Sunday, February 8, 2015

Zadano Kelantan Chess Open 2015


8 Feb 2015, Kuala Lumpur – Here is news of an upcoming chess tournament in Kelantan this coming February 2015.

The ZADANO KELANTAN OPEN is now back on the calendar with the new date now set for the upcoming Chinese New Year Holidays. Scheduled for 20th and 21st February 2015, the venue for the event including the prize fund, time control and game schedule remains unchanged. Those who have registered for the event previously (for the original date in December) ARE ADVISED TO REGISTER THEIR NAMES AGAIN as all registrations from the earlier dates have been cancelled and ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTED for the new dates. This is to make sure that there are no duplicated entries and space allocations are properly managed.

As mentioned in the previous circulation for the event, the Kelantan Open will adopt the rapid time control of 25 minutes each player per game to be played to the finish over 9 rounds of chess - 4 rounds to be played on Friday with another 5 to be played the following day. The tournament will also be tagged for FIDE rating - one of the few Rapid events in the country to do so. This will be a great opportunity for players to gain new rating points, and for new players to be recognised for the effort in accordance to the global ranking system.

A total prize fund of RM 5,700 has been set aside for this tournament with the eventual champion to be awarded RM2,000 for his/her effort. The second placed player is set to bag RM1,000 with another RM700 to be awarded to the third player. Special prizes have also been set aside for PCNK members and to the best lady player in the tournament.

FREE entry fees for titled players e.g. GM, WGM, IM, WIM including untitled players who has a FIDE rating of 2400 or higher. Entry fees for others are RM60 for those with a FIDE rating and those without FIDE rating, the entry fees shall be RM80. To encourage more PCNK members to participate, a 25% discount will be given to those who are registered PCNK members.

If you are interested to participate in the event, please contact PCNK Deputy President, Nik Ahmad Farouqi at +6019.999.6006 or write to him at or you can also contact the Tournament Director, Najib Wahab at +6016.338.2542 ( Alternatively, you can download the forms to register by clicking HERE and submit the form via email together with payment confirmation. You can also visit the PCNK official blogsite at or for more information on the tournament.

Closing date to register is 15th February 2015 and entries received after this date, will only be accepted at the Organizer's discretion with additional fees to be added as penalty for late submission. Only 200 seats are reserved for the event so, book your places early and let us set our compass for Kota Bharu during the Chinese New Year  Holidays and spend it on good chess and good friends!

Najib Abdul Wahab

Tournament Director

ZADANO Kelantan Open 2015

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