Sunday, December 23, 2012


A sad day for Malaysian chess scene. Our own Sabirin Sulaiman and his family were on their way home from the 3C tournament when an accident happened to them. All 4 in the car died in the burning car.

KEMAMAN: Empat beranak rentung apabila kereta yang dinaiki mereka bertembung dengan sebuah bas ekspres di Kilometer 125.8, Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan, dekat Kemasik, awal pagi tadi.

Nahas berlaku jam 1.30 pagi itu, di depan Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) Kemasik.
Mangsa yang maut dikenali sebagai Sabirin Sulaiman, 45, isterinya, Halina Saif@Saib,40, dan dua anaknya, Siti Aisyah, 14, dan Siti Khatijah, 12.

Mereka berasal dari Kampung Batu 5, Dungun. Mereka baru balik dari kejohanan Catur di Kompleks 3 C Sunway ,Selangor.Al-Fatihah.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Mohd Amin Mohd Noor won the 3C Tournament organized by Cerdik Catur Enterprise with a score of 7.5 points from 8 games, a half-point lead over his nearest rivals Mohd Ali Chor, Abdul Rahim Ramli, Mohd Hanif Arkurni Abas and Rasoul Goudarzi. He won all his games before drawing the last game with Abdul Rahim Ramli. 

The field of 150 players saw many other Kelantan players such as Mohd Rezal Che Man, Mohd Zaki Mohd Yusoff, Izuddin Ahayat, Nik Mohd Nazri Nik Hassan and Noor Hisyah Ahayat.

The final top ten standing as below:
Rk. Name Rtg  Pts. 
1 Mohd Amin Mohd Noor  1649  7.5
2 Mohd Ali Chor   1625  7
3 Abdul Rahim Ramli  1668  7
4 Mohd Hanif Arkuni Abas  1683  7
5 Rasoul Goudarzi    0  7
6 Razali Hamzah  1623  6.5
7 Mohd Azrul Aminur Rashid A Majid  1630  6.5
8 Syawal Aqmar Shahrir Ariff   1596  6
9 Che Muhd Hafiz Che Ismail  1539  6
10 Zamri Abdullah   0  6

Friday, December 21, 2012


Kelantan Closed 2012 bulletin is now ready! There will be over 100 games which include IM Mas Hafizulhelmi who played in the selection held early this year plus several selected games with special annotation by the players. Discount will be given to active PCNK members

There will also be edited version of past Kelantan Closed bulletins and the 1st FIDE Rated tournament. 


Get them at the Kelantan Open on 28 - 29 December 2012!

Friday, December 14, 2012


This Badbishops is not so bad after all! Winning his last game against Hasidin put him third in the standing thus getting a medal for himself and also helping the Kelantan team to get a placing in the recently concluded Paralympiad 2012. He actually called me to send him our game which discussed the Dutch played early this year in the Kelantan Closed for his preparation (this game is available in the Kelantan Closed 2012 bulletin which insha Allah will be sold at the Kelantan Open this month).

As I said before, home preparation is the deadliest weapon there is in chess. Azlin used this weapon effectively and it paid dividends. So, there should be no more excuses, especially the young players, for being lazy because the evidence is everywhere. There are many ways for those who really want to improve their chess skills and knowledge, including reading chess books or bulletins (preferably that contain your games in it) and also hiring a chess coach.

Once again, congratulations for Azlin and for you readers, enjoy the game!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I just received news that one of our Kelantan players is currently flying high in the Paralympiad in Pahang. For the final round tomorrow, he will play against a tough opponent in Hasidin Abdul Rashid, a Melaka player. With the Red Warriors beating their opponents soundly in the friendlies (7 - 0 vs Perlis and 4 - 1 vs Kedah), hopefully our own Norazlin Juarih, or famously known as BadBishops (picture right), will also beat his last hurdle in what should be the most important game of his chess life yet. Let us Kelantanese (no offense because this blog is mostly for Kelantanese) pray for the sole Red Knights representative to make history!

The current standing can be read here and the final round pairing here.

Saturday, December 01, 2012


At last, the long overdue Kelantan Open tournament will actually be held at the end of this month. This is the first time the PCNK will be involved in organising an open tournament after successfully held the Kelantan Closed several times. It will be co-organised with the Politeknik Kota Bharu, MCF and also the MSSK.

The details of the tournament can be achieved at the PCNK website.


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