Friday, August 20, 2010

A Few Upcoming Chess Tournaments!

20 August 2010, Kuala Lumpur – Here are three upcoming chess events in Malaysia for chess players to consider.

Malaysia Chess Festival

Here is a summary of all the events at this year’s Malaysia Chess Festival. All games will be played at the Cititel MidValley ballroom:

> Datuk Arthur Tan Malaysia open: FIDE-titled event, nine rounds, Sept 1-13, US$4,000 first prize, entry fees range from US$50 to US$200 depending on player’s rating;

> AmBank Malaysia chess challenge: FIDE-rated event but player’s rating not to exceed 2200 points, nine rounds, Sept 1-13, RM2,000 first prize, entry fees range from RM75 to RM150 depending on player’s rating, 20% discount for players below 16;

> Merdeka national age group rapid open: seven rounds, Sept 5, medals as prizes, RM25 entry fee;

> Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng international seniors open: Fide-rated event, nine rounds, Sept 1-13, RM4,000 first prize, entry fees range from RM100 to RM400 depending on player’s rating;

> Merdeka individual rapid open: seven rounds, Aug 28, RM1,000 first prize, entry fees are RM30 (adults) and RM20 (under-16 players);

> Astro Merdeka team rapid open: nine rounds, Aug 29-31, RM5,000 first prize, entry fees range from RM150 to RM375 depending on number of players in the team;

More details from Hamid Majid (019-315 8098, fax 03-40244337, or Please visit the following website, or  blog, for more information and news of the various events mentioned.

Penang rapid chess

The Penang Chess Association (PCA) is holding a rapid chess tournament on Aug 22 as a warm-up event for players before they participate in the Malaysia Chess Festival.

Entry fees are RM10 for PCA members and RM25 for non-members.

To register, contact Tan Eng Seong (012-429 9517 after 7pm, or Entries close on Aug 20.

UTP rapid chess

As part of Universiti Teknologi Petronas’ convocation programme this year, there will be a national rapid chess open tournament at the main hall of the university’s campus in Tronoh, Perak, from Oct 9-10.

The Malaysian Chess Federation and the Perak International Chess Association are the co-organisers with the university.

Entry fees are RM35 for adults and players below 18, RM30 for players below 16 and RM25 for players below 12.

More information available from Saeksarn Sinnaso ( or Wan Fatin Izyan (

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