Sunday, April 17, 2016

Malaysian Masters and National Squad 2016

The National Squad 2016 Automatic Slots playoff has concluded a moment ago. Five men and three women who had tied on points from 2nd to 6th position and 3rd to 5th position respectively in Malaysian Chess Championship 2016 were called for a play-off in Kuala Lumpur from 15th to 17th April.

In the Men category, both Kabir Singh (Selangor) and Fong Yit San (Perak) have secured the two remaining automatic slots alongside with FM Yeoh Li Tian (Selangor) to be included into National Men Squad 2016. While, Tan Li Ting (KL) has secured an automatic slot alongside with Nur Nabila Azman Hisham  (Selangor) and Rosamund Koo (KL) who have qualified earlier from Malaysian Chess Championship into the National Women Squad 2016.

These players will play in the upcoming Malaysian Masters with other qualifiers. Regardless of result in Masters, 6 of them are in the new cycle of National Squad starting 1st May 2016. 

As for the upcoming 10-player Masters, the players list as follows:-

1. Kabir Singh (Nat Squad 2016)
2. CM Fong Yit San (Nat Squad 2016)
3. IM Jimmy Liew (Nat Squad 2015)
4. Lye Lik Zang (Nat Squad 2015)
5. Sumant Subramaniam (Nat Squad 2014)
6. NM Ng Tze Han (Nat Squad 2014)
7. CM Ng Jen Sheng (Top 10 FIDE Active list)
8. IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (IM above elo 2300) 
9. Faizal Andin (Selected from NS 2016 AS playoff to make up 10-player RR)
10. Awang Syafie (Selected from NS 2016 AS playoff to make up 10-player RR)

1. WCM Nur Nabila (Nat Squad 2016)
2. Rosamund Koo (Nat Squad 2016)
3. WFM Tan Li Ting (Nat Squad 2016)
4. WFM Nur Najiha (Nat Squad 2015)
5. WFM Puteri Rifqah (Nat Squad 2015)
6. WFM Alia Anin Azwa (Nat Squad 2015)
7. WFM Camilia Johari (Nat Squad 2015)
8. Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan (Nat Squad 2015)
9. Melanie Koo (Nat Squad 2015)
10. WCM Fong Mi Yen (Top 10 FIDE Active List)

The best 5 results among non National Squad 2016 players after Malaysian Masters will be included into National Squad 2016 to form a 8 pax National Squad in both Men and Women.

The Pairing for Malaysian Masters given by IA Abdul Hamid Majid as follows:-