Tan&Tan vs Storm Warriors
Storm Warriors who earn 0 points against the top two team - Caviaga and Team AU proved that they will not give a free ride for others after nearly draw against Pricewaterhouse in round 4. (Storm Warriors lost narrowly 1.5-2.5). Tan & Tan with IM Tan Lian Ann on first board and his fellow members will try to avoid losing too much points against much younger team who i believe has 40 years age gap on all board !
Prediction : Storm Warriors win 3-1
Pricewaterhouse vs EON Bank Berhad
The Auditors team proved to be a solid team and their 4th placing in the previous edition is not a lucky one. However, EON Bank powered by "former" Nusa Mahkota 1st and 2nd board player - Norilhamuddin and Aziz Shukor proved to be their focal points. Pricewaterhouse must concentrate on board 3 and 4 to win this match . I predict Pricewaterhouse will win with small margin and EON will as usual ....provide free EON Credit Card pamphlet for their opponent before game :)
Prediction: Pricewater win 2.5-1.5
Team AU vs X-Factor
AU will missed their top board IM Mashafizul who is playing in Vietnam Open . X-Factor 1st board – IM elect Mok Tze Meng is their best bet for point while the rest of the board looks one sided to Team AU .
Prediction: Team AU win 3-1
Caviaga vs DATCC
Caviaga with Team AU is of course the favourites to win this league . Even without their top horse – IM Lim Yee Weng who is playing in Vietnam, their line-up is still formidable for DATCC and the host team will be pleased to get half point.
Prediction: Caviaga win 4-0
Nusa Mahkota vs 17 Chess Club
The highlight of the round. Nusa and 17 is as closed as brothers but deep inside they will try to show who will deserved to be called "abang" !? Another interesting point is the first board will likely feature a clash between former Geng Mamak teammate - NM Kamal Ariffin vs Kamaluddin Yusof .
Prediction: Draw 2-2