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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.
9am sharp. Clocks are started but since zero start is not enforced, some participants are a few minutes late.
Megaranto fills in his scoresheet as he starts the clock.
Photographers take the chance to get individual photos of players waiting for their opponents. Including Chessbase correspondence Yana Melnikova (in the background). She is also taking part in the event.
IM Liu Dede at board 4.
Singaporean GM Wong Meng Kong vs IM Desmukh Anup on board 20.
CM Farid Firman Shah waiting for his compatriot IM Situru Nathanael on board 21.
Marcus Yeoh vs fellow Malaysian
Back at board 1, Hou Yifan finally arrives but only 5 minutes late.
Chief Arbiter, Luxman, sensed there may be a high chance of quick draws reminded the players the 30 rule move requirement before a draw can be mutually agreed to.
Hou Yifan opened with 1.e4 and the game went into a Ruy Lopez.
20 minutes later, board 1 drew !!
It was even drawn before 30 moves. It seemed that there are other ways of drawing :)
The players drew via 3 fold repetition!
With 7½/9 Hou Yifan is KL Open 2010 champion !!
Hou Yifan had two wins a row today. She beat Dimakiling this morning using the White pieces.
Marat extends his hands in resignation giving Hou Yifan giving her an unassailable 7/8 going into the final round. This win practically gives her the championship for the KL Open 2010. Tomorrow’s fight will be at the lower boards for 2nd prize onwards.
11th April 2010 - Here at the Olympic Sports Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, the dynamic Hou Yifan of China won her seventh round game against Filipino IM Dimakiling Oliver. This makes her the outright leader with 6 points out of seven rounds.
Hou Yifan (picture above) still has to maintain two more rounds of good score to withstand the chasing pack behind her. The tournament’s top seed, GM Mchedishvili, drew his seventh round game against IM Swapnil while GM Nguyen drew his. GM Luther Thomas lost his game on the third board against GM Meganranto of Indonesia. Having all the five pointer players faltering by the wayside, allows GM Hou Yifan to be the outright leader going into the eighth round of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open 2010.
Other takes of the round: Yeoh Li Tian lost to Pak Yevgeny, IM Jimmy Liew also lost his round, Mohd Nabil lost to WGM Melnikova, Nik Ahmad Farouqi lost his game, Ismail Ahmad won his game, Timothy Capel won against fellow Malaysian Nur Nabila, Najib Wahab won against fellow Malaysian Marcus Yeoh, Nur Najiha won her game against an WFM, Amier Hamzah won his game and Alfred Ting drew against Indonesia’s WFM Dewi Aa Citra.
In a top of the seeds clash, Hou Yifan defended well as black and got a draw from Mchedishvili on the first board of the round 6 play this morning, 10th April 2010 at the tournament hall, 2nd Floor, Olympic Sports Hotel, Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur.
While her opponent from Vietnam, GM Nguyen Anh Dung, maintains his pressure on the lead with a draw on board 2.
Luther Thomas (picture above), GER, gets his win and joins Hou Yifan and Nguyen with 5.0 points. Another five pointer is IM Dimakiling Oliver who disposed of GM Cao Sang, CHN, on the fourth board this morning. GM Dzhumaev Marat also won his game against FM Yee Soon Wei on board 6. He too joins the elite group of five pointers.
Other takes of the tournament: IM Jimmy Liew drew with Malaysian chess prodigy, Yeoh Li Tian, Nik Ahmad Farouqi lost against a WGM, Ronnie Lim won his game against Indonesia’s WFM Medina, Timothy Capel lost to GM Wong, Marcus lost his game, WGM Melnikova won her game against Heikal, Mohd Nabil beats Nirav, Abdul Haq won against fellow Malaysian Nur Nabila, Ismail Ahmad lost, Amier Hamzah lost his game, Afiq Afyfy drew against fellow Malaysian Nur Najiha, Najib Wahab won his second point of the tournament, Alfred Ting won his game against Arjun.