The format for the Insofar event was changed slightly for the October edition as it offers 2 separate categories - the Open and the Under 1600, to provide a better chance for the "not so strong players" to play with players within their strength. There were also a few players rated below 1600 who had decided to play in the open section in order to gain more experience and facing a better challenge. One of which was Mok Shu Zing, daughter of IM Mok Tze Meng who had put up a good fight in all her games despite finishing with only a single point from a first round bye. "The experience and training playing against a better player will surely help her to improve her game," quipped father IM Mok when requesting her to be registered in the Open category.
For the Open event, it was a breeze for Sumant Subramaniam who won the event with 4.5 points after his last round draw with Aram Varahram. FM Ronnie Lim was placed sixth after a first round draw with college student Chek Kin Keuw, and losing to Jax Tham in the following round. At one point, FM Ronnie was playing in the last table but slowly crept his way back to the top but it was one round too late.
Irfan Haqqim secured the second place after winning his last round game against younger sister Puteri Rifqah. Mohd Haizal who opted to play in the Open section instead of the Under 1600 category, made quite an impression after beating Jax Tham in the first round. Although he suffered another losing game against Aram, his higher tie break was enough to secure him the 4th place ahead of Jax Tham at 5th.
In the Under 1600 category, Mohd Khairie Mazlan secured the title after beating Melvin in the last round. Khairie only drawn game came in Round 4 when he was up against Puteri Munajjah. Second place was veteran Mustapha Said who beat Puteri Munajjah in the last round to secure his spot. With Munajjah losing the last round, another youngster in Aqil Ainuddin leaped frogged into the 3rd spot after beating another veteran Bustaman Harun in the last round. Munajjah secured the 4th place and another lady player, Tan Wei Ting - younger sister to National Olympiad Player Tan Li Ting, secured the 5th spot.
Photos appended are courtesy of Insofar Academy:
|Crosstable for Under 1600 Category|
|Crosstable for Open Category|
|Azhar taking a peak at his son's game againstg Sumant on Board 1|
|Insfoar Principal - Mat Zakio Yeop|
|Champion Sumant Subramaniam receiving his prize from IM Mok Tze Meng|
|Surprise but refresshing performance from Aqil Ainuddin who secured the 3rd spot ahead of National Junior player Puteri Munajjah|