17th BCC Open at the Regent Cha-am Beach Resort, Thailand

The 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2017 will be held at the Regent Cha-am Beach Resort, a beachfront resort overlooking the Gulf of Thailand located in Cha-am and only 15 mins drive to Hua-hin, a family friendly and relaxed beachside town. The Regent Cha-Am hosted the 5th BCC Open in 2005, where Grandmasters Ian Rogers and Eugenio Torre battled for the crown. Since then, the beach has grown due to the addition of many tonnes of sand, and the playing facilities extended and improved.

The Thailand Chess Association has again given their backing, making this tournament the Thailand Open Chess Championships 2017.

The location is quite the opposite to the hustle and bustle of Pattaya, with a clean and quiet beach and little danger of getting soaked every time you leave the resort. Cha-am town and Hua-hin are famous for their seafood, and a regular weekend escape from Bangkok for Thai families and expats alike.

The Open Tournament will run for nine days, from 8–16 April 2017, with only one round of chess per day. There will also be the seven round Challenger Tournament, and the BCC Open Blitz Championship held over two evenings.

The town of Cha-am lies 173 km south of Bangkok. Frequent bus and minibus services link Cha-am with Hua Hin and Bangkok’s Suvanabhumi Airport.

We will post more information as well as the hotel booking form, registration form, tournament details and schedule, both here and on our Facebook page.

 

The Clubhouse

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Following our unsuccessful move to Cabbages and Condoms, the Bangkok Chess Club is on the move again. Now we are back in Sukhumvit Soi 23, near one of our original venues the Blue Lakes, at the Clubhouse Sports Bar and Grill.

The Clubhouse is a very stylish bar and, as the name suggests, it is a venue for sports – mostly watching Boxing, Rugby, Tennis, Football, Motor Racing and other events on their myriad screens – for once the sport will be taking place in the Bar, on the second floor, every Friday as usual.

The food is excellent, and quite typical prices for international pubs (the menu is on their website). Check it out this Friday from about 7pm.

Membership programme

Because our operating costs have dramatically increased, we will collect an entry fee of 100 Baht to play at our weekly club meeting.

We are also introducing a Club membership programme, offering the following benefits:

  • free entry at the Friday night chess club
  • 50% discount to the annual BCC Open
  • BCC Membership Card

Additional benefits for Benefactor membership are:

  • Free entry to the BCC Open Chess Championships
  • Guaranteed place at Grandmaster simuls

Annual membership fees*

Thailand residents International
Adult 1,000 2,000
Junior 500
Benefactor 5,000 5,000

*Prices in Thai Baht.

These fees will allow the BCC to continue operating, and contribute to the purchase of equipment for the club.

To join the Bangkok Chess Club, please complete the form or talk to Kai or Peter at the club.

Ganguly Wins 16th BCC Open

India’s Surya Ganguly is the 2016 Bangkok Chess Club Open Champion, having won one a tiebreaker by the narrowest of margins over Spain’s Paco Vallejo,

Thailand’s strongest-ever tournament was decided only after five hours play, when long-time leader Loek van Wely resigned for the first time in the tournament to a determined Ganguly, 33.

Ganguly’s tiebreak win made up for the heart-break of 2015 when he defeated leader Wang Hao in the final round only to see Nigel Short edge him out on a tiebreaker.

The final round of the Bangkok CC Open began early on Sunday morning at the Dusit Thani Hotel with five possible winners, all highly ranked Grandmasters. Benjamin Bok and Ildar Khairulin of Russia knew that only a win would be enough to have a chance for the title but Dutchman Bok could not break through Khairullin’s defences and the game was drawn, leaving the two players half a point away from first place.

Top seeded Vallejo was paired against English veteran Nigel Short, half a point behind the leaders. Short, who insisted on playing with the UK flag rather than the English flag, attacked early but Vallejo crashed through on the counter-attack to become the first player to reach 7.5 points. Then the Spaniard had a nervous wait to see if Ganguly or Bok could equal his score, and Ganguly managed to do so.

The tiebreaker went in Ganguly’s favour because his opponents had scored more points than Vallejo’s so he claimed the coveted BCC trophy for the first time. (The two players shared the first and second prizes of 100,000 and 70,000 Baht.)

The top Thai player for the tournament was Jirapak Pitirotjirathon who finished equal with Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit, Thanadon Kulpruethanon, Thoetsak Wongsawan and Jarunpol Sajjapornthep but had a superior tiebreak score.

A record 331 players from 43 countries competed in the Open, Challengers and Blitz tournaments, including 13 Grandmasters.

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Russian GM Ildar Khairullin Joins Leaders

Russian Grandmaster Ildar Khairullin defeated long-time leader Jan Gustafsson to reach the tie for first place after the penultimate round of the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open, Thailand’s strongest-ever tournament.

Khairullin became one of the tournament’s five pace-setters after the top two boards in the eighth round ended in draws.

Spanish top seed Paco Vallejo missed a golden opportunity to take the tournament’s outright lead when he had Indian Grandmaster Surya Ganguly on the ropes, but Ganguly’s exceptional knowledge of technical rook endgames enabled him to scramble a draw.

The two Dutch Grandmasters at the top of the table, Loek van Wely and Benjamin Bok, had a less eventful game, seemingly exhausted from their earlier violent Thai chessboxing battle, won by van Wely with his battle cry of “If he dies, he dies!”.

So going into the final round, Vallejo, van Wely, Bok, Ganguly and Khairullin are all tied for first place on 6.5 points from a possible 8. Since the tournament title is decided on tiebreak, van Wely and Vallejo are best placed to take out the coveted Bangkok CC Open title, should they win the final round.

The race to become the best Thai player has also heated up, with Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit, Jirapak Pitirotjirathon and Thanadon Kulpruethanon all tied on 5 points.

325 players from 43 countries, including 13 Grandmasters, are competing in the Bangkok Open tournament, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel, with admission free for spectators. The final round of the Bangkok CC Open begins at 9am on Sunday.

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