31 January 2012, Kuala Lumpur - At last the awaited Malacca chess event of the year has some news to announce. Here it goes:-
Words have it that the 1st Melaka International event has been finalized and that the event will be hosted by the Historical City of Melaka starting from 20th April right up to 1st May 2012. The event will be marked as one of the major international event to commemorate the 750th year of Melaka since it was first founded and built
The event shall start with an 11 round International Rapid event offering a prize fund of USD 20,000 to be played over the 2 days weekend, followed by Classical event over 9 rounds for 2 categories - Open International and Challenger, offering a total prize fund of up to RM 50,000.
The total prize fund is one of the biggest purse ever offered for a local tournament surpassing that of the Malaysian Chess Festival. Entry fees for the event and other details are being fine tuned before it is officially released
The 12 days chess gala will be hosted at the Hang Tuah Hotel right in the heart of Melaka City where Mahkota Parade, Dataran Pahlawan, Historical Museums, popular night spots and eateries, are all located within walking distance from the playing venue.
An opening dinner is also on the agenda and it is very likely that it will be officiated by the YAB Ketua Menteri Melaka with many local, regional and international chess dignitaries expected to attend the festival.
Event schedule that has been tentatively agreed earlier today is as follows:
Be on the lookout for more information on the event which will unfold within the next few days. Players who are interested to have a good start and learn more about the event, please get in touch with:
Haslindah Ruslan - MCF Vice President at +6019.206.9605
Gregory Lau Beng Hock - MCF Honorary Secretary at +6012.289.8215
Najib A Wahab - Technical Director +6016.338.2542
Come and join the fun!