Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mamak Hunting - Stupid or Lazy?

My apologies for the dramatic title. Just to be clear, I am not using this term in a derogatory nature, nor am I defending Mamakchess's arguments. I have been out of action for many weeks and my fingers are just itchy after seeing another brainless "argument":

If you guys have not been listening to my advice and have kept on visiting a certain blog, then you would have known that this whole issue resulted from a stupid question:
"But since the topic is brought up, can I ask the blogger in Mamak Chess if it is true that Greg just gave Kelantan a sum of money to do a "chess tournament"? This money has not been cleared by MCF committee. Not tabled and so the money could be haram."
I just can't believe that FGM has the gall to associate "Mamak Gang" with Kelantan Chess and then later in the post, ask who is Mamak Chess? If you don't know who it is, how can you say they are associated?

Never mind, let us pretend that in this world, such nonsense is possible. Anyone with any idea how to browse the Mamak Chess blog will know that the following are considered players that are typically classified in the "Mamak Gang":

Yes, I took the picture from the Mamak Chess blog. If you were a regular chess player, you would easily know who these guys are. In fact, with a bit more homework, you can also look at the "Mamak Gang" team at last year's Astro Rapid:

Of course, there are others who are not in the picture and also not listed above. I can think of Abdullah Che Hassan.  How many of these players are actually from Kelantan? I would say almost all of the above players are NOT from Kelantan. So how can FGM claim that:
"As far as I know Mamak gang is part of the Kelantan group..."
when the only player that is probably remotely closely associated to Kelantan is Abdullah. And if I am not mistaken, Abdullah used to play for Johor.

How do I prove that the above players are not from Kelantan? Fortunately, thanks to "Sicilian-Najdorf", I could get my hands on the list of players from Kelantan. This is from the Jan 2012 National Rating list:

2271 Mas Hafizulhelmi
2112 Ahmad Maliki Mohamed
2101 Azahari Mohd Noor
1877 Abdul Haq Mohamed
1870 Abdullah Che Hassan
1849 Nik Ahmad Farouqi
1800 Mohd Musa Al-Ashaari
1782 Mohd Irman Ibrahim
1749 Nasrul Humaimi Mahmood
1746 Mohd Azizul Mat Daud
1741 Syed Azizi Abdul Rahman
1706 Mohd Ezmi Mahmood
1701 Mohd Amin Mohd Noor
1663 Nik Mohd Nazri Nik Hasan
1658 Izuddin Ahayat
1655 Marzuki Yaacob
1628 Muhd Bakri Jusoh
1621 Wan Mahadzir Wan Sulaiman
1597 Shahril Sulaiman
1591 Siti Nur Afiqah Mohd Haslam
1588 Rosmizal Ibrahim
1586 Mohd Bukhari Yahya
1582 Noor Hisyam Ahayat
1574 Baharuddin Hamzah
1572 Ghazali Che Cob
1563 Laila Husna Sahadi
1562 Mohd Rezal Che Man
1559 Mohd Fauzan Ahayat
1540 Muhd Nor Khairullah
1539 Muhd Ariez Azman
1537 Anuar Ahayat
1527 Sanusi Muhamad
1527 Azmizi Abdullah
1519 Sahadi Ismail
1519 Muhammad Ali Asghar
1509 Khairul Aznan Mohd Kamal
1506 Mohd Hafidz Mat Daud

I stopped at above 1500. If you want to see beyond this, go to the website that I linked. Where is Saprin? Where is Kamaluddin? Where is Fairin? Where is Kamal Ariffin? So how can the Mamak Gang be associated with Kelantan Chess? So when FGM says "As far as I know..." actually, he doesn't know very far. He is just tying the Mamak Gang with Kelantan, then attack Kelantan + Greg, and then discredit the Mamak Gang. If this sounds confusing, then just look at the illustration below:

Disclaimer: The picture above is merely for illustration purposes. Any negative implication on the parties involved is purely coincidental

If an idiot like me can figure out that the Mamak Gang and Kelantan are totally different entities, then it just means that it is either utter LAZINESS or STUPIDITY on FGM's part for his failure determine whether Kelantan and Mamak Gang is related or not.

Of course now, he won't even apologize. He will just say, I reserve the right to pose questions. Blah blah blah... we have all heard the story before.