Marathon Man!

Yes, I am talking about Mas Hafizulhelmi. From 13-21 June he will be playing 10 games in 8 days at the DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah Invitational and then without break be defending his title with 9 games in 5 days at the Malaysian Masters (National Championships Final). That's 19 classical FIDE title and rated games in 13 days.

It is serious competition indeed for the University Olympiade coach as can be seen below in facing four GMs, five fellow IMs and an equally rated WGM world champion holding numerous IM norms!

Playing the very best of our locals immediately after such an event won't be easy either with fellow direct qualifiers IM Lim Yee Weng eager to show off the fruits of hard weekend games in Singapore, IM Jimmy Liew still trying to turn back the years, FM Ronnie Liu out to stop being the nearly man in recent times and Ng Tze Han looking to continue to build on his string of good if not spectacular results.

Roshan Singh who missed out on the Olympiad after winning one of the most one sided national championships last year is beginning a slow return to chess while Lim Zhouren will want to prove that he is a worthy replacement for Mok Tze Meng and that his IM norm in Istanbul was no one off result.

Aron Teh, Fong Yit San, and either Wong Jianwen or Mohd Syazwan will also want to show they belong in this company and the enthusiasm of youth can never be discounted!


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