On Table 1, Kamalariffin Wahiduddin tried to play aggressively against his much experienced opponent in IM Nolte and when he managed to temporarily disposition and disconnect his opponent's rook (while keeping the Black King in the center), it would seem as though he may have the better advantage. But Nolte's countering on the Queen side was too much for Kamalariffin to bear and after Nolte's 33. .... Rc1 move, the ensuing checkmate was inevitable.
On Table 2, Kamaluddin Yusof had the pawn up with initiatives against Zaidan Zulkipli but instead of holding his position with a pawn up going into the endgame, the former went a bit overboard by venturing his King too far off into the opponent's territory. Whilst the idea seems good (Black's King was trapped in the corner for most of the game), it backfired and Zaidan secured his point after Kamaluddin's attack fizzled.
It was hands down win for Ian Udani against Yit San on Table 3 when the latter resigned on move 27. Similarly on Table 4, it took Saprin 33 moves to checkmate Dilwen Ding Tze How. On Table 5, Jax Tham split the point with Yit Ho and the shocker on Table 6 when Sumant lost to Sean Ooi.
On Table 7, despite a queen down, Kian Hwa continued his futile attempt to "swindle" his Filipino opponent Stewart Manaog but after the latter trapped his King in the corner, the Sarawakian finally admitted the obvious. On Table 8, a minor upset when the much higher rated Muhd Nabil drew with Tan Yong Zhao and on the following Table 9, Eddy Fong over powered his older opponent in Chan Mun Fye.
Rounding up Table 10, Roshan scored a win against Lum Zhun Hoong.
|A player, a coach, a trainer but most importantly a father - Saprin going over his son's Amir Ghaazi's game at the end of Round 5|
|Despite almost a whole Queen down, Lim Kian Hwa continued to play his match against Stewart Manaog|
|One of the more interesting games of the event between Filipino Ernesto Ramos and Insofar's Mat Zaki Yeop|