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Friday, December 06, 2013

Penang to host world-class chess tourney

Penang to host world-class chess tourney
By Predeep Nambiar

GEORGE TOWN: Penang will host the nation's biggest chess tournament, the Penang Heritage City International Open at the Red Rock Hotel here from Dec 9.

The World Chess Association rated five-day tourney will see over 300 chess players from 17 countries competing to snap up cash prizes worth RM27,750.

Penang Chess Association president Lee Ewe Ghee said the event, in its fifth year running, had grown in size in terms of quality and quantity.

"The event will provide local players, especially from Penang, the opportunity to play chess with players from all over the world and gain the necessary experience and exposure.

"Many players are also getting their personal strength rated by FIDE through this tournament," he said in a press conference.

International master Kvon Andrey of Uzbekistan and grand master Alexandre Forminyh are some of the star players who have confirmed their attendance for the event.


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