Yesterday is the finish day of Kuala Lumpur Open 2009. The whole tournament get a nice coverage by at least four websites, the official KL Chess, official partner Chessdom, ChessAsia.net, and Bahasa Indonesia only potretcatur.blogspot.com, it has some notation of Indonesian's games. It is nice to see a great tournament happen in South East Asia more often now. The Phillipine is done with SUBIC earlier this year, Vietname had his Asian Zonal and Junior event, Thailand done with Bangkok Chess Open and now Malaysia comes with Datmo and KL Open. Hopefully, Indonesia, third strongest in SE Asia, will again encourage to host international chess event in the style of 90's where GM Judith Polgar etc come to Bali.
However back to KL Open, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son finished as no.1. He defeated strong GM Marat Dzhumaev from Uzbekistan at final round and secured 7 1/2 lead. The 19 year GM from Vietname gain RM 10,000 for his first prize. This title added to his other achievements, he was 2001 Asia U-12 Chess champion and 2005 SEA Games Individual Rapid and Standard Chess champion.
Closely by half point is GM Susanto Megaranto. The Indonesia's active no.1 started slow, having been defeated by CM Nguyen Hoang Nam and IM Dede Liu, he finished the last round by defeating GM Dao Thien Hai. The 21 old GM solely owned second prize of RM 5,000. On third spot is GM Saidali Iuldachev. The Uzbekistan's no.6 get only one lost, also to CM Nguyen Hoang Nam, and will received RM 3,000.
Of Singapore's contingent, both FM Timothy Chan Wei Xuan and FM Daniel Chan Yi Ren finished 5 1/2 point. Both,aged 17 and 16, are currently nation's highest rated young player.
Of Indonesia's contingent, CM Farid Firmansyah is able to secured his first IM norm. Farid defeated IM Richard Bitoon and IM Rahul Shetty (IND), his performance rating is 2393. While the young lad, the dream team, Medina, Chelsie, Dewi AA and friends hopefully will learn more by playing "Open" opponents.