TURKEY HERE WE COME!
Last Sunday 1st November 2009, was the historic day in the Malaysian chess history as 11 smartly Malaysian junior players dressed in coats will be representing the country in the World Youth Chess Championship 2009 (under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18 years old - open and girls) which will take place in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey from 11-23 November 2009 and were presented to the crowd during the flag presentation during the break of 2nd IIUM Invitational Open 2009. It was a memorable event for these juniors as MCF president, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib & local media, TV3 were present together with the sponsors, En. Mohd Zuhri from Jom Makan, London & also an enthuthiastic supportive parents of Amier Hamzah. The crowd witnesses the flag presentation from the MCF president to the Chef de Mission, En Mohd Zuhri & onlooking national coach En. Azman Hisham. After that 3 shouts of Malaysia Boleh! were heard & photo session. Among the witnesses were FM Lim Yee Weng, Ian Udani, Me, Jax Tham, local bloggers Mr Saleh Latif (Gilocatur) & Syed Iskandar (Syedchess), IIUM students and supportive parents. The sponsors, En Mohd Zuhri offered a reward to any of the participants who can deliver any medals. I hope this can spurred on their spirits to show that Malaysian tigers can achieve anything. Besides that I also hope that these juniors will remember their parents sacrifice just as Alexandra Kosteniuk dad's sacrifice for her to become world champion.
My dad sacrificed many things in life for me. He abandoned a very promising and lucrative career of an army officer just so that he could continue helping me with my chess and accompanying me to tournaments.
These Malaysian junior players were already champions but now show that you can become world junior champion in the upcoming World Youth Chess Championship in Turkey. Malaysia Boleh!!!
(From 1st row : WCM Nur Najiha, WFM Nur Nabila, Camilia Johari, Teh De Zen)
(From 2nd row : Sumant Subramaniam, Muhd Irfan, Amier Hamzah, Elgin Lee, Teh De Juan & Wong Jianwen)
Absentees: Hoh Tjin Li
(Thanks to En. Azhar for the pictures)
1027 MAS Subramaniam Sumant U-16 Open
1028 MAS B. Che Doi Azman Hisham Invited Coach
1029 WFM MAS Bt Azman Hisham Nur Najiha U-10 Girls
1030 WCM MAS Bt Azman Hisham Nur Nabila U-12 Girls
1031 MAS B.Mohd Zuhri Amier Hamzah U-8 Open
1032 MAS Bin Abdullah Mohd Zuhri Personal acc.
1033 MAS Jianwen Wong U-14 Open
1034 MAS Yit Leong Jeffry Wong Personal acc.
1035 MAS Li Hoh Tjin U-14 Girls
1036 MAS Chuen Hoh Chee Personal acc.
1037 MAS Kah Meng Elgin Lee U-14 Open
1038 MAS Mei Wong Foong Personal acc.
1039 MAS Johari Camilia Bte U-12 Girls
1040 MAS Bt Mohd Isa Zurin Mei Personal acc.
1041 MAS Haqqim B. Azhar Muhammad Irfan U-12 Open
1042 MAS D. Udani Mr Ian Cris Henry Personal acc.
1043 MAS Zen Teh De U-8 Girls
1044 MAS Juan Teh De U-8 Open
1045 MAS Kooi Eng Lim Personal acc.
(Players in bold)