The 8th BCC FIDE Rated Chess Tournament in cooperation with OLA International Academy started today at 9:00 am in OLA International Academy School.
It was opened by the BCC founder President Mr. Kai Tuorila. Players and guest was welcomed by the owner of the school DR. Obrom Sinpibarn. In his speech although he was new in chess and just introduced chess to him by the organizer of this tournament amazingly he knew where chess was started and how it was developed. He was applauded by the audience and chess players when he told that he is willing to help and promote chess here in Thailand. He even promised that he will talk to the head of ministry of education to include teaching chess in school. Henry Calacday the organizer of this tournament did the drawing of seeds and numbers of player. FIDE International Arbiter Mr. Panupand Vitchuprapa observed the players as they started the first round.
Surprises and upsets in the opening round was made by the 13 years old and unrated boy Suvich Tachaplalert against the highest FIDE rated player in this tournament MR. Thotsaporn Tanatipanonda (2047). This young boy continued his superb performance in the 2nd round to draw with Filipino bet Mr. Michael Culasing. After 2nd round and the long day for the players and organizer 2nd highest rated player Alex Klemm (2017)of Switzerland got a perfect 2 points against Pricha Srivatanakul of Thailand and Benoni Wabe of The Philippines. Poompong Wiwatanadate and Suvich Tachaplalert of Thailand are on the 2nd and 3rd place with 1 1/2 each.