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 !!