Thursday, 30 July 2015

Kuala Lumpur International Open 2015 (KL Open 2015)


( Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia Pacific - GOLD Sponsor )

( IGB Corporation Berhad - GOLD Sponsor )

1. Sponsors & Organisers

With sponsorship from the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific and IGB Corporation, the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) is pleased to announce the KL International Open & Junior Rapid Chess Championships will be held at the Cititel Hotel Ballroom, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Merdeka Day Celebrations from 30-31 August 2015.

2. Format of Play

The tournament will be played over 9 rounds using the Swiss System according to World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rapid Chess Regulations, with a time control of 25 minutes each to the finish.

3. Prizes

1st RM 3,000, 2nd RM 1,500, 3rd RM 1,000 4th RM 700, 5th RM 500
6-10th RM 300 each, and 11th-20th RM 150 each. (The top KLCA player will receive a special RM 500 prize together with the title of KL Champion)

Juniors (U-16):
1st RM 600, 2nd RM 300, 3rd RM 150, 4th RM 100, 5th RM 50, and Best U-12 RM 100.

4. Schedule

Saturday 29 August 2015

1800 Final Registration & Technical Meeting

Sunday 30 August 2015

1000 Round 1
1200 Round 2
1400 Round 3
1600 Round 4
1800 Round 5

Monday 31 August 2015

0900 Round 6
1100 Round 7
1300 Round 8
1500 Round 9
1700 Awards Ceremony

5. Registration

The entry fee for Open is RM 50 (RM 30 for KLCA Members and USD 50/RM 200 for Foreigners) and the entry fee for Juniors is RM 30 and the organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry without explanation.

Note: FIDE does not charge for FIDE Rapid events. However MCF insists it must also be nationally rated and the levy is RM 9 per player! KLCA have appealed for this to be waived/reduced and have not received any reply to date. We have waited over a month now and should it not be rated it is then the decision of KLCA to still proceed with the KL Open as its obligation to its members and the chess community while honouring the sponsorship given.

Registration should be made via email together with details of payment to:
Tournament Director Mr. Ng Ling Gee at (012 - 383 2127)
with copy to  
A. KLCA Hon. Secretary En. Amirul HM at ; and,
B. Chief Arbiter IA Peter Long at


Event Manager & Bank Details: Effective Commerce Sdn. Bhd - Maybank: 514187214430

The following player information is also required:

1. Full name
2. Country & Federation
3. FIDE ID & Rating and/or National Rating
4. State Affiliate/Club Membership
5. Place & Date of Birth
6. Mobile Phone & E-Mail Contacts
7. IC/MyKAD No or, International Passport No (for foreign Players):

Monday, 27 July 2015

New EXCO Appointment - CM Fadli Zakaria (Fund-Raising & Corporate Partnership)

( CM Fadli Zakaria - Fund Raising & Corporate Partnership )

In a brief ceremony today in Kuala Lumpur, CM Fadli Zakaria is appointed as a new EXCO Member in KLCA's EXCO line-up until the next AGM in 2016. Fadli will be responsible for the Fund-Raising and Corporate Partnership portfolio.

Fadli, a full-time chess professional is married  and used to represent Johor. A familiar face within the chess community with his flagship Cerdik Catur brand, it is hoped that with his experience more local competitions will be organised by KLCA.

KLCA and Hon.Secretary wishes him all the best in undertaking his duties.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2015 - Maaf, Zahir & Batin.

( 1436 Hijrah / 2015 )

The KLCA wishes all its Muslim EXCO, Members and Junior Members, KL Chess Players,
the Malaysian Chess Community and Malaysians -


Amirul HM - Organising Secretary for 2015 KL International Open (also Honorary Secretary, KLCA)

The Organising Secretary for this year's 2015 KL International Open will be Amirul HM. He is also KLCA's Honorary Secretary for the 2014/2015 term. This will be his second involvement in the KL International Open after being involved in the 7th edition held in April of 2014 at the Olympic Sports Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Amirul HM has attended the following Courses and/or Seminars:-
(1) 2014 (June), MACAU S.A.R. Chess in Education Seminar.
      organised by Kasparov Foundation.

(2) 2013 (December), Al Ain - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. IO-International Organiser Course.
      organised by FIDE.

(3) 2013 (February), UTP Tronoh - Perak, MALAYSIA. Arbiters Course.
     organised by Malaysian Chess Federation(MCF),

He had also attended a few international competitions as an Accompanying Person for his children who represents/had represented KL and Melaka in the National Schools Sports Council or MSSM competition. The competitions Amirul had attended are namely:
(1) World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC 2013, Al Ain-UAE);
(2) Asian Schools Chess Championship (10th ASCC 2014, Taichung-TAIWAN);
(3) ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championship (15th AAG 2014, MACAU S.A.R); and,
(4) Asian Dragons Invitational C.C. (8th Asian Dragons 2014, New Taipei City-TAIWAN).

Amirul is involved primarily in the areas of Islamic Finance/SME and Media/Communications.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

KL Open 2015 - 30th & 31st August 2015

( Kuala Lumpur Open 2015 )

KLCA have given notice to the MCF on 30th of June 2015 for the Kuala Lumpur International Open 2015 ("The KL Open 2015") to take place on the 30th and 31st of August 2015 to commemorate Malaysia's 58th Merdeka Day (Independence Day).

Players interested to vie for the expected prize fund of RM10,000 for the Open category or, RM2,000 for the Juniors category can send an email to the below-named officials to register your respective interest.
1. Tournament Director & Head of Competition, KLCA - Mr. Ng Ling Gee at
2. Head of Selection, KLCA - Mr.Sumant Subramaniam at
3. Honorary Secretary, KLCA - En. Amirul HM at

Watch this site for further announcements.

Thursday, 2 July 2015