Sunday, 12 February 2012
Crowded International Calendar in April and May
Without looking too hard, it certainly seems that April and May will be very busy times for the leading players (and quite a few others too) in the region.
So after consultation with MCF and the sponsor, I have now moved the DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah International Open to 17-23 September 2012 and these dates have also taken into account the fact that the Olympiad will be from 27 August-10 September.
From 7-12 April it looks like Brunei is going to have an International Open and of course we all know that from 13-19 April there will be the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open.
Congratulations to MCF for putting together a brand new event, the Melaka International Chess Festival from 20 April-1 May which is headlined by the Campomanes Memorial, a FIDE Rated Rapid with a prize fund that I think we will have to thank the FIDE President for!
What is more important is for the Melaka Open to be a huge success and so continue as an annual event, joining the Penang, Selangor, Terengganu, Sarawak and KL Opens as fixtures.
I also just got the invitation from Vietnam Chess Federation to Federations for the Asian Continental from 4-14 May in Ho Chi Minh City and immediately after I believe that there will be the Asian Team Championship in Hainan.