Saturday, August 28, 2010

107 players for ASTRO Individual Rapid

The list of players ended at 78 as of midnight 27th August 2010 but between opening the door to the ballroom in the morning at 7:45am and 8:30am, a flock of players - mostly foreigners, crowded the Arbiter's table to register themselves for the ASTRO Rapid event. After the smoke cleared, 107 players registered for the event - a tremendous increase as we had anticipated only 100 players to play in the event.

The first round saw local youngster Mohd Irfan drawing his game against GM Iuldachev Saidali, and in the 2nd round, DATCC Resident GM Ziaur Rahman drew against his apprentice Nik Ahmad Farouqi. Other notable players playing in the event included US National Master Ron Gross, Dresden Olympiad Organizer Dirk Jordon, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (a last minute entry), young siblings Maisarah and Mohd Noor, FM Nicholas Chan.

Round 1, Round 2 have concluded with Round 3 currently being played. Round 4 is scheduled to start at 2:00pm. List of tournament leaders and players will be posted soon.

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