Wednesday, 29 July 2015

KL Open 2015

( 2015 KL International Open )

1. Sponsors & Organisers

With sponsorship from the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific and IGB Corporation, the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) is pleased to announce the KL International Open & Junior Rapid Chess Championships will be held at the Cititel Hotel Ballroom, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Merdeka Day Celebrations from 30-31 August 2015.

2. Format of Play

The tournament will be played over 9 rounds using the Swiss System according to World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rapid Chess Regulations, with a time control of 25 minutes each to the finish.

3. Prizes

1st RM 3,000, 2nd RM 1,500, 3rd RM 1,000 4th RM 700, 5th RM 500
6-10th RM 300 each, and 11th-20th RM 150 each. (The top KLCA player will receive a special RM 500 prize together with the title of KL Champion)

Juniors (U-16):
1st RM 600, 2nd RM 300, 3rd RM 150, 4th RM 100, 5th RM 50, and Best U-12 RM 100.

4. Schedule

Saturday 29 August 2015

1800 Final Registration & Technical Meeting

Sunday 30 August 2015

1000 Round 1
1200 Round 2
1400 Round 3
1600 Round 4
1800 Round 5

Monday 31 August 2015

0900 Round 6
1100 Round 7
1300 Round 8
1500 Round 9
1700 Awards Ceremony

5. Registration

The entry fee for Open is RM 50 (RM 30 for KLCA Members and USD 50/RM 200 for Foreigners) and the entry fee for Juniors is RM 30 and the organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry without explanation.

Note: FIDE does not charge for FIDE Rapid events. However MCF insists it must also be nationally rated and the levy is RM 9 per player! KLCA have appealed for this to be waived/reduced and have not received any reply to date. We have waited over a month now and should it not be rated it is then the decision of KLCA to still proceed with the KL Open as its obligation to its members and the chess community while honouring the sponsorship given.

Registration should be made via email together with details of payment to Tournament Director Mr. Ng Ling Gee at (012 - 383 2127) with copy to KLCA Hon. Secretary En. Amirul HM at and Chief Arbiter IA Peter Long at


Event Manager & Bank Details: Effective Commerce Sdn. Bhd - Maybank: 514187214430

The following player information is also required:

1. Full name
2. Country & Federation
3. FIDE ID & Rating and/or National Rating
4. State Affiliate/Club Membership
5. Place & Date of Birth
6. Mobile Phone & E-Mail Contacts
7. IC/MyKAD No or, International Passport No (for foreign Players):

Friday, 3 July 2015

MAT ROPI HUSEIN - KLCA President, 1st July 2015.

Posted by AHM-Hon.Secretary, KLCA

( En. Mat Ropi Husein )

The new President of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) En. Mat Ropi Husein assumed the post on the 1st of July 2015 when KLCA's previous president, IA Peter Long tendered his resignation. Previously, Mat Ropi was the Deputy President of KLCA since 2014.

Briefly, Mat Ropi represented the Machang Science School-Kelantan since Form 4, was  Chess Champion at the MARA College of Higher Education-Negeri Sembilan, Top 5 in the Seremban Open and was the Champion at a Malaysian students' tournament organised in the United Kingdom.

Married since 1997, Mat Ropi has 3 children and is currently in the private sector.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

KL International Open 2015 - A Number of Players Had Expressed Interest.

Posted by Hon.Secretary, KLCA
( 2015 Kuala Lumpur International Open - Players Expressing Interest )

(1) After only 1day of giving notice, at the end of day 1st July 2015, the KL International Open 2015
(or " 2015 KL Open" for short) Organising Committee have received a few emails and via submission to EXCO members, players' expression of interest to play in the event.

(2) Brief details as follows:-

OPEN - 3 players.
JUNIORS - 3 players.

Waiting List (for those without FIDE Ratings)
2 players

(3) Players without FIDE Ratings will be placed in the waiting list on a First Come, First Served basis.

(4) As places are limited by the venue space, players interested to participate in the 2015 KL Open are encouraged to write-in to:
A. Tournament Director & Head of Competition, KLCA - Mr. Ng Ling Gee at
B. Head of Selection, KLCA - Mr.Sumant Subramaniam at
C. Honorary Secretary, KLCA - En. Amirul HM at

(5) Further announcement(s) will be made from time-to-time and the 2015 KL Open Organising Committee reserves the right to decline any expression of interest to play in the Kuala Lumpur International Open 2015 without specifying any reason(s).

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

CHANGES at the TOP in KLCA (w.e.f.1st July 2015)

Posted by Hon.Secretary, KLCA
( Official Announcement - Change of KLCA President )

( IA Peter Long, KLCA President for 2014/2015 Session. Resigned w.e.f. 1st July 2015 )

The KLCA wishes to announce that regretfully its President for the 2014/2015 session i.e. Kasparov Asia Foundation director, newspaper columnist and former National Champion IA FM FT Peter Long has tendered his resignation with effect from 1st July 2015. (refer Peter Long's thefidetrainer blog)

KLCA would like to put on record our sincere appreciation to IA Peter Long for his contributions to KLCA as a President in the current term and as the Organising Secretary for KLCA before assuming the presidency in 2014. Additionally, the KLCA wishes Mr. Peter Long all the best in his future undertakings and chess endeavours and may you not stop contributing towards chess in Malaysia. 

( KLCA New Acting President w.e.f. 1st July 2015, En. Mat Ropi Husein.
4th from right in picture above)

The new Acting President of KLCA effective 1st July until the next AGM will be assumed by KLCA's current Deputy President En. Mat Ropi Husein. Briefly, En. Mat Ropi used to play chess for his secondary school, college and in university. He was also in the Malaysian entourage to the 15th ASEAN+ Age Group in Macau S.A.R. last year.

KLCA looks forward to new activities and renewed optimism whilst continuing existing plans under the brand new leadership of En.Mat Ropi Husein as its helm .

KLCA wishes both IA Peter Long and En. Mat Ropi - All the Very Best, going forward.