Malaysian youngster and number one player has achieved three firsts. Just yesterday he has won the tough Zone 3.3 championship. This zone includes the chess powerhouse in ASEAN, Vietnam and Philippines as well as Indonesia. No Malaysian has ever won this tournament before.
Li Tian will also be the first Malaysian to qualify for the World Cup later this year. The World Cup is one of the qualifying stages to determine a challenger to the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
The third achievement is obtaining the necessary points for a grandmaster norm. Three such norms and a rating of 2500 are required for the grandmaster title. Why is it so difficult for a Malaysian to get a GM norm? This question has been on many chess followers minds. Now that Li Tian has achieved it, it could inspire more of our players.
The final standings: