The furious clacks off chess pieces on the board filled the room as chess players battled it out furiously for the honour of their countries. Over ten countries were represented with about thirty competitors. On Monday was the group competitions followed by the quarter finals to finals on Tuesday.
Some of the matches moved really fast with competitors furiously slamming down on their chess clocks, such as the girls’ finals which finished under ten minutes. Other games were more long drawn out, finishing with only a promoted pawn and knight. Each game was a maximum of forty minutes long with each player allocated twenty of those minutes.
Both amateurs and more experienced players took part in the competition with a great deal of good spirit and sportsmanship displayed.
The countries’ females were sadly under represented with 8 females versus 23 males. When asked why the genders were segregated in this competition while this was not a common practice in competitions outside, the chess club president overseeing the competition replied that this was due to differences in aptitude. Sversod believes that it is the trend in general for females to be less skillful at this battle of wits while the males play ‘harder’ hence the need for separation. Evidently in Nottingham, chess is very much a males’ game. Perhaps in the next chess competition, more of our gallant female brainiacs would like to defend their sex.
Malaysian males did their country proud by clinching the top three places. The championship was taken by Izz Saifuddin followed by Ervin Tan and Syamil Mohammad. For the female category, Zhou Yi brought honour to China by clinching the championship followed by Wahida Khan and Safra Zanhar from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.
by Lhavanya DL