Saturday, August 29, 2015

KLCA Ready for tomorrow's Day 1 of the 2015 KL Open Chess Competition

SPORTS - Media Partnership
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Saturday, 29th August 2015

 ( L-R: The Invitation Card for the 2015 KL Open and KLCA logo )

The Kuala Lumpur Chess Association or KLCA is ready for tomorrow's 8th edition of the 2015 KL International Open Chess Competition which will be held at Cititel Midvalley Kuala Lumpur from 30th to 31st August. The event is held in conjunction with Malaysia's 58th Merdeka Day celebrations. The ASEAN 500 is an official Media Partner for the event.

( KL Open 2015 Technical Meeting, Customary for any FIDE-rated event )

( KL Open 2015, Technical Briefing done by IA Peter Long - Chief Arbiter for event )
*pictures courtesy of L.G.Ng - KL Open 2015 Tournament Director.

( An EXCO Member of KLCA, sitting in front of the event's backdrop )
* picture courtesy of CM Fadli Zakaria

The customary Technical Meeting has just ended around 7.05 pm. Around 100 players are confirmed to start the event tomorrow with players in the Open category slightly outnumbering the Under-16 Juniors category which is just introduced to help with the development of junior chess players in Malaysia. Numbers are a bit down due to the present political scenario which resulted in a few countries not confirming their participation in the Open event whilst a number of local players or more specifically chess parents had withdrawn their children from the U16 Juniors event as well despite initially expressing their interest to play.

( Gold Sponsors for KL Open 2015 - Kasparov Foundation A.Pacific and IGB Corporation Berhad)

Gold sponsors are Kasparov Foundation Asia Pacific and IGB Corporation Berhad. RM12,000 as prize money is at stake for the winners. The ASEAN 500 wishes KLCA All the Best in organising the event and wish the players well as well.