With the conclusion of the fourth round of the Kl Rapid Grand Prix (held 8 and 9 May 2010) which was organised for the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association by Polgar Chess Asia together with the Royal Selangor Club, all that remains is for the finals (which we are postponing till the end of the year due to calendar congestion) and so it is time to review the event.
But first, the standings:
We had a total of 61 unique entries in the Open Category and a total of 56 unique entries in the U-12 and so a total of 117 unique entries, a rather disappointing number but indicative perhaps of the size of the local chess community.
But perhaps more telling is the constant unhappiness expressed by so many not participating that legs were being played over two days (as necessitated to give players the increasingly rare opportunity to play longer 90 minute games or 45 minutes each).
It really does seem that quality is not what local chess players are interested in.