Monday, October 26, 2015

KARISMA Chess Starts Today - 26/10/2015

Monday, 26/10/2015

KARISMA chess championship kicks of this morning. For info, KARISMA stands for Karnival Sukan Mahasiswa UiTM in Malay language. In English it means the Inter-UiTM Sports Carnival. This year edition is held at UiTM Kedah from 25th until 31st October 2015. Chess is one of the sports event in the carnival.

Karisma 2015 Chess Mascot

This year will be the second time participation for GiLoCatur's eldest child, Fikri. He is one of the UiTM chess team.

Based on the starting rank for the Men event, Fikri is the top seed. In last year edition, Fikri was the third seed. GiLoCatur notices that the Top 3 Winners namely - Hazzafri, Ali Chor and Abdul Rahman, of last year edition for the Men event are not in the list this year. All these three chess players are among the UiTM 2015 chess team which had emerged as the champion at MASUM this year.

The Chess game is scheduled from 26/10/2015 until 29/10/2015. GiLoCatur is not sure how many rounds it will be this year. Last year, the players had to play eight (8) rounds.

Let's check the results of the first round which had just finished a couple of hours ago. 

The Men Event

Round 1 results - Men category
For full results, click here
Based on the above Top 10 Boards Round 1 results from, the top two seeded-players drew with their respective opponents. Another interesting result is the 9th board. The 9th seeded player from UiTM Melaka was defeated by his opponent from UiTM Puncak Alam.

The Women Event 

Round 1 results - Women category
For full results, click here
Both the top two seeded players in the Women category are making their debut in KARISMA chess championship representing UiTM Puncak Alam and UiTM Perak respectively. While they won the first round game, it is a surprising result for the third-seeded player who are winner medalist in previous two editions. (Note: Hopefully the results in are correct.)

On the 7th board, the unrated player from UiTM Johor managed to hold draw against her rated opponent from UiTM Puncak Alam. Meanwhile, on the 10th board, an unrated player from UiTM Perak managed to win over the 10th seeded-player. 

The first round had just started. Will there be more and more "interesting" results in the 2015 KARISMA chess championship?

Please come again for more update and short analysis on the championship.

Good Luck and All the Best to all the chess players in the KARISMA 2015 especially to Fikri and his UiTM Johor team mates or fondly called "Abang" by family. Ayah, Ibu, Kakak and Adik will always pray for your success and achievement.

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