Record participation at the Swensen’s Rapid Age Group Championships

The Swensen’s Rapid Age Group Championships has become one of the signature events of the Malaysian Chess Festival being held from 18-28 September 2015 at Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

It is traditionally held on the day between the end of the ASTRO Merdeka Rapid Team Championships and the start of the IGB International Open Championship where the top players in the region would be battling for honours with many others also hoping to win international title norms.

With 449 players so far registered for the one day rapid event held on 20 September 2015, a new participation record has already been broken.

Cititel Mid Valley Hotel

Cititel Mid Valley Hotel

The breakdown is 43 in U-16, 61 in U-14, 126 in U-12, 143 in U-10, 85 in U-8, and 18 in U-6, simple statistics that show the future of the game is bright with the children playing chess in Malaysia and they will have serious competition from the many young champions from neighbouring Indonesia, Singapore, and Philippines who are also being joined by their challengers from India, Bangladesh, Australia and Japan!

More details are at the official website is at www.datchesscenter.com and Facebook Page is at https://www.facebook.com/malaysianchessfestival

Report by Peter Long

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