Here we see last year's winner of the Silver Section, Mr Ambat Sasi Nair battling it out against Aldrin Wong, a regular tournament participant who enjoys playing chess especially with longer time controls. Many parents I spoke to remarked that they much prefer the longer time control as it does not hurry the children to finish their games and allows them time to record the full game. Sad to say, only Thomson and Queenstown CCs offer this format of tournaments which used to be the norm before 25 min time control was introduced.
Generally my students fared reasonably except for Adrian who blew his chances in finishing top 5 with a simple calcuation mistake against Tan Jun Hao, before missing a mate in 1 against Roy Lau. The others were basically not accustomed to thinking about their moves given the extra time and lost against more experienced players. Playing for more than 25 minutes is a different ball game from the usual rapid time control and this has to be acquired through practice.
Hopefully, we can get enough funds to get electronic clocks next year to run the entire tournament with incremental time controls.