Chinese dominate at the Malaysian Chess Festival 2011

9/29/2011 – For the eight year running the Malaysian Chess Festival was held at Mid Valley City, a one stop destination for living, business and leisure on the periphery of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. This year's edition saw patron Dato Tan, 85 years old, playing in the Senior section. In the Open we find the first six places taken by Chinese players, one of them in fact female. Big pictorial by Andrew Ooi.

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The Malaysian Chess Festival 2011

Report by Andrew Ooi in Kuala Lumpur


Mid Valley City in Kuala Lumpur, where the Malaysian Chess Festival is held

As in past years, the chess festival coincides with Malaysia's Independance Day. This year commemorates Malaysia's 54th year of Independance. The Malaysian Chess Festival is unique in that it runs three simultaneous tournaments at the same venue in Cititel Hotel.


The Malaysian Open this year was won by Chinese GM Li Shilong

Past champions include Ni Hua (2004), Wang Hao (2005), Dao Thien Hai (2006), Li Chao(2007), Li Chao(2008), Negi Parimarjan (2009) and Cao Sang(2010).


GM Li Shilong takes back home with him USD 4,000 as champion


The AmBank Challengers section was won by pretty lass,
Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz from Uzbekistan, who takes home RM 1000


2006 Malaysian Open champion GM Dao Thien Hai


Dato' Tan Chin Nam, popularly aknowledged as the father of Malaysian chess,
former FIDE Deputy President, and 85 years young, playing in the Seniors section



IM Oliver Dimakiling "killed" off many opponents with his enterprising and aggressive
style in the tournament earning him best game prize


Chess writer IM Gary Lane


GM Dmitri Kayumov winning the seniors section for the second
time in a row. He won RM 5000 for his efforts.


Malaysia's first International Master Jimmy Liew winning second prize (RM 4000)


China is never short of new talents. Lu Shanglei is a new face but his performance
earned him a GM norm in this tournament. He finished second in the Open section.


16 year old Wang Jue earned a IM norm


Another talented 16-year-old, Lei Tingjei, who earned a WIM norm


Best Malaysian: IM Lim Yee Weng


WIM Nafisa Muminova wins the best Ladies prize


WGM Ju Wenjun finished 6th place overall


Current Vietnamese Women champion WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung


Second best in the ladies: WGM Zhang Xiaowen

Final Ranking (after nine rounds)

Rk.
Title
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1
GM
Li Shilong
CHN
2520
7.5
54.5
42.5
44.75
2
IM
Lu Shanglei
CHN
2526
7.0
53.0
40.5
40.50
3
GM
Wen Yang
CHN
2558
7.0
47.0
37.5
36.50
4
Wan Yunguo
CHN
2462
6.5
51.0
39.0
35.50
5
GM
Wang Rui
CHN
2436
6.5
49.5
38.5
31.50
6
WGM
Ju Wenjun
CHN
2515
6.5
45.5
35.5
32.75
7
GM
Sanchez Joseph
PHI
2534
6.5
44.0
33.5
31.50
8
IM
Dimakiling Oliver
PHI
2414
6.0
54.0
42.5
34.00
9
GM
Salvador Roland
PHI
2527
6.0
50.5
39.0
31.00
10
IM
Nguyen Duc Hoa
VIE
2452
6.0
48.5
38.5
29.00
11
Yu Ruiyuan
CHN
2431
6.0
47.0
37.0
28.50
12
IM
Rolando Nolte
PHI
2433
6.0
46.5
37.0
29.75
13
IM
Yu Lie
CHN
2414
6.0
46.0
36.0
26.00
14
GM
Dao Thien Hai
VIE
2492
6.0
45.5
36.0
28.25
15
Udani Ian
PHI
2307
6.0
44.5
34.0
26.25
16
GM
Gasanov Eldar
UKR
2472
6.0
42.5
34.0
28.00
17
WIM
Muminova Nafisa
UZB
2319
6.0
42.0
31.0
25.50
18
Tumpak Sinurat
INA
0
6.0
37.5
29.5
25.25

There are eight chess events included as part of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2011:


This pictorial report was prepared by Andrew Ooi (left), with all photographs by Hadi
Hamid (right). Both of them spent sleepless nights as "bulletin boys" for the event.

Copyright Ooi/ChessBase


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