Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Chess=life, and life=controversy, so chess=controversy. And the recently concluded MSSM chess tournament in Jeli is not free from it. Especially on the last day, where tension was at its fullest; where everybody wants to win his game; where every coach wants his charges to succeed; controversies were bound to happen. Actually, one particular controversial accident happened before the last round in the girl under-15 category between team A player and team B girl where the team B player accused her opponent of getting the advantage by pushing the button of the clock with different hands. It became worse when the team B coach intervened as the arbiter of the category, who is from team A district, only gave a warning when the coach insisted there should be a time-deduction penalty. The arbiter walked away from the table, leaving it for his partner, who is from team C, to resolve to matter. Worst still, he left it to another arbiter, apparently from team A also, to solve the problem. The arbiter gave another warning and the team B player continued playing and eventually lost the game, refused to shake hands with her opponent, slammed the scoresheet in front of the arbiter, and walked away crying. The coach also refused to shake hands with the arbiter afterwards, still insisting that the result dented his player's chance to be among the winners.

Now, we take a step back. Let's think how the controversy happened, or should have been avoided. The team A girl had actually used both her hands from the start of the game, mainly due to her ignorance of the rule, but the team B girl did not say anything. When her queen was removed from the board, she started blaming the team A girl of using both hands. Is this because she was taught to play 'dirty' like this by her coach? One could only speculate. Surely sportsmanships are not highly regarded today, as what matters most is winning the game.


Rayta87 said...

Hi...i'm rheitta, the director of Pertandingan Catur Terbuka Piala Tun Syed Zahiruddin 2009. I would like to invite you to join this event to make this event more lively and happening with all talented chess players. Can you help me to post this details on your blog? It would be really helpful in terms of attracting participants.
Pertandingan Catur Terbuka Piala Tun Syed Zahiruddin 2009.

Date : 29 March 2009 (Sunday)
Time : 8 am - 6 pm
Venue : Kolej Kediaman Tun Syed Zahiruddin (KK9), Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Format : Swiss Formats (6 rounds)
Arbiter : Mr Abdul Hamid (MCF)

Fee : RM80 per team (4 persons in a team)
Duedate : 22 March 2009
Registration is opened for the first 50 teams.

Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Grand Prizes.
1st place : RM 1,500

2nd place : RM 1,000

3rd place : RM 700

Consolation Prizes: Best University, Best Family, Best School (RM200 each)

* Each contestant will be given certificates.

* We are also trying to call the
medias so that they can do a coverage on this event. You might end up seeing your pics on the newspaper. Hehehe..

For more details, please contact :
Rheitta (director) 013-2006847, myra_ct2000@yahoo.com

Genga (2nd director) 012-9045391

Rina (secretary) 012-5087379

n@jd0rf said...

ok, i'll post it. good luck!

Sudin Isa said...

Arbiter akan beri amaran, jika diulangi sebanyank 3 kali akan menyebabkan pemain yang membuat kesalahan dikira kalah. Sebab melanggar peraturan dan mengganggu pihak lawan walaupun telah diberi amaran sebelum ini.

n@jd0rf said...

Dia tidak sengaja kerana tidak pernah menggunakan jam sebelum ini.. hanya 5 meja teratas ada jam... apapun.. pengadil baru memberi amaran 2 kali..


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