Mouth watering encounter on Table 1 between newly crowned Campomanes Rapid Champion, GM Richard Bitoon against Russian GM Alexander Forminyh. On Table 2, the lone IM with 2 points Oliver Dimakiling paired against Hungarian GM Attila Czebe and Table 3, the battle between 2 Indian Grandmasters, GM Deepan Chakkravathy and GM Laxman RR.
IM Mas is on Table 8 and will face compatriot Ahmad Fadzil Nayan and Yeoh Li Tian on Table 12 playing against Ismail Ahmad. Local Zaidan Zulkipli is paired against IM Praveen Kumar whilst on Board 16, its the battle of the Malaysian ladies between local Melaka WFM Alia Anin Azwa Bakri against uprising youngster Camilia Johari.
In the Challenger section, second seeded Abdul Rahim Ramli now holds Table 1 and will play against Muhd Mursyid followed by Indonesian Andrian Endang against local lass Latifah Kaiyisah. Another Indonesian Gatot Suyono is on Table 3 playing the white pieces against Mohd Salimin of Melaka.
Round 3 will start at 3:00pm local Melaka time :)