Leading the charge in the Challengers section of the KL Chess Open 2008 is famous Chessbase article contributor Edwin Lam with a perfect 2/2 points. Fighting fiercely for top spot with the same score are Juhaidi, Mat Zaki Yeop, Augustinus, Christine Paragua, Fikri Saleh, Mohd Asman Hisyam, Nur Najiha, Jin Huey Boey, Shreyes Subramaniam and Tan Kien Wei.
Not to be forgotten are junior talents like Malaysian 9-year old Yeoh Li Tian (picture) and Indonesian Medina Warda Aulia who are following closely behind the leaders with 1.5 points. Yeoh Li Tian is one of the strongest Malaysia's under-10 player whereas Medina has performed surprisingly well in the latest World Youth Chess Championship held in Vietnam. It will be interesting to see how junior talent fare against the adults taking part.
There are about 66 participants from various countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and India taking part in the KL Open Challengers Section.