Tan Li Ting sealed her crown after a convincing win against Nur Sabrina Aliya in Round 8, regardless what ever the score will be in the her last Round 9 game against Mok Shu Zing. Although Najiha can mathematically equal Li Ting score of 7.5 points, her earlier lost to Li Ting in Round 5 does not work to her favor as PE (Personal Encounter) will be the first tie break used to determine the outright winner.
For the Girls section, the race now is for second place with Najiha currently in lead with 6.5 points over Nithyalakshmi who had 6 points. As both players are not expected to lose their last round encounter against their respective opponents, the standing should remain the same with Najiha the runner up and Nithya in third place
The same could not be said for the Boys section. With Yit San loss to Aron Teh in Round 8, and Mark Siew surprising lost to Ahmad Afiq Afyfy, the event is now wide open with at least 3 players having the chance to share or secure the top spot. Tan Jun Feng also managed to come from behind with a convincing win against Lim Kim Siong to catch up on par with the leader Fong Yit San, both now having 6.5 points. If both players win their last round game, a playoff is set to take place as both players had drew against one another. 3 other players who are within half point striking distant from the leader duo are Lim Chuin Kai, Ahmad Afiq Afyfy and Aron Teh, all with 6 points each.
Mark Siew who started well prior to Round 5, was not seem to be able to rebound after his loss to Yit San, suffering 2 more draws in Round 6 and 7, and lost Round 8 match to Afiq Afyfy. Mark currently has 5 points and is sharing 9th to 18th place with.
For today's schedule, the prize giving ceremony will begin at 2:00pm and will be officiated by MCF President, Tan Sri Dato Seri DiRaja Ramli Ngah Talib. Soon after at 3:00pm, there will be an Open Blitz Event for everyone to participate. Entry fees is RM15 and the event will be played over 9 rounds Swiss. Those interested can come and register at the playing hall before the prize giving ceremony starts.