Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tronoh recently witnessed the National Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship (NRBCC) 2015 where Meor Zarif Afandi Meor Ahmad from Perak defended his Under-16 category title beating other talented youngsters.

The tournament has always attracted experienced players where two thirds of its contestants in the Rapid Open event are FIDE-rated (World Chess Federation) and many with ratings above 2000.

Sponsoring the NRBCC is Ipoh-based conglomerate, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) who have always been keen on supporting the Chess scene by also sponsoring the Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Perak Grand Prix Chess Championship (PGPCC) for the past six years. KLK representative who was at the event agreed that chess will improve concentration and encourages strategic and tactical thinking.

“As an activity that advances both mental and character development, chess has many lessons for life and is a sport which KLK is proud to be associated with,” said the KLK representative.

Nelson Villanueva from the Philippines emerged as the winner in the Rapid Open category while Jonathan Chuah Jin Hai from Penang and Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (Selangor) were the champions in the Open and Under-16 categories respectively. Below is the full result of NRBCC.

Rapid (Open)

  1. Nelson Villanueva
  2. Masrin Erowan
  3. Jonathan Chuah

Rapid (Under 16)

  1. Meor Zarif Afandi Meor Ahmad
  2. Mukhriez Shah Mahmood Shah
  3. Dharmin Pathmanathan

Blitz (Open)

  1. Jonathan Chuah
  2. Mas Hafizulhelmi
  3. Chan Sheng Yip

Blitz (Under 16)

  1. Nur Najiha Azman Hisham
  2. Mukhriez Shah Mahmood Shah
  3. Kelly Lim Pei Ying

 

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