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Jointly organised by the Perak State Chess Association and Ungku Omar Polytechnic, the annual national-rated Perak Closed Chess Championship 2015 was held from Saturday, December 5 to Sunday, December 6. The youngest player was nine years old while the oldest was 54.

The champion of the open category was Ahmad Jamal Husni bin Jamaluddin, 36, from Teluk Intan. He has been playing since the age of eight under his father’s guidance. This is his advice for chess enthusiasts out there, “Train hard and respect your opponents.”

“We’ve 69 participants in total who competed for two days back-to-back. It is relatively more tiring as each round would take one and a half hours,” said Chan Swee Loon, the President of the Perak State Chess Association, to Ipoh Echo.

Prizes were given away by Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, the Assistant Librarian of Ungku Omar Polytechnic while Abu Bakar M. Abdullah, a national arbiter, acted as the chief arbiter.

Below is the list of winners for the respective categories:

  • Open category: Ahmad Jamal Husni bin Jamaluddin
  • Best Lady: Najihah Mohd Saufi
  • Best Veteran: Ahmad Mudzaffar Ramli
  • Girl Under 16: Nurdamia bt Mohd Asri
  • Boy Under 16: Pravin a/l Pathamanathan
  • Girl Under 12: Nur Fadhilah bt Azhar
  • Boy Under 12: Thang Kit Han

The upcoming chess tournament will be the 1st leg of the Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Perak Grand Prix Chess Championship to be held on Sunday, January 31 at SMK Shing Chung, Sungai Siput.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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