This Friday, ( 27th March 2009), Neo Manhattan Chess Centre (NMCC) will organised the NMCC Friday Blitz Thematic Tournament 5/09 : French Defense : Winawer Variation. This will be the 5th edition of this thematic tourney. The 1st edition ( Sicilian Dragon) and the 3rd edition ( Ruy Lopez : Marshall Attack) and the 4th edition ( King’s Indian defense) was won by Abdullah Che Hassan. Ian Udani won the second thematic tournament ( Chigorin Defense).

A thematic chess tournament is a tournament with every game is played with a certain opening variant. And for this coming Friday , the French Defense : Winawer Variation (diagram below) has been selected as the starting position. ( with white to play) .You will find the board set up for this variant at the start of the game. So all white player will start the game on the 7th move ! And black player will start after white’s 7th move.

NMCC Friday Night Blitz Thematic Tournament 5/09 : French Defense : Winawer Variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7

White to move !

The tournament details is as follow.

Tournament : NMCC Firday Night Blitz Thematic 5-09 : French Defense : Winawer Variation

Format : Blitz 5 minutes. Round Robin. ( On the tournament day, the organiser will decide whether to organised a single or double round robin) .

Location : Neo Manhattan Chess Centre,
No.42B, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1,
Taman TunDr.Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Date : 27th March 2009 ( Friday)

Starting Time : 9.30 pm

ONLY the first 24 participants will be accepted for this tournament! So be quick !

FEES : RM 10.00.


Payment can be made to AlRajhi Bank , Current Account : 10300-001-0001080211285 under the name NEO MANHATTAN CHESS CENTRE or pay at the chess centre from 8.00pm -8.45 pm on Friday 20th March 2009.

Prize: Only the champion will receive a prize which is RM 70.00 cash prize.