Sunday, December 09, 2007

Malaysian Performances at The Prasvnath Commonwealth Chess Championships 2007

Three Malaysian players IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (2372), Sumant Subramaniam (1956) and Sarawakian old timer Lim Kian Hwa (2062) participate in the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2007 held in Delhi, India from 2-10 December 2007.

The playing hall
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The championship, which is being organized by the Delhi Chess Association on behalf of the All India Chess Federation and Commonwealth Chess Association has attracted a record 282 entries in a very strong field, consisting of 13 Grandmasters (GM), 5 Women Grandmasters (WGM), 35 International Masters (IM), 7 Women International Masters (WIM), from 11 Commonwealth countries; Australia, Bangladesh, England, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Republic of South Africa, Singapore, Sri-Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago and host India. The total US prize fund is $20000 .

So far Malaysian player performances after 9 round are as below:-

(i) IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (2372) - 5 1/2
(ii) Sumant Subramaniam (1956) - 3 1/2
(iii)Lim Kian Hwa (2062) - 3

Only Sumant Subramanian manage to made an upset in Round 3 by beating higher rated player WIM Anjela Khegay (photo right) former Uzbekistan but now representing Singapore. Our "former" no.1 player IM Mas failed to make an upset in Round 3 when he lost to the second seed - GM Gawain Jones from England in a Sicilian Dragon.

In round 9 Mas will meet an uphill task when he is paired against India prodigy and new hot shot GM Parimarjan Negi. Meanwhile Sumant will meet Swapnil S Dhopade (2261) and Lim Kian Hwa paired against Shah Manush (1911) both from India. Wish them all the best.

(left) IM Mas Hafizulhelmi
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