Saturday, April 24, 2010

KL Open 2010 Pictorial Crosstable



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Friday, April 16, 2010

KL Open 2010 Crosstable results

Here is the interactive crosstable results  :-

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

UKM KL Masters starts tomorrow


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).

The Players:-

Rk Title Name Fed Rating
1 GM Iuldashev Saidali UZB 2511
2 IM Tirto INA 2402
3 FM Chan Nicholas MAS 2398
4 IM Situru Nathanael INA 2358
5   Thakur Akash IND 2355
6   Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2334
7 FM Fernandez Daniel SIN 2299
8 FM Yee Soon Wei BRU 2209
9   Nirav Y Rajasuba IND 2183
10   Mohamed Abdul Haq MAS 2057

90 games of the KL Open 2010

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:-

KL Open 2010 is over – Players depart for airport


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.

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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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

KL Open 2010 Prizegiving video

KL Open on national TV

I was waiting anxiously for the sport section to arrived on our local news station TV3. After badminton than football and than hockey and finally chess. Here is what i recorded.

Final Ranking CrossTable, Kuala Lumpur 2010

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!

Hou Yifan is KL Open champion!



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.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

First game to conclude, championship decided


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.

IM Swapnil S, Dhopade



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 Meets Megaranto In Final Round, KL Open 2010

Here are the round 9 pairings of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open 2010 for tomorrow morning, 9 am, 12th April 2010.
Hou Yifan will finish the tournament by facing off with Indonesian GM Megaranto Susanto who has six points, trailing by a full point behind, Hou Yifan. Her domination in this tournament is complete if she either draws or wins against Megaranto. Hou Yifan  has stayed at the top  board throughout this tournament,  except for the first round, her favourite table, it seems.

Round 8 Results, KL Open 2010

Here are the confirmatory round 8 results of the Kuala Lumpur Open 2010 held at the Olympic Sports Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, this afternoon 11th April 2010.
Hou Yifan is the only player with the seven points entering the ninth round. The other players who have six points include Nguyen Anh Dung, Megaranto Susanto (picture above), Irwanto Saidikin, Iuldashev Saidali, Murshed Saidali, Mchedishvili Mikheil.
Other takes of the tournament: FM Nicholas Chan lost his game, IM Jimmy Liew lost his afternoon game, Yeoh Li Tian also lost his, Ronnie Lim won his game against WFM Mitali Madhukar Patil, WGM Melnikova lost, GM Ziaur Rahman won, Ismail Ahmad won his, Mohd Nabil lost, Capel Evan Timothy drew, Najib Wahab lost, Nur Najiha lost, Abdul Haq drew his game, Nik Ahmad Farouqi drew with fellow Malaysian Rosli Ahmad Afiq Afyfy, Alfred Ting lost, Marcus Yeoh won, Nur Nabila lost, Razali Hamzah lost.

Hou Yifan Wins In Round 8!

11th April 2010, Kuala Lumpur - Tonight Hou Yifan beats Marat to win the 8th round at the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open Championship 2010. With an unstoppable c-pawn about to queen and the white king very exposed, his two pieces (bishop and knight) were about to fall, white resigned.
Pix 1. Marat (left) – Hou Yifan, Round 8, KL Open 2010, top board.
However, earlier on Marat avoided a mating attack at the expense of further exposing his king and losing the exchange with his back rank rook. White's queen-side pawn storm lost steam as Hou continually checked the white king to pile the pressure on the white king. With no checking attacks for white and in a hopeless position, white resigned.
GM Hou Yifan is now destined to be the champion of the Kuala Lumpur Open 2010. Nobody is in sight of nearly challenging her commanding 7.0 points lead going into the final ninth round tomorrow morning, 12th April 2010.

2 wins today for Hou Yifan



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.


Hou Yifan Dominates KL Open 2010

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.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Simultaneous Chess Exhibition By GM Nigel Short

In conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open 2010, a simultaneous chess exhibition was conducted by a well-known grandmaster on Saturday afternoon. Here are a few pictures of the simultaneous chess exhibition given by GM Nigel Short, England at the tournament hall of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open 2010 on the afternoon of 10th April 2010.
There were ten chess boards on the L-shaped table. By the time, I arrived, two tables were done, leaving eight players playing against Nigel Short. The last table to finish was Table 10 where Abdul Haq Mohamed was a piece ahead of Nigel Short. In the end, a draw was agreed by both players and my guess is the overall score for Nigel was 9.5:0.5. Excellent score, I would say.
Pix 1. Nigel does his rounds.
Pix 2. Amier Hamzah (nearest)
Pix 3. Abdul Haq at table 10.  
Pix 4. Nigel attends to the tables.

Hou Yifan Continues To Lead Jointly With Four Others, KL Open 2010

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.

Friday, April 9, 2010

KL Open Round 6 interactive crosstable

Round 7 pairings

Bo. No.   Name Pts. Result Pts.   Name No.
1 2 GM Hou Yifan 5   5 IM Dimakiling Oliver 14
2 11 GM Nguyen Anh Dung 5   5 GM Dzhumaev Marat 7
3 3 GM Luther Thomas 5   GM Megaranto Susanto 6
4 13 IM Swapnil S, Dhopade   GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 1
5 21 IM Irwanto Saidikin   GM Rahman Ziaur 4
6 31 IM Situru Nathanael   GM Iuldashev Saidali 8
7 9 IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek   GM Murshed Niaz 22
8 41 FM De Ramos Julius Joseph Z   4 IM Ashwin Jayaram 12
9 5 GM Cao Sang 4   4 WIM Muninova Nafisa 34
10 36   Ankit R. Rajpara 4   4 IM Duong The Anh 16
11 17 IM Liu Dede 4   4 FM Yee Soon Wei 56
12 35 FM Khairul Anam 4   4 IM Nguyen Van Huy 18
13 23   Palit Somak 4   4   Laksana Agusta 104
14 25   Praveen Kumar C 4   4   Vakhidov Jahongir 60
15 51 FM Vinoth Kumar M 4   4 FM Chan Nicholas 28
16 45 IM Desmukh Anup   GM Bui Vinh 10
17 15 IM Wohl Aleksandar H     Ram S. Krishnan 42
18 19 IM Saptarshi Roy     Lim Chuing Hoong Ronnie 44
19 49 FM Smith Robert W   IM Yap Kim Steven 20
20 55 FM Das Sayantan   IM Purnama Tirta Chandra 24
21 32   Thakur Akash   WGM Fatianova Tatiana 43
22 37   Pak Yevgeniy     Yeoh Li Tian 77
23 38 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram   CM Farid Firman Syah 50
24 101   Andyka Pitra   IM Liew Chee-Meng-Jimmy 40
25 57   Zhou Guijue 3   3 IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal 26
26 27 IM Tirto 3   3   Vakhidov Nodir 64
27 29 GM Wong Meng Kong 3   3   Mohamed Abdul Haq 70
28 67   Foo Benjamin 3   3   Ansari Mohd Athar Dr 30
29 39 WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 3   3   Bersamina Paolo 78
30 69   Eng Andre Jerome 3   3   Udani Ian 46
31 76   Azman Hisham Mohd Nabil 3   3 WGM Melnikova Yana 48
32 75 WFM Mitali Madhukar Patil 3   3 WFM Bhakti Kulkarni 52
33 88   Lee Kah Meng Elgin 3   3 FM Thompson Ian 54
34 86   Au Hubert David 3   IM Chan Peng Kong 47
35 74   Armstrong Malcolm J   FM Mahmud Syarif 33
36 53   Wang Xiaohui   WCM Sihite Chelsie Monica 80
37 79 WFM Medina Warda Aulia   WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y. 58
38 81   Khore Bean Hwa   FM Ghosh Diptayan 62
39 89 WCM Ivana Maria Furtado     Ocantos Manuel 63
40 90   Aynechian Alireza     Nik Nik Ahmad Farouqi 65
41 92   Lee Kai Jie, Edward     Shanmuganathan T.R. 66
42 59   Nirav Y. Rajasuba 2   2   Rosli Ahmad Afiq Afyfy 84
43 61   Navalgund Niranjan 2   2 WCM Iin Dwijawanti Kadek 85
44 71   Ismail Ahmad 2   2   Limono Handjojo 87
45 91 WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham 2   2   Capel Evan Timothy 72
46 73   Yeoh Phee Leong Marcus 2   2   Abdul Wahab Najib 100
47 110   Ting Shih Chieh 2   2 WFM Dewi Aa Citra 82
48 83 FM Muhd Haikal 2   2   Hatibie Taufan Ariq H. 103
49 99 WFM Nur Najiha Hisham 2   WFM Smith Vivian J 93
50 68   Hj Azahari Md Aliuddin     Lee Kah Howe William 106
51 94   Sikivou Taione     Hamzah Razali 97
52 95   Shenvi Pratik     Srikanth Bhavisameera 109
53 108   Muhammmad Adib Syauqi     Amier Hamzah B. Mohd Zuhri 96
54 98   Saurabh Sable 1   1   Arjun Vairavan 102
55 111   Wong Enoch Yat Long 1   1   Lau Xian Hui Rudolph 105
56 107   Lee Say Siong John 1       bye