Thursday, September 2, 2010
The Malaysian Chess Festival Heats On
The Malaysian classic chess events start today. Three events - DAT Malaysian Open, Ambank Chess Challenge and Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open, are being held concurrently. The seventh edition of DATMO has attracted 133 participants that include 54 title players. Malaysia, as the host country, has the largest number of participants as shown by below Federation statistics. It is also obvious that China and India have big number of players as well as Indonesia.
Sixteen Grandmasters or GMs are among 54 title players participating in the event. It is quite a strong chess tournament. Below are the list of the twenty six Malaysian players that participate in the DATMO. IM Mok whose FIDE ratings is 2416 is the best Malaysian seed at 32nd. Among the elite Malaysian players missing in the starting list are IM Mas, IM Yee Weng and FM Nicholas. GiLoCatur believes that they do not participate due to work commitments. GiLoCatur wish BEST OF LUCK to all the Malaysian players in the events.
In the first round yesterday (Wednesday), most Malaysian players lose to their respective opponents. Our current chess prodigy, Li Tian, managed to draw against GM Saidali. In the second round, he will play against IM Mok who also drew his first round.
Below is the list of the sixteen GMs led by the top seed, GM Abhijeet Gupta from India that embrace the 2010 Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open.