From 22nd December till the end of the year, the strongest ever National Chess Championships in all Categories will be held. It is fitting that this is the 64th edition of the event (If you don't know what's the significance, then surely, you're not a chessplayer...).
6 IMs will contest for the title of Singapore Champion in a double round all-play-all event. Asian Nations Bronze Medallist IM Goh Weiming (2441) will be up against Cairnhill Blitz Champion IM Steven Kim Yap(2410) , 1982 Lucerne Olympiad Gold Medallist IM Rico Mascarinas (2390), Toa Payoh West Champion IM Enrique Paciencia (2374), Queenstown Open Champion IM Luis Chiong (2301) and SEA Games Bronze Medallist IM Lim Yee Weng (2300) in a gruelling 2 rounds-a-day event in the Premier section
The participants in the Candidates section are no slouches either. Top seeded is former Asian Junior Champion IM Domingo Ramos (2259) who will have his hands full against Cairnhill Open Champion Tan Weiliang (2214), Multiple National Blitz Champion FM Chia Chee Seng, ASEAN Youth U17 Champion FM Liu Xiangyi (2118) and National Challengers 2011 co-winners, Iskandar bin Abdullah (1991) and Shawn Yong Han (1901).
In the Womens' Category, all participants have already attained Master Titles. Top seed is WIM Gong Qianyun (2267), followed by WIM Angela Khegay (2214). WFM Liu Yang (2078), WFM Zinmar Min Than (1964), WFM Victoria Chan (1948) and WFM Danielle Ho (1907)
The time control is 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.
More details can be found at the Singapore Chess Federation National Championships webpage.