Tuesday, April 13, 2010

UKM KL Masters starts

The 3rd KL Open has just finished yesterday and today we have another major tournament. The UKM Masters starts today at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM ) in Bangi. This tournament is jointly sponsored by UKM and KLCA (Kuala Lumpur Chess Association) and supported by MCF (Malaysian Chess Federation).

I am very happy to see a local university sponsoring such a tournament. Hopefully this will encourage other education institution to support chess. This tournament will be have IM norm possibilities. The minimum points is six out of nine games.

Malaysia has two participants, Nicholas Chan and Mohamed Abdul Haq. Nicholas played very well in the KL Open, it was unfortunate that he met a number of lower rated players. Nicholas missed the IM norm by half point.

The table below shows the list of participants.

 Title Name Country Rating
 GM Iuldashev Saidali UZB 2511 
 IM Tirto INA 2402 
 IM Situru Nathanael INA 2358 
 Thakur Akash IND 2355 
 Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2334 
 FM Fernandez Daniel SIN 2299 
 FM Yee Soon Wei BRU 2209 
 Nirav Y Rajasuba IND 2183 
 FM Chan Nicholas MAS 2398 
 Mohamed Abdul Haq MAS 2057 

Good luck to both Nicholas and Haq, hope they can achieve their dreams!


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