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The Malaysian Chess Federation congratulates CM Tan Jun Ying of Penang and former 8 times Women Champion – WIM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi, for winning the 2022 Malaysian Chess Championship Open and Women section respectively. It was sweeter for WIM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi – now a medical doctor, who has not been playing competitive chess for more than 14 years and decided to make a surprise return to the 64 squares. As the strongest women chess player ever produced in Malaysia – still unsurpassed until now, it seems that the 16-year hiatus did little to damage her grip on the game. Congratulations Dr Siti Zulaikha on the amazing feat!

MCF President – Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, flanked by WIM Siti Zulaikha (left) and CM Tan Jun Yin (right).

In the Open category, it was no surprise to see CM Tan Jun Ying winning it all as he was the top-seeded player in the championship, having steadily maintained his lead from start to finish. Although there were a few scary moments for him when he faced second seed FM Yeap Eng Chiam and uprising youngster Poh Yu Tian in the earlier rounds, he managed to rule over many of his lower-rated opponents with skillful play.

In the newly introduced Challenger Championship, youngster Aqil Alauddin Abdul Aziz managed to stay 2 points ahead of his closest challenger – elder brother Aniq Ariffin Abdul Aziz who came in second. Kedahan Ashwiniy Kumaran took the Best Lady title in the challenger section with Muhammad Johar Johari taking the best OKU/Paralympian title.

In his closing speech, the President of the Malaysian Chess Federation – Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, congratulates and thanks all players for their support and effort in making this year Malaysian Chess Championship 2022 and the National Challenger Chess Championship 2022 a great success.

MCF Secretariat