Time flies so fast where the Inter-school competition has just kick-off with the Bangsar zone. Once again, KL beats Selangor to an early preparation for the team. Kudos to MSSMKL committee spearheaded by En. Suhairi.
This year the MSSMKL has reintroduced the Team event with 20 minutes time control per player. Also, there is a change in participation eligibility where only Malaysians can partake in this year competition. With this new ruling, Global Indians International School, the powerhouse for this zone has loses its shine before the event even started. Most of the last year prizewinners from this school are represented by non-Malaysians.
Without Global Indian International School in the team event, 11 schools competing in the team competition has the chance to be crowned as champion. In reality, 5 schools with regular coaching should easily finish in the top 5 of the standing.
After contesting for 5 rounds, these schools finish in top 5 with Sri Chempaka trained under Coach M on 5th place with 11 pts from 20 games, SK Seri Hartamas (Coach G) on 4th place with 12 pts, SJK(C) Jalan Davidson (Coach C) on 3rd place with 14.5 pts, and SK Methodist (Coach L) on 2nd place with 14.5 pts. All these schools basically have at least once a week training session throughout the school academic year.
Now who is the Champion? Why is this school so special? From reliable source, the school has engaged a permanent foreign coach (lets call him, Coach J) for the school to do DAILY chess training since November 2010. This literally translate to 80 coaching sessions or more between Nov 2010 and Feb 2011. The training paid off with the school securing 16 pts from 20 games played. The school is SK Bukit Damansara. Prior to this achievement, the school only has 1 MSSM player i.e. Natasha Kavina (under Coach L private guidance) who had graduated last year from the school. This school is able to engage foreign coach to be based in the school in order to conduct daily chess lesson due to their status as High Performance School accorded by the gov't. The gov't is allocating RM 1,000,000 each year to the school based on information published in the local newspaper.