Friday, July 17, 2009

Temerloh Open

The 3rd Temerloh Open this year will be held on 1st and 2nd August. GiLoCatur plans to participate in the tournament.

GiLoCatur and kids - Fikri and Anis Fariha, participated in last year's 2nd edition Temerloh Open. The time control is 45-minute per player. It was held at Bangunan Umno Temerloh, Mentakab, Pahang near a bus station (above picture). It will be at the same venue for this year.

NM Zarul Shazwan was the champion. He came with his other sibblings (except his twin) and parents. Will he defend the tittle this year? In the final round he played againts his brother Zarul Shazwan. Just 60 plus players both local and outside participated in the tournament. Merdeka team tournament was also held during the same weekend. Hopefully, this year more players around the country would come and join the tournament.

The above diagram (white to move) is GiLoCatur's last round game againts a local player. GiLoCatur played white and it was the 38th move. GiLoCatur should had won the game because it would mate in 4 or at least 5, but GiLoCatur fumbled and made very big blunder and then resigned. During that time GiLoCatur used to make silly and big blunders. LOL!

Can you identify the checkmate moves? (mate in 4 / mate in 5)

Try solve the puzzle!

The playing venue is on the first level of the building. (Above picture) Fikri played white againts Shreyes Subramaniam who came down with his elder brother, Sumant, and sister, Sarika. Subramaniam family is one of familiar faces in local chess tournaments. The sibblings also are Pahang MSS chess players.

Prize giving time.

On Monday after the weekend tournament, GiLoCatur and family went to Lanchang Deerland Park and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary.

The Deerland Park is privately owned. Click here for more details. GiLoCatur's children were happily feeding and playing with the tame deers. They got the chance to touch the deers where you won't get that opportunity in zoo.

There are also bears in the park. GiLoCatur's kids managed to conquer their fear to touch one of the bears. Yes kids! There are bears in Malaysia but the size are not as big as their counterparts overseas.

GiLoCatur and family could watch the elephants taken shower in the river while visiting the sanctuary. Anis Fariha and Fahim managed to ride an an elephant too.

It was an exciting moment and intriguing experience for GiLoCatur and kids visiting them. If foreigners could appreciate and took time to visit these two natural tourist spots, why couldn't us the Malaysians?


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