Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SKBJ Chess Players at MBSA Chess Tournament

Four SKBJ chess players and a SKBJ pre-schooler had participated in the MBSA Chess Open held at a community hall in Section 4, Shah Alam on 27th December 2008. They are Fikri Bin Saleh (6D), Aminur Nirza Azrin (5K), Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (4D), Nur Faqihah Bt Aminuddin (2K) and Muhd Faqih Aminuddin. All of them played in the Under 12 category. More than 40 players were playing in such category. The tournament will be the last one for Fikri playing for SKBJ and Under 12. Next year he will be representing his new school and will play for Under 15 category. 

Below are the full results of their games.

Fikri scored 5 points. In Round 3, he was defeated by Zulfikri. He won third place after Roshan and Irfan, which were among the Top 6 Under 12 Boys MSSNS.

M Thaqif Imtiaz vs Fikri Saleh (0-1) 
Fikri Saleh vs Farah Amirah Farizal (1-0) 
Muhd Zulfikri M Sulkifly vs Fikri Saleh (1-0) 
Fikri Saleh vs M Faiz M Fuad (1-0)
Aminur Nirza vs Fikri Saleh (0-1)
Fikri Saleh vs Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (1-0)

Aminur was undefeated until the fifth round where he had to play againts Fikri. Then in the last round, he lost to Zulfikri. 

Aminur Nirza Azrin vs Nur Azahkiah Azahari (1-0) 
Aminur Nirza Azrin vs M Norhazman Arif (1/2 - 1/2) 
Nazrul Aiqwan Hairuddin vs Aminur Nirza Azrin (1/2 - 1/2)
Nur Aliah Azlim vs Aminur Nirza Azrin (0-1)
Aminur Nirza vs Fikri Saleh (0-1)
Aminur Nirza Azrin vs Muhd Zulfikri M Sulkifly (0-1)

Anis Fariha has improved her games lately. In this tournament, she lost to Puteri Munajjah in the second round after winning againts her schoolmate Nur Faqihah in the first round. She won the next two rounds including againts Mok Shu Zing, the daughter of FM Mok Tze-Meng. She also managed to win againts Nurulhana Syuhada, one of the PPD Petaling Perdana Under 12 Girls team, in the fifth round. In the last round, she lost to her brother where she could get the third place had she won. With 4 points, Anis managed to win the eighth place.

Nur Faqihah Aminuddin vs Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (0-1)
Anis Fariha Saleh vs Puteri Munajjah Azhar (0-1)
Muhd Fakhrul Islam vs Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (0-1)
Anis Fariha Bt Saleh vs Mok Shu Zing (1-0) 
Nurulhana Syuhada Sulkifly vs Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (0-1)
Fikri Saleh vs Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (1-0)

Nur Faqihah came back in 2nd and 3rd rounds after lost to Anis in the 1st round. Her winning streak was stopped by Mohd Noor Azam in the fourth round. Playing black, she won againts Thaqif in the fifth round. 

Nur Faqihah Aminuddin vs Anis Fariha Bt Saleh (0-1)
Mok Kyhe Zen vs Nur Faqihah Aminuddin (0-1)
Nur Faqihah Aminuddin vs Aiman Syahmi Shaari (1-0)
Mohd Noor Azam vs Nur Faqihah Aminuddin (1-0)
M Thaqif Imtiaz vs Nur Faqihah Aminuddin (0-1)
Nur Faqihah Aminuddin vs Hisya Miza Bt Ismail (?-?)

Muhd Faqih, the younger brother of Faqihah, won several games againts much older opponents. 

Nurul Aqiella Hairuddin vs Muhd Faqih Aminuddin (1-0)
Muhd Faqih Aminuddin vs Hisya Miza Bt Ismail (1-0)
Farah Amirah Bt Farizal vs Muhd Faqih Aminuddin (1-0)
Muhd Faqih Aminuddin vs Kabir Singh (0-1)
Aina vs Muhd Faqih Aminuddin (0-1)
Muhd Faqih Aminuddin vs M Thaqif Imtiaz (?-?)

Anis playing black againts Muhd Fakhrul Islam in Round  3.

Aminur played black in the fourth round againts NurAliah Azlim, another promising young talent. Whereas Anis played againts Mok Shu Zing.

Fikri vs Faiz (Round 4)

Faqihah (black) vs Mohd Noor Azam (1240).

Aminur (1201) vs Zulfikri (1240).

Faqihah (blue shirt) vs Hisya Miza Bt Ismail, the daughter of World Police Champion Ismail Ahmad.

The sibblings fight.

Anis received her 8th place prize.

Fikri received his third place prize.

CONGRATULATION! to the winners. Keep practicing and playing in the tournaments for all SKBJ chess players.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Anis Fariha vs Nur Feiqha

In Round 5, Anis Fariha played white againts Nur Feiqha Mohamed Halil, a visually-impaired chess player. The 14-year-old girl is the gold medalist at the 2008 Asean Para Games held in Korat, Thailand. 

[Event "KL Open 2008"]
[Site "Commonwealth Hall, Bukit Jalil"]
[Date "2008.12.17"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Anis Fariha Bt Saleh"]
[Black "Nur Feiqha Mohamed Halil"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[PlyCount "71"]
[EventDate "2008.12.17"]
[SourceDate "2008.12.19"]

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 c6 4.Bd3 Nd7 5.0-0 Bb4 6.c3 Bd6 7.Nbd2 Ne7 8.b4 f5 9.a3 Ng6 10.Bb2 0-0 11.Nb3 e5 12.dxe5 Ngxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.f4 Ng4 15.Re1 Qh4 16.h3 Qf2+ 17.Kh1 Bxf4 18.exf4 Qh4 19.Qf3 Bd7 20.Kg1 Rae8 21.Rxe8 Rxe8 22.hxg4 fxg4 23.Qf1 g3 24.Qf3 Qh2+ 25.Kf1 Qh1# 0-1

Round 6 Opponents for SKBJ Chess Players @KLCA Open - Challengers

After round 5, Fikri is leading the three SKBJ pupils who are participating in KLCA Open - Challengers with 3 points. Winning the first three rounds, he met Yeoh Li Tian on Board 3 in Round 4. Still he could not beat the Malaysian chess prodigy. In Round 5, he faced his Selangor Under 12 budding rival, Roshan Ajeet Singh. Roshan played well and defeated Fikri. In Round 6 tomorrow, Fikri will play against a Unitar student named Mohd Firdaus.

While both Affan Amrish and Anis Fariha just managed to score 1 1/2 points. Affan played againts a visually impaired player in Round 4 while Anis played againts Khaw yew Onn (the above picture).  Tomorrow Affan will play black againts Muhd Faris whereas Anis will play white againts Camilia Johari.

Fikri played black as well as Medina Wardina Aulia, who sit next to him.

SKBJ Players @ National Juniors Championship

Seven SKBJ pupils had participated in the National Juniors Championship held at Pearl Point Shopping complex from 10th to 14th December 2008. Five of them - Fikri Saleh, Aminur Nirza Azrin, Affan Amrish Mohd Jalani, Muhd Irfan Rendrawan and Muhd Ihsan Syahiran played in the Boys category whereas Anis Fariha Saleh and Nur Faqihah Aminuddin played in the Girs category. Only Anis Fariha managed to win a medal when she won second Best Under 12 in the Girls section. 

Below are their final points in the tournament:

1) Fikri Saleh (5)
2) Aminur Nirza (4)
3) Affan Amrish (3)
4) Muhd Irfan (3)
5) Muhd Ihsan (2 1/2)
6) Anis Fariha (4 1/2)
7) Nur Faqihah (3)

The winners with their medals and certificates.

SKBJ Chess players took the opportunity to take a picture with the current MCF (Malaysian Chess Federation) president, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib who was also the Perak state MB or Chief Minister. (From left to right) Aminur Nirza, Anis Fariha, Nur Faqihah, Nur Farihah and Muhd Faris.

Anis Fariha receiving her prizes.

It is quite an achievement for her for winning a medal in a local junior tournament where many state players are playing. Hopefully, such achievement will boost her confidence and play to win more honours in the future.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SKBJ Players at KLCA Open

KLCA Chess Open had started yesterday. The first round was played at around 5:00 pm, about an hour delay from its schedule. There are two categories - Open for all chess players with FIDE rating of 2000 or above and Challengers for below 2000 rating. 

Three SKBJ pupils are participating in the tournament in Challengers category. They are Fikri Saleh of 6 Dedali, Affan Amrish Mohd Jalani of 5 Keranji and Anis Fariha Saleh of 4 Dedali. 68 players are playing in the Challengers section.

Round 2: Fikri won againts a promising Malaysian young talent, Amier Hamzah Mohd Zuhri whose latest national rating is 1350. He is just 7 years old.

In Round 3, Fikri played againts Agustinus playing white on Table 3. He used French Defense opening. He won the game and scored 3 full points.

Also seen in the above picture, Muhd Faris Aminuddin former SKBJ chess player facing Sarika Subramaniam. Both drew. A very good start for him since he won in Round 1. 

Round 2: Affan (right) playing againts Fernandez, Michael Howard. He is, if not mistakenly, the brother of Singaporean young FM of Fernandez, Daniel Howard who is playing in the Open category. (0-1)

Round 2: Anis (right)  playing white won againts Khaw Yew Tong.

In Round 3, Anis faced Latifah Syamimi on Table 21 playing white.  .. Kh5 37.Kh3 Rf4 38.Re8 is not the best move. She should move g4+. She lost the game due to lacking in the endgame.

Round 1 : Affan (right) lost to Roshan Ajeet, one of Selangor Under 12 player at MSSM Melaka last June.

Round 1: Anis (left) lost againts older player named Boey Jin Huey playing black. The young girl wearing red jacket is a player from Indonesia named Shieta Nyimas Prima whose age is 7 years old. 

Round 1 : Fikri playing black againts Boey Jin Wern. He won the first round. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2008 National Juniors Championship -

The 9-round National Juniors Championship started today. It is held at Pearl Point Shopping complex located in Jalan Kelang Lama. The championship is divided into two categories - Boys and Girls. 58 players participated in the Boys category whereas just 24 players competing in the Girls section.

Five SKBJ boy players playing in the Boys category while only two SKBJ girl players are participating. Leading the boys, Fikri ranked 25th started off victoriously beating his opponent. But he was defeated in the second round by a 1600-rated player. Being defeated by higher opponents in the first round, Aminur, Irfan and Affan thrashed their respective opponents in the second round. Ihsan, the younger brother of Irfan, is the only SKBJ boy player who has not won any game in the first two rounds.

Meanwhile, in the Girls category, Anis Fariha won her second round game againts unrated player after resigned to the fourth seeded in the first round. Still being tired from the long journey to Kelantan with her family, Nur Faqehah lost to the third seeded in the first round and an unseeded player in the second round. 

Two former SKBJ chess players also participated in the 5-day tournament. They are Faris and her younger sister, Nur Farihah.  

Hopefully, all SKBJ chess players will play excellently tomorrow in the third and fourth round. 

In the Boys category, only 12 players left with the perfect score. Two top players are missing from the list where the upsets happened. Justin Ong, the second seed, was upset in the second round while Muhd Tariq, the fourth seed, was upset in the first round by Nabil Fikri. Meanwhile, in the Girls category, only 5 players left with the perfect score.

More news and pictures of the tournament can be viewed at Marcus Yeoh's blog at

Monday, November 24, 2008

SKBJ Chess Club Players at INTEC UiTM Chess Open

On 23rd November 2008, several SKBJ Chess Club players had participated in the INTEC UiTM Chess Open held at Dewan Cemara, Section 18, Shah Alam. They were among more than 100 participants. They faced older opponents mostly while sometimes they met among each other. Below are some of their pictures while playing their chess games.

Affan was cracking his head facing againts his schoolmate Fikri in one of their rounds.

Aina Farzana, MSSD Petaling Perdana chess player, was serious thinking her strategy and plan againts much older opponent.

Aminur Nirza, one of next year SKBJ anchor chess player, playing black was in deep thinking how to outplay his opponent.

After meeting againts her opponent's brother in the first round, she played white in the last round facing Sarika Subramaniam from Cameron Highlands, Pahang.

Nur Faqihah, playing black was facing the same opponent who played againts her school team mate, Aina.

Aina and Aminur played againts older opponent side by side.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Simultaneous Games at Desa Subang Permai Tournament

Below are some simultaneous games during the Desa Subang Permai tournament captured. Normally, a chess expert player like a GM will play againts a number of players simultaneously. Among top player who often play simultaneous chess is Susan Polgar, her blog, who currently hold 4 world records for a simultaneous chess exhibition. In Malaysia, the record holder for simultaneous chess exhibition is held by CM Collin Madhavan.