For Round 8, the venue returns to the main ballroom on the 2nd floor as the Organizer prepare for the last round, Round 9 starting at 9:00am tomorrow, followed by the closing ceremony at 2:00pm.
|The backdrop in the Ballroom|
|Back on the 2nd floor - the playing hall|
|GM Deepan Chakkravathy of India - 4 1/2 points|
|GM Arun Prasad of India - Currently tied for 2nd place with 5 1/2 points|
|WGM Kruttika Nadig - pondering her move|
|Young Tian will have a tough time against GM Adam Horvath|
On Table 1, both Suci Rohaya and Endang of Indonesia are slugging it out for the bragging rights to be the best in the Challenger section. A win by Gatot would definitely secure his title and the RM 1,500 pay out for the eventual champion but a loss will allow other players to overtake his throne in the final round. On Table 2, another Indonesian pair, Endang Andrian and Yuranda Irawan are also fighting it out to have a better chance of catching up with the leader Gatot. On Table 3, Malaysian Fairul Yusoff is paired against another newcomer to the Melaka chess scene, Ugandan Wakoko Enos and a win by any of the two would put them within the top 5 winners bracket of the challenger section. With the withdrawal of Abdul Rahim Ramli due his mother's passing, the task now falls onto Fairul to keep the hopes alive for a Malaysian to finish in the top 5 or higher for the Challenger event.
|Malaysian Fairul Yusoff - looking to stop Wakoko Enos of Uganda on Table 3|
|Suci Rohaya going against Gatot Suyono on Table 1|