Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Standard Chess Tournament at PICC

Have you been at PICC?

What is PICC? Sorry for not explaining what PICC is. PICC is the acronym for Putrajaya International Convention Center. 

As in its name, this convention center is located in Putrajaya. It was completely built in September 2003. PICC confines an area of 135,000 square meters, or approximately 1.3 million square feet. It can accommodate up to 10,000 people, with more than 57 halls and small rooms ready to be used. Please do not confuse with PWTC. PWTC is Putra World Trade Centre. To GiLoCatur's knowledge, PWTC had been the venue for chess tournament in 1980s. But PICC has never been a venue for a chess tournament. 

PICC - source:

This will change tomorrow. The PICC will be a venuie for a chess tournament starting tomorrow. The chess tournament is called The International Classical Chess Festival. It is organized by Asia Chess Academy and SG Education. 

ICCF flyer

Looking at the money prizes, GiLoCatur can say that the chess tournament offers the highest money prizes so far for a Malaysian chess tournament. It offers Malaysian Ringgit One Hundred Thousands worth of money prizes, trophies and medals.   

Money prize structure

There are two categories in the tournament - The Open and The Challengers. The former category is for chess players with 1900 Elo Ratings and above. Meanwhile, the latter category is for chess players with 1900 Elo Ratings and below. 

Below is the tournament's schedule.

The tournament schedule

GiLoCatur plans to go to PICC since GiLoCatur has never been at the grand convention center. It will be a great experience to do a coverage for the chess tournament. 

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