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Monday, April 12, 2010

April's First Saturday Report

Jax was crowned champion for April's First Saturday tournament. Runner up goes to Cheras challenger 2010 champion Nor Azman, while 3rd prize goes to Balachandran. You will be seeing him more often next time. 4th place goes to myself. 5th place was won by up and coming chess player, Tin Jun Hao.


I was again confident in getting top 3 as not many strong player will be playing there. Of all the local players, I never thought Cheras challenger champion, Nor Azman will be participating in this tournament. After hearing of his arrival, my confidence suddenly started to disappear. At around 10.00am the tournament officially began. Some strong player was seen such as Jax Tham, Tin Jun Hao & Tham Chee Leong. 1st, 2nd round finished much more earlier than expected. Jax, Nor Azman and me shared the same number of points. After having  lunch, I was paired against Tin Jun Hao while Jax meet Nor Azman. I won my game against him as he was not familiar with the opening that had played. The rest of the game ended quite quick too. After that, board 1 was receiving attention by many players. Jax was down a piece but had a very strong attack against Nor Azman. Here was the position.

(Jax playing white)
Nor Azman finally lost in the end. So, Jax and me lead after round 3 with a perfect scored of 3/3. The next day, I was paired against Jax. Nor Azman was playing against Balachandran. Nor Azman won an easy game. Tin Jun hao won against Edmund Ng. My game against Jax lasted quite long.

(Jax playing black)
My position was losing but Jax had to play accurately as a misstep will be quite disastrous. I lost on time, but my position was lost anyway. Jax was closer to becoming champion. Jax was paired against Tham Chee Leong in the next round. While Tin Jun Hao won Laxmi easily. Tham Chee Leong lost to Jax after falling into Jax opening trap. Unfortunately, I met Nor Azman. We got into a knight pawn ending. Equal material but didn't play my ending well and lost. The last round finally came, I just need a win to get 3rd prize as my tie break was the highest. But Tham Chee Leong gave a good fight and ended up draw. Jax won his game against Edmund Ng. Tin Jun Hao managed a draw against Nor Azman after a pawn, bishop ending. The position was dead equal but Nor Azman rejected many draw offers. After about more than 20 moves, he accepted the draw.

Here is the final results

Ranking after round 6 of FSCC4
No. PNo. Name Score WP SB PS
1. 1 JAX THAM 6.0 21.0 21.00 21.0
2. 2 NORAZMAN ISMAIL 4.5 22.5 14.75 16.5
3. 6 BALACHANDRAN 4.0 18.0 7.50 12.0
4. 3 YAT GUO JIE 3.5 21.0 8.75 15.5
4 TIN JUN HAO 3.5 20.0 8.25 11.5
5 THAM CHEE LEONG 3.5 19.0 6.75 13.5
7. 7 DANIEL SIEW 2.0 21.0 3.00 9.0
12 EDMUND NG 2.0 17.0 6.50 6.0
10 KEE JIAN LONG 2.0 15.5 2.25 8.0
8 LAXMI SUBRAMANIAM 2.0 14.5 2.50 4.0
11. 11 JON LUIS KOE 1.0 13.0 2.25 6.0
12. 9 CHOONG ZHEN HAO 0.0 13.5 1.00 0.0

Ranking and Games after round 6 of FSCC4
No. PNo.
Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Score
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1. 1 JAX THAM 6w1 4b1 2w1 3b1 5w1 7b1 6.0
2. 2 NORAZMAN ISMAIL 7b1 5w1 1b0 6w1 3w1 4b½ 4.5
3. 6 BALACHANDRAN 1b0 9w1 10b1 2b0 7w1 12b1 4.0
4. 3 YAT GUO JIE 8w1 11b1 4w1 1w0 2b0 5b½ 3.5
4 TIN JUN HAO 9b1 1w0 3b0 12w1 8b1 2w½ 3.5
5 THAM CHEE LEONG 0w1 2b0 11w1 7b1 1b0 3w½ 3.5
7. 7 DANIEL SIEW 2w0 8b1 9w1 5w0 6b0 1w0 2.0
12 EDMUND NG r0 r0 8w1 4b0 10b1 6w0 2.0
10 KEE JIAN LONG 5b0 r1 6w0 11b1 12w0 8b0 2.0
8 LAXMI SUBRAMANIAM 3b0 7w0 12b0 9b1 4w0 10w1 2.0
11. 11 JON LUIS KOE r1 3w0 5b0 10w0 r0 r0 1.0
12. 9 CHOONG ZHEN HAO 4w0 6b0
7b0 8w0 r0 r0 0.0


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