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After much delay due to CMCO being imposed in many states to curb the spread of COVID19, the Malaysian Chess Federation is continuing its plan to organize its FIRST EVER Hybrid Online event – the 1st National Hybrid Online Ladies Open Chess Championship 2020, scheduled on 19th and 20th December 2020. With many states easing its CMCO enforcement, MCF is optimistic that the event will take place as planned in the next 4 weeks.

With many online organizers and players having to face and mitigate “cheating issues”, the Hybrid Online mode is the best way to overcome such issue allowing an Arbiter to oversee all players to make sure that they are playing fair. Apart from that, the Hybrid Online mode also allows player to participate in longer time control events, eliminate travelling cost and experiencing playing under “almost normal” tournament environment but played via online. The only additional requirement is that it requires each player to bring their own laptop (or tablet) to an authorized playing in order to be able to play. As agreed, each authorized Hybrid Center will provide the necessary internet connected and also a qualified Arbiter to oversee all players just like in a normal over-the-board tournament. For this first event, the time control used is 30 minutes plus 10 seconds increment.

As of now, MCF are collaborating with 11 Satellite Hybrid Centers around the country listed as follows:

For the 1st Hybrid Event, Taiping Hybrid Center will not be available

Players are only allowed to play from these authorized Centers and while some states are missing from the list, MCF will continue to locate a suitable center to allow for players within the state to play. Next possible center to be added are Putrajaya and Ipoh, Perak – the third one in the state of Perak.

For the 1st National Hybrid Online Ladies Open Chess Championship 2020, a total Prize Fund of RM 1,600 has been set aside for the winners with the Champion to bag in RM400 for her effort. Scheduled for 7 Rounds and to be played over 2 days, the event will use www.tornelo.com as its main playing platform.

For Hybrid series, MCF Assistant Secretary – Iwan Schani Ibnu, will be the Tornelo coordinator with IA Lim Poay Sim as the Chief Arbiter and NA Muhammad Saiful Asyraf as the official zoom coordinator

For more information and to register for the event, please click on the following documents. Closing date is 12th December 2020 and all applications must be accompanied by proof of payment which needs to be sent to mcfsecretariat@malaysiachess.org with copies to inquiries@malaysiachess.org and MCF Treasurer drziner@gmail.com

  1. Prospectus – 1st National Hybrid Online Ladies Open Chess Championship 2020 (UPDATED!)
  2. Rules and Regulations – National Hybrid Online Chess Championship 2020 series (UPDATED!)
  3. Registration Form – 1st National Hybrid Online Ladies Open Chess Championship 2020

Those who are interested to participate are strongly recommended to contact their nearest Satellite/Hybrid Center to confirm their seats as places are limited due to SOP/Social Distancing and Crowd Control requirements. The Registration Form contains full list of all Hybrid Centers including their respective contact person, phone number and email address for players to contact. Kindly select the Center City/Town Location drop down list to get the details

MCF Secretariat