20th BCC Open 2020

Tournament Regulations

This is an individual tournament, open to all players with FIDE ID number. If you do not have FIDE ID, please contact your country’s Rating Officer.

There are two groups of play: Open for players with a FIDE rating over 1600, and Challenger for players rated below 2000 or unrated (ratings based on April 2020 FIDE rating list – national ratings will be validated by the organizer). When registering, players must indicate in which group they wish to play.

FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations and are eligible for FIDE title norms.

Both groups will be played using the Swiss System, with 9 rounds for Open and 7 rounds for Challenger. For the pairings, a Swiss Manager program will be used.

The matches shall be conducted according to the schedule, which will be made known to the respective players before the start of the tournament.

Each player is accorded with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30min for the rest of the game. In addition there is 30 seconds increment per move, starting from the move one.

Five minutes before the games start, the Chief Arbiter shall make the announcement accordingly. If any player is not present within an hour after the game is started, he shall lose by default.

Players are not allowed to bring mobile phones or other electronic devices to the tournament hall, any violation shall result in loss of game. Organizer will provide deposit point outside playing hall, where player can leave their mobile devices at their own risk.

Officials and players should be smartly attired at all times while in the playing hall. 


The total prize fund for the tournament will be decided after all entries have been received:

  • Open Group: 1st prize (100,000 Baht), with additional prizes for 2-10 ranks and 5 best Thai players
  • Challenger: 1st prize (TBA), with additional prizes for 2-5 ranks
  • Certificates for 3 Best Juniors and Best Lady Player in both categories

Please note: under Thai law, 5% tax must be deducted from prize money. All prizes are in Thai Baht.


Chief Arbiter: IA Markku Kosonen (Finland)
In the event of dispute the Chief Arbiter’s decision is final


The tournament will be held in the 5-star Centara Grand Hotel at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok

  • Address: 1695 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
  • Tel.: +66 (0) 2 541 1234
  • Website

Tournament Programme

20th BCC Open 2020 Time Activity
Saturday, 11 April 12:00 Registration closed

13:00 Player list displayed at entrance

14:15 Welcome & announcements

14:30  Round 1
Sunday,12 April 14:30 Round 2
Monday,13 April 14:30  Round 3
Tuesday, 14 April 11:00 Round 4
Wednesday, 15 April 11:00  Round 5
Thursday, 16 April 14:30  Round 6
Friday, 17 April 14:30  Round 7
Saturday, 18 April 14:30  Round 8
Sunday, 19 April 09:00  Round 9 (final round)

16:00 Closing ceremony
BCC Challenger 2020 Time Activity
Monday, 13 April 12:00 Registration closed

13:00 Player list displayed at entrance

14:15 Welcome & announcements

14:30  Round 1
Tuesday, 14 April 11:00 Round 2
Wednesday, 15 April 11:00 Round 3
Thursday, 16 April 14:30 Round 4
Friday, 17 April 14:30  Round 5
Saturday, 18 April 14:30 Round 6
Sunday, 19 April 09:00  Round 7 (final round)

16:00 Closing ceremony
20th Open Blitz* Time Activity
Tuesday, 14 April 16:00 Registration closed

18:00  Qualifying 
Wednesday, 15 April 18:00  Final (16 players)

Entry fee for the Open Blitz Tournament is 200 Baht (GMs free).
1st Prize 50%, 2nd 30% and 3rd 20% of total prize fund (= total entry fees for Open Blitz Tournament)


Players are required to budget for their own board and lodgings, as well as transportation needs. Special room rates have been negotiated at the 5-star Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok:

  • Deluxe Room only, Single/Twin: 2,950 Baht nett / room / night
  • Deluxe Room & breakfast, Single: 3,300 Baht nett / room / night
  • Deluxe Room & breakfast, Twin: 3,600 Baht nett / room / night

inclusive of service charge, VAT and complimentary in-room internet. For accommodation reservations please contact organiser.

Entry Fees

  • Open: 4,000 Baht Early Bird registration before March 11, 2020 (late registration is 4,500 Baht)
  • Challenger: 3,000 Baht Early Bird registration before March 11, 2020 (late registration is 3,500 Baht)
  • All tournament fees must be paid before the start of the first round. Entry fees are non-refundable after March 11, 2020. 


Please complete the registration form

A list of registered players will be published at the end of December and then regular updates at our website: www.BangkokChess.com. Please check that your name has been included within 2 weeks of your registration. 

The deadline for early bird registration is March 11, 2020. After this date the normal registration charge will apply, and registrations may be declined. 

Conditions for Titled Players

Tournament fees are waived for GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs and 2500+ rated players (according to the official FIDE April 2020 rating list). 

15 GMs will be given complimentary accommodation (room & breakfast in twin sharing with another GM for 10 nights). Complimentary room reservation is confirmed after organizer has received: 

  • online registration form
  • deposit transfer of 2,000 Baht (approx. 50 Euros. Deposits will be fully returned after check-in).Û

Please email the organizer for further inquiries.

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