The first Kinta Chess Blitz Tournament held at the Perak State Public Library, off Jalan Tambun, was a swift affair. That’s why it was called “blitz”. According to the President of the organiser, Persatuan Catur Daerah Kinta, Perak, En. Kamaruddin Samsuri, blitz chess has a different set of rules from classic chess. One wrong move, and the player loses. That’s tough.
With time control of 5 minutes per player, chess blitz is hardly about chess playing skills but more of a challenge against the clock. It is a psychological game, quick wit, and a test to see who can follow the rules best under pressure. It was definitely a new experience for many chess players at the tournament.
Since this was an open tournament, players were not placed in different age categories, so a young player could face an older player. In fact, the youngest player was 9-year-old, Jagathees Guna Balan, 1st runner-up at the National Under-12 Championships. Young Jagathees is listed in the Malaysia Book of Records as the player with the most chess opponents (Child Category) with 67 wins over 67 opponents.
After 7 rounds, winners were declared. The honour roll:
Champion – Fong Yit Ho
Best female player – Izza Hasrina bt. Ismail
Best veteran – Mohd. Faizal Jamaludin
Under 16 – Eizhan Ishal b. Azahari
Under 12 – Jagathees Guna Balan
Event: Kinta Chess Blitz Tournament
Venue: Perak State Public Library
Date: 24th Dec, 2011
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