The Johore and Penang Opens have published their prospectus as both tournaments run back to back, with the Penang starting from 7 to 12 Dec followed by the Johore Open from 14 to 19 Dec. A good 2 weeks of serious chessplaying awaits those who yearn for long drawn battles where stamina and nerves outplay impulse and speed.
The PENANG OPEN prospectus
The JOHORE OPEN prospectus
Serious standard chess players should make their trip bookings early as these tournaments are very well attended and often the hotel rooms are quickly full. Based on experience, Penang's public transport is not as convenient so if you are staying some distance away from the Red Rock it may be some hassle getting to the playing venue on time. The venue however, is simply wonderful!
This is what it looks like at last year's Johore Open at the 36th floor of the City Square Tower. I am sure it will even be better furnished. Thanks to the organisers for the photos!
The Penang Chess Association has organised a charter bus to take players from the Penang Open after its last round on 13th Dec 9pm arriving at Johore Bahru 8pm 14 Dec, ahead of time for registration and checkin at 2 before 1st round starts at 3.30pm.
Have a chess-filled December this year!