Sunday, August 23, 2009
Malaysian Open 2009
Sumant Subramaniam in Open
Mark Siew in Open
Mat Zaki Yeop in Challengers
I'm reporting from the Malaysian Open. We have 3 players here from Perak flying the flag. Currently PICA is unable to sponsor events like this as they are too expensive, so these players have come up with their own money to play for the State. But there may be a little light at the end of the tunnel. Datuk Tan Chin Nam had a chat with me and asked me about Perak. He says he will consider sponsoring us if I can come up with a proposal.
Our Juniors are doing well in the Open. This is a very high level competition with even titled players having only half point at game 4. Sumant currently has 2 points and Mark 2 1/2. We will be in round 7 tomorrow. So with 3 more rounds, anything can happen.
Btw, for you chess followers, Sumant (National Junior) is now playing for Perak in all tournaments except MSSM. So Sumant, welcome to the Perak team.
From the last information I have, PICA is sponsoring a U16 team for the merdeka team event which starts on the 29th. The open ends on the 28th.
The team members are
1. Sumant Subramaniam
2. Mark Siew
3. Fong Yit San
4. Fong Yit Ho
So good luck guys. If any of you want to follow their exploits, go to gilachess on the right hand side of this blog. Both events will be extensively covered there.
Btw gilachess is also owned by a Perakian, Andrew Ooi.