Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kuala Lumpur Open Begins Today!

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi, Malaysia in Masters 2011.
Pix 1. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi, Malaysia's top player, participating in Raja Nazrin Shah Invitational Masters 2011.

4 September 2011, Kuala Lumpur – Three GMs are participating in this year’s renamed Kuala Lumpur Chess Open to DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah International Open. The three GMs are GM Sachez Joseph of Philippines, GM Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia and GM Barus Cerdas, also of Indonesia. Sixty eight players are registered for the Open Category. Malaysia’s NM Lim Zhuo Ren and NWM WCM Nur Nabila bt Azman Hisham will be both participating in this year’s International Open. Past NWM Tan Li Ting will also play.

Table 1. Top 32 boards of Round 1, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah International Open 2011.

In parallel with the International Open will be the Masters category of which 10 selected players will be playing a one-round robin of 9 rounds of classical chess. Among them will be 3 GMs and 7 IMs, of which IM Mas Hafizulhelmi will be one of them. The three grandmasters are GM  Nguyen Anh Dung of Vietnam, GM Wong Meng Kong of Singapore and GM Vakhidov Tahir of Uzbekistan.

Table 2. First four round pairings of Invitational Masters.

a. - International Open;
b. – Invitational Masters;

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