Kuala Lumpur took the advantage of playing as a host to become the latest champions of MAKSAK. They pipped Terengganu to second placing, Sarawak (3rd) and Pahang (4th). Possessing quality all across the boards, Kuala Lumpur cruise to the pole position by beating their arch rival Kelantan 3-1 in the final game. Half of their players claimed best board prizes, showing why KL is the team to beat in MAKSAK next installment.
As for Kelantan team, they only managed sixth placing after the calamitous defeat against KL. Yours truly did not make it to the tournament because of the demise of his father who lost the battle with stroke. However, it is wrong to say that Kelantan did not win solely because of his absence, for Kelantan have quality players compared to most of the other teams.
The final results (taken from TerengganuChess):
1. Kuala Lumpur
Board 1 - Ismail Ahmad (Police)
Board 2 - Kamal Ariffin Wahiduddin (KL)
Board 3 - Rizal Ahmad Kamal (KL)
Board 4 - Baharuddin Hamzah (Kelantan)
Board 5 - Roslan Sulaiman (Selangor)
Board 6 - Muhammad Rizal Jusah (KL)