August is a busy time for Asia-based players. Yesterday, the Malaysian Chess Festival commenced with the first 2 rounds of their annual open event. Follow the links and you'll see photos of Rogers and the Jones family. The entire festival will run for 22 days and incorporates the zonals for zone 3.3 as well as a teams event. Definitely worth a visit for next year I think!
In round 1, Rogers was held to a draw by Koneru Hawsa (IND) rated 2235.
Over in the middle-east, the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival is presently running. The Master Tournament section features 23 grandmasters. After round 6, GM Ashot Anastasian and GM Goloshchapov share the lead on 5 points.