|GM Alfonso Romero Holmes of Spain|
On Table 2, GM Alexander Fominyh is paired against IM Rathnakaran of India whilst on Table 3, IM Karthikayen will face Hungarian GM Adam Horvath.
|GM Alexander Fominyh of Russia|
All eyes will be on Table 5 where Malaysian hopeful IM Mas Hafizulhelmi will be playing against GM Deepan Chakkravathy of India and a win here will definitely help Mas to get back on the right track to regain his confidence after a dismal outing in Brunei. Another Malaysian hopeful, young Yeoh Li Tian will be playing against IM Oliver Dimakiling on Table 8 where Oliver will be playing white against Tian's black. This would be an interesting encounter as Li Tian now have the opportunity to avenge his loss to Oliver in the recently concluded Brunei Campomanes Memorial Grandmaster event. It will be an exciting match as the two had also met in the second round of the Brunei event with both players paired the same color. Will history repeat itself or will it be a sweet revenge for Tian?
|IM Oliver Dimakiling of Philippines|
Other notable pairing in Round 2 are GM Arun Prasad playing against Hendrik Maha of Indonesia on Table 9 - GM Prasad with 1/2 points after his surprising draw against Hendrik's compatriot Anasrullah whilst Hendrik Maha score his full point after an upset win against Prasad's compatriot WGM Nadig Kruttika.
|Yeoh Li Tian of Malaysia|
For the Challenger section, the top 5 seeds in Eddy Fong, Abdul Rahim Ramli, Fairul Yusof, Mohd Ezmi Mahmood and Latifah Kaiyisah are still holding their position but with Eddy and Fairul being paired against Indonesian Endang and Gatot respectively, the situation may change at the end of the round. As far as experience goes, many Malaysian chess players understands well enough that unrated Indonesian chess players must not be taken lightly and despite the absence of a FIDE rating point, their playing performance is easily beyond the Amateur level.
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More news later on this same website at the conclusion of Round 2!