BY AK FAUZI PG SALLEH
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - FIDE Master Yee Soon Wei (pic) finished sixth at the 4th Sabah MRSM International Chess Open 2016 held in Kota Kinabalu last weekend.
Ranked 12th in the competition, Yee was the only FIDE Master to make it to the top eight of the tournament held at the Mengaris Hall, while the others were International Masters and higher. Yee also defeated the tournament’s top seed Dimikaling Oliver of the Philippines, who finished ninth overall in the tournament.
The country’s national chess coach Grand Master Tahir Vakhidov was crowned champion of the tournament after finishing with 7.5 points ahead of International Master Nolte Rolando from the Philippines.
International Master Ali Muhammad Lutfi of Indonesia was third, Grand Master Nguyen Hunyh Minh Huy of Vietnam was fourth place while Grand Master Gomez John Paul of the Philippines finished fifth.
“I did well in the first day of the tournament where I beat the tournament’s favourite Dimikaling Oliver and finished the day in second position just behind Grand Master Tahir (Vakhidov), but I lost two rounds on the final day and it destroyed my chances of winning the tournament,” said Yee in an interview withThe Brunei Times recently.
“I won my final two rounds and managed to finish sixth, and I am glad I was able to compete in the tournament as I am preparing for this year’s 42nd World Chess Olympiad,” he added.
This year’s 42nd World Chess Olympiad be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from September 17 to 30.
A total of 108 players from Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Wales and host Malaysia competed in the open category at last weekend’s 4th Sabah MRSM International Chess Open 2016.
The Under-18 category saw 140 players participate, and Brunei was represented by Kamarul Arrifin Hj Kipli and Zahirul Haq Zazali in the category.
Grand Master Vakhidov brought home a cash prize of RM$5,300, a championship trophy and a certificate while Yee won RM$1100, a medal and a certificate.
Organised by the Sabah Chess Association (SCA) the tournament was competed over nine rounds following the Swiss system.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times