Malaysian Chess Festival 2012 in Kuala Lumpur

10/1/2012 – Once again the Malaysian Chess Festival was held at the five-star Mid Valley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This year's Festival was held in three sections. The top IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Chess Tournament, with 176 players from 14 countries, was won by Filipino GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. The ASTRO Rapid Open Team Chess Championship has 66 teams participating. Report by Reza Mahdipour.

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The Malaysian Chess Festival 2012

Report by Reza Mahdipour


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


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9th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Chess Tournament

In this tournament 176 players from 14 countries including nine GMs, one WGM, nine IMs, one WIM, six FMs, one WFM and one WCM were present. Two Filipino Players Rogelio Antonio and Ronaldo Nolte finished with 9/10, but 50-year-old GM Antonio won the golden medal on better tiebreak.


Filipino GM Rogelio Antonio Jr, rated 2548, took first place

Final Ranking

Rk. Title Name FED
Rating
Pts.
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI
2548
9
83.5
66.25
57
2 IM Nolte Rolando PHI
2454
9
82.5
65.25
57
3 GM Gasanov Eldar UKR
2458
8.5
82.5
61.75
56.5
4 IM Wahono Awam INA
2389
8.5
81.5
59.75
54.5
5 GM Bitoon Richard PHI
2442
8.5
80.5
60.5
53.5
6 IM Dableo Ronald PHI
2430
8.5
80
59.5
55.5
7 FM Novita Anjas INA
2339
8.5
78
58.25
51
8 IM Senador Emmanuel PHI
2353
8
81.5
56.25
53
9 GM Mariano Nelson PHI
2447
8
78
53.25
50.5
10   Yeoh Li Tian MAS
2258
8
76
52.5
47
11 GM Kayumov Dmitry D UZB
2415
8
74
51.75
49.5
12   Diano Eden PHI
2416
8
73
48
50
13 GM Laylo Darwin PHI
2489
7.5
78
49
52
14 IM Chiong Zacarias Luis PHI
2301
7.5
76.5
48.5
49.5
15   Branzuela Ali PHI
2270
7.5
76
47.25
49.5
16 GM Gomez John Paul PHI
2539
7.5
74
49
48.5
17   Menard De Ocampo PHI
0
7.5
73
48.25
44.5
18 IM Solomon Stephen J AUS
2378
7.5
72.5
44.25
48
19 WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA
2347
7.5
72
46.5
43
20   Shandilya Rohan Vijay IND
0
7.5
71
45.5
42
21 GM Vakhidov Tahir UZB
2477
7.5
70.5
45
48.5
22   Barretto Franz PHI
0
7.5
70
46.25
38.5
23   Largo Bengt PHI
0
7.5
68.5
44.75
41.5

32nd ASTRO Rapid Open Team Chess Championship

There were 66 teams in this tournament: 290 players from nine countries, including seven GMs, one WGM, eight IMs, one WIM, six FMs, two WFMs, one CM and one WCM. Quezon City won gold with the brilliant GM Regelio Antonio on board one.


A spectacular battle between GMs Eldar Gasanov and John Paul Gomez (Eldar won)


A total of 66 teams were present in this tournament


The 2012 champions: Quezon City of Philippines


Second place: Tagaytay from Philippines


Third place: Marfori from Philippines


4th: Chesskidz Shock Troopers with Ukranian GM Eldar Gasanov (board one best performer with 8.5/9)


5th: Master Mind, with players from Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, including
current Asian Women Champion WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar


6th: Tandag City - with Filipino GMs John Paul Gomez and Richard Bitoon


8th: Penang Express


9th: Klang Valley Koalas from Australia


10th: Serikandi 2012 - with Malaysian ladies


A line-up of the best lady's team


KL Fool Gone Mad – best Malaysian Team


Chess Tigers - 2nd Malaysian Team


Sabah A, the 3th Malaysian Team


Again! The Champion Cup in the hands of GM Rogelio Antonio

Final Ranking

Rk. SNo Team
  + 
  = 
  – 
 TB1 
 TB2 
1 10 Quezon City Chess Team
7
1
1
15
24.5
2 5 Tagaytay Team
6
2
1
14
27.5
3 2 Marfori Philippines
6
2
1
14
26
4 12 Chesskidz Shock Troopers
6
2
1
14
22.5
5 4 MasterMind
6
1
2
13
25.5
6 9 Tandag City
6
1
2
13
25
7 8 KL Fool Gone Mad (MY/State)
6
1
2
13
24
8 7 Chess Tigers (MY)
6
1
2
13
23
9 22 SELANGOR Merah Kuning (MY/State)
6
0
3
12
27
10 15 Penang Express
6
0
3
12
25
11 18 Sabah A (MY/State)
6
0
3
12
24
12 6 AMS Boleh
5
2
2
12
23.5
13 11 Klang Valley Koalas
6
0
3
12
23
14 23 Serikandi 2012 (MY/Lady)
5
2
2
12
21.5
15 3 KL Chesskids Academy
4
3
2
11
23
16 27 Chess Association of India A
5
1
3
11
22.5
17 1 Team Chesskidz
5
1
3
11
22
18 29 PENANG Inferno (MY/State)
5
1
3
11
20.5
19 25 KPSB (asef) (MY)
5
0
4
10
23.5
20 14 PAHANG Setiachess (MY/State/Family)
4
2
3
10
19.5
21 13 GilaChess
4
2
3
10
19
22 60 Polgar Dragons (MY/U16)
4
2
3
10
19
23 20 CLOBA 80 (MY)
4
2
3
10
19
24 38 Sabah B (MY/State)
5
0
4
10
18.5
25 17 JTR (MY)
4
2
3
10
18.5
26 21 Lemang Ketupat Rendang Ayam (MY)
4
2
3
10
18
27 36 PERAK Puncak Perak (MY/State)
4
2
3
10
18
28 19 Golden Travelers (VET)
4
2
3
10
16
29 63 Chung Ling High School B (MY/Sch/U16)
4
1
4
9
21
30 16 RSC Team (MY/VET)
4
1
4
9
20
31 55 Einstein's Theory (MY)
3
3
3
9
19.5
32 58 Chung Ling High School A (MY/Sch/U16)
4
1
4
9
19
33 62 MBS (MY/Sch/U16)
4
1
4
9
18.5
34 61 The Young Minds (MY/U12)
4
1
4
9
18
35 45 Penang Juniors (MY/U12)
4
1
4
9
17.5
36 41 JM Bena (MY)
4
1
4
9
16.5
37 30 PERAK Pasukan Remaja (MY/State/U16)
4
1
4
9
15.5
38 28 Chesskidz Gladiators (U16)
3
3
3
9
15
39 31 Penang Free School A (MY/U16)
4
1
4
9
14.5
40 64 The Young Minds U16 (MY/U16)
3
2
4
8
20
41 59 IJM/S2 Community Junior (MY/U16)
3
2
4
8
18
42 66 Penang Chinese Girls High School
3
2
4
8
17.5
43 56 The Incredibles (MY/U16)
4
0
5
8
17
44 47 Polgar Tigers (MY/U16)
4
0
5
8
17
45 24 Cai-Ladji Chess School (INDIA)
4
0
5
8
17
46 44 PCA-A (MY/U16)
2
3
4
7
17.5
47 65 SJKC Jalan Davidson A (MY/Sch/U12)
3
1
5
7
16.5
48 57 Chesskidz Warriors (U12)
3
1
5
7
16.5
49 46 Polgar Red Warriors (MY/U16)
3
1
5
7
15.5
50 49 PROMICOM (MY)
3
1
5
7
15
51 54 Vishy 2 (MY/U16)
2
3
4
7
14.5
52 39 Chess Association of India B
2
3
4
7
14
53 40 Chung Ling High School C (MY/Sch/U16)
2
3
4
7
14
54 26 IJM/S2 Community Senior (MY)
2
3
4
7
13.5
55 33 Kids for Chess Juniors B (MY/U12)
2
3
4
7
13
56 37 SMK(L) Methodist Boy's School Penang
2
2
5
6
15
57 48 Polgar Wizards (MY/U16)
3
0
6
6
14
58 32 Cheras Chess Freedom (MY)
3
0
6
6
13
59 35 PCA-B (MY/U16)
3
0
6
6
12.5
60 53 Vishy 1 (MY/U16)
2
2
5
6
12
61 42 Keong Hoe (MY/U12)
2
1
6
5
13.5
62 43 Paulian White Knights (MY/Sch/U16)
2
1
6
5
11.5
63 51 SJKC Jalan Davidson C (MY/Sch/U12)
1
2
6
4
8
64 34 Kids for Chess Secondary (MY/U16)
1
2
6
4
7
65 50 SJKC Jalan Davidson B (MY/Sch/U12)
1
1
7
3
6.5
66 52 SJKC Jalan Davidson D
0
1
8
1
4.5


Tournament Chief Arbiter FA Najib Abdul Wahab


The trophies of the events


Tournament director and well-known International Arbiter Majid Abd Hamid


Night view of Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. According to the CTBUH's
definition and ranking they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004.

3rd SWENSEN's Open Rapid Age-Group

In this Tournament 240 players (in five categories) from six countries were present.


In front of the tournamet hall


6 vs 4!! Soshiyant Tasharrofi from Iran and Malaysian Rui Yi (just 4 years 11 months)


Singapore players, coached by GM Eldar Gasanov


Iranian Medalists from the Trova Chess Academy


Awards in this part of the tournament were given by Iranian GM Shojaat Ghane


Your reporter Reza Mahdipour

Copyright Mahdipour/ChessBase

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