The MSSWP Final will begin from today till 13th May. It will be the first time the final will be using the same time control as MSSM i.e. 90 minutes per player.
The 4 days INDIVIDUAL Event will see around 400 players pitting against one another in (6 main + 2 supplement) categories where 6 players from each main category will be chosen to represent Wilayah Persekutuan in MSSM Perlis June 2010.
MSS Wilayah Persekutuan, or known as MSS Kuala Lumpur in past years has 2 supplement categories for students U-10 y.o. to gauge the chess development in schools and identify talents at the very young age. Unlike previous years, both U-10 and U-12 were played seperately where as this year the U-10 qualifiers have been together with U-12 qualifiers to play under U-12 category.
The favourites (at least on paper [National Rating] but listing is not ranked according to strength) for U10 Boys are Tan Yong Zhao (STUL), Hemant Sathish (BSAR), Yokeesh Srinivasan (BSAR), Ng Jen Sheng (KMAT), Lim Ming Kang (KMAT), and Max Wong Zi Quan (KMAT).
The favourites for U12 Boys are Mohd Faizal Roslan (PUDU), Dawson Tan Soon Wei (KMAT), Dilwen Ding Tze How (KMAT), Darrel Yap Egin (BSAR), Low Hong Ben (BSAR), and Shum Rui Yuan (BSAR).
The favourites for U15 Boys are Yeap Eng Chiam (BSAR), Albert Ang Keliang (BSAR), Tan Wei Hao (BSAR), Tan Jun Feng (PUDU), Wong Jianwen (STUL), and Lim Chin Shen (STUL).
The favourites for U18 Boys are Muhd Izz Saifuddin (KMAT), Yat Guo Jie (BSAR), Ashwin Subbiah Shankar (BSAR), Gokul Sajeev (BSAR), Yap Seng Fei (STUL), and Chai Chin Wu (STUL).
The favourites for U10 Girls are Mindy Tan Wei Ting (KMAT), Low Wen Jun (KMAT), Lee Weng Yi (PUDU), Mok Shu Zing (STUL), Melanie Koo Wei Wei (BSAR), and Hew Ven Yi (BSAR).
The favourites for U12 Girls are Wendy Tan Li Ting (KMAT), Nurul Aina Akmar Rohizan (KMAT), Misha Nanthakumar (BSAR), Alakarthika Ulaganathan (BSAR), Puah Ee Liz (BSAR) and Camilia Johari (PUDU).
The favourites for U15 Girls are Pavitranayagi Jayamurthey (STUL), Veronica Shalini Charles (STUL), Yap Ern Yee (STUL), Joyce Tan Sue Lee (STUL), Qistina Johari (PUDU), and Natasha Kavina Sundra Rajoo (BSAR).
The favourites for U18 Girls are Latifah Kaiyisah Mohd Latib (KMAT), Olivia Madhavan (PUDU), Germaine Lelia Gomes (PUDU), Eunice Yee Tze Yu (STUL), Teh Kai Wen (STUL), and Ng Yun Hui (STUL).
The favourites list above are based on the official entry into the final published in MSSWP website. Also, there may be some "star" players who did not play in the qualifying event (zone level) due to unforseen circumstances but are given direct entry into this Final event. Those names are omitted in this article.