The abovementioned event is currently on at Nanyang Primary School with high entry fees (US$250 per player ( one hundred dollars discount for National Jr Squad players) and an impressive $44K prize fund in the following groups:
Open Category (Under-8, Under-11, Under-14 & Under-17 as at 1.1.2012) (S$26,000): 1st S$1500; 2nd S$1000; 3rd S$800; 4th S$600; 5th S$400; 6th & 7th S$300 each; 8th to 15th S$200 each
Girls Category (Under-8, Under-11, Under-14 & Under-17 as at 1.1.2012) (S$18,000):
1st S$1000; 2nd S$800; 3rd S$600; 4th S$500; 5th S$400; 6th & 7th S$300 each; 8th to 10th S$200 each
The format of play is 9 rounds Swiss System with a time control of 40 moves in 2 hours followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game.
I must say the tournament setup was pretty impressive with the hall airconditioned and seats for spectators next to the playing area. There is also a high degree of decorum displayed by the spectators (parents/coaches etc).
I'm not sure why there are non-ASEAN players in this event (being an ASEAN Youth event) but the presence of the Chinese kids certainly raised the bar and gave the local participants a good look at the intensity and strength of the future GMs at such a tender age.
Here is an impressive game played by two 10 year old Chinese boys. Pang Tao has already finished 3rd in the National Junior Blitz event earlier this year and FM Zhu Yi is the World Youth U10 Champion.
Current standings - Chessresults (Singapore)
More information about Nanyang Primary School Chess: - NYPS Chess Website