Fadli Zakaria is keying the players names during the registration
For me, Fadli has made the correct desicion. During the tournament he repeatly remind all the players that the arbiter desicion is final - even a mistake desicion ! What he probably means is that if there's a dispute, the arbiter will try their best to solve it according the rules and usually the desicion has to be made in a very short time. So every chess player have to understand and accept the arbiter desicion.
To recall back the scenario after the last round, i and many of the participants is helping the organiser packing the chess set and clocks to prepare for the prize giving ceremony . Although i look briefly the final standings , i didn't pay very much attention on it because i actually play this tournament for fun and to support the organiser. 4 points usually give a reasonable chance to get the top 5 prize for the Pro category but probably my tie break is not good enough.After Fadli explained the desicion to me, he gave a "compensation" for the "mistake" which is a free entrance fee for me in the next Stonemaster MINI tournamrnt ! Not bad huh !
About the games, in a quick time control tournament, it's almost impossible to recall back any of the game especially the games you lost :)... but there's certain position that i remember for example the two position below.
Hairulov - Jason Lim
Stonemaster MINI Rapid Tourney (Round 4), 24.01.2009
I was in severe time trouble in the critical position below . My queen is defending passively on the kingside, my rook lost connection against each other. To make thing worse, black heavy piece - the queen and the rooks is all in the ideal place. However i found a strong idea with...
1.b5!...Jason was quite shock with this move and praised it after the game. 1... axb5 2.a6 ! another freeing move. 2...bxa6 3.Rxc6 The idea is to create the dangerous passed c- pawn ! 3...e5?! A total bluff by Jason but i panicked at that time and play 4.g5 there's nothing wrong with this move but stronger is taking the pawn with 4.dxe5! Actually i was afraid of 4...d4 Threatening 5...dxe3 but white still got the upperhand after 5.Rc8+ Rf8 (5...Kh7 6.g5 hxg5 7.Qxg5 Qd3 8.e6 Ra7 9.Qd8 Kh6 10.e7) 6.Rxf8+ Kxf8 7.c6 Rf7 (7...Ke7 8.c7 Kd7 9.Rc1 Kc8 10.g5) 8.exd4 should win for white 4...R3f5?! 5.gxh6? Practicaly, i have lost all my advantage with this move. The correct move is 5.Rc8+! Rf8 6.Qxd5+ Kh8 7.Rxf8+ Rxf8 8.Qxe5 5...Qxh5 6.Rc8+ 6.Rg6 gave equal chance 6...Kh7 7.Qh2?? The desicive blunder. 7. f4 is nessacary though black still has the better game. Rg5+ 8.Kh1 Qf3+0-1 9.Qg2 Qxg2#
Below is one of my win.
Sarika Subramaniam - Hairulov
Stonemaster MINI Rapid Tourney (Round 6), 24.01.2009
In the position below, both of us had little time left but my position is clearly winning. Sarika could try to prolong the game with stuborn play for e.g 1.Kf2 gxf4 2.Rb7... but she made it short by playing...1.Kg4?? "commiting harakiri (seppuku) " - according to Jax Tham 1...h5# checkmate 0–1
Dr.Wan Noorasmara (left) handing the prizes to Mr.Fadli Zakaria (photo from stonemaster.info )