Twenty four (24) participants registered in the age group in which Anis participated. The top seed who is also the defending champion is WNM Tan Li Ting, a KL MSSM chess player. Anis is seeded fourth, one rank below WFM Nur Najiha and one rank above Ee Sun-Xin. Both Najiha and Sun-Xin are her Selangor MSSM chess team mates.
In Round 1, all the higher seeded players won over their respective lower-rated opponents. No draw in this round. Anis played black against Fong Mi Lyn from Perak. She is the younger sister of WNM Fong Mi Yen and the daughter of Mr Eddy Fong. It was not an easy win.
In Round 2, only Najiha on the third board registered a win while the other four Top 5 boards had different results. Both Li Ting and Camilia were held to a draw by their respective opponents. At the top board, Nur Sabrina from Pahang managed to draw with Li Ting. While Camilia drew with Chuah Yi Ning from Penang.
Both Anis and Sun-Xin lost their games to their respective opponents. Playing white, Anis was defeated by a N9 player named Jessica Augustine while Sun-Xin was defeated by her KL opponent, Rosamund Koo.
Entering the third round played at 4.30pm, only four players were with full 2/2 points. Rosamund Koo challenged Najiha at the top board. While Jessica was paired against Jia Yun from Penang. Both Najiha and Jia Yun won their respective matches. Li Ting had been paired with her KL MSSM team mate, Camilia. Their match ended in a draw. Meanwhile, Yi Ning of Penang won her match against Nur Sabrina of Pahang.
With black pieces, Anis won against her opponent named Wong Zi Qi. While Sun-Xin was held to a draw by her opponent, Nur Syahirah.
In the fourth round to be played tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock, Jia Yun will challenge Najiha at the top board. The former will play white while the latter will play black. Who will win this match? Anis will play white at the second board against another Penang player, Chuah Yi Ning who has 2.5/3 points. Can Anis win her fourth round to improve her chance to be among the winners?
It is the first school midterm break. The break starts from today until Sunday, 18th March. The midterm for Anis started one day earlier because her school will be the host for a SBP program.
Some school children go for holidays either local or overseas. Some others go back to their kampungs. Some others have camps to attend. But for Anis, she has a chess tournament to participate besides lots of homework to be completed. The tournament is called NAG or National Age Group. It will be held for three days from Sunday, 11th until Tuesday, 13th March.
Anis will compete in Under 14 Girls age group. She did not take part in last year edition. She will play eight rounds of 45-minute per player.
Do you want to know the list of her probable opponents? Check out the following starting list for U14 Girls age group category.
NAG 2012 U14G Participation List
source : Mr Hamid Majid
With national rating of 1791, WNM Tan Li Ting is seeded first. She is also the defending champion. Her toughest challenger should be WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham who is the third seed with national rating of 1722.
Seeded fourth with national rating of 1601, Anis has a very tough challenge in the age group category. Can she be among the top four winners? Can Li Ting defend her crown as the champion? Or can Najiha become the new champion?
It looks that it is between KL and Selangor fight for honour in this age group category as obviously shown by the top 5 seeding in the above list. KL has Li Ting and Camelia while Selangor has Najiha in addition (from U12 age group) to Anis and her MSSM team mate Sun-Xin.
OR can Penang, Pahang, Perak, N9 or even Kelantan that is represented by five players challenge KL and Selangor? Surely, the Malaysian chess community would like to know and follow the updates.
Notably missing in the list is Siti Aisyah Sabirin from Terengganu.
The first round will start tomorrow at 10.30am. BEST of LUCK to all the participants!