The Harrow Inter-School Chess Tournament 2014, organised in cooperation with Jirapak Chess Academy, takes place on Saturday, 8th November. Categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U16 and U19. Click the link here to register now (registration fee is 650 Baht) – first 200 players only! Contact Mrs. Jess Grimshaw for more details.
Organized by Myanmar Chess Federation
Generously funded by Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific
This event is organized by Myanmar Chess Federation under the auspices of the Myanmar National Olympic Council.
23rd November : Arrival of Players (After 1200 hour) : Technical Meeting – 2000 hour (Absent players shall not be paired for Round 1)
24th November : Opening Ceremony – 0900 hour : Round 1 – 0930 hour; Round 2 – 1600 hour
25th November : Round 3 – 0900 hour; Round 4 – 1530 hour
26th November : Round 5 – 0900 hour; Round 6 – 1530 hour
27th November : REST DAY
28th November : Round 7 – 0900 hour; Round 8 – 1530 hour
29th November : Round 9 – 0900 hour; Closing Ceremony – 1630 hour
30th November : Departure of Players (Before 1200 hour)
3. Time Control and Format
- 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment for every move starting from the first move
- Zero-Start shall be applied
- Swiss System; FIDE-rated and titled; Swiss Manager shall be used for pairing
- Open: 1st US$ 3,000; 2nd US$ 1,600; 3rd US$ 1,400; 4th US$ 1,200; 5th US$ 1,000; 6th US$ 700; 7th US$ 500; 8th US$ 300; 9th to 12th US$ 200 each
- Best Myanmar Players: 1st US$ 700; 2nd US$ 500; 3rd US$ 300
- Best Women Player and Best Junior Players (U-18, U-14, U-10): US$ 100 each
- Players must have minimum score of 4 points to qualify for the prizes. Prize money shall be shared equally among the tied-players
5. Entry Fees
- Rated Players: Myanmar Chess Federation Members – US$ 60; Others – US$ 120
- Unrated Players: Myanmar Chess Federation Members – US$ 80; Others – US$ 160
- Entry fee is non-refundable. Entry Fees are waived for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs.
- There will be a discount of 25% of entry fees for those who register on or before 30th September, 2014.
Registration form shall be completed and sent back to the organizer by email via firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th October, 2014.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: FIDE regulations do not allow us to accept any entries without an official FIDE ID number. The rating of this tournament depends on this rule and any player who wishes to participate must obtain his/her FIDE ID from their own federations.
- Extra charges of late entry fees (US$ 50) shall be applied to the players, who register from 16th October to 15th November, 2014
- No registration shall be accepted after 15th November, 2014
- 10 GMs who register first will be provided with free hotel room on twin sharing basic including breakfast
Souvenirs are to be distributed free for the participants by the organizer.
8. Playing Venue & Official Hotel
Central Hotel, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Yangon.
Tel: (95-1)241001to241020; Fax: (95-1)248003; Email: email@example.com
The hotel is located in the center of Yangon. There are many places of interest such as the landmark of Myanmar; Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Central Railway Station, Yangon Port, National Museum within the walking distance. More information can be found at www.myanmar.com.
Room rates (Inclusive of breakfast & Free Wi-Fi)
Superior – US$ 80; Deluxe – US$ 95; Junior Suite – US$ 120; Executive Suite – US$ 195
Reservation can be made directly to the hotel by fax or email.
There are a number of budget hotels within walking distance from the venue. They can be found at Agoda
Myanmar Chess Federation members shall pay their dues upon registration. Foreign players shall settle payment upon the arrival.
10. Entry Visa
This is necessary to have the entry visa before entering Myanmar. The players from foreign countries have to apply and get the entry visa from the nearest Myanmar Embassy in their countries. Information is available here.
11. The organizers have the right to reject any entry without giving reasons.
An interview with German Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson, by Alexander J. Klemm
GM Jan Gustafsson won the Bangkok Chess Club Open in 2011. This time he finished with a strong seven points out of nine games, reaching shared 3rd to 5th place. After the tournament he gave an interview, talking about his performance, the website chess24.com, and Vishy Anand’s chances against Magnus Carlsen in the upcoming world championship rematch.
AJK: Congratulations for your achievement. How do you feel now the tournament is over?
JG: Well, I’m tired and [smiling] I blame it on Kai, the tournament director, for starting the last round at 9 am. That’s a tough one for me. I think the jetlag goes away but still I could never manage to fall asleep before 4 am, which is also self-imposed but it’s just hard to change the rhythm. I wish the tournament wasn’t over just yet. I always enjoy coming to Thailand, and I’m not so desperate to go back to work in Germany.
AJK: What was your best game and is there a game with which you were not so satisfied?
JG: That’s hard to tell. I won five games but all against weaker players, and against the four strong players I got unexciting draws. I was unhappy with myself for making too early draws both against GM Marat Dzhumaev and GM John Paul Gomez. If I want to win the tournament I have to try to win these games. Well, I won some games, but those were more business as usual and nothing to brag about.
AJK: What do you think about the overall strength of the competition this year?
JG: I hope it doesn’t get too strong because I also want to have a chance to compete here. The great thing about this tournament is that you see a lot of returning players. This is my fourth year in a row and there are a lot of familiar faces. It’s a strong open. The special situation is that there are 80 or 90 percent foreigners while in most other opens I’ve played there are 80 to 90 percent locals. So it’s interesting for me because I don’t get to play against people from countries such as India or Australia all that often.
AJK: What are your impressions of the playing venue and the overall tournament organization?
JG: I’ve been playing here for four years now – if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t return. The Dusit Thani Hotel is a fantastic venue both here and in Pattaya, and the tournament is very well organized. Kai knows my complaints about double rounds, having the tournament during Songkran, and starting the last game at 9 am, but those are minor complaints. I think it’s a fantastic tournament and recommend it to anybody.
AJK: What are your plans for the rest of the year? Do you have any tournaments or chess projects lined up?
JG: I’m a fulltime employee. I have twenty days of holidays per year and have just taken ten of those, so there won’t be much further travelling for me this year. I work in a company that has a chess project called chess24.com, which we launched just a couple of months ago. I’ll be working on this project providing a lot of content. Now I’m going back to Hamburg to do a live commentary on this super-tournament in Baku. It has a very sad cause: Vugar Gashimov, a very talented grandmaster and beloved guy, died this year at age 27, so they’re having this tournament in his honor. [The Vugar Gashimov Memorial was held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, 20-30 April 2014, and won by GM Magnus Carlsen.] GM Peter Svidler is going to join me. That should be fun.
And other than that, as boring as it sounds, I’m going back to the office and work. I won’t be playing that much chess. But maybe you could start a second Thailand Open. Then I’d have a good reason to use the remainder of my holidays.
AJK: Please tell me more about chess24.com. How did it start, what is your involvement, and what are the future plans?
JG: It’s quite an ambitious project. I’ve been working for them for two years now. I believe the plans started a bit earlier even. The goal is to create an all-in-one chess platform that offers learning techniques, coaching opportunities for players of all levels, and a zone where you can play games. Then we also have some fancy tools for following tournaments live. That is the part I really enjoy, following and doing live commentaries on big events. That’s pretty much it. I’m quite happy with the site. It’s a serious project with a lot of people working on it. The great thing is that we’re live now and no longer in the planning stage.
AJK: Who are the other people involved in it?
JG: The people you might now are all chess players from around the world. ‘Paco’ Vallejo, the tournament winner, has been working with us. He’s been providing content in Spanish. Vishy Anand and Peter Svidler have also been contributing material. We’re trying to do something high-class, ambitious, and hopefully entertaining in English, German and Spanish.
AJK: Since you have just mentioned Anand. Many people were surprised that he won the candidates …
JG: … everyone was surprised!
AJK: What do you think about his chances?
JG: It’s hard to say. He was basically written off after losing that match against Magnus Carlsen. Actually, ‘written off’ is probably too strong. But many people didn’t believe he could come back so strongly and win the candidates. His chances will be better than last time because first of all by winning the candidates he proved to himself and everyone that he still has it in him to win such a tournament. He will have a lot more confidence, and he has the experience of having played against Magnus. But then again, Magnus isn’t the world number one and dominator for nothing. Against him everybody is an underdog. I think Vishy will have a better chance and we’ll get to see a better match, but I still consider him the outsider against Carlsen.
AJK: Final question. Are you planning to return to Thailand next year?
JG: Yes of course I am. I’m very worried though because Kai looks tired and he’s always teasing he will quit – but I’m always planning to return.
There have been many people returning to the Bangkok Chess Club Open tournaments year after year, from places such as Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, India and Japan. This year we rewarded our regular visitors with a certificate accompanied by a bottle of fine Australian wine or, for the teetotallers, a box of Belgian chocolates.
FM Tim Reilly deserves a special mention, having competed at 11 of the 14 BCC Open Tournaments!
Regular international visitors helping with the running of the tournaments include Chief Arbiter Markku Kosonen and IA Peter Long.