But that is all a different story....
After wrapping up the 750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival, I rushed back home and prepared myself for the next event in my "busy" schedule - the Selangor Open 2012. Upon arriving at ATCC at 1:00pm, Supervising Arbiter IA Lim Tse Pin has already keyed in all the names of the players and I continued my task with setting up the clocks for Round 1 - schedule to start at 2:00pm.
There were a few familiar faces from the Melaka event notably IM Rolando Nolte of Philippines who is seeded 1 for the event. Other spillovers from the Melaka event included Eddy Fong and his two sons, Zaidan Zulkipli, Syazrin Abdul Rahman, Lim Kian Hwa and another Philippines Manaog Stewart who seem to be enjoying endless chess festivities.
Missing from the 39th Selangor Open edition are the local IMs such as Jimmy Liew and Mok Tze Meng probably due to other commitments, and Mas Hafizul who is probably taking some time off to recuperate after playing in 3 strenuous events (Brunei, Rapid and Melaka). Also missing is young Li Tian who had good outings in Brunei and Melaka and perhaps similar to Mas, is taking some time off to rest and to focus on the other important thing in life - school!
The 39th edition attracted 63 players, slightly way off the mark from the usual Selangor Open crowd. Nonetheless, the slightly relaxed schedule where games are only played at night provide opportunities for players with full time employment and students to play in the event. This can be seen with the presence of Kamaluddin Yusoff, former National Champion Kamalariffin Wahiduddin, WCM Nur Nabila and National Junior player Roshan Singh. Not to forget, Malaysia's adopted chess citizen Ian Udani of the Philippines.
|CAS Committee Member Yeoh Chin Seng talking to Yeap Joo Hock (right) and Lim Kian Hwa (left) before the start of the event|
|GM in the house - GM Richard Bitoon of Philippines providing moral support to fellow countrymen Stewart Manaog and IM Rolando Nolte|
Round 2 started at 7:00pm whilst Round 3 will be played tomorrow evening also starting at 7:00pm. Fans, interested parties and players can view the pairing for the event at www.chess-results.com
|GM Richard Bitoon playing a skittle game with Dato Tan Chin Nam|
|IM Rolando Notle of Philippines - First seeded|
|After long hard work at Melaka, MCF VP Haslindah turned to playing in the Selangor Open|
|Long time chess player - now coach and trainer to his three sons, Mohd Saprin Sabri - Seeded fourth|
|Second seed Ian Udani|
|Pairing and Result for Round 1|