Monday, August 10, 2009

SelangorChess Team - The road to the 29th Astro Merdeka Rapid Open Team Chess Championship 2009 (29th Aug to 31st Aug 2009)

This year's possible line-up will not include our regular player HonTreasurer Fariz Shafruddin as he has just left overseas for further studies. We congratulate and wish him all the best in his undertaking

The team will however remain as formidable with the recruitment of another capable and regular campaigner Kamaluddin Yusof

The first junior to have come forward for the State call-up is our golden boy Yeoh Li Tian. We note unfortunately, given the possible limited budget, time constraint and handling of the event by a third party there will be no State medal for the junior category at stake this year. (On the other hand as member affiliate we really hope the 'royalty or revenue sharing' from this and all other outsourcing arrangements will be sufficient to cover whatever deficit and more, and with a cleaner structure better benefits for members in future)

After due consideration we propose to put up two junior teams to give youngsters the recognition and exposure which are important prerequisites in chess development

The SelangorChess juniors will feature a number of fresh faces this year to include amongst others newly crowned WCN Nur Najiha Azman Hisham (top), Faisal Roslan (bottom pic.) and Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar (right pic showing the three-finger V sign, with her sister Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar on her left).

A complete line-up and board ranking will be finalised in due course

For information the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 will start off earlier with the main 9-Round IGB-6th Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open - 21st Aug to 28th Aug 2009 at Bintang Ballroom, Cititel MidValley the same venue as the above Rapid Open Team event. Details can be found at