I drop by at the 28th ASTRO MERDEKA RAPID OPEN TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2008 which start today at the Ballroom, CitiTel Midvalley Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 5 round were schedule today and tommorow will features the remaining 4 rounds. MERDEKA Rapid Open is part of the 2008 Malaysian Chess Festival. This year saw many GM's, IM's and other title players turn up to play in this "warm-up" tournaments before the " real" tournament DATMO 2008 start on monday.
Below are the photo's report of day 1.
GM Saidali Yuldashev(2520) is playing board 1 with team GOLDIS BERHAD . The team line up is 2nd board - GM Marat Dzuhamev ( 2549), 3rd board is Pinoy - Ian Udani - unrated but local weekend tournament champions! 4th board - Malaysian - Khor Shihong. This team is leading the tournaments after round 3 and they seems to be the favourites to win this event !
GM Susanto Megaranto is playing 1st board with team Glory Knights which have the average players ratings = 2275. His teamate is Malaysian FM Mok Tze Meng ( 2308) board 2, Malaysians - Faizal Andin (2oo5) 3rd board, Lim Zhuo Ren ( 1871) 4th board and Indonesian FM Sebastian Simanjuntak ( 2256) as the reserve.
Sadly to say, i'm not able to stay untill the end of the 1st day event so i' don't have the results but try your luck with this two site gilachessblog and MalaysianChessFederationBlog
The above "shy" GM is GM Zhang Zhong (FIDE 2632) - a former China top GM. Now he play for Singapore . Next to him is his beloved wife and STRONG player - WGM Li Roufan ( FIDE 2425) - who play board 2. They play with Malaysians - Yap Eng Chiam ( 3rd board) and Mohd Khair Wahiduddin ( board 4) photo right for team -Mixed Assets !
I'll be posting the remaining photo reports from time to time ...stay tune for update !