When did you ever heard a chess tournament being held in Kelantan ? I think it's a tough question to anybody but recently Mohd Fadli Zakaria aka stonemaster (photo right) has announced that there will be an Amatuer Chess Tournament held next year on the 9th May in the state of Cik Siti Wan Kembang or Gomo Kelate Gomo state.
Before i get further , i believe that all my Kelantanese friends understood that i'm not against any Kelantanese whatsoever but in this article i just want to stress the important of chess tournament held in state.
It's a strange facts to know that Malaysian best player ( IM Mashafizul - in case you don't know) is a Kelantanese ( although he was born in KL if i'm not mistaken, his family come from Kelantan and he generally considered as Kelantanese !). Unfortunately however, for the past years ( decade ?) there is hardly any tournament held in this particular state! In the past, Kelantan have produced many strong players during the Mashafizul's generation such as Ahmad Maliki ( ex-national player) , Abdul Haq and Azhari Nd.Noor - who is once beat the late GM - Eduard Gufeld in a simul and play in the Olympiad but unfortunately retired few years ago. Although Maliki and Azhari is much older then Mas but they shine more or less on the same time.
One of my observation is that there's no players from Kelantan to replace the Mashafizul's generation . Could this be the effect of no chess tournaments in Kelantan in the past years ? Hopefully the first amateur tournament next year will be the start of more chess tournament and development in Kelantan. I sincerely hope Kelantan will produced more "Mashafizul" for our country in the near future!
For details and update of this tournament, visit stonemaster.info blog