Saturday, January 09, 2010

The 1st National Woman Master Chess Championship Update !

Thanks to the Organizing Secretary - Mr. Najib Wahab from the Dato' Arthur Tan Chess Centre (DATCC) for the following information about the 1st National Woman Master Chess Championship.

The 1st National Women Masters Chess Championship is a platform that will be used to select players to represent Malaysia in Internationl events including this year's Olympiad scheduled for September 2010. The prize fund has been set at RM2,000 and the event has been scheduled from 26th February until 2nd March 2010.

Please read below for players selection criteria and tournament details.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The following criteria will be used to select 16 Women players to participate in the 1st National Women Masters Chess Championship 2010.

Tournament will be played over two games using a FIDE Knockout Format with a time control of 1 hour 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment per move from move 1. Should the game ended in a tie, a tie breaker of two rapid games of 25 minutes per player per game will be used to decide the winner. (Players shall draw for colour before the initial game starts and alternate playing colour as the game progresses). If the game continues to be a tie, a blitz game using an Armageddon style sudden death tie breaker will be used to decide the winner (with players drawing for colour before the start of the tie breaker). Armageddon (sudden death) format is White has 5 minutes against Black’s 4 minutes, and in the case of a draw Black is considered the winner.

GAME SCHEDULE

Games have been set to start on Saturday, 26th February and to conclude by 2nd March 2010 as per the following schedule:

Friday, 26th Feb

9:00am Opening
10:00am Round of 16 (Game 1)
3:00pm Round of 16 (Game 2)

Saturday, 27th Feb

10:00am Quarterfinal (Game 1)
3:00pm Quarterfinal (Game 2)

Sunday, 28th Feb

10:00am Semi Final (Game 1)
3:00pm Semi Final (Game 2)

Monday, 1st March

10:00am Final (Game 1)
3:00pm Final (Game 2)
Note: Date for the final maybe deferred to another date with the agreement of both finalists

PLAYERS SELECTION

The 16 players will be selected based on:
1. Top 4 finishers from the National Closed Women Chess Championship 2009
2. Top 2 finishers from the National Junior Chess Championship 2009
3. Top 4 players from the top 20 Women Players in Malaysia based on FIDE Rating list (going down the list in a sequential order)
4. Top 4 players from the top 20 Women Players in Malaysia based on the National Rating list (going down the list in a sequential order)
5. 2 Players nominated by MCF President and approved by the council

In the event that the list for item 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been exhausted, the MCF reserves the right to select players to fill up the remaining vacant spots to complete the 16 players

Top 4 finishers from the National Closed Women Chess Championship 2009

1. Tan Li Ting
2. Renitha Narayanan
3. NWM Alia Azwa Anin Bakri
4. Winnie Hong Wee Ni

Top 2 finishers from National Junior Women Chess Championship 2009

1. WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham
2. Amira Shahmina Zullkafli

ENQUIRIES

Organizing Secretary
Mr Najib Abdul Wahab
DATCC (Dato Arthur Tan Chess Center)
Tel: +6016 338 2542
Email:
najib.wahab@hotmail.com

MALAYSIAN CHESS FEDERATION
Mr Gregory Lau
Honorary Secretary
Tel: +6012 902 0123
Email:
greglau64@gmail.com


Source: Mr. Najib Wahab ( Organizing Secretary/DATCC)

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