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750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival Concluded

The “750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival” was held from 21th April to 30th April 2012 and it offered three major events – the Florencio Campomanes Memorial International Rapid Chess Championship, the Historical Melaka International Chess Championship and the Historical Melaka Challenger Chess Championship with a total prize fund of more than USD 35,000.

The Florencio Campomanes Memorial was the first event for the Festival and it offered a prize fund of USD 20,000. This event was played over 11 rounds using rapid time control of 25 minutes per player per game played to the finish. The first 6 rounds were played on 21st April and the balance 5 rounds were played on 22nd April 2012.

GM Richard Bitoon and IM Oliver Dimakiling, both from Philippines, shared the first place with 8.5/11 points each in the very strong field with 15 Grandmasters and 12 International Masters. 69 players from 14 countries took participation.

The next two events, the Historical Melaka International Chess Championship and the Historical Melaka Challenger Chess Championship, run concurrently from 23rd April until 30th April 2012. Both events were played over 9 rounds using classical time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move per player per game from move one.

The International section was open to all players of any playing strength whilst the Challenger section was open only to players with a FIDE rating of 1999 and below. The International section offered a prize fund of RM 40,000 (about USD 13,000) whilst the Challenger section offered a prize fund of RM 10,000 (USD 3,300).

GM Attila Czebe from Hungary convincingly won the International section by collecting 7.5/9 points and leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind. Czebe defeated three fellow Grandmasters in the course of the tournament. 36 players competed, full standings bellow.

GM Attila Czebe

GM Attila Czebe

Photo courtesy of fireyrook.blogspot.com

Indonesian duo Endang Andrian and Gatot Suyono tied the first place in the Challenger section with 7.5/9 points each. 58 players participated, full standings bellow.

The official venue for the Festival was the Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka located right in the heart of the City of Melaka, a stone’s throw away from many historical landmarks and museums, shopping malls, interesting attractions, eateries and popular night spots.

This international chess event was jointly organized by the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), the Melaka State Government and the Melaka State Foundation.

Official website

Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka

Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka

Historical Melaka International – Final Standings:

1 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2477 – 7.5
2 GM Laxman R R IND 2415 – 6
3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2461 – 6
4 IM Karthikeyan P IND 2414 – 6
5 GM Romero Holmes Alfonso ESP 2501 – 6
6 Yeoh Li Tian MAS 2204 – 6
7 GM Bitoon Richard PHI 2455 – 5.5
8 GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2488 – 5.5
9 GM Arun Prasad S IND 2517 – 5.5
10 IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2343 – 5.5
11 IM Rathnakaran K IND 2410 – 5
12 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2456 – 5
13 FM Djuraev Sokhib TJK 2377 – 5
14 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2377 – 5
15 FM Hamdani Rudin INA 2322 – 5
16 Zulkipli Zaidan MAS 2066 – 5
17 Nayan Ahmad Fadzil MAS 2072 – 5
18 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2447 – 4.5
19 GM Horvath Adam HUN 2487 – 4.5
20 Manaog Stewart PHI 2043 – 4.5
21 Fong Yit Ho MAS 2001 – 4.5
22 Ismail Ahmad MAS 2007 – 4
23 Kharitonov Igor RUS 2106 – 4
24 Anasrullah INA 2127 – 4
25 Sugeng Mulijanto INA 0 – 4
26 WFM Bakri Alia Anin Azwa MAS 1975 – 4
27 Suharto Moh Wahyu Repelita INA 2066 – 3.5
28 WGM Nadig Kruttika IND 2238 – 3.5
29 Camilia Bt Johari MAS 1780 – 3.5
30 Hendrik Maha INA 0 – 3.5
31 Fong Yit San MAS 2002 – 3.5
32 Lim Kian Hwa MAS 1891 – 3.5
33 Tan Li Ting MAS 1844 – 2.5
34 Vinod G IND 2044 – 2
35 Ooi Zhi Yang MAS 1769 – 2
36 Abd Rahman Syazrin MAS 1556 – 2

Historical Melaka Challenger – Final Standings:

1. Endang Andrian INA 0 – 7.5
2. Gatot Suyono INA 0 – 7.5
3. Wakoko Enos UGA 0 – 7
4. Fong Choong Ee MAS 1977 – 7
5. Yuranda Irawan INA 0 – 7
6. Mohd Latib Latifah Syamimi MAS 0 – 6
7. Mazlan Nur Hidayah MAS 1419 – 6
8. Razman Muhd Asyraf MAS 0 – 6
9. Suci Rohaya INA 0 – 6
10. Lum Zhun Hoong MAS 1530 – 6
11. Latifah Kaiyisah Bt Mohd Lati MAS 1598 – 6
12. Mahmood Mohd Ezmi MAS 1805 – 6
13. Rokeman Nur Syahirah MAS 0 – 6
14. Yusoff Fairul MAS 1912 – 5.5
15. Aminuddin Muhd Faris MAS 1560 – 5.5
16. Devi Oktania INA 0 – 5.5
17. Ramli Abdul Rahim MAS 1944 – 5
18. Kungkong Henry Machin MAS 0 – 5
19. Tukiran Masros MAS 0 – 5
20. Jafri Aufa Nabila MAS 0 – 5
21. Noorman Muhd Nur Ashraaf MAS 1240 – 5
22. Yahya Muhd Amirull MAS 0 – 5
23. Zainal Muhd Zuhairi MAS 0 – 5
24. Mohd Salimin MAS 1630 – 5
25. Semaon Nur Saffa Syamimi MAS 0 – 5
26. Jamil Amizan Yahya MAS 0 – 5
27. Jusoh Mohd Zamri MAS 0 – 4.5
28. Saiful Bahri M Ammar MAS 0 – 4.5
29. Abdul Majid Mohd Faizal MAS 0 – 4
30. Abd Razak Madihah MAS 1229 – 4
31. Syed Jafri Sharifah Shazwani MAS 0 – 4
32. Rokeman Mohd Syauqi MAS 0 – 4
33. Ishak Effa Affiana MAS 1029 – 4
34. Abdullah Liyana MAS 0 – 4
35. Azlan Muhd Arif Aiman MAS 0 – 4
36. Zaini Diana Natasha MAS 0 – 4
37. Azlan M Luqman Nul Hakim MAS 0 – 4
38. Syed Adnan Sharifah Nur Izzati MAS 0 – 4
39. Samsuddin Nur Hajrah MAS 0 – 4
40. Ahmad Fadhil Ahmad Daniel MAS 0 – 3.5
41. Mohd Saudi Muhd Syafiq MAS 0 – 3.5
42. Abdul Aziz Muhd Mursyid MAS 0 – 3.5
43. Mohamad Muhammad Nur Husaini MAS 0 – 3.5
44. Mohammad Muhd Nur Fikri MAS 0 – 3.5
45. Azaman Aisyah Nur Nazihah MAS 0 – 3.5
46. Abdul Kadir Nur Syazana MAS 0 – 3
47. Roki M Zakwan MAS 0 – 3
48. Ismail Izzul Amier MAS 0 – 2.5
49. Shaludin Muhd Faiz Ridzwan MAS 0 – 2.5
50. Nik Mohd Noor Nik Muhd Muaz MAS 0 – 2.5
51. Bahter Nasir Muhd Ihsan Thaqif MAS 0 – 2.5
52. Rosely Ahmad Farhan Hakim MAS 0 – 2.5
53. Suboh Azlinda MAS 0 – 2.5
54. Syed Adnan Sh Nadzirah MAS 0 – 2.5
55. Ahmad Fadzil Nashita Aliah Fariha MAS 0 – 2.5
56. Ahmad Kamaludin Muhd Kamal Haiqal MAS 0 – 1.5
57. Hairul Nur Nabila Natasyahani MAS 0 – 0
58. Syed Mahamud Sharifah Noraniza MAS 0 – 0

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