Saturday, November 13, 2010

INSOFAR Team Tournament - Round 3

The 3rd round of 2010 INSOFAR Annual Team tournament was held  last night at the Kompleks PKNS Shah Alam. The team tournament is limited to four teams  - 17 Chess Club (defending champion), Passion and Glory, Nusa Mahkota Chess Club and Passed Pawn.

Tournament Background


This  tournament use  25 minutes rapid time control . The tournament is held every alternate Friday starting from 15th October 2010 and the final round will be on 24th December 2010. Each round starts at 9 PM.

The main attraction for this tournament is the attractive prizes money. Thanks to sponsors - HBM Group of Companies (Shah Alam), Az-Zahrah Private Hospital (Bandar Baru Bangi), Ibsul Holding Sdn Bhd (Shah Alam), the 1st prize is RM 2,000 followed by RM 1,000 for 2nd and RM 600 for the 3rd placing!

Kudos to the organiser Mr.Mat Zaki Yeop from INSOFAR for organizing this tournament.

This tournament apply a unique rules.The team line-up can be change in any round and the players need not be line up according to strength (rating). However the line up must be submitted to the organizer at least 30 minutes before each round.

Round 3 Report

Round 3 saw three  'deadly' new entry players - NM Kamal Ariffin (Nusa Mahkota) , World Police Champion - Ismail Ahmad and Abdul Haq (Passed Pawn). In the previous round , ex-National player - Mohd Saprin Sabri made his debut with 17 Chess Club. It seems that this tournament is getting stronger and stronger!

Unfortunately due to work commitment , i can't attend the third round session and same goes to my team members - Shamsol and Rizal. Due to that reason, our team had to give a "free" point (walkover) on board 3 but thanks God, that doesn't stop us to beat the top seed - Passion and Glory with the score :  2.5-1.5 !  The first time appearances  of our top horse  - NM Kamal Ariffin proved fatal to our opponent! I contribute this victory  to our very sporting team captain - Mr.Razali Hamzah aka Ng6 :)

In the other match, the inclusion of two new players in the Passed Pawn team (Abdul Haq and Ismail Ahmad - ex World Police Champion and National player) , have changed the team from being the weakest /punching bag/sayur  team to a force to be reckon with. In round 3, they beat defending champion - 17 Chess Club 3-1! Now, others team will  not have "a walk in the park" anymore against Passed Pawn.

With the latest result, the overall standing has change drastically. (see overall standing)

Round 3 Result (12.11.10)

Nusa Mahkota Chess Club vs Passion and Glory : 2.5-1.5

Board 1:  NM Kamal Ariffin vs Nik Ahmad Farouqi    1-0

Board 2:  Rusdi Sidi  vs Hanafi  : 1-0

Board 3:  walkover vs Abdullah Che Hasan : 0-1

Board 4:  Razali Hamzah (Ng6) vs  Najib Abdul Wahab : 1/2-1/2


Passed Pawn vs 17 Chess Club : 3-1

Board 1 : Ismail Ahmad vs Kamaluddin Yusof : 0-1

Board 2 :Mohd Saprin Sabri vs Syed : 1-0

Board 3:  Abdul Haq  vs Sahir : 1-0

Board 4:Firdaus vs Ismail (Max) : 1-0
Standing after round 3 (game points)

1. Nusa Mahkota Chess Club - 7.5 points  

2. Passion and Glory  - 7 points

3. Passed Pawn - 5 points 

4.  17 Chess Club - 4.5 points


Schedule and pairings for the remaining rounds.

Round 4 ( 26th November 2010)

Passion and Glory vs Passed Pawn

Nusa Mahkota Chess Club vs 17 Chess Club

Round 5 ( 10th December 2010)

17 Chess Club vs Passion and Glory

Passed Pawn vs Nusa Mahkota Chess Club

Round 6 ( 24th December 2010)

Passion and Glory vs Nusa Mahkota Chess Club

17 Chess Club vs Passed Pawn

Previous report (click link)

Round 1
Round 2

Round 3 Photos (Photos from Ng6's blog)
Kamaluddin Yusof (left) from 17 Chess Club beat Ismail Ahmad (right) from Passed Pawn 

NM Kamal Ariffin (far left) playing for Nusa Mahkota Chess Club. 

Mat Zaki Yeop (INSOFAR) the tournament's organizer. Photo from Hairulov

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