Friday, September 4, 2009

Kuala Lumpur Open 2009 - Round 1

Just a week after the Malaysian Open being held in Kuala Lumpur, today the city will starts Kuala Lumpur Open 2009. It is a 9 round swiss tournament and double rounds a day. The participant looks strong with a total of 57 players will join the event, out of which 7 GMs, 7 IMs, 2 WIMs, 5 FMs, etc.

Indonesian's number 1 GM Megaranto Susanto is still there, his chess campaign this year are two tournament at Subic, the Asian Zonal 3.3 Qualification and last week's Malaysian Open. He will be accompanied by fellow Indonesian's player IM Tirta Chandra Purnama, IM Irwanto Sadikin, FM Sebastyan Simanjuntak and also a numbers of National Master Sofyan Jafar, Hasian Panggabean and others.

The Indonesian girls is minus WGM Irene K. Sukandar, who going into intensive training for her Zhe Jiang Open. So it leave WFM Medina Warda Aulia, (World School Chess Champion U11 2008); WFM Dewi Ardhiani Anastasia Citra, (runner-up World School Chess Champion U15 2009); WCM Chelsie Monica Sihite, (World School Chess Champion U13 2008); and Virda Rizka Aulia, 14, sibling of Medina.

From Singapore, FM Chan Wei Xuan Timothy 2363 is the highest rated from the nation followed by fellow FM Chan Yi-Ren Daniel 2340.

Overall Vietnamese's GM is dominating top seed (GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2589 and GM Thien Hai Dao 2542 ), Phillipine is a bit lesser to participate here with only IM Bitoon Richard 2490 at top 10 seed.

Round 1 will see Indonesian's WCM Sihite Chelsie Monica to face IM Bitoon Richard, and WCM Medina Warda Aulia unlucky to see her own coach IM Irwanto Sadikin.

Official website , Chessdom report and Indonesian's report.

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