21 July 2012, Kuala Lumpur –The upcoming Arthur Tan Chess Festival in 19-26th August 2012 (renamed 9th IGB Dato’ Arthur Tan Chess Festival) is approaching fast and the organisers have an important announcement regarding some changes to the festival. Below is an email announcement from En. Abdul Hamid Majid about the August Chess Festival in Kuala Lumpur:-
Due to Eid ul Fitri (Hari Raya) celebration in Malaysia and many other Muslim countries, and the Istanbul Chess Olympiad being held towards the end of August, the 9th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Chess Festival 2012 has experienced a less than expected entries for this year’s event. In our effort to continue making this event a reality despite the low turnout, the Organizing Committee at a Meeting held earlier this week has decided to combine all the individual open events – the Dato Arthur Tan Rapid Open, the Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Seniors Open and the AmBank Challenge Open, into a single open event. Despite the merger, the single open event will continue to provide separate prizes for each playing category with slight amendments to the prize structure and the total funds offered. The decision was made to show a respectable response for the event rather than to cancel the event which may damage its continuity and future responses.
As an additional effort to continue attracting more participants for the event, Dato Tan Chin Nam, the adviser of the event, has decided to reduce the individual’s event Entry Fees to RM 50 for any FIDE Rated players wanting to play in the event, and RM 100 for non FIDE Rate players. Other tournament conditions such as event dates, number of rounds, time control, etc. will remain as per the original format. Please find the new Entry Form attached for your kind information and perusals.
For those who have already registered and find the changes not acceptable, the Organizing Committee will refund all monies in full. For others who agree to the changes and have paid the entries in full, the committee will refund the difference for the entry fees.
These changes will only effect the Individual Open events. There will be no changes to the ASTRO Team event and the SWENSEN Age Group event.
We apologise for the changes and any inconveniences caused but the alternative (cancelling the event) is not practical and unacceptable.
To download the file for registration of all tournaments, please click here.