I am currently at Cititel Hotel Midvalley. Malaysian Chess Festival is underway right now with lots of interesting stories. I will try to keep updated with the events but just incase you want a fast updates login to Gilachess's blog or the official blog for more info.
Though it is a surprise that not many Malaysian players take up the challenge to play at either events, but at least there are some that willing too. Cant blame the others too, coz it is after all ramadhan month and unfortunately this festival is held on a non-school holidays time.
IM Mas is not in the list, coz he is currently pursuing his GM norm playing at Los Angeles. IM Mok is missing in action too. But surprisingly IM Lim Yee Weng is here, good to know that he still interested in chess after working in Singapore and having a married life!
IM Jimmy is also playing but - not in Open section.. he is playing in Seniors Open (aged 50 and above category). Since the age is change in this section many local regular players turned up to play, that includes Mat Zaki Yeop, Mustafa Said, Jax Tham and others.
In the Ambank section - we have a female player from Uzbekistan in the first seed named Kurbonboeva Sarvinov rated at 2133. If she wins this event, then it is going to be the first time that a female champions it.. :-)) But we have others to challenge her, that includes our local Zaidan Zulkifli, Masrin, Abdullah Che Hassan, Khaushal, Muhd Syazwan, and few others plus one WIM Cristine Mariano (GM Nelson's sister) from the Philippines.
So, lets kick start the tournament!