29 August 2010, Kuala Lumpur – On the second day of the chess festival, the Merdeka Team Rapid Open Chess Championship starts it’s first three rounds today. A surprising result is that Petronas with Malaysia’s no. 1 player, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi got a beating from the team called Crusher. I’ve been informed that they have two GMs on the team and that explains the emphatic score line of 0-4!
SMS Gold went into defence mode when SMS Gold ended with a 2-2 draw with the Philippines’ Marfori Fighters chess team. FM Nicholas Chan saved the team with a major win on board two for SMS Gold preventing the SMS Gold from losing more precious match points.
Fireyrook’s scratch team of Young and Adult Union crashed 3.5 – 0.5 to the Bengal Tigers, where our fourth board saved us the duck with a major draw score.
Magic, the team comprising of the Kazakhstan’s three chess players and Abdullah Che Hassan drew 2-2 with the Mamak, The Sequel chess team, who had Nik Ahmad Farouqi, Sabri Sapirin, Fairin Zakaria and Kamaluddin Yusof.
Perak State Team comprising of Ahmad Fadzil Nayan, won 2.5 – 1.5 over Jakarta B chess team. Meanwhile ASTRO Ladies team overwhelmed PCA Juniors U12, 4-0!
The Young & Danger chess team that won the recent Perlis Team Open 2010, won 4-0 over PFS Chess Club Senior.
Klang Valley Koalas team comprising of mainly European-looking chess players beat the Penang chess team, 3.5 – 0.5.
Rorschach, the chess team that made an impact at the University Malaya’s Team Open Tun Syed Zahiruddin by winning the team open tournament in 2009, lost 1-3 to Sabah chess team during the round 3 play in the afternoon today.