Saturday, August 1, 2009

Malaysian Masters 2009 Begins

This most interesting event could be the first of its kind in Malaysia. Eight players are chosen to play a mini-matches. Quarter and semi-finals are over four games while the final will be an eigth game affair.

The selected players are the top four on the latest FIDE rated list, the top two finishers from the recent National Championship, the current National Junior Champion and one other player to be selected by the Malaysian Chess Federation.

For the first time, some decent prize money is offered. Everyone will be assured a minimum of RM500. A losing semi-finalist can expect RM1000, the runner-up gets RM2000 and the champion RM4000.

The first matchup is between IM Mas and Junior Champion Tariq Amru which will be played yesterday and today. This is possibly the least interesting match. Mas will win by a possible score of 4-0, if they even want to play the last game. (Latest news is that Mas already won the first two games yesterday)

Next week-end we will see the most juicy matches. We will see matchups between previous and current team mates. Mok Tze Meng will play current SMS Gold team-mate Ooi Chern Ee and Lim Yee Weng goes up against Edward Lee. Both are members of the Malaysian Olympiad team to Dresden last November.

Venue for all games is the DATCC and everyone is welcome to spectate.


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