Rapid chess events (25 minutes per player) have been the norm in Malaysian weekend chess events for many years now. Such events has seen increasingly higher number of participants over these years, which indicates its important place in the Malaysian chess scene. This is especially so from the social chess perspective and playing chess as an interesting and healthy hobby.
However, there is an argument that playing too much rapid chess (and too little longer time control events) slows down or maybe even prevents the development of a person's chess playing strength. Shorter time controls require players to play on intuition, without sufficient consideration before making moves. There is no opportunity to practice calculation skills in a competitive setting. And when it comes to the endgame, which is arguably the most important phase in higher level chess, too often we find players with less than a few minutes (or even seconds) left and just scramble their moves.
The time control for the New Nagas March event has been structured so that players are 'forced' to better manage their time. They won’t be able to spend so much time on the opening and early middlegame to the extent that there is not much time left for the endgame.
New Nagas Series of Weekend Events
We believe that there are serious Malaysian chess players who wish to improve the game by competing more often in longer time control events. An element of the New Nagas programme is to organise a regular series of such events, each to be held over a weekend (or two). The first event in March 2012 kicks off the series with a 1-hour time control event. The next event will probably be FIDE-rated with a 90/G time control.
We look forward to the support of Malaysian chess players on this initiative to take Malaysian chess to a higher level.