OPENING GAMBIT: Over 300 chess players nationwide are expected to participate in much awaited meet
JOHOR BARU: THE Iskandar Johor Open Chess Tournament 2012, co-organised by the Johor Youth and Sports Department, Giant Tampoi hypermarket and Johor Baru District Chess Association, will be held this Sunday.
The event, which is one of the most anticipated tournament among chess players nationwide, will be held at the Giant hypermarket in Tampoi between 9am and 6pm, with over RM3,500 in cash prizes offered.
Some 300 chess enthusiasts are expected to take part in the three categories of the tournament -- the Open, Under-12 and Under-17.
Prizes comprising cash, trophies and certificates are up for grabs for the best of 10 players in each category.
Entry fee for the open category is RM40 for each participant and the winner will walk away with RM500 and a trophy, while the runners-up and second runners-up will take home RM400 and RM300 respectively.
The entry fee for the under-17 category is RM15 and the first top three winners will receive RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively.
The entry fee for the under-12 category is RM13 and the top 10 winners will receive between RM50 and RM200.
All entries should reach the organisers by today. Late entries and entries without payment will not be accepted. Entry fees are non refundable.
There will also be two special awards for the best female player in each category. All participants will receive a certificate.
The tournament will be using the Swiss System and will consist of seven rounds using computer pairings. Players will have 20 minutes to play their game in each round.
The Johor Baru Chess Association was established in 1993 and had been organising various tournaments, including those that are sanctioned by the World Chess Federation.
Tournament director K. Narayanan said the tournament is being held in conjunction with the National Youth Day.
For further details, call Narayanan at 013-771 7525 or email