With the closing date extended until 6:00 pm on the 2nd of February, a total of 188 players have already signed up and the list of participants is getting more and more interesting.

Leading the pack is Malaysia’s numero uno IM Yeoh Li Tian and 2nd in line is no other than Tian’s father – NM Yeoh Chin Seng, and the father-son duo is set to rule the event when it kicks off on the 12th of February 2022 – 10 days from today. Other notable players set to color the events are Mohd Saprin Sabri, Kaushal Khandar, Kamaluddin Yusof, Ahmad Muzzaffar with leading national juniors Anderson Ang Ern Jie, Kavin Mohan, and the much talked about Nur Batrisyia Wafa Mohsen who just came back from her Czech stint last month.

While it may not be the strongest event in Malaysia in recent years, the presence of IM Yeoh Li Tian and NM Yeoh Chin Seng is enough to attract the community, billing it as one of the most interesting chess tournaments in recent history – at least for a Rapid event. With Hotel Tenera Bandar Baru Bangi being picked as the tournament venue – having concluded the National Rapid and Blitz event at the same hotel a month earlier, the setting of the tournament is set to remind players of the movie “Queen’s Gambit” where games are played at the hotel lobby and foyer, with an open concept approach allowing players to roam about. Keeping in mind SOP regulations and enforcements, the setting will also allow better air circulation with only players and officials are allowed to mingle around the designated playing area.

With only a few more hours before the registration for the event closes, we urge you to participate in this exciting Open event opener for 2022 and perhaps a chance for you to challenge and beat the dynamic father and son duo as former National Champions, and proof that you have what it takes to be the next chess pride of the country.

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