Buenaventura Bong Villamayor to participate in a chess competition

info about CRC Taiping open and Terengganu open

Article by Quah Seng Sun

Penang Chess League at the Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town this weekend, will be seeing a lot of action as Filipino grandmaster Buenaventura “Bong” Villamayor will participate. This will probably be the first time that a grandmaster is participating in the league since its inception some 18 years ago. The last time that Bong came to Penang for a tournament was three years ago. At that time, the Penang Chess Association was organising one of its very rare Penang open tournaments.

Villamayor is one of the Philippines’ top players, a member of an elite group of 10 Filipinos who have earned the chess grandmaster title from the World Chess Federation (Fide). Only last month, he represented the Philippines at the Dresden Chess Olympiad where he played on the first board for his team. By his own reckoning, his play could have been better but nevertheless, the two points he collected from eight games propped his team to finish within the top 50 countries.

He is currently rated at 2,468 but at his peak in 2001, his rating touched a high of 2,560 points. For a while, he was a coach in Singapore but has since returned to playing competitive chess, and rather successfully too.

KL open

The open tournament of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association is starting on Monday and will last until Dec 21. Venue is the Common­wealth Hall in Bukit Jalil, KL.

Terengganu open

The Pusat Minda Terengganu will organise the Terengganu open chess tournament at the Terengganu Trade Centre in Kuala Terengganu from Dec 17 to 22. This is going to be a Fide-rated event so Fide time controls will apply.

With a first prize of RM5,000, second prize of RM3,500 and third prize of RM2,500, there is a lot to play for. However, only Fide-rated players are eligible to take part.

Entry fees are RM50 for a Fide-rated player, and free if you happen to be a grandmaster or international master.

CRC Taiping open

The Chinese Recreation Club in Taiping will hold its fourth CRC Taiping open chess tournament at the CRC Hall on Dec 21. This is a seven-round event offering attractive cash prizes totalling RM4,430.

Entry fees are RM15 for ladies, veterans, under-18 players and members of the Perak International Chess Association, RM10 for under-12 players and RM20 for others.

Info: Quah Seng Sun thestar.com.my