Saturday, July 24, 2010

Malaysian Chess Festival 2010 under threat

This year's Malaysian  Chess Festival is seeing a serious competitor in the Philippines. The Florencio Campomanes Memorial Tournament will be held in Manila from 28th August to 5th September 2010, smack right in the middle of the Malaysian Chess Festival (28th September till 7th September).

The Manila tournament consists of an Open, Woman and Challengers sections. Prizes are dwarfing the Malaysian event, with USD10K, USD5K  and USD3K for the Open, Women and Challengers respectively while the Malaysian tournament offers USD4K for the Open and RM2K (that's ringgit folks) for the Challengers. It will be very hard for the Malaysian event to attract the same attendance as in previous years.

It will be good news for the locals as the opportunity to win major prizes will be at its best this year. Unfortunately the lustre of this long running festival will be diminished if the foreign players opt to compete in Manila instead - which is highly likely.


John Wong said...

Let's await developments.

The tournament was probably hosted with Kirsan's money and now that Kirsan is leaving politics, one wonders how the money is getting there.

Jimmy Liew said...

Kirsan has to fulfil his promises whether he retains the presidency or not. Otherwise what credibility will he be left with?

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