Tuesday, 25 August 2015

KL Open Update

I got back from Korea the day after the KL Open 2015 entry closing deadline and yet it seems that entries are still coming in.

The funny thing about entries for tournaments is that many in the chess community (both local and international) seem to have so much difficulty filling up forms (or even providing the needed information) and to also make payment (but otherwise how is it an entry?).

Surely no one wants the mess too often seen at the start of even so called major events held locally when entries are still being accepted just before play begins?

I suppose why not if one is willing to accept getting walkovers in the first round or top seeds finding themselves forced paired against each other on top of waiting several hours beyond the scheduled start time for the pairings to be done? How often too that time controls are reduced and even some rounds cut?

Not if I am the Chief Arbiter.

Well, Bersih 4.0 planned for 29 and 30 August has certainly impacted the event but apparently not significantly so for the diehards in the local chess community as most of the usual suspects are playing.

Looking at the official entry list which I will post after MCF's rating officer confirms that it is indeed FIDE rated in which case he will have to issue FIDE IDs for those without (and given this MCF hopefully also confirm any financial implications resulting), it seems we have the many Filipinos plying their living here too on social visits also playing!

It's their right of course and sadly but fairly, now everyone is together suffering from the Malaysian Ringgit's rapid depreciation.

IM's Nava, Nolte and Mas are seeded 1, 2 and 4 respectively. Udani is 3, Villanueva 5, and Yeoh 6.

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