The Grand Asian Chess Challenge 2018
The Grand Asian Chess Challenge (GACC) 2018 is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Malaya University. The inter-university tournament will begin from the 22nd of January. Before that there was a six-round rapid event held at the same venue. India's Gajanan Jayade is playing the tournament and sends us a brief report. He writes to us, "The GACC is a great example of how a few youngsters can organize a prestigious event and manage around 500+ people." Report from Malaysia:
Before the start of the main event of Grand Asian Chess Challenge (GACC) 2018 there was a six-round rapid event held on 20th of January 2018. Total 152 players participants in the open section of the tournament out of which 6 players were titled.
This is the oldest building in the university of Malaya. There's a pretty good story behind this look of the building. Some years ago the structure had caught a fire and it almost destroyed 70% of the building. The authorities wanted people to know that this is the oldest building hence after the fire incident it was not fully repaired. Hence you can see the dark burnt places at many places.
I pretty much liked the idea of a signature board. There were pieces of paper provided to players with a number on it. The players are supposed to sign the paper and stick it on the board where the number is mentioned. When everyone was finished sticking their pieces of paper we got the knight! Pretty amazing isn't it?!
The rapid tournament was won by Oliver Dimakiling. He was tied at the top score of 6.0/6 along with IM Haridas Pascua, but took the title on a superior tiebreak score.
Final rankings after 6 rounds
|3||58||Poh Yu Tian||MAS||1153||5,5||0,0||23,5||18,5|
|5||6||M. Kahfi Maulana||INA||2150||5,0||0,0||24,5||19,0|
|7||10||Azhar Muhd Syakir Shazmeer||MAS||2001||5,0||0,0||23,0||18,0|
|8||4||Capel Evan Timothy||MAS||2168||5,0||0,0||22,0||20,0|
|9||13||WFM||Azhar Puteri Rifqah Fahada||MAS||1859||5,0||0,0||22,0||16,5|
|12||20||Chen Meng Boon Marcus||SGP||1760||4,5||0,0||22,5||17,5|
|13||15||Lieu Chin Yung||MAS||1807||4,5||0,0||22,0||17,0|
|14||11||Cheah Cheok Fung||MAS||1969||4,5||0,0||22,0||17,0|
|15||16||Gajanan Vijay Jayade||IND||1788||4,5||0,0||22,0||14,5|
|16||12||Azhar Muhd Irfan Haqqim||MAS||1865||4,5||0,0||21,5||18,0|
|17||73||Awang Putra Sembada R||INA||0||4,5||0,0||21,5||16,5|
|18||55||Ng Jun Fung Isaac||MAS||1241||4,5||0,0||21,5||15,5|
|19||7||WFM||Farah Yumna B.||INA||2040||4,5||0,0||21,5||14,0|
|20||71||Anna Wening Rahajeng||INA||0||4,5||0,0||21,0||15,5|
The main team event - Inter-Varsity Championship begins from the 22nd of January and you can expect coverage of that event as well on ChessBase India.
About the author:
Gajanan Jayade is a chess player from Dombivli, Mumbai. He is an aspiring chemist, reader, loves to watch detective thriller movies and an introvert. He loves to share his experiences with the world - one of the reasons why he wrote this article on ChessBase India.