Sunday, 29 July 2012

Our Filipino Friends are Beginning to Confirm Their Participation!

Together with last year's Masters champion Oliver Barbosa, his fellow countrymen, Grandmasters Mark Paragua and Darwin Laylo have now confirmed their participation!


Friday, 27 July 2012

Early & Confirmed Grandmaster Entries


Our early Grandmaster entries were Sergei Tiviakov and Thomas Luther and now with July coming to a close and national teams to the World Chess Olympiad finalised, they are joined by some old friends of KL Chess, Oliver Barbosa, Tahir Vakhidov, Nguyen Ang Dung and Dr. Wong Meng Kong.

Together with numerous IM entries, the foreign numbers are now closing on to 40 and with a total of 10 Malaysians also having confirmed, there are officially only 30 places left but that does not include provisional entries by a few other GMs and the players promised by the national chess federations of the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Prospectus: DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah International Open Chess Championship, 17-23 September 2012, Olympic Sports Hotel , Kuala Lumpur


1. Sponsor & Organiser

With generous sponsorship from the Masterskill Education Group, Polgar Chess Asia and the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) with support for the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), is pleased to announce the DYTM Raja Nazrin International Open Chess Championship 2012.

2. Format of Play

The tournament will played over 9 rounds using the Swiss System, and according to World Chess Federation (FIDE) Title & Rating Regulations, with a a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes plus a 30 second time increment per move for the rest of the game.

3. Prizes

1st RM 10,000, 2nd RM 6,000, 3rd RM 4,000, 4th RM 2,000, 5th-10th RM 1,000 each, 11th-20th RM 500 each, Top woman RM 1,000, and Top Malaysian RM 1,000.

4. Entries

The International Open requires an entry fee of USD 100 (RM 150 for Malaysians) for all players and the organisers reserve the right to increase the entry fee for player who are unrated and those under 1800, and also to refuse any entry without explanation.


5. Schedule

17 September
1500- Arrival
1800-2000 Registration & Players Meeting

18 September
0900-1300 Round 1
1500-1900 Round 2

19 September
0900-1300 Round 3
1500-1900 Round 4

20 September
0900-1300 Round 5
1500-1900 Round 6

21 September
Rest Day

22 September
0900-1300 Round 7
1500-1900 Round 8

23 September
0900-1300 Round 9
1400-1600 Blitz Tournament
1600-1700 Prize Giving & Closing Ceremony

24 September –1200

6. Secretariat
The Organising Secretary/Tournament Director is Peter Long and all enquiries may be directed via email to him at or by calling him at +60133920920

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Calling for Local Participation in the DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah International Open 2012



In the last few weeks I have been flooded with enquiries for the former KL Open (including the usual requests from GMs for conditions together with their corresponding offers to give simuls and/or coaching) but on the other hand have received very few local entries.

This year the space is limited to just 80 entries and with over 30 confirmed foreign entries now, a promise by the Philippines to send a large official delegation (which will add to the usual suspects we often have visiting) together with at least another 20 top players from our other long time ASEAN friend countries, there will soon be little space left for Malaysians!

So please make your move soon!