam.

Nur Nabila

It is beyond GiLoCatur's prediction and expectation for P18 Individual category. As GiLoCatur sees it, each of the top five players in the ranking has the chance to become the champion. Johor can get a gold medal in this category if Jia Yee can win against Nabila. If both Nabila and Jessica win their respective games as well as there is a winner between Anis and Fairuz match, three players will share 5/6 points. The winner will be decided by tie-break. GiLoCatur notices that Personal Encounter or PE will not be used to determine the final ranking. GiLoCatur can feel the pressure and stress the players are facing and experiencing getting into the tournament venue.

BEST OF LUCK to all the participants in the 2014 MSSM chess championship especially Anis Fariha and Fahim Al-Faqeh, GiLoCatur's daughter and youngest son and surely their Selangor chess contingent.

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