Yesterday, Susan Polgar post an article in his famous blog about Malaysian Chess Master Collin Madhavan (photo right) record breaking in Seremban where he recently played a simultenous chess display against 88 players. Susan refer The Star as his source of information about Collin record breaking.
About the simul event, I did received an e-mail from Collin himself. Here are some details and interesting facts about the match:
The final score was 54 wins, 26 draws and 8 losses(76% playing record).
- 2 FIDE rated players, Pok Wern Jian (2126) & Kamar Dani (1664)
- All 36 MSSM (Negeri Sembilan) players and a few teachers
- A number of former state players members of the public
Only 1 drawback for Collin:* They are short of officials during the match. Midway through the match, only 1 official to control the players. There was a lot of consultation and coaching among the players, which rather unfair to him ):
Other interesting facts:-
State teams initially had to return to their training camp by 2 pm, and so many draws were offered to their players (though I was better in most of them).
A decision was then made by the teachers to stay longer as most of the players wanted to stay back and play on!!
- Collin drink orange juice throughout the match (inspired by GM Susan Polgar)
- did not eat at all during the match
- walked around without shoes (in socks, of course)
- Duration: 8 hours (Started 9.30am: Ended 5.25 pm)
- Longest game: 49 moves - walked about 7,900 steps (estimate)
- Average time per player 5.45 minutes per games (like a blitz game)By the way, at the end of the match, Collin did not feel tired and could have played on a few more hours!!(Ha).
It was a BIG day for Chess in Negeri Sembilan.
You can read my previous post regarding the simul here
Photo from http://www.kids4chess.com/