It will be a match-up of legends versus talents at the Raja Nazrin Shah Invitational Masters and International Open Chess Championships to be held at the Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 4-10 September 2011.
Organised by the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association with sponsorship from the Masterskill Education Group Berhad under its Educating Malaysia Corporate Social Responsibility program, the former Kuala Lumpur International Open (KL Open) has seen many great champions including last year’s winner, then 16 year old Woman World Chess Champion Hou Yifan from China.
It is a shared love for the game while recognising the benefits of chess and attributing its contribution to their respective success in life that convinced Raja Nazrin Shah to lend his name to the event and for KLCA President and Masterskill Education Group Berhad GCEO Dato’ Sri Edmund Santhara to provide the necessary leadership and find the sponsorship to make it happen!
This year the Raja Nazrin Shah Chess Championships will showcase an Invitational Masters GM round robin tournament where four veteran Grandmasters with stories to tell from Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines and Uzbekistan will vie for honours in competition with six young players including Malaysia’s great hope, 28 year old International Master Mas Hafizulhelmi.
In taking on Grandmasters Joseph Sanchez, Nguyen Anh Dung, Tahir Vakhidov and Dr. Wong Meng Kong, Mas will be joined by other top ASEAN GM prospects in International Masters Oliver Barbosa, Richard Bitoon, Nguyen Van Huy, Goh Wei Ming (all with recent GM norms) and Jahongir Vakhidov who made his first IM norm at the KL Open last year!
As in previous years there will also be an International Open, and this year we boast the deepest and most competitive field ever seen locally with half the entries being internationally titled players.
Malaysia will again depend on youth to fly its flag with 18 year old National Champion Lim Zhou Ren heading the local challenge which will also include its very best young talent, U-14 Boys Champion Roshan Ajeet Singh and U-14 Girls Champion Tan Li Ting as well as the Penang based brother and sister duo of U-10 Boys Champion Teh De Juan and U-10 Girls Champion Teh De Zen.
The veterans too will also be represented too with Dato’ Tan Chin Nam, father of Malaysian chess and former FIDE Deputy President for Asia, all of 85 years young having also entered!
Preview by Peter Long