Sunday, February 27, 2011

Madjidov Jasur Wins Maverick Rapid Weekender!

28 February 2011, Kuala Lumpur - At the DATCC, the Maverick was successfully held with a full house of players of 108 players, final tally.

(Note: Full cross table can be found at GilaChess blog or Chess Results website)

After the smoke had cleared, Madjidov Jasur sealed the Maverick Rapid title with a tame draw when paired against Fong Yit San in the final round of the Maverick Rapid event. IM Mas who was the hot favorite to win the event, misplayed his game against Madjidov in round 6 and had to settle for second place after outplaying aspiring junior player Mohd Syakir Syazmeer Azhar in round 7. IM Mas started very well when he cruised against National Junior Champion Lim Zhou Ren in round 4 and Sumant Subramniam in round 5 before his unexpected loss to Madjidiv in the penultimate round. In the earlier round 4, IM Mas was seen as the clear favorite when Madjidov drew with Kelantanese Nik Farouqi on table 2. In round 5, when second board Cheah Cheok Fung and Ian Udani agreed for a draw, it was clear that Madjidov would be playing IM Mas in round 6 and the winner should be able to seal the top spot in the event.

It was also a remarkable showing for Fong Yit San who ended 3rd in the event after winning against Philippines Ian Udani in round 6. Fong Yit San edged Lim Zhou Ren by a mere quarter of a point on the SB tie break and the latter had to settle for 4th place. Renegade defending Champion Wong Jianwen was in 5th with local "spaceman" Nor Ilhamuddin rounding up the winners list at 6th place.

A total of 108 players participated in the DATCC Maverick Rapid Chess weekender series for 2011 surpassing the number of 92 registered in the Renegade event which was conducted late last month. The number of strong players turning up for the event is seen as a good omen for chess, promising a better and more vibrant future that is soon to come. Led by IM Mas Hafizul, Uzbek Madjidov Jasur and Philippines Ian Udani, this has been one of the strongest weekend event in the recent years influence by the upcoming NAG event, National Closed event and MSS event which are nearing very soon. It was clearly a “sparring” ground for aspiring players gunning for a good showing in the upcoming major events mentioned.

DATCC has been gaining a lot of support since being taken over by a new management earlier this year and the presence of IM Mas Hafizul in this weekend event are additional contributing factors that has made this event a huge success. Riding on the success of Renegade which pulled 92 players, Maverick event with 108 players is the single largest event conducted by DATCC since the center started. The biggest crowd for DATCC was 119 players back in January when Stonemaster did its “1 Malaysia” event.

DATCC would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the players (especially to IM Mas), supporters, bloggers, writers, parents, teachers, officials (especially IM/IA Giam Choo Kwee) for all the support and assistance that ALL OF YOU have given in making this event a huge success. Thank you everyone.

The next weekender series is planned for May 2011 – be on the lookout for our next successful outing!Thanks again everyone!!!

Final Prize Winners listing for Maverick:
1Madjidov Jasur2214UZB6First
2Mas Hafizulhelmi2275MAS6Second
3Fong Yit San1760MAS6Third
4Lim Zhuo Ren1925MAS6Fourth
5Wong Jianwen1819MAS6Fifth
6Nor Ilhamuddin Shaikh Ali1759MAS6Sixth
18Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan-G1478MAS5Best U1600
23Muhd Hanif Basri0MASBes Unrated
24Nur Nabila Azman Hisham-G1792MASBest Lady
26Teh Wee Zhun1489MASSecond U1600
34Nur Najiha Azman Hisham-G1748MAS4Best U12 (Girl)
35Zulhasrizal Zulkifli1263MAS4Best U 1400
36Amier Hamzah Mohd Zuhri1623MAS4Best U12 (Boy)
43Muhd Farhan Jamil1346MAS4Second U1400
45Mustafa Said1627MAS4Best veteran

(source: Najib Wahab's reporting of the event)

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