Monday, 19 April 2010

Three New International Master Titles Won at the KL Masters!

With no less than three players earning their third and final International Master norms, the UKM KL Masters can only be deemed a big success.
(Click on chart to see detailed results)

But everyone did well too, the unsuccessful candidates all certainly showing enough quality in their games and results which on another occasion with some luck would also have earned them title norms.

And for an excellently run event, congratulations is also very much in order for a very hard working Abdul Haq Mohamad and his colleagues at UKM.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Hou Yifan Wins KL Open 2010

Hou Yifan was a very popular and most convincing winner of the 3rd KL Open 2010, the 16 year old grandmaster from China having already been crowned champion one round before the end.

See video of closing and prize giving ceremony by clicking here.

All reports are at the tournament website and the final standing can be found at chess-results.

The organisers of the KL Open also would especially like to thank, amongst many others, our friends at www.europe-echecs,,, and for daily international coverage.

Chessbase has also published a nice little final report summing up the KL Open at

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

KL Open 2010 Begins!

With the grand opening ceremony at the Olympic Sports Hotel today that was graced by The Regent of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah Sultan Azlan Shah, the 3rd KL Open Chess Championship has gotten underway.
See Video

Read Bernama Coverage

The KL Open will be played from 7-12 April and games will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily on 7, 8 & 11 April, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on 9 April, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 10 & 12 April.

On 10 April there will also be a simultaneous exhibition to be conducted by visiting grandmaster Nigel Short from 4 p.m. and this will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. with all grandmaster participants.

A variety of daily coverage can also be found at:

Chess Results
Official Tournament Website
Alex Wohl's Blog

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Introducing the 1st UKM KL Masters

The KL Masters 2010 is on! This 9 round robin tournament which follows immediately after the 3rd KL Open Championship represents a unique opportunity for local players to try for a title norm or even to improve their rating.

We have lined up Grandmasters and International Masters who are participating in the KL Open to play as required and now it is up to Malaysians to step forward!

Already there are enquiries (and entries) from several international players as well as two locals and it is the entry list and possible mix which will ultimately decide if the KL Masters 2010 is a GM, IM, WIM or rating tournament!

Please direct your enquires to MCF Secretary Gregory Lau ( or to KLCA Events Director Peter Long (