11th Malaysian Chess Festival starts strong

by ChessBase
9/18/2014 – The Malaysian Chess Festival is now in its eleventh year and is the most anticipated event in the country and region. This year the chess festival coincided with Malaysia's Day which marks the forming of Malaysia in 1963. The unique event not only runs three simultaneous tournaments, but also includes a massive team event, a junior, a rapid and a blitz event. Pictures and videos.

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Spearheading the event is the ASTRO Rapid Team Championship with no less than 118 teams participating. In fact, the organisers had to reject even more teams due to space constraints in the ballroom hall of Cititel Mid Valley.

The winners of the team event was Chess Kidz Next Generation representing a chess school
in Singapore consisting of an all Filipino team led by their captain GM Jayson Gonzales

Right after the team event there follows the Swensen's Age Group Championship with over 400 kids participating.

Here are the Under-16 girls winners

These are the Under-16 boys winners

The Under-14 girls winners

The Under-14 boys winners

The Under-12 boys winners

The Under-10 girls winners

Under 10 boys winners

The Under-6 boys winners

IM Pascua Haridas being interviewed by Vijay Kumar right after his win putting him into joint lead

The Malaysian Openis still on going with five rounds having been played. The 130 participants include thirteen grandmasters, fourteen IMs, twenty FIDE masters and various other titled players who are taking part.

Past champions include Ni Hua (2004), Wang Hao (2005), Dao Thien Hai (2006), Li Chao (2007 and 2008), Negi Parimarjan (2009), Cao Sang (2010), Li Shilong (2011), Antonio Rogelio Jr (2012) and Xiu Deshun (2012).

Current leaders in the Malaysia Open are FM Pascua Haridas and GM Shyam M. Sundar who stand at 4.5/5.

Sharing the lead is GM Shyam Sundar

Video reports by Vijay Kumar

Video report of the first day

Impressions and report of rounds one and two

Impressions and report of round three

Impressions and report of rounds four and five

Current standings after five rounds

Rk SNo Ti. Name Fed Rtg Pts TB
1 11 GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2468 4.5 16.0
2 22 FM Pascua Haridas PHI 2389 4.5 13.0
3 14 IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2439 4.0 17.0
4 19 IM Farid Firman Syah INA 2400 4.0 16.5
5 9 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2483 4.0 16.0
  16 IM Dableo Ronald PHI 2415 4.0 16.0
7 24 FM Sean Winshand Cuhendi INA 2382 4.0 16.0
8 3 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2527 4.0 15.5
9 10 GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2482 4.0 15.0
10 2 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2583 4.0 14.5
  6 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2495 4.0 14.5
12 21 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2393 3.5 16.0
13 32 FM Le Tuan Minh VIE 2347 3.5 15.5
14 12 GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2465 3.5 15.5
15 59   Marohom De Leon Jr. PHI 2216 3.5 15.0
16 1 GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2611 3.5 15.0

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