Friday, 10 January 2014

Initial Entry List (After Exactly 48 Hours)

Lots of enquiries already (especially with groups of players coming officially from some countries), and confirmed so far are six GMs, six IMs, one FM and two FIDE rated from 8 countries (including Malaysia):

1. Nigel Short (ENG)
2. Sergei Tiviakov (NED)
3. Nguyen Anh Dung (VIE)
4. Niaz Murshed (BAN)
5. Richard Bitoon (PHI)
6. Praveen Thipsay (IND)

International Masters
7. Nguyen Van Huy (VIE)
8. Bhuvanesh R. Ramnath (IND)
9. Alex Wohl (AUS)
10. Oliver Dimakiling (PHI)
11. Abu Sufian Shakil (BAN)
12. Jimmy Liew (MAS)

FIDE Master
13. L.N. Ram Aravind (IND)

FIDE Rated
14. Poompong Wiwatanadate (THA)
15. Ismail Ahmad (MAS)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah KL International Open Chess Championships 2014

1. Sponsors & Organisers

With sponsorship from the Malaysian Intellect Development Foundation, Polgar Chess Asia and the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA), together with the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), is pleased to announce the DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah KL International Open Chess Championship will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 4-11 April 2014.

2. Format of Play

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

3. Prizes

1st RM 10,000, 2nd RM 6,000, 3rd RM 4,000, 4th RM 2,000, 5th-10th RM 1,000 each, Best Woman RM 1,000, and with Special Prizes totalling RM 1,000.

4. Entries

The entry fee is USD 100 (RM 200 for locals - KLCA players get a 50% discount) and the organisers reserve the right to increase the entry fees for players under 1800 or who are unrated, and to refuse any entry without explanation.   


5. Schedule

Friday 4 April 
1100 Technical Meeting
1500 Round 1

Saturday 5 April
0900 Round 2
1500 Round 3

Sunday 6 April
Rest Day

Monday 7 April
0900 Round 4
1500 Round 5

Tuesday 8 April
0900 Round 6

Wednesday 9 April
0900 Round 7

Thursday 10 April
0900 Round 8

Friday 11 April
0900 Round 9
1600 Prize Award & Closing Ceremony

6. Contact

The Organising Secretary/Tournament Director is IA Peter Long and all enquiries may be directed to him via email:

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Thank You from KLCA!

In the last few months, and especially in recent days, KLCA has received many offers from individuals offering their help and services and whatever your agendas might be, we thank each and everyone of you for coming forward.

As all other state associations will confirm, under the Commissioner of Sports (COS) guidelines, our members can only be through clubs and in fact since our last AGM we have been working to set up these clubs so that individuals can become members.

We are very happy so many onboard over the years have been stepping up to try and help us become better even as we have grown from strength to strength, and last year, 2013, saw KLCA not only organise once again a major DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah international event for the sixth successive year, this time in the form of a KL Masters, and we also organised and hosted a Malaysian Masters, both for our men and our women, for the Malaysian Chess Federation.

KLCA also sent young players to play in the National Championships and the National Junior Championships and fully supported the newly revived Inter State Team Championships.

We are of course very proud of the results of players like IM Mas Hafizulhelmi, FM Lim Zhouren, Wong Jianwen, Dr, Zaidan Zulkipli, WFM Camilia Johari, Tan Li Ting, and Lye Lik Zang, all who played and excelled under the KLCA banner.

In  few months we will have our AGM and so now is the time for you who have been so interested: KK, Fadli, Yeap, Megat, Raymond, and so many others like yourselves, to set-up clubs under COS that could qualify you to apply KLCA membership, and we will give every application our consideration.

But remember, we are not interested in, let alone wish to be involved in your politics!