Presently ongoing in Sibu at Premier Hotel and scheduled to be from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1, Sarawak Chess Open Championship is here for the second time.
The championship draws in more than 80 participants from Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia. When compared to the maiden challenge held in Sibu 6 years ago at Civic Centre, the present one is definitely a better show..
George Ha, the Sibu co-ordinator, is happy with the turnout and arrangement. "With this encouraging response, we hope to come back in 3-4 years' time,' he beamed when he shared with me.
Sometimes called Western Chess or International Chess to distinguish it from predecessors amd other chess variants, chess is one of the world's most popular games nowadays.
Besides promoting the noble value of chess as a game, the Open Championship also has spin-off effect on tourism for Sibu.
The horizontal banner in front of Premier Hotel - the championship has spin-off effect on tourism.
The competition in progress - the championship draws in more than 80 participants.
It requires great concentration to play well!