Currently, many chess players are flocking to Penang to participate in the Penang Heritage Open being contested in the heart of the city island. The Open event will end on Saturday, 15th December and once it concludes, another event awaits players in Sungai Petani, Kedah for the SMK Bandar Sungai Petani. This will be a National Rated event played over 7 rounds using a time control of 20 minutes to finish.
Closing date for the event is Friday, 14th February 2012 at 6:00pm. Entries and inquiries can be forwarded to Norazwan Kamaruzaman by contacting him at +6017.560.5071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments can be made via MAYBANK account 152152013413 (NORAZWAN KAMARUZAMAN). Players are advice to email the transaction slip and present it to the organizer prior to the start of the event. Take note that the organizer will not accept any new entries during the event day
For more information, you can download the event details by clicking on the following LINK - SPOpen
On a more International level, the 17th edition of the Annual GACC (Grand Asian Chess Championship) organized by University Malaya is set to start on 25th January 2013 with the players meeting and followed by Round 1 at 9:00am on the next day. This will be a FIDE Rated event open only to University and Higher Learning Institution students from all over the world. Previous participants and winners for both Team and Individual Categories have included players from Iran, China and Russia to name a few.
GACC uses an interesting tournament format which allows players to play as individuals but the points collected from each player contributes to the team accumulative points. In most of the previous editions, the Men and Women section were played in separate categories but for the 2012 edition, only a single category was used. This was probably due to the lack of response as GACC moved its event calendar to mid-year instead of the usual year end period as a result of the changes made by the Government towards the semester terms resulting in the omission of the 2011 edition.
For more information on the 17th GACC 2013 event, please click on the following LINK - GACC