Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Weekend Chess Activities (6-7 February 2010)

image This coming weekend promises to be another busy weekend for chess in Malaysia. There will be four concurrent chess activities for the weekend.

The four activities are as follows:

a.First Saturday Classical Chess. Feb 6 and 7. Venue Excel Chess Academy. Click here for details;
b. MMU Malacca International Chess Open 2010. Feb 6 and 7. Venue MMU Bukit Beruang, Malacca. Click here for details;
c. KL Grand Prix 2010, Card Room of the Royal Selangor Club at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. First Leg: 6-7 February 2010. Click here for details; and                                                                            d. SMK Seri Putra Chess Open in Ipoh, Perak. 7 February 2010. Click here for details.

If you prefer the classical chess time control of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment, which is the standard time control for FIDE Rated tournament, then go for the First Saturday Classical Chess tournament that is being organised by the Excel Chess Academy.

If you  prefer a slightly shorter time control, then you may prefer to go for the KL Grand Prix 2010 at the Royal Selangor Club where they will use the 45 minutes time control.

If you prefer going out of the Klang Valley or Kuala Lumpur area, then you might go for the MultiMedia University Malacca International Chess Open 2010 held in Bukit Beruang, Malacca. I hear that they will use the same 45 minutes time control for the tournament but nothing has firmed up yet. It all depends on the arbiter’s decision, though when the tournament director was consulted, he did say, three rounds on the first day and four rounds on the second day.

If your home town is in Perak, you might decide to drop by Ipoh and join the chess open tournament held by a secondary school there on the 7th February 2010.

So take your pick! It is a chess player’s paradise. You can choose which to go to.

Further ahead, there will be a Malaysia-Singapore Chess Challenge 2010 on the 15-17 February 2010 and to be played at CitiTel, MidValley, Kuala Lumpur. Click here for details. This is a friendly chess challenge between two neighbouring countries to gauge each country’s strength in the field of chess. Based on rankings, Malaysia is located at number 67 and Singapore at 59, if I am not mistaken.

If you look  still further ahead, there will be a team event called the “Pertandingan Catur Terbuka Piala Tun Syed Zahiruddin” on the  28 February 2010 at the Ninth College, University of Malaya, KL. Further details at this link .

Have a wonderful chessing weekend! Keep on playing chess, people!

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