Busy days ahead
IMADE cursory mention of the Penang Heritage City open chess championship and the Sarawak open championship in last week’s column. Here are more details that should interest participants of these internationallyrated tournaments.
The Penang Chess Association will hold the Penang Heritage City open at the Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel in Penang from Dec 6-10. There will be two rounds daily except for the final day which will see only one round. This is a nineround event with a time control of 90 minutes plus a 30-second increment for each move. The championship will be divided into the open yearend tourneys add excitement to chess scene. and challenger tournaments, with the challenger event limited to players with FIDE ratings of not more than 2000 points or Malaysian ratings of 1750 points or below.
There are 26 prizes for the open tournament which include minor prizes for the best female player and five best PCA players. The top three prizes are RM5,000, RM2,500 and RM1,500 respectively. The challenger event will have 14 prizes with a RM500 winner’s purse. The first and second runners-up will receive RM300 and RM250 respectively. Medals are also awarded to the top five players in the under-eight, under-10 and under-12 age groups.
Entry fees for the open tournament: free for Malaysian national masters and all players with FIDE ratings of above 2300 points, RM100 (PCA members) and RM150 (non-members) for players with FIDE ratings of between 2000 and 2299 points, RM150 (members) and RM200 (non-members) for players with FIDE ratings of between 1800 and 1999 points, RM200 (members) and RM300 (non-mem- bers) for players with FIDE ratings of between 1600 and 1799 points, and RM250 (members) and RM350 (non-members) for players without any FIDE rating.
For the challenger tournament, entry fees are RM50 (members) and RM100 (non-members) for players with a FIDE rating, and RM100 (members) and RM150 (non-members) for unrated players.
Closing date for entries: Dec 1. Late entries will be charged double. Direct all inquiries to Tan Eng Seong (012-4299517, estan64@ yahoo.com or estan64@gmail. com). For more details, check out penangchess.com.
The Sarawak open will be played at the Ultimate Professional Centre, opposite Pullman Hotel, in Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching, Kuching, from Dec 12-16. This is also a nine-round event with a time control of 90 minutes plus a 30-second increment for each move.
There will be two rounds every day except for the last day when only a single round is played. There are 10 main prizes with the champion set to receive RM2,500 and a trophy. The runners-up will receive RM1,500 and a trophy, while the third prize is RM800 and a trophy. The Sarawak Chess Association is offering special prizes for players in the under16, under-14, under-12, under-10 and under-eight age groups.
Entry fees: RM25 (ladies and all players below 16) and RM50 (all other participants). Closing date: Dec 5.
Details from Morsin Ahmad (012-8949415, morsinab@ sarawaknet.gov.my), Abang Mohd Reduan (019-8887786, email@example.com) and Lim Kian Hwa (016-8603180, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Penang age group The Penang Chess Association will hold this year’s Penang age group chess championship for boys and girls over five Sundays. Six rounds, time control of 15 to 40 minutes per game, depending on the age group.
The first of the five events, for players under seven, will be played this Sunday. On Oct 30, the under-nine event will be played; on Nov 6, it will be the under-11 tournament; and on Nov 13, the under-13 event is scheduled. The under-15 and under-17 events on Nov 20 will wrap up the championship.
All the five events will be played at the clubhouse of the Residents’ Association of Bayan Baru in Bandar Bayan Baru, Penang. For inquiries, contact Tan Eng Seong (012-4299517, email@example.com or estan64@ gmail.com) or visit penangchess. com. Frank Goon Cup The Johor Chess Association will organise its Johor chess open tournament for the Frank Goon Cup on Oct 30. Venue: Level 35 of the Office Tower City Square in Johor Baru.
Depending on the number of players, there will be either six or seven rounds. Time control is 25 RSC rapid play The chess section of the Royal Selangor Club will hold its annual RSC rapid play open tournament at the club premises in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Seven rounds, with the first three rounds on Oct 30 and the final four rounds on Nov 6. For details, contact Wahid (016-3283160, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ajeet (012.2121372, email@example.com. my) before Oct 28. Penang chess league This year’s Penang Chess League will be held at the Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town, Penang, on Dec 3 and 4. The two-day team event, organised by the Penang Chess Association, is open to teams from four broad categories: public sector, factories, institutions of learning, and others.
Each team shall comprise four players and an optional reserve player. Average rating per team during play should not be more than 2100 points. Seven rounds, time control of one hour playto-finish for each game. Entry fees are RM150 (open category), RM90 (under-18 teams), RM60 (under-12 teams). Closing date: Nov 29.
Details from Tan Eng Seong (012-4299517, estan64@yahoo. com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit penangchess.com. Giant Tampoi chess The Johor Baru Chess Association, the Giant Hypermarket Tampoi and the Rakan Muda Johor Baru are jointly organising their second Giant Tampoi junior chess tournament for under-16 and under-12 category players on Nov 13.
Venue: Giant Hypermarket at Tampoi, Johor. Seven rounds, 25 minutes time control. Closing date: Nov 11. Call Narayanan Krishnan (013-7717525, jb_ email@example.com) for details. Asian amateur open The Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) will organise the second Asian amateur open and women chess championship in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 25 to Dec 1.
The tournament is open to only Asian players who are either unrated or with an international rating of not more than 2100 points. Nine rounds with time control of 90 minutes plus a 30second increment per move.
Entry fees are US$125 (RM390) for players with international ratings and US$150 (RM467) for non-rated players. Malaysians wishing to play will be charged RM412 and RM495 respectively. Entries will close on Nov 4.
Top prizes for the open section are US$1,500 (RM4,500) for first place, US$1,000 (RM3,000) for second place, and US$800 (RM2,400) for third. There are six other minor prizes that go down to US$200 (RM600). For the women, there are four prizes with the best of them set to win US$400 (RM1,200). There are also identical prizes for the four best unrated players.
Direct all inquiries to the event secretariat (najib.wahab@ chess-malaysia.com) or the Malaysian Chess Federation (firstname.lastname@example.org).