The number of players registering for the National Closed increased rapidly over the last 24 hours with the number of players for the Open section hitting 75 players and the Women section climbing to 22 players.
Penang sent in 11 players for the event (9 for the Open section and 2 for the Women) followed by Kelantan and Pahang with 3 players each, and Sarawak with a single representative. Both the winners of last year National Junior event, Lim Zhuo Ren and Alia Anin Azwa Bakri have registered for the event, including reigning Women Champion, Fong Mi Yen.
For the Open section, the top seeded player is currently Loo Swee Loong of Penang followed by Mohd Saprin Sabri and Yeoh Li Tian. In the Women section, WFM Ali Azwa Anin Bakri leads the pack followed by WCM Fong Mi Yen and WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham.
With capacity for the National Closed is limited to 120 seats, there are only 21 seats left to be filled. With some states still waiting for the 1st March deadline to register, and those who are rated 2200 and above who are waiting until 9th of March to confirm their participation, the door might close much earlier as soon as the number of players hit the ceiling of 120.
Some of those who have preregistered but have not made the necessary payment, are advised to complete the payment soon or contact the organizer for extension failing which, their names may be canceled to allow for other players to take part.
Update 11.34 AM
Attached is the “almost” FINAL list of players for the National Closed 2011. Although the are 7 seats left for the event, further application for entry shall be placed on a waiting list, pending approval for entry from the organizers. The main criteria that the organizer will look at to approve the entry shall be based on the applicants FIDE rating strength. Whilst the organizer can make concession to increase the number of players playing to exceed 120, with the early bird timeline ended yesterday, the number of participants are not expected to increase drastically within the next few days.
Players who have pre-registered but has not made the necessary payment are advised to do so within the next 24 hours after which, their names shall be considered for deletion and replaced by the new applicants/entries. As a rule of thumb, players who do not have a FIDE rating points shall be the first group of players to be deleted.
The total number of players for the Open Section currently stands at 81 players (it was 94 players last year) and for the Women section, 32 players have registered for the event (it was 44 players last year).
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