As usual, the Under-14 attracts the largest crowd with a combined of 106 players. While, the Under-23 categories have 25 players only. This is the first national-rated event in Malaysia to be implementing the Revised Laws of Chess. Among the changes from 1st July 2014 is a player shall lose the game in the 1st occurrence of an Illegal move.
Pre-Tournament favourites as follows:-
|1||Lye Lik Zang||1838|
|2||Emir Rusyaidi Ahmad Nazari||1735|
|2||Sim Jia Ru||1543|
|2||Chew Wen Da||1779|
|4||Tan Yong Zhao||1712|
|1||Rosamund Koo Wei Xin||1774|
|2||Ho Chen Ee||1416|
|1||Tan Wei Hao||1796|
|2||Liew Ken Yew||1763|
|1||Elizabeth Hoon Thien Li||1317|
|2||Teong Bol Man||1012|
Round 1 just concluded a moment ago with 5 players lost by default based on the new rule on Illegal move.