Friday, 20 May 2011

Some of the Usual Suspects

It always seems to work like this. The sponsorship is confirmed and then a scramble to get venue, hotel, etc. followed by the formalities of registration, etc.

Then the initial announcements of the event. On KLchess and FaceBook, with our friends like Susan Polgar, and at Chessdom which then leads to the FIDE website. Next regional national chess federations are informed and of course with few exceptions there is no acknowledgement let alone replies and in some cases whispers are heard of jealousy and petty actions which hurt no one but the players they claim to represent.

Within a week, some of the usual suspects, regulars who have come to the KL Open before, are in contact and this is going to be pretty much it (other than dealing with an enquiry from time to time) until a month before when we will get a flood of entries (especially from India, Singapore and Indonesia).

But for now we have for sure from some dozen countries:

1. Wong Meng Kong (SIN)
2. Nguyen Ahn Dung (VIE)
3. Thomas Luther (GER)
4. Niaz Murshed (BAN)
5. Mark Paragua (PHI)
6. Tahir Vadhidov (UZB)
7. Bui Vinh (VIE)

International Masters
1. Abu Sufian Shakil (BAN)
2. Chan Peng Kong (SIN)
3. Duong The Anh (VIE)
4. Alex Wohl (AUS)
5. Oliver Barbosa (PHI)
6. Goh Wei Ming (SIN)
7. Nguyen Van Huy (VIE)
8. Richard Bitoon (PHI)
9. Ashot Nadanian (ARM)
10. Kim Steven Yap (PHI)

Women International Masters
1. Wang Xiaohui (CHN)
2. Nafisa Munimova (UZB)
3. Beverly Mendoza (PHI)

Of course, the local chess community is conspicious in its silence but then again, that is the Malaysian way!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

4th Kuala Lumpur International Open Chess Championship, 4-10 September 2011

Finally we have decided to do it - will confirm hotel by the weekend to compete the prospectus and then will be able to get the official letter out to MCF to register the event with FIDE.

Below are some extracts to give the local chess community something more to talk about!

1. Organisers

The 4th KL International Open Chess Championship for the Raja Nazrin Shah Challenge Trophy is sponsored by the Masterskill Education Group Berhad and organised by Polgar Chess Asia for the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) under the auspices of the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) and is registered and recognised by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) as an international title and rated tournament.

3. Prize Fund

1st - RM 10,000; 2nd - RM 7,000; 3rd - RM 4,000; 4th - RM 2,500; 5th - RM 1,500
6th-10th - RM 1,000 each; 11th-20th - RM 500 each

1st -1,500; 2nd - 1,000; 3rd - 500

U-16 - RM 1,000; U-12 – RM 500

Special Prizes:
3 x RM 500 Scholarships

1st - RM 1,000; 2nd - RM 700; 3rd - RM 400; 4th - RM 250; 5th – RM 150
6th-10th - RM 100 each; 11th-20th - RM 50 each
4. System, Rules & Regulations

The 4th KL International Open Chess Championship for the Raja Nazrin Shah Challenge Trophy will be played over 9 rounds using the FIDE Swiss System as paired using the Swiss Manager program. The time control used will be the FIDE time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

5.  Entry Fees

GMs/ >2500 No Entry Fee; IMs/>2400/WGMs RM 150; FMs/>2300/WIMs RM 300; >2200 RM 450;
>2000 RM 600; >1800 RM 750; Others RM 900

Entries must be received in writing together with full payment of the applicable entry fee by 31st July 2011, after which a 50% penalty may apply. Participation of unrated players is at the discretion of the organisers who also reserve the right to refuse any entry without explanation.