Friday, September 14, 2012

World Chess Olympiad 2012: Part 1

This year's Olympiad was held in Turkey. The trip was a nice one. I know sometimes I may complain and all, but at the end of it all... yeah, it was pretty awesome! :D

The Malaysian team consisted of 13 people - split into players, delegates and a trainer. We gathered at KLIA, on the night of the 26th of August.

Before I delve further, here's a brief explanation of the team composition, schedule etc.:

There are 2 teams: Men and Girls/Women.

Each team consists of 5 players. For every round, 4 will play and the 5th player will rest.

We take turns resting. Duh.

Men's Team 

1. Mok Tze Meng
2. Jimmy Liew
3. Yeoh Li Tian
4. Lim Zhuo Ren
5. Lim Yee Weng

Women's Team 

1. Najiha Azman Hisham
2. Nabila Azman Hisham
3. Fong Mi Yen
4. Tan Li Ting
5. Camillia Johari

Stupid question: Spot my name.

There are 11 rounds, 1 round per day with 2 free days inserted.

Yes, I copied and pasted the above from my post HERE. Har-har.

From there, we departed to Changi airport, Singapore before embarking on an 11-hour flight all the way to Turkey.

Changi Airport! My first time there :) It was like this big, grand hotel lobby.

There's even a movie theatre provided for passengers who are waiting between flights yada, yada. And yes, it's free!

On the plane!

Bye Singapore!

Before taking off.

The flight meals were pretty good. I don't know. I just like to eat on the plane. Oh... that's where my tissue packet went. I wondered where I left it.

Upon reaching Turkey, a shuttle bus took us to Radisson blu,  our hotel where we'd be spending the next 2 weeks at.

Hotel lobby of Radisson blu.

After the flight.

Entrance to the dining hall.

The um... ceiling... lights... of the dining hall.

That night itself was the opening ceremony held at the Wow Convention Centre.

On the way there.

Biela and I :)

In our corporate shirts. I can't help but feel like I'm a waitress in a Chinese restaurant. That aside, the shirts were still pretty nice! The person on the extreme right is my roomie, Kak Linda. She's like my second mummy over in Turkey :)

In the... toilet.

The ceremony was... well, it wasn't the most memorable moment in my life.

So after 2 hours (or so), we finally lugged our butts back to the hotel ready for the first round that would start the following day.

Back in my awesome hotel room. 

In the above picture, I'm wearing Acuvue Define contacts in Vivid! Looks pretty natural eh?

The tournament hall was a 10-minute bus ride away from the hotel. It was 11 rounds, one game per day.

First round in front of the tournament hall. Us girls.

The boys/men team.

The rest of the pictures below would be pictures of the chess scene through out the tournament in no specific chronological order.

Inside the expo hall, posing with an awesomely creative chess set!

Start of the first round against Slovakia.

With GM Susan Polgar.

Our base camp.

Peace signs xoxo

Us with Medina, a strong Indonesian player - before our round against Netherlands - which was my last game there :(

This should be the round where I lost to Jackie Peng. Oh yes, we were playing the Canadian team. The one with Megan Fox in it a.k.a. Alexandra Botez :P

And every morning before the round started, we girls would spend a few hours in the training room preparing against our respective opponents. Thanks to our trainer, Peter Long :)

Oh, what "hardworking" little chipmunks we were :P

The closing ceremony was held at Wow Hotel on the 9th of September.

Not many of our players attended the closing ceremony. I can understand why.

The performance of the night was solely by a Turkish singer. I couldn't really appreciate her singing because... she sings in Turkish :(

Anyway, we got third in Category D. Nobody expected us to go on stage and collect our prize. We thought it was only for the champion. But who knew! Luckily, the 3 of us (Camy, Li Ting and I) were present!

Li Ting and I. She's a cutie yeah? XP

After getting our prize - posing with the fresh bouquet of flowers! Girls will always have an affinity with flowers. We also received a trophy, but um... it's with Peter, our trainer. Never got a chance to take a pic of it though :(

Finally at the end of it all, I wasn't impressed by my performance this time. Serves me right lah for being lazy. Haha. This ain't a chess blog so I'll be redirecting those of you who are interested in the results HERE.

BUT, suffice to say it was a fruitful outing for the team as a whole. Both the men and women's team improved their standings pretty impressively.

A few players got titles. Camilia got her WFM (so happy for this one!) and Li Ting got her WCM. But the most impressive was (obviously) Zhuo Ren's FM plus an IM norm.

I'm still a... wcm.

Pictures courtesy of friends from Facebook and also my own. Will list them out next post. Ta!

End of Part 1.

Part 2 will be more on non-chess related pictures in Turkey. (update: Part 2 HERE)

Oh and *ahem* today's me birthday. I had a really sweet start to my day. Sigh... ;)

Sweet "16" to me! :P



  1. Did u somehow manage to get a signature of Alexandra Botex? :) Cz she looked really hot in some of the pictures. XD

  2. Lol. How did Alexandra Botez get so darn famous among Malaysian guys??? Haha. I enlisted the task to Li Ting. So you gotta ask her XP