Wednesday, December 19, 2012

5th National Junior begins

The 5th National Junior is now in progress at the DAT Chess Centre in Jalan Munshi Abdullah. This is a nine round Swiss for both boys and girls. Two rounds are scheduled daily from Tuesday to Friday except the last round which will be played on Saturday morning (22nd December).

This year is one of the weakest. The top three seeds are Fong Yit San, Mark Siew and Aron Teh. The previous year's champion, Mohd Nabil, current National Champion Roshan and Malaysia's best hope for GM, Yeoh Li Tian, as well as Wong Jianwen are not taking part. Lim Zhuo Ren  is studying in England as is Sumant Subramaniam who is studying locally. The fight will be between these three top seeds though I do not discount a possibility of a dark horse emerging to challenge them.

Read some of my writings on juniors here

The top two seeds in the girls event are sisters WCM Nur Nabila  and WFM  Nur Najiha. They will face tough opposition from Olympiad team-mate Tan Li Ting. However newly titled WFM Camilia Johari is not taking part.  In my opinion, the tussle for the title of National Junior Master will be amongst these three.


SomeDaysLikeThese said...

Liew Ken Yew may just be the dark horse to spoil the party for the three top seeds. He had a good run in the National Closed and a repeat - with a better ending, is possible

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