Sunday, March 2, 2008

22nd Royal Selangor Juniors Open Chess Tournament 2008 - U 12 and U 16

Low Jun Jian took the Under-16 title with 6 points while Yeoh Li Tian wrested the Under-12 title with 6 1/2 points at the Sunway Univerity College premises earlier today. 101 players participated in this weekend tournament under two separate cartegories. MCF Deputy President Hj Ibrahim Bakar and MCF Council Member Mr Gregory Lau were also present in the closing ceremony to give away the prizes.

The CAS President En Shafruddin in his closing speech commented that the championships this year were based on shorter time-control of 25 minutes which would not be sufficient to test the strength of the players. This was due to the dwindling turnout of participants in the past years when each of the tournaments was held over 2 days. But our young players would definitely not be able to compete on a level playing field in international tournaments or in most other standard tournaments. Thus The Chess Association of Selangor ('CAS') with the support of Royal Selangor, felt it would be timely to introduce the standard time-control tournament for the juniors not only to those aspiring to compete internationally but to those wanting to apply their skills and knowledge to the full. The parents and players were urged to support this endeavour scheduled this coming June.

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