Malaysian Masters Qualifying Spot & Formation of National Squad 2016

1. New cycle of Malaysian Masters Qualification from Malaysian Chess Championship

1.1 For Malaysian Master Qualification, the tie-break count that is applied on players with same points to obtain Malaysian Chess Championship Individual Final Ranking shall not be used to decide the qualifying spot into the Malaysian Masters.

1.2 In case of tie on points score by players for Malaysian Masters Qualifiers placing based on Malaysian Chess Championship Individual Final Ranking, a play-off to be held in Kuala Lumpur shall be conducted at least 1 week after the Closing Ceremony of the Malaysian Chess Championship.

1.3 The format of the play-off is based on Round Robin System and the duration ranges between 2 and 6 days depending on the number of participants involve in the play-off.

1.4 Participant seeding number in play-off is based on Malaysian Chess Championship Individual Final Ranking (after tie-break count). The same seeding number to be used in play-off shall be applied for each rate of play to be conducted in the play-off.

1.5 The time control to be used as follows:

1.5.1 Tie between 2 participants (Max. 2 Days / 7 Rounds)

1.5.1.1 Play 2 classical games (in reverse colour) using 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move 1;

1.5.1.2 If no conclusive result from 1.5.1.1, play 2 rapid games (in reverse colour) using 25 minutes 10 seconds increment from move 1;

1.5.1.3 If no conclusive result from 1.5.1.2, play 2 blitz games (in reverse colour) using 5 minutes to finish;

1.5.1.4 If no conclusive result from 1.5.1.3, play one sudden-death blitz game [White is given 6 minutes, while Black is given 5 minutes]. In a case of draw result, Black shall be declared match winner.

1.5.2 Tie between 3 or 4 participants (Max. 3 Days /12 Rounds)

1.5.2.1 Play single round robin classical game using 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move 1;

1.5.2.2 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.2.1, play single round robin rapid game using 25 minutes with 10 secondsincrement from move 1;

1.5.2.3 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.2.2, play single round robin blitz game using 5 minutes to the finish;

1.5.2.4 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.2.3, play one sudden-death blitz game [White is given 6 minutes, while Black is given 5 minutes]. In a case of draw result, Black shall be declared as match winner. This process of sudden-death blitz game is repeated until a sole match winner is found.

1.5.3 Tie between 5 or 6 participants (Max. 4 Days / 20 Rounds)

1.5.3.1 Play single round robin classical game using 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move 1;

1.5.3.2 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.3.1, play single round robin rapid game using 25 minutes with 10 secondsincrement from move 1;

1.5.3.3 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.3.2, play single round robin blitz game using 5 minutes to the finish;

1.5.3.4 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.3.3, play one sudden-death blitz game [White is given 6 minutes, while Black is given 5 minutes]. In a case of draw result, Blackshall be declared as match winner. This process of sudden-death blitz game is repeated until a sole match winner is found.

1.5.4 Tie between 7 or 8 participants (Max. 6 Days / 28 Rounds)

1.5.4.1 Play single round robin classical game using 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move 1;

1.5.4.2 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.4.1, play single round robin rapid game using 25 minutes with 10 secondsincrement from move 1;

1.5.4.3 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.4.2, play single round robin blitz game using 5 minutes to the finish;

1.5.4.4 If no conclusive result / tie for highest scores from 1.5.4.3, play one sudden-death blitzgame [White is given 6 minutes, while Black is given 5 minutes]. In a case of draw result, Blackshall be declared as match winner. This process of sudden-death blitz game is repeated until a sole match winner is found.

1.6 Top three (3) finishers (after play-off where applicable) fromMalaysian Chess Championship (Open Category) will qualifythemselves into Malaysian Masters (Open) for the Year

1.6.1 These qualifiers will be included automatically into the National Men Squad for the Year until next Championship Cycle (provided they play in the Malaysian Master for the year).

1.7 Top three (3) finishers (after play-off where applicable) from Malaysian Chess Championship (Women Category) will qualify themselves into Malaysian Masters (Women) for the Year

1.7.1 These qualifiers will be included automatically into the National Women Squad for the Year until next Championship Cycle (provided they play in the Malaysian Master for the year).

2. New cycle of Malaysian Masters Qualification from current cycle National squad

2.1 All members of current cycle National Squad (both Men and Women) are automatic qualifiers for the new cycle of Malaysian Masters Championship

2.1.1 Men

2.1.1.1 FM Yeoh Li Tian

2.1.1.2 IM Jimmy Liew

2.1.1.3 Lye Lik Zang

2.1.1.4 NM Ng Tze Han

2.1.1.4 FM Aron Teh Eu Wen

2.1.1.6 CM Fong Yit San

2.1.1.7 Sumant Subramniam

2.1.1.8 IM Lim Yee Weng

2.1.2 Women

2.1.2.1 WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham

2.1.2.2 WFM Tan Li Ting

2.1.2.3 WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham

2.1.2.4 WFM Puteri Rifqah Fahada Azhar

2.1.2.5 WFM Camilia Johari

2.1.2.6 WFM Alia Anin Azwa Bakri

2.1.2.7 Nithyalakshmi Sivanesan

2.1.2.8 Melanie Koo Wei Wei

2.2 Any member of current cycle National Squad (both Men and Women) who opt out from contesting in the new cycle of Malaysian Masters Championship will have their National Squad status expired when the new cycle of Malaysian Masters Championship is completed.

3. New cycle of Malaysian Masters Qualification for FIDE-rated players in FIDE Active List

3.1 One automatic qualifying spot will be given to the highest eligible FIDE-rated players in FIDE Active List based on the same month release (March list) as Malaysian Championship who is not inside the Current National Squad (The list below is not exhaustive)

3.1.1 Men (Feb 2016 list)

3.1.1.1 FM Dilwen Ding Tze How (elo 2420)

3.1.1.2 FM Nicholas Chan (elo 2379)

3.1.1.3 IM Mas Hafizulhimi (elo 2327)

3.1.1.4 FM Lim Zhuo Ren (elo 2218)

3.1.1.5 FM Wong Yinn Long (elo 2205)

3.1.1.6 NM Jonathan Chuah Jin Hai (elo 2198)

3.1.1.7 CM Ng Jen Sheng (elo 2188)

3.1.1.8 NM Marcus Chan (elo 2179)

3.1.2 Women (Feb 2016 list)

3.1.2.1 Rosamund Koo Wei Xin (elo 1826)

3.1.2.2 WCM Fong Mi Yen (elo 1824)

3.1.2.3 Renitha Narayanan (elo 1780)

3.1.2.4 Chuah Yi Ning (elo 1753)

3.1.2.5 Tan Jia Yun (elo 1736)

3.1.2.6 Ruby Kwan Tszee Yung (elo 1729)

3.1.2.7 Puteri Munajjah Az-Zahraa Azhar (elo 1713)

3.1.2.8 Pavitranayagi Jayamurthey (elo 1694)

4. New cycle of Malaysian Masters Qualification for titled FIDE-rated players in FIDE List

4.1 One automatic qualifying spot will be given to the titled FIDE-rated players in FIDE List (Active / Inactive)
based on the same month release (March list) as Malaysian Championship who is not inside the Current National Squad (The list below is exhaustive)

4.1.1 Men (titled players with elo 2300 and above)

4.1.1.1 IM Wong Zi Jing (elo 2410)

4.1.1.2 FM Nicholas Chan (elo 2379)

4.1.1.3 IM Mok Tze Meng (elo 2373)

4.1.1.4 FM Ooi Chern Ee (elo 2349)

4.1.1.5 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (elo 2327)

4.1.2 Women (titled players with elo 2100 and above)

4.1.2.1 WIM Siti Zulaikha Foudzi (elo 2218)

5. Additional qualifiers from the Malaysian Chess Championship for New cycle of Malaysian Masters Qualification

5.1 MCF reserves the right to call next-in line qualifier(s) from MalaysianChess Championship (both Men and Women) to consist at least 10 people for a 9-round Round Robin Malaysian Masters Championship.

5.2 No additional next-in line qualifier will be called if there is at least 10 people confirm taking part from Clause 1, 2, 3 and 4.

6. Formation of new cycle National Squad

6.1 The top 3 finishers from the Malaysian Chess Championship

6.2 The best 5 finishers (excluding Malaysian Chess Championship qualifiers) from the new cycle of Malaysian Master Championship

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