Saturday, January 9, 2010


The 1st National Women Masters Chess Championship is a platform that will be used to select players to represent Malaysia in Internation events including this year's Olympiad scheduled for September 2010. The prize fund has been set at RM2,000 and the event has been scheduled from 26th February until 2nd March 2010.

Please read below for players selection criteria and tournament details.

The following criteria will be used to select 16 Women players to participate in the 1st National Women Masters Chess Championship 2010.

Tournament will be played over two games using a FIDE Knockout Format with a time control of 1 hour 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment per move from move 1. Should the game ended in a tie, a tie breaker of two rapid games of 25 minutes per player per game will be used to decide the winner. (Players shall draw for colour before the initial game starts and alternate playing colour as the game progresses). If the game continues to be a tie, a blitz game using an Armageddon style sudden death tie breaker will be used to decide the winner (with players drawing for colour before the start of the tie breaker). Armageddon (sudden death) format is White has 5 minutes against Black’s 4 minutes, and in the case of a draw Black is considered the winner.

Games have been set to start on Saturday, 26th February and to conclude by 2nd March 2010 as per the following schedule:

Friday, 26th Feb
9:00am Opening
10:00am Round of 16 (Game 1)
3:00pm Round of 16 (Game 2)

Saturday, 27th Feb
10:00am Quarterfinal (Game 1)
3:00pm Quarterfinal (Game 2)

Sunday, 28th Feb
10:00am Semi Final (Game 1)
3:00pm Semi Final (Game 2)

Monday, 1st Mar
10:00am Final (Game 1)
3:00pm Final (Game 2)
Note: Date for the final maybe deferred to another date with the agreement of both finalists

The 16 players will be selected based on:
1. Top 4 finishers from the National Closed Women Chess Championship 2009
2. Top 2 finishers from the National Junior Chess Championship 2009
3. Top 4 players from the top 20 Women Players in Malaysia based on FIDE Rating list (going down the list in a sequential order)
4. Top 4 players from the top 20 Women Players in Malaysia based on the National Rating list (going down the list in a sequential order)
5. 2 Players nominated by MCF President and approved by the council

In the event that the list for item 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been exhausted, the MCF reserves the right to select players to fill up the remaining vacant spots to complete the 16 players

Top 4 finishers from the National Closed Women Chess Championship 2009
1. Tan Li Ting
2. Renitha Narayanan
3. NWM Alia Azwa Anin Bakri
4. Winnie Hong Wee Ni

Top 2 finishers from National Junior Women Chess Championship 2009
1. WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham
2. Amira Shahmina Zullkafli

4 players from the top 20 Women as per FIDE Rating (sequential order until 20th player)
1. Foudzi, Siti Zulaikha WIM 2218
2. Lim, Jean Nie 2091
3. Lim, Han Ying 2081
4. Wong, Su Yi Audrey WIM 2070
5. Lee, Heng Jun Samantha 2050
6. Seto, Wai Ling WFM 2020
7. Wahiduddin, Nurul Huda 2020
8. Zullkafli, Nur Shazwani WCM 2014
9. Wan, Khye Theng WCM 2011
10. Vimalavathy, K. 2005
11. Ibrahim, Eliza Hanum 2000
12. Marmono, Roslina 1951
13. Fong, Mi Yen 1930
14. Wahiduddin, Khairunnisa 1927
15. Bakri, Alia Anin Azwa 1926
16. Tan, Li Ting 1879
17. Nur, Nabila Azman Hisham 1847
18. Haslindah, Ruslan 1705
19. Lee, Hai Wen 1697
20. Zullkafli, Amira Syahmina 1692

4 players from the 20 Women as per MCF Rating List (sequential order until 20th player)
1. Lim, Jean Nie
2. Foudzi, Siti Zulaikha
3. Lee, Heng Jun Samantha
4. Wan, Khye Theng
5. Bakri, Alia Anin Azwa
6. Zullkafli, Nur Shazwani
7. Nur, Nabila Azman Hisham
8. Marmono, Roslina
9. Asjoana Asmad
10. Fadzilah Wahiduddin
11. Hoh Tjin Li
12. Renitha Narayan
13. Putri Rifqah Fahada Azhar
14. Chia Yoon Yoong
15. Nur Najiha Azman Hisham
16. Khairunnisa Izzati Othman
17. Wahiduddin, Khairunnisa
18. Tan, Li Ting
19. Lim, Han Ying
20. Fong, Mi Yen
NOTE: Due to the lack of players’ details in the National Rating list, those whose name are missing from the top 20 list, please contact Mr Najib or Mr Greg as per the details below

2 Presidential Choices
1. To be decided by the President and MCF Council
2. To be decided by the President and MCF Council

Organizing Secretary
Mr Najib Abdul Wahab
DATCC (Dato Arthur Tan Chess Center)
Tel: +6016 338 2542

Mr Gregory Lau
Honorary Secretary
Tel: +6012 902 0123

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