4th October 2010, Khanty-Mansiysk – Fireyrook had just received one interesting handphone SMS from fellow chess enthusiast, Sirajudeen, but originated from IM Mas in Siberia, Russia with an explanation.
When most of us in Malaysia were puzzled as to why IM Mas lost in his final round 11 game against Bahrain on board 1 since it was still in middle-game stage of play.
Ladies and gentlemen, the simple explanation is that IM Mas’s phone alarm rang at 12.20 pm, his daily alarm for lunch!!! Unfortunately, the last game was played at 11.00 am in the morning, and even though the phone was off but the alarm on the phone was still triggered and rang!!
One blogger calls it the “Nokia Gambit”. haha!!
It was reported that IM Mas commented “Overall I am happy that I played this Olympiad… Gave me the confidence that I can work and still go for my GM norm, Insya’allah.”
Anyway, Malaysia still won 2.5-1.5 against Bahrain and our Malaysian team improved their overall performance from over 100 in the previous olympiad to number 92!! Well done, team Malaysia!!