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Yee splits results... again
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Brunei's Yee Soon Wei (2nd L) in
action against Macau's Joel Celis
Chang during their 4th Asian Indoor
& Martial Arts Games chess match
yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of
Tahir Vakhidov

It was another day of mixed fortunes for Yee Soon Wei at the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) yesterday when the country's No 1 chess player once again won his first game but lost his second.

The World Chess Federation/FIDE Master (FM) beat Macau's Candidate Master (CM) Joel Celis Chang with a checkmate in what he called his "best game of the tournament", but lost his second match to Qatari International Master (IM) Husain Aziz Nezad.

"It was supposed to be a draw but I didn't make an accurate defensive move," said Yee after the fifth round match against Husain.

"He was just more experienced than me. The opening was balanced and we had equal positions and it was a hard fight the whole game.

"He was just more experienced than me. The opening was balanced and we had equal positions and it was a hard fight the whole game.

"I think five points will get you bronze, so he had to beat me and his final two opponents," added Yee, who now has two points from two wins in his five games at Yonsei University's International campus thus far.

Yee beat the Maldives' CM Hassan Mohamed for his only other win in the 50-player tournament in his second round match on Monday morning.

His other two losses came when he fell to Indonesian IM Farid Firman Syah in his third round match on Monday afternoon and his first round match against Uzbekistani Grand Master (GM) Dzhumaev Marat on Sunday.

Yee will now face Nepali CM Prachanda Man Malakar in his sixth round match today morning before closing out his campaign in the afternoon against a yet to be determined opponent in the seventh round.

As national coach Tahir Vakhidov had predicted last week, the tournament has proved to be a tough test of mental and physical endurance with Yee playing increasingly more minutes as the competition has progressed and eager to hit the buffet table after the loss to Husain.

Sunday's match against Marat lasted three hours and Yee spent nearly five and a half hours doing battle against Hassan and Farid on Monday.

Yesterday's matches took the longest to complete though, spending three and a half hours against Chang and a mammoth four hours and 15 minutes against Husain.

Despite his disappointment at falling to Husain, Yee could at least take some positives from his win against Chang.

"It was my best game," he said. "My opponent chose a 69 defence and I played a Rossolimo Variation.

"I took positional advantage and then made a few aggressive moves to attack his king, and he couldn't find any defence," he said.

Courtesy from Brunei Times