Running for the 7th consecutive year, the Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Chess Championship series aims to bring chess to the smaller towns in Perak.

Organised by Perak State Chess Association with sponsorship from Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), a series of six tournaments are held in different districts in Perak every year. This year, tournaments will be held in Sungai Siput, Bagan Serai, Kampar, Tapah and Ipoh.

The first leg began on Sunday, January 31 at the school hall of Sekolah Menengah Shing Chung, Sungai Siput with a total of 271 players. The participants were a diverse crowd with boys and girls as young as seven and adults as old as 60 from Perak, Kedah and Selangor, respectively.

Present at the tournament were Choong Chee Kong, headmaster of SMK Shing Chung, K Subramaniam, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad representative and Chan Swee Loon, President of the Perak State Chess Association.

Below is the list of winners:

Open:            1st Muhd Syakir Shazmeer Azhar

                       2nd Yip Yong

                       3rd Fong Yit San

Under 17:      1st Tin Shan Wen

                       2nd Chua Jia Tien

                       3rd Thang Kit Han

                       Best Perak player: Dharmin a/l Pathamanathan

Under 12:      1st Tin Shan Ze

                       2nd Lai Zhen Hou

                       3rd Nurul Akma Quzaina bt Khairolhisal

                       Best Perak player: Maryam 'Aaqilah bt Zainuddin

The upcoming Bagan Serai leg will be held on Sunday, February 21 at Kolej Vokasional Kerian.

Mei Kuan