KUALA LUMPUR: The ninth edition of the IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Chess Festival, began on Aug 19, is in full swing.
Chess players from around the world, with previous winners from the Asian chess powerhouses of China, Vietnam, the Philippines and India, are battling it out for the title of champion at Cititel Hotel, here.
The four-day festival offers events for both the individual and team of all age groups and levels of play.
Last year it attracted more than 1,000 players, half of whom were young talents from countries as far as Iran and Australia.
Players of all ages and playing skill are welcome to join the annual chess event, which offers a total prize fund of more than RM45,000.
Champions will receive RM5,000. Prizes will also be given to the top 15 players in the Open Section, the top 10 in the Amateur section and the top 5 in the Seniors section. Special prizes are also allocated for Best Lady, Best U16, Best U12, and top National Rating category.
Players without or with a FIDE rating of less than 2,000 are eligible for the Amateur prizes whilst players above the age of 50 will be eligible to win the Seniors prizes.
The festival is inspired by Datuk Tan Chin Nam, the man behind IGB and founding father of chess in Malaysia.
For details, call Hamid Majid at 019-315 8098 or email him at email@example.com.
More information can be obtained at datcchess.blogspot.com or the Chess Malaysia Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Chess-Malaysia/168231673260531.