Dato Tan Chin Nam in his friendly game against the late Campomanes (right) last year
As announced earlier, The 2010 Malaysian Chess Festival (Malaysian Open) will be held from 28th August - 7th September 2010. This annual event which has been held since 2004 has attract many international players from all over the world and mainly from the Asian Pacific region. However, as point out by IM Jimmy Liew in his blog, this year edition will have a serious competitor - The 2010 Florencio Campomanes Memorial Cup Chess Championship which will be held from 28th August till 5th September 2010.
Is the Campo tournament's organizer simply "overlooked" the date which clash with this year Malaysian Open?
Interesting note that the Campo's Tournament offered more prize money then the Malaysian Open. This will surely influence the players and the Philippines who are among the biggest participants in the annual Malaysian Open. The Philippines players will surely choose to play in their homeland.
As we all know, Malaysia is supporting Karpov while Philippines choose the incumbent - Kirsan. Is the Campo Tournament is being use as an "ambush" strategy for the the 2K ( Kirsan-Karpov) 2010 FIDE Election battle? If yes, i don't think the late Campomanes will agree to this strategy especially by using his name on this tournament. Many knows Campomanes was a good friend to Malaysian Chess!