Malaysian Chess Federation is playing host to the above Tournament held at Hotel Cititel Express, Kuala Lumpur. The playing format is a double round-robin with time control of 2 hours in 40 moves + 60 minutes thereafter to the finish. Malaysia's Mas Hafizulhelmi is nominated to play in this 6-player Tournament alongside GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Iuldachev Saidali , GM Sermek Drazen, FM Myo Zaw Min and WIM Zhang Xiaowen
Round 1 has started on 26th August 2008 and the subsequent rounds will be played to end on or about 4th September 2008. The Tournament is timed to coincide with the Malaysian Chess Festival 2008 which sees a gathering of top international players in the country.
Note: The final event of this year's Malaysian Chess Festival - The 28th Astro Merdeka Open Team Chess Championship 2008 commences this weekend 29th Aug to 1st Sept 2008 at The Chess Network, Wilayah Complex Kuala Lumpur.