Wednesday, 8 January 2014

There will be a DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah KL International Open in 2014... and entries are coming in already!


KLCA has announced the DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah KL International Open Chess Championship 2014, an even that is now in its seventh year!

(See http://www.klchess.com/2014_01_01_archive.html#6437743226790159300)

This year, the KL Open as it was originally called, is back to being just one large tournament and partnering with the Bangkok Open Chess Championship by being organised back to back! KL will be from 4-11 April and Bangkok from 12-19 April.

Within minutes of announcing this event, I had several old friends of the KL Open, GM Niaz Murshed, GM Nigel Short, and defending champion GM Sergei Tiviakov all confirming their interest and availability!

An old friend from Bangladesh, IM Abu Sufian Shakil is also trying to come and I hope this time he will make it!

L.N. Ram Aravind

Now I have got the entry of an amazing talent - L.N. Ram Aravind who is the current Indian U-11 Champion and who recently enjoyed a shock win over World Champion Magnus Carlsen when he gave a simultaneous exhibition in Chennai shortly before his match with Viswanathan Anand.

(See http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130911/sports-other-sports/article/u-11-champion-ram-aravind-hopes-beat-magnus-carlsen)

Two years ago Aravind played the KL Open and even then he was already so good that some even thought he had to be using a computer!

From the locals, IM Jimmy Liew is already an entry and I hope to have many more!

Friday, 3 January 2014

World Amateur Championships 2014 to be held in Singapore


See below together with link to prospectus taken from FIDE website - I believe that many of our players are eligible to participate and given it is just next door in our Singapore it should be very accessible! (I did notice a deadline of 25 February 2014 for entries. and given the coming Chinese New Year long break and numerous public holidays this month, those interested will need to engage MCF right now especially with two free places available).


The Singapore Chess Federation and the World Chess Federation (FIDE), have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations and eligible players to participate in the FIDE World Amateur Chess Championships 2014 which are to be held in Singapore from 25 April 2014 to 04 May 2014.

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7362-2014-world-amateur-chess-championships-regulations.html