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The first ever UKM KL Masters will start tomorrow (13th April) and ends on 19 April 2010 at UKM, Bangi.
The Maststers tournament is co-sponsored and organised by UKM for the KLCA (Kuala Lumpur Chess Association) and supported by MCF (Malaysian Chess Federation).
|6||Ankit R. Rajpara||IND||2334|
|8||FM||Yee Soon Wei||BRU||2209|
|9||Nirav Y Rajasuba||IND||2183|
|10||Mohamed Abdul Haq||MAS||2057|
You can find 10 selected games of the KL Open for each of the 9 rounds at the official website.
For convenience here are direct links to the official site for each of the rounds:-
The bus arrives at KL Sentral station where you can catch the express train to KLIA (about 30 minutes journey).
GM Saidali gets off the bus that took him from the Olympic Hotel (KL Open playing venue) and takes down one luggage .
Meanwhile, GM Marat also gets off the bus.
Both Saidali and Marat are close friends. They travel to most tournaments together.
However today, they are not leaving for the airport together. Only Marat is heading to KLIA.
Saidali, on the other hand, is staying back.
That’s because GM Saidali has yet another chess event to participate in. It’s the UKM Masters which is a round robin event consisting of 10 participants.
One of Malaysia’s strongest players, Dr FM Nicholas Chan will be taking part with the aim of securing his first IM norm. Nicholas failed to get an IM norm in the KL Open but came within a hair's breath of achieving it. He played a few 1900+ players in the open which killed his performance rating. He needed a performance rating minimum of 2450 but he only achieved 2411. He met the other requirements of playing 5 titled players.
Here are the final ranking crosstable for the top 26 finishers of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Championship 2010 held from 6th April – 12th April 2010 at the Olympic Sports Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
GM Hou Yifan finished with 7.5 points and in first place followed by GM Nguyen Anh Dung with 7.0 points and GM Mchedishvili Mikheil in third place with 7.0 points as well.
Fourth position belongs to GM Megaranto Susanto with 6.5 points and fifth to GM Luther Thomas also with 6.5 points.
Congratulations to winners, participating players and organisers, alike for the successful finish of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open 2010! It was no doubt a high class field of players and it was a wonderful spectacle to see world class chess players on our shores playing in a local international chess tournament. Kudos to the organisers of this tournament!
Hope to see you all again next year!
Girl wonder and chess prodify GM Hou Yifan from China is the new champion of the 3rd KL Open Chess Tournament 2010 which concluded today at Hotel Olympic Sports, KL.
Yifan, had a runwaway win after the penultimate round with a commanding one point lead. She took home with her the 1st prize of RM 10000 and the DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah Trophy.