Adam Ulamah once again proved the King of rapid chess as he tops the KCA Individual Rapid Chess Tournament held at the Star City, Asia City Complex, Kota Kinabalu on Saturday 19th January. He scored 6.5 out of 7 points, only drawing to 2nd place and beat Ahmad Wadudi who also have 6.5 points on tie-break. This is the 4th in a row champion for Adam, who previously won the UMS Open, Kudat Mengayau Open and Sandakan Open. He only missed a half point tie-break in the last September Sandakan Open held at Kinabatangan when he placed 2nd. 81 players took part in the tournament which saw players coming as far from Keningau, Semporna, Ranau and Lahad Datu.
3rd place went to Saraggan Amir, fresh from winning 2nd place at the 4th IBH KK SpeedMaster last week. 4th to 10th saw Abdul Sahim Wising, Al Kamil Kamin, Masrin Erowan, Adam Arip, Sulaiman Jamal, Mohd Noor Othman and UMS rising chess player Ali Akbar Nadzrif.
In the junior categories, Irfan Syahmi Rusyaidi won the under-18 boys title. Second place went to Azman Babah followed by Hafiz Jeffly. The girls winner was Elaine Jane Sipin. Second place went to Meriam bte Berjaya and Nurul Ashikin Nasir in third. In the boys under-15, Mohd Nazri Wailin was the winner followed by Mohd Syuib bin Hj Saini and Gary Mc Quintin. The winner for the girls under-15 was Claribel Crystal Lupi. Nurul Farhana Nasir in second place and Esther Carolina in third.
Special prizes for the best veteran player won by Hosdi Soupin, Best Women won by Evelyn Leong, Best Unrated won by Jan Basri and Best Under 12 boys won by Abubakar Rashid from SK Tidung Tabin Sandakan.
The 2nd day of the tournament saw team Riashah Sdn Bhd team emerged as the clear champion, beating all 22 other teams. The team members consists of Abdul Sahim Wising, Mohd Noor Othman and former state junior player Jan Basri, winning 6 games and losing only one game, accumulating 16 game points out of possible 21. 2nd place goes to the last year team event champion, Custom Chess Club which consists of Saraggan Amir, Al Kamil Kamin and Junaidih Halil. 3rd place went to Black Knight team from KK, South East Knight from Semporna, Master Piece from KK, South East Monster from Semporna and 3 Kings Gambit from KK.
Team Pendidikan consists of Adam Arip, Walter Julius and Mohd Aizan Ermando won the Best Government team category, while SEMSALD A which consists of Irfan Syahmi, Mohd Syuib and Azman Babah won the best school category. Masrin Erowan, Al Kamil Kamin and Abdul Wahab Abu Bakar were the winners in Board 1-3 respectively.
The tournament director, Charles Lucas thanked all the players and the manager of Riashah Sdn Bhd, Mr Mohd Hussein Zakaria, for the support given on the very first individual and team rapid chess organized by Kinabalu Chess Academy. The tournament was sponsored by Riashah Sdn Bhd.
photo credit to Kamino Marino.