MMU Chess International Open 2008


Date : 26 & 27 April 2008

Venue : MMU, Melaka

Both Fikri and Anis Fariha had participated in the MMU International Chess Open held by Mallaca MultiMedia University last weekend, 26th and 27th April 2008. 94 both local and foreign chess players had entered the seven-round tournament.

Fikri had been defeated in the first round by the unrated Siti Nur Faizah Suid. Then he won his next three rounds by beating Muhammad Hanif Abdul Razak, Nurul Fathwa and Zainal Ariff. In the fifth round on board 8, he met Muhammad Nabil Azman, the Champion of the recent Under 16 Chessmaster JB Open with 1905-rating. He fought hard and lost to Nabil in the ending. It was a golden experience for Fikri to play top players like Nabil who earned the 10th place in the tournament. Then Fikri drew a game with Subramaniam Demudu, the father of Sumant who earned the fourth place. In the final round, Fikri lost his momentum to the unrated opponent of Izzul Imanuddin Ishak. At the end, Fikri faired better in the tournament by getting 1472 rating.

Meanwhile Anis, she lost her first four rounds to the following adult unrated opponents - Izzul Imanuddin Ishak, Muhammad Alif, Muhammad Hanif Abdul Razak and Sofia Mohd Sopee. But she won the next three rounds againts the following opponents - Bozilah Bt Ibrahim, Alif Annuar Musthafa and M. Khairi. With that she obtained 1350 rating in the two-days tournament.