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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, re­d­u­an_sa­hari@bsn.com.my) and Lim Kian Hwa (016-8603180, limkhwa@gmail.com).

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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, es­tan64@ya­hoo.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, awkarim@gmail.com) or Ajeet (012.2121372, ajeet@pc.jar­ing. 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 es­tan64@gmail.com) 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_ chess_as­so­ci­a­tion@ya­hoo.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 (msianchess2010@gmail.com).

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