From 5th 11th July 2023, a total of 85 players, 24 in the Masters and 61 In the Amateurs, will do battle for honours in the 8th Johor International Open Chess Championships 2023 at the Fairview International School Campus in Johor Bahru.
The Johor Open is the second in the ASEAN Chess Event series, the first being the Thailand International Open held in Chiangmai from 28th June to 4th July 2023.
Chiangmai saw no less than three players achieving International Master title norms and with a significantly stronger Masters (average rating of 2303) at the Johor Open, this number is expected to significantly improve!
Top seed is Grandmaster Diptayan Ghosh From India, and in first round play defeated Malaysian National Champion FIDE Master Lim Zhouren with the black pieces.
Discounting surprises, his main challenges are expected to come from Indonesians No. 1 and No. 2, Grandmasters Susanto Megaranto and Novendra Priasmoro who are also the second and fourth seeds, and Chinese International Master Chen Qi B who is seeded third.
In total there are 16 titled players from eight countries, of which four are Grandmasters, eight are International Masters and four are FIDE Masters.
The 8th Johor Open International Open Chess Championships is being organised by the Johor Chess Association as part of the ASEAN Chess Event series open tournament initiative of the ASEAN Chess Confederation, and all details can be found at its website: www.johorchess.net and at https://chess-results.com/tnr789586.aspx?lan=1.