Individuals and team medals show the efforts made by the Kelantan team in the recent MSSM Chess held in Perak. Wan Mohd Amirul portrays why he is the force to be reckoned with in the near future when he managed to be second in the under-18 Boys Category. On the same note, Mohd Ali Ashgar also makes Kelantan proud by getting among the top 5 of the under 15 Boys Category. In the team category, under-18 Girls team manages to get the silver medals while Mohd Iqbal Amran from the under-18 Boys team had the best first board medal.
|Muhd Alif with Wan Mohd Amirul|
I got the news from Muhd Alif, the only player from Tumpat. He was in the under-18 Boys team also, playing in the fourth board. Overall, he won 3 times and lost 3 times and was satisfied with his performances. I was happy for him for it was his first and only time playing in Kelantan MSSM squad.
|The medal winners. CONGRATULATIONS! (Picture credit to Nik Azhan)|
Even though we always return home with individual and team medals, I personally hope that Kelantan will bring home more, due to the talents we possess. We should start a revolutionized training system so that our players will be more skilled and well-versed with all the aspects of the game. For that we need a certified trainer, and I believe our IM Mas Hafizulhilmi is the best person for this purpose.
Well, this is only my personal opinion.