Saturday, June 1, 2013

Aron Teh is 2013 National Champ

Aron Teh became the 2013 National Champion winning his final game when Fong Yit San drew a winning position. After a second round loss to Li Tian he scored six wins and a draw. Congrats to Aron. I have already singled out this boy as a talent last year here. Aron also tied for first in the World Amateur as mentioned in Kevin's blog

Yit San must be pretty upset after he found out that he had a mate when he gave perpetual check. If he had won, he would have tied with Aron and possibly the better tie-break would have given the title to Yit San instead. Curiously he had plenty of time on the clock. Nerves do play a part in this game.

Fong Yit San - Muhd Syazwan
White bailed out with a draw believing he had nothing more, with checks on c6 and c7. Instead he totally overlooked a mate with 1. Bxh5+ Rxh5 2. Qc6+ Kd8 3. Rf8 mate.

Aron sacrificed two pieces for a rook and strong passed pawn on b3.

Kamin Al Kamil - Aron Teh
1....b5! cuts off the white queen. 2. e4? This must be a time pressure move 2...Qd2 3. Bc1 Qxc3 4. Nf5 Qxc1! and white could not prevent the b-pawn from queening.

Open Final Rank
In the women's section, the leader Nur Nabila suffered a defeat to Puteri Rifqah.  This did not affect the first place as Nabila already had a one point lead. Her sister, Nur Najiha drew with Teh De Zen.

Women Final Rank
Congratulations to the winners of the Open and Women!


Anonymous said...

Looks like Li Tian overdosed on tournaments and self destructed. But then again that's a little weird. Normally if you come back from playing a string of international tournaments and immediately after that you play a local tournament, you will wipe away the competition easily. Isn't that the way it normally is Jimmy?

Anonymous said...

Firstly, a big congratulations to Aaron. He played well and certainly deserved to win the championship. This tournament was certainly a fighting one. The leaders changed hands at least 3 times. And the results from every round were really unpredictable. Congrats to the rest of the players as well. Speaking about self-destruction, I think Yit San must be suffering more than Li Tian now. But in all fairness to him, he must have been thinking more about his own king than his opponent's. Were his king safe , he would probably have found the mate. So now the big question will be whether these young gunners could stand up against the old guns in the masters? Whatever the outcome, it will be interesting. My bet is the old guns, being not that old (and having just less time on chess because of work and family) would still prevail. My impression is that these old gunners somehow understand chess better, though of course their tactical rustiness is nothing to be to envied about. But then again, who knows?

Anonymous said...

From what i hear, Fong Yit San did not miss the mate. They agreed to draw much much earlier. Part of the broadcast were their analysis after the game. So, in real game, they never reach the above position.

However, someone need to verify this.

Anonymous said...

If that was the case, either the last few moves would have to come really quickly, and/or the the broadcast would definitely be scrambled earlier on because analysis doesn't just go through one line... furthermore, the game ended in perpetual being played, which is not a sequence you would actually play out exactly twice while analysing.

Main Simul said...

For reference,
Recorded Game of National Closed Championship 2013
Round 9 Board 1 on Saturday 1/June/2013 at 9:00AM:
Fong Yit San (2024) vs. Muhd Syazwan Zulkifli (2029) 1/2-1/2
The last move of the game is 30.... Ke8
After that the clock was stopped i.e. game ended.
The moves after the clock was stopped are analysis moves.

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